April 18, 2017

Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus,
3d printer

The Duplicator i3 plus comes with everything you need to start printing right out of the box. This is easily reassembled with the screws and hex wrenches provided. The Duplicator comes with an SD card (preloaded with a model to try the printer out with).

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Unboxing the Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus was like a dream. Well packaged and smooth experience all round. The motors have been unplugged to prevent damage in shipping, so you need to plug the wires back into them. The filament spool holder also needs to be assembled it bolts down to the gantry with two bolts and a retainer nut holds the threaded rod in place. At its incredibly low price, you may wonder how good this printer could possibly be. I assure you there’s nothing to worry about. Out of a couple of thier i3 versions, we bought the Plus, which has a 200mm x 200mm x 180mm build plate Print speed ranges between 10-100mm/s depending on your mods and settings. It comes with a .4mm nozzle and achieves average print resolution of 100-300 microns.
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Print at temperatures up to 260C on the heated print bed, giving you plenty of 1.75mm filament flexibility. The fact that you pay such a little amount implies that you need to know what you are doing to use it and that you cannot always rely on it to carry out the job, but it normally does fine. If you meet all these requirements, the Wanhao Prusa i3 is very likely one of the best 3D printers you can buy for that price.

What you get in the box in addition to the printer

  • SD card (a cheap SD card but at least you get one)
  • Scraper (this bad boy is sharp)
  • Allen keys/wrenches
  • Sample filament
  • USB cable
  • Buildtak-like sheet (with an extra sheet spare)
  • And the power cable was correct for UK
  • First Print Experience - It was printed on a Wanhao Duplicator i3, stock but not too many mods as yet but I have to say I'm really impressed!.

    Turns out a lot of the reviews I found were not reviews of the exact model I had purchased. Not just because Wanhao is rebadged as Cocoon Create, and Maker Select, but because Wanhao have done a great job of improving the printer, how they assemble it, and how they ship it. This was a good thing because this meant 90% of the criticisms were no longer relevant. I won’t go into all of that here, just suffice to say when you purchase a Wanhao Duplicator i3 specifically, ensure you get at least a v2.1 or a Plus (like our one with the included touch screen and minor improvements on top of the 2.1).

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  • Things I don’t like: The Mk10 extruder takes a lot of practice – It is impossible to see inside the printer head (unless taken apart) so it is a bit hard to load filament sometimes. It’s taken some practice to get the “muscle memory” so that I can now reliably change filament in this extruder without the filament going everywhere but where I want it.

  • Positives:

    Awesome community – Community support that the Wanhao has. I can tell you the massive difference this will makes for you. Any question you have will either be answered in Google or by asking in one of the discussion groups. Wanhao takes overall when taking into consideration 3rd party parts/support, and customer to customer help.

    Value for money - £399 printer blew me away. I paid £399 with free UK delivery. No import duty. The capabilities, what you get, the build quality, everything you get for that low price? It has a heated 200mm x 200mm bed. It has a full metal frame. It has a touch screen. Using the Wanhao feels like a more expensive printer, with an excellent on board control and display that surpasses others.

    Upgrading the Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus - Hanging around the groups can make you think the Wanhao i3 Plus is a tricky machine. It’s not really. x-axis levelling People have no more problems with the Wanhao than they do any other brands 3D printers. Remember the communities are where people go to for help. Inprove 3d print quality and troubleshooting issues. Most common problems can be resolved with X-Axis Levelling, ensure your X-Axis is level otherwise you are going to have a hard time. Bed Levelling - the very next thing you need to do, after ensuring your frame and axis are now aligned (parallel and at 90 degree angles). Get rid of Spring Belt Tensioners – The printer comes with springs that are meant to keep the X-Axis belts nice and tight, unfortunately instead springy belt tensioners cause springiness. belt tenstioner Acceleration and Jerk – If you still get a lot of ringing, artifacts, lines it could be because of backlash caused by the machine trying to throw the hot end around too fast. You can read more on Reddit, just make sure you save to EEPROM in a safe place. Duplicator 4 Drive Gear – For some reason the drive gear that came with my Wanhao i3 plus was just wrong. It worked but just bad. After replacing this part, it printed way better. Thicker Y Carriage plate - The plate included is terrible. It bends too easily due to the pressure applied when removing a too-well stuck down print or even the heat from the bed. This causes a need to relevel the plate every couple prints. With a thicker plate, barely ever Flex Couplers – this is an attempt to remove lines, wobble, artifacts. Out of the box, the Wanhao and it’s rebadged family arrive with rigid couplers that attach the Z Axis stepper motors to the vertical threaded rods. If there is any misalignment, flex or wobble, this can transfer to the prints as lines and ridges. Flex Couplers, on the other hand, absorb some of the vibration and unfortunate offset movement from the threaded rods. Now lets get to optional modifications, wich will allow you to print mouch beter. By add Z-Brace will add rigidity to your printer, giving you better prints more often. This is something a lot of people recommend. Printing a diiCooler off Thingiverse along with usuing a blower style fan can do miracles for when printing with PLA. This is usually one the first mods done to the printer.

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