If you’re new to the world of 3D printing, you’ve probably heard the term ‘Prusa’ bandied around a lot. This is because Prusa produces some of the best 3D printers on the market. Almost every 3D printing enthusiast owns or wished to owned a Prusa machine at some point. So, what is it about Prusa 3D printers that people absolutely love?
Prusa 3D Printers are produced and shipped from a firm based in Prague. The company was founded in 2012 and is named after its owner and creator, Josef Prusa. For the decade it’s been around, the firm has enjoyed a lot of success. It has also grown from just one person to a team of over 600 employees.
In a video on the Company’s main YouTube channel, the owner and founder recounts the journey from modest beginnings to this point of the journey at Prusa. t’s a narrative about dedication and perseverance, propelled by an unwavering fascination with the tech.
In 2018, Deloitte rated the company as the fastest-growing tech startup in Central Europe, with a growth rate of 17118 percent in the last four years alone. Josef Prusa, the company’s owner, was also crowned Entrepreneur of the Year in his native Czech Republic. On top of that, he was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30.
Since its inception, the company has sold more than 100,000 3D printers and is currently shipping over 9,000 3D printers worldwide every month.
The company sells several designs of 3D Printers on its website. The most popular ones, however, are:
This best-seller has earned a slew of accolades and prizes from numerous publications and editions. Because of its game-changing design, several manufacturers have adopted Prusa’s source code, which is all publicly available on the company’s website.
The other great 3D Printers on sale are:
There are plenty of other options available, but these are the most advisable for beginners.
Prusas are like the iPhones of 3D Printers. You either like them a lot or don’t at all. Their advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages, and it’s easy to see why people would love them. Below are some of the main reasons why Prusas are so popular.
After many years of establishing a brand, the company now has a firm grip on the 3D Printers market. There weren’t many firms creating 3D printers in 2012, so it’s easy to see why they became so popular quite quickly.
The company’s exceptional quality and innovation also earned it a favorable reputation in the business. By making a name for itself, the company has established an ecosystem that has significantly increased its sales and customer evaluations.
After establishing an ecosystem, it makes sense that consumers from all over the world would want to connect and share ideas and questions. For this purpose, there is a Reddit community of over 40,000 people who discuss various issues and share their 3D-printed ideas.
The company also has a Facebook page where customers from all over the world can share their designs and ask any questions they might have.
The company ensures that its 3D Printers are easy to use right out of the box. This makes it easy to recommend to beginners who may have no prior expertise with 3D printers.
The printer comes with a manual that explains how to build and use it. Those who are unsure about assembling the printer themselves can pay an additional fee for a completely assembled printer. This could keep you from breaking a few parts throughout the construction process.
The company also sells spare parts in case customers break parts of their printers. This saves you the cost of having to replace the entire printer, and instead buying only what you need. Prusa teamed up with E3D who supply the hot ends and nozzles for their range of printers. Using E3D parts makes sure that parts are always available from a number of sources.
Because the company values transparency, integrity, and open source technology, all source codes, circuit board designs, and blueprints utilized in the construction of the 3D Printers are freely available on Github.
The fastest store brought hobbyist 3D printers print at roughly 150mm/s, while the slowest print at around 50mm/s. The problem with printing at high speeds is that the quality of the print may suffer, while lesser speeds are not necessarily preferred. Slower printing speeds result in higher quality, but nobody really wants to print at speeds slower than 100mm/s (it’s slow and boring).
Prusa printers print at speeds of roughly 120mm/s, allowing them to maintain good quality while remaining relatively fast.
Prusa printers are undoubtedly worth all of the hype they’re receiving. They are slightly more expensive than standard 3D printers, but that is the price you pay for quality. Definitely check them out if you’re contemplating acquiring a 3D Printer for yourself.
Article written by Steve Williams for 3Docity.com.au
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