Another first in South Africa this week is the arrival of the all new Duplicator i3 Prusa 3D Printer. The Duplicator i3 is based on the all time most popular design RepRap Prusa.
What sets this 3D Printer apart from all other Prusa 3D printers available is that it comes almost entirely assembled out the box. Previous versions were sold in kit form which requires complicated assembly by the user. Traditional Prusa kits are made up of a multitude of parts that are either laser cut from plywood, perspex or even 3D printed on previous generation RepRap based 3D printers. Many of these kits don't even come with all the parts or options in the package, leaving the user to search for power supplies, lcd screens or even extruders that are compatible with the kits they purchased.
The Duplicator i3 comes fully assembled, and is built on a robust all metal sub frame. This is a complete 3D Printer that is designed to work out the box with minimal user input required.
Amongst the features packed neatly into this platform are an MK10 single extruder with cooling fan, a gcode based micro-controller, and a standard Heated Build Plate. Unlike most other Prusa offerings on the market, this i3 comes standard with a custom electronics housing and a custom filament holder (both in stamped steel). For the value this machine can not be beat. This printer is the ultimate reprap!