Printrbelt Progress

Printrbelt Progress

This could be titled “Confessions of a self-taught 3d printer designer who works too fast for his own good”,  but it’s too long …and the other working title seemed a downer – “Too much information”.  At any rate, pack a lunch (this is long) and...

Troubleshooting your Printrbot Simple Pro

Recovering From Various Issues on the Printrhub We have designed your Printrbot to recover gracefully in many cases. We don’t ever WANT you to have to use any of the instructions below. But stuff happens. So we are providing some tools below to help you recover...
Visit to the Printrbot Farm at UC Irvine

Visit to the Printrbot Farm at UC Irvine

I love crazy ideas. The kind where people have a vision for something they want to accomplish but have no idea how to do it. THAT I can relate to. Jesse and Co. at UC Irvine has this kind of idea. I couldn’t help but jump in and help them navigate the uncharted...
Stand and 3D Deliver – LA School District Visit

Stand and 3D Deliver – LA School District Visit

LA is a big place. Dave, our customer service dude, and I visited recently. Los Angeles School district showed interest in our printers, so we were excited to learn more. Lincoln, CA, where I live and operate Printrbot, is a small-town-feel place with a slow, relaxing...
Something Simple This Way Comes

Something Simple This Way Comes

CEOs want to sell product. So when a CEO starts talking without being asked, keep that in mind. I’m a CEO and, yes, I want you to buy our gear. I like to think I’m different, but I am painfully aware that if you don’t buy our products my company will...
Cross the Streams!

Cross the Streams!

I’m the CEO of Printrbot and I am living the dream. But not for the reasons you might think. You may think that the joy in my day-to- day job is executing our vision of bringing accessible 3D printers and tools to the world, and I guess you would be partly right...

Setting up your Raspberry Pi to run a robot! Skycam

Note from Brook: (August 1, 2016) After a few months, I went through this tutorial and found I made (or forgot) a couple things. I updated the Coder app to include relative links – USE THIS LINK>>  skycam080116.zip My microswitches were shorting the...
Aluminum Extruder Documentation Fun

Aluminum Extruder Documentation Fun

The Aluminum Extruder, or Alu Extruder, is a hit!  There has been a few little changes — as is my MO, if I can Simplify it, I will.  This of course creates some confusion and underscores the need for good documentation.  I spent a few hours today trying some new...
Printrbot Demonstrates Auto Bed Leveling

Printrbot Demonstrates Auto Bed Leveling

Today, I live in the future. For the first time, an in-house Printrbot Simple has used Marlin’s official code (plus some voodoo from Laine – more on that in a minute) to auto level the bed and print a cube on a severely slanted print bed. It Doesn’t...

3 Day offer: Free lb of mixed NEW 1.75mm ABS

Calling all 1.75mm filament users!  We have four NEW colors – black, red, green, and blue – in 1.75mm ABS.  And, we want to give you samples, total of +/- 1lb, for you to test.  Give feedback by emailing shipping@printrbot.com your results – we need...

Printrbot dreams of partnering with hackerspaces

The following is an email I sent to Hack Manhattan – a hackerspace that held a successful 3d printing class based on the Printrbot printers. It accurately expresssd my sentiment about the potential of partnering with hackerspaces. I am open to feedback fr the...

Sneak Peek: Simple Files for Hackerspaces

Printrbot loves Hackerspaces. It’s true. I love the idea of people taking initiative to build things for themselves… and people helping others learn to build. What could be better?!  So as a little gift to those who prefer sourcing and building their own...
Hackerspaces Unite! Simple Experiment.

Hackerspaces Unite! Simple Experiment.

Below is the autoresponder message you will get if you email simple@printrbot.com Basically, I want to release the Simple a day early via hackerspaces.  How? by seeding the non-commercial files to hackerspaces worldwide and having them make them and distribute to...