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Printrbot is a 3D printer created by Brook Drumm and originally funded through Kickstarter. It is aimed at beginner home users through its small size factor, low cost and ease of assembly (claimed to take 45 minutes).[1][2][3] Printrbot uses fused deposition modelling to produce plastic models of 3D objects. Since creation, the original Printrbot has been discontinued and replaced with newer versions which vary in price, size and functionality.[4] As of April 2012, Printrbot was the most funded technology project on Kickstarter after receiving $830,827 USD in December 2011.[5]

Type 3D Printer
Invention date 2011[1]
Inventor(s) Brook Drumm (founder)[1]
Manufacturer Printrbot[1]
Cost $349–999[4]
Size 4×4×4 – 6x6x6 -8×8×8inch[4]
Storage Micro SD[1]
Platform PC Mac
Connection[6] USB[1]

Design and operation[edit]

Printrbot is sold as fully assembled or as a kit requiring assembly.[4] Models are printed by depositing molten ABS or PLA plastic filament onto a hotbed from a print head which moves about the X and Z axes (the Y axis is controlled by the movement of the hotbed itself) using electric motors, guided by metal threaded rods.[7] The models to be printed are sent to the printer via a USB interface using specialized software such as Pronterface (recommended by the manufacturer).[1][6][7]


As of November 2012, current models of the Printrbot are sold as fully assembled or as kits. According to Printrbot's return policy, returns are only accepted if the device "has never been assembled, powered up, programmed or changed in any manner". If repair is needed, many of the components for the printer are available to be purchased separately.[4][8]
The Assembly Instructions for the PrintrBot Simple is here.
The Assembly Instructions for Printrbot Plus is here.
The Assembly Instructions for Printrbot jr is here.


Current Printrbot models can print in ABS or PLA plastic filament which can be purchased from the official store or other sources.[4] Printrbot models can be outfitted to accept 1.75mm or 3.0mm diameter filament. The filament is available in many colours; the colour of the filament will determine the eventual colour of the model printed from it.
ABS filament is available for purchase here.
PLA filament is available for purchase here.


The printer is controlled through a USB interface.[1][7] Printrbot does not come with any software and the official getting started guide recommends using the freeware program Pronterface to interface with the printer.[6]
The Software for the PrintrBot Simple is here.
The Software for Printrbot Plus is here.
The Software for Printrbot jr is here.


The original Printrbot that was funded through Kickstarter is now discontinued and has been replaced with 3 different models which vary in functionality, size and price as illustrated in the table below, as of February 2014.[4]

Model Build volume(inch) Price - kit Price - assembled Filament Comments
Printrbot Simple Metal 2014 6×6×6 $539 $599 1.75mm PLA only
Printrbot GO 2014 8×6×6 (small)
16 x 8 x 8 (medium)
24 x 12 x 12 (large)
N/A $1299 (small), $1499 (medium), $1699 (large) Largest model available
Printrbot Simple 2014 4×4×4 $349 $449 1.75mm PLA only
Printrbot Jr. 6×6×6 $599 $699 PLA only Can be folded for storage.
Printrbot LC 6×6×6 Discontinued Discontinued ABS+PLA
Printrbot (original) 6×6×6 Discontinued Discontinued ABS
Printrbot PLUS 8×8×8 $899 $999 ABS+PLA
Printrbot GO 8×7×6 Discontinued Discontinued ABS


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Printrbot: Your First 3D Printer", Kickstarter, Nov 17, 2011
  2. ^ Matthew Humphries,"Printrbot: an all-in-one 3D printer kit for $499",, Nov 21, 2011
  3. ^ Strange, Adario (Sep 21, 2012). "Printrbot: The cheap and simple 3D printer for the rest of us". (SyFy). Retrieved Nov 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Printrbot shop"
  5. ^ Dobby, Christine (April 18, 2012). "A case for crowdfunding; New U.S. rules for raising growth capital spark Canadian funding worries". (National Post). Retrieved Nov 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Printrbot Getting Started Guide
  7. ^ a b c Stephen Cass,"A desktop 3-D printer builds plastic objects layer by layer", MIT Technology Review, April 25, 2012
  8. ^ "Printrbot Return Policy"

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