MakerFarm Prusa i3 8″ Build

10 Overall Score
Ease of build: 10/10
Ease of Use: 10/10
Ease of Maintenace: 10/10

Very easy to build and setup

Little time consuming to learn

We’ve recently had the pleasure of purchasing and building a 3D printer. I have to admit it was quite an adventure for me to sit down and build this stuff from start to finish. Build process honestly was not too bad, but getting everything dialed in was the hard part. In this build I am going to take you from the beginning, to the end. What I ran into and how I fixed it.

When I bought this unit I wanted the maximum build surface available. So I went with the 8″ Prusa with RAMPS. I’ve seen printers go for 1000’s of dollars, but that’s more than my budget was willing. I wanted something that was cheap, easy to use, and most importantly effective. So doing weeks and weeks of research I found MakerFarm which is a US based company. That was important for me. I didn’t want to wait a long time for it to clear customs and stuff. I just wanted something that was locally sourced and readily available.

It took me about 2-3 days to set everything up from start to the finish. But after all of that, I have a better understanding of how this works. With that being said, I am going to go indepth on some details for the build process and what I messed up and how I ended up having to take some things a part to fix them.


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7 Comments on "MakerFarm Prusa i3 8″ Build"

  1. Sam Kear September 9, 2013 at 3:19 am - Reply

    Thanks for the detailed review of this kit. I’m about to order the exactly same kit myself. Now that you’ve had the printer for a while can you comment on how things have been going since this post?

    What has your overall success with printing been like?

  2. josh October 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    wow xtreme cpu 13 pages for one article ??? I wont even try. Desperation for ad revenue has backfired.

    • Michael Wallace October 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Funny thing is we don’t make a penny on revenue from the people we do reviews for. So no desperation for ad revenue at all.

  3. suprnova74 September 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I know this is an old review but two points. First, Josh… Really? You’re complaining about a THOROUGH review? I search all over the place for reviews of this calibur and most of the time I find such shallow reviews I’d be better off going “eenie meenie miney mo” to pick an item i’m researching.

    As for MakerFarm, It’s been over a year and I’m curious how much tweaking you were able to do in regards to print quality? I’ve been looking into 3d printing for quite awhile now and still haven’t come to a decision as to which version/make/etc with which to take the plunge. Was the build size the only reason why you chose makerfarm over say makerbot or other variants?

    • Michael Wallace December 18, 2014 at 3:17 am - Reply

      Things are going well with it. We upgraded a few parts to make it print faster, but over all the unit is still working, and working well. It did take some tinkering with but people were there to help out during the process. Over all still a good printer.

  4. Adam December 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the review, i ordered the new 12″ i3v and i cant wait to get it together. did painting it make it harder to assemble?

    • Michael Wallace February 3, 2015 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      We did not paint it at all. I suppose you could, but we did not during the review.

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