Printrbot metal simple 3d printer

Printrbot Simple Metal Review 2022


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So you’re in the market for a 3D printer. The problem is, you’ve found that these printers are quite complicated, very expensive machines, and you’re not sure you can commit to such a high initial cost. No problem – we’ve found a powerful, affordable model to get you started.

Today, we’re talking about the Printrbot Simple, sometimes called the Simple Metal. Despite being superseded by the Simple Pro, this remains an excellent way to get started. We’ll be looking for its strengths and weaknesses so you can decide if it’s the right printer for your needs.

Filament Diameter1.75mm
Supported MaterialsABS, PLA
ConnectivityUSB, SD card
Printing Speed80 mm/s
Build Volume5. 9 x 5.9 x 5.9”

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    As you might expect, the Printrbot Simple is about as basic as they come. It’s a classic “moving arm” extruder, positioned above an open print bed. The build area is pretty respectable, given that the entire unit measures just 16” tall and 14” wide. Printrbot describes it as a minimalistic printer, and we completely agree.

    Now, while this printer’s simplicity makes it very easy to assemble, some more advanced functionality has been left out. For instance, there’s no WiFi connectivity. This isn’t actually all that unusual, considering the printer retails for around $600. It’s firmly in the entry-level price range, so it’s important to temper your expectations.

    While previous iterations were made of laser-cut wood, this model is powder-coated steel, which really adds to its durability. Unless you’re throwing it around, it’s unlikely you’ll manage to seriously damage the Simple. Don’t consider that a challenge, though: there are smaller, more delicate parts.


    Now, because this is a budget printer, you’re likely expecting low-quality prints. However, the Simple actually creates pretty detailed models. The Z-axis does wobble a tiny amount, creating small imperfections in the finished products, but these are so small as to be invisible and all but irrelevant.

    You should note that you won’t be created masterpieces with this printer, though. It is, after all, intended for novices. For occasional or hobbyist use, however, it’s ideal. Printing is exceedingly simple: just connect your storage device and select which model you’d like to use.

    You have the choice to print with either ABS or PLA. The Simple also supports what it calls “exotic” filaments – that is, variants of these two materials. These exotic types include soft-touch or fiber-based filaments, so you actually have a pretty good range to choose from. You’re not limited to proprietary filament, either, which is awesome.


    The Simple doesn’t really have many advanced features. That said, it does have a way to automatically level the print bed, something which is usually only found on far more expensive models. This takes the tedium out of preparing to print, which can only be a good thing.

    It doesn’t actually come with any printing software, however, Printrbot recommends using Cura. As this is available for free online, it’s not a major issue. This software is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux, so there aren’t any limits on the computers you can print from.

    Now, the only issue is that the print bed isn’t heated. As such, you might have a little trouble printing with anything other than PLA, since your material will tend to stick. However, this can be bypassed by carefully regulating the temperature of your print area or using something like BuildTak to make it easier to remove.


    This model performs admirably given its low price. That said, because the upgraded version costs about the same and includes an LCD screen, there’s really no reason to opt for the original. There’s even a heated bed variant of the Pro version, although it costs around $100 extra.

    Still, if you can find a used Simple Metal, it’d be an excellent way to get into 3D printing. Sure, you’re not going to be creating stunning, finely detailed models with lots of overhangs and internal structures, but it’s good enough to get your feet wet with.


    As this model has been discontinued by the manufacturer, there really isn’t a lot of support available. Don’t get us wrong: the site has basic “Getting started” and troubleshooting guides for older models, but as the warranty only lasts for 60 days (and only applies to products they’ve sold), you’re on your own for the most part.

    As Printrbot don’t offer phone support, you’re limited to either asking for help on the forums or sending them an email explaining your problem. This is a little underwhelming: even though the products don’t cost all that much, you’d still expect some assistance from the manufacturer if you run into trouble.

    There’s also the issue that the support forum doesn’t seem particularly active. When we checked, there were lots of posts that were days or even weeks old, with just one or two responses. If you’re relying on your community to help out, there has to be some kind of community building scheme in place.


    A minimalistic, easy to use printer, the Simple Metal does a lot of things right. It strips away much of the complexity that 3D printing fans have come to accept, and even includes features not often found in budget models.

