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By Mike Titsch, Editor,

Printrbot has come to be synonymous with affordable, open source, laser-cut, wood chassis 3D printers. So when the company announced their intention to produce and release a Printrbot Simple constructed of metal instead of wood, my interest was piqued.

In truth, the new metal machine is more than just a metal build of the current wooden Simple. It has a 6″ x 6″ x 6″ bed, as opposed to the wooden version’s 4″ x 4″ x 4″. It also employs beefier 12 mm rods on the z-axis, while the older model uses 8 mm. Additionally, the metal Simple will include Printrbot’s new bed auto-leveling feature.

Pricing for the new printer has yet to be determined, but it will cost somewhere between the assembled wooden Simple at $449 and the Printrbot Jr. at $699. It is unclear whether the metal Simple will ever come in kit form – it will initially only be available fully assembled. However, the wooden kit will remain available for those who prefer to put their own machine together.

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