    However, while this product is a great way to get started with 3D printing, it’s no longer available directly from the creators. This means that you’re limited to buying it from third parties. If you can find an amazing deal on this model, by all means, go for it. If you just want a low-cost printer, you might want to consider the Simple Pro instead.

    Printrbot Simple Metal Black with Heated Bed Assembled

    The Model 1403 Printrbot Simple Metal comes standard with a heated bed insulator, an Alu Handle, and a upgraded metal spool rack.

    This printer is perfect for anyone wanting to delve into the exciting world of 3D printing . Join the printrbot community today and begin printing anything you can imagine. Printrbot's Simple Kit has been upgraded in a major way - from weak wood to rock solid and sleek metal, this printer is great for beginners who want to learn the process of 3D printing.

    The Assembled Black Simple Metal printer is armed with Automatic Calibration, which means that a lot of the work is done for you. This also ensures accurate leveling, and consistent prints, so you'll be an expert right off the bat!

    Printrbot's Assembled Black Simple Metal printer has your back with the GT2 Belt and Pulley system - it is designed for linear motion. It uses a rounded tooth profile that fits smoothly and accurately in the pulley groove, so when you reverse the pulley direction, there is no room for the belt to move in the groove. This makes the continuous motion of the printer work more efficiently and comfortably while producing your spot-on prints.

    Check out the Yoda prints below which were made using the Printrbot simple metal.

    Why Buy a Printrbot

    Simply put, the Printrbot family are masters when it comes to producing high quality, ready-to-use, affordable 3D printers. Since 2011, Printrbot has taken pride in providing 3D printers to makers, DIYers, and educators throughout the world. Through its expertise in rapid product development, the company has continued to iterate its products to dispense increasing value and functionality to its customers.

    Why Buy from MattherHackers

    When you buy a 3D printer from MatterHackers you get customized attentive help and support. Additionally, our prices are always the lowest in the industry when you factor in our free shipping for every item on the MatterHackers site (including 3D printers). Most of all, our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They have been 3D printing for several years now and are happy to answer your 3D printing questions. Have a question about your new Printrbot Simple Metal? No problem. Feel free to give us a call. Additionally, all Printrbot 3D printers can be used with the industry leading 3D printing software, MatterControl which comes with the fastest, most accurate slicing engine, MatterSlice.

    In short, buying a 3D printer from MatterHackers is a holistic experience. We are here to cater to you and walk you through every step of your 3D printing journey. After purchasing your Printrbot, we are here to give you the resources you need to succeed with your 3D printer and to start printing with MatterControl. Additionally, we have all of the PLA , ABS , and Specialty Filament that you could ever need to design anything you can imagine.

    Model: 1403

    Build Volume: 6″ x 6″ x 6″ / 150mm x 150mm x 150mm / 216 cubic inches

    Print Resolution: 50 Microns

    Print Speed: 80mm/sec max recommended

    Filament: 1. 75mm PLA (sample included) and ABS

    Extruder: Alu Extruder (direct drive) with 1.75mm Ubis Hot End with 0.4mm nozzle

    Auto Leveling: Auto-Leveling Probe works with software to calibrate Z axis height

    Print Bed: Heated.  Max temperature – 80C

    Construction: Powder coated steel and aluminum body with 8mm and 12mm diameter linear shaft

    Belt: GT2

    Pulleys: 20 tooth, dual flange GT2 aluminum

    Electronics: Printrbot Rev F Printrboard with micro-USB connection (cable included) and micro SD card slot for untethered printing

    Software: MatterControl or MatterControl Touch .

    Power Requirements: 12V (29 amp) ATX power supply (included)

    Motors: NEMA 17 stepper

    Overall Footprint*: 18″ x 17″ x 13″ (L x W x H)

    • GT2 belt pulley system
    • Automatic bed leveling
    • 1. 75 PLA filament sample
    • 12V (6 amp) laptop power supply
    • Mini USB cord

    Check out this time-lapse of the Printrbot Assembled Black Simple Metal printer!

    Check out this trial run from a Printrbot Assembled Black Simple Metal user!

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