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

Final Setup

This is where things got a bit weird.  I misread the diagram supplied a few times. Basically the motors were wired backwards.  These colors do not coordinate with the stepping motors I received with the kit. My red wire did not go towards the power connector, it went away from it.  I also ran into a problem with the Z axis twin motors.  The connector would only go in where the Red wire was on the bottom.  I effectively removed the pins, and put it in correctly, and everything works fine.  From what Colin told me, a lot of people cut the wires and rewire them with the supplied wires.  I didn’t have any heat shrink, so I did not go this route.  So far I have not ran into any problems with how I set things up.

I also had a problem with the end stop switches.  Colin does go into this with a video,  but I sort of jumped the gun and did not watch it.  You basically put your X Axis on the bottom towards the power, skip one, then your Y Axis, skip one, then you got your Z Axis end stop switch.  Aside from that it was relatively easy to setup.

Once I got all of the wires hooked up and I got ‘auto home’ to work correctly, I then proceeded with flashing the RAMP’s controller.  Now when you follow his setup guide, it does not mention to modify the Configuration.h file.  I had to modify the following lines, which was at about line 256.

#define X_MAX_POS 200
#define X_MIN_POS 0
#define Y_MAX_POS 200
#define Y_MIN_POS 0
#define Z_MAX_POS 185
#define Z_MIN_POS 0

I had to increase my X_MAX_POS, my Y_MAX_POS, and my Z_MAX_POS to the values above to get my full printing capacity.

A lot of people said that the ABS Filament was easy to print with,  but I’ve had nothing but trouble with it.  I am using the PLA Filament right now, and it requires less heat, than the ABS, and over all I’ve had very good luck with it.

So far we’ve built the entire setup, and we’ve printed a few things with it.  It took us a little bit to get everything tuned in. We had very good luck with using the SD Card and the internal RAMPS system to deal with everything.  We only used the computer to convert our images to G code so that RAMPS system knew what to do.  We did not have any luck with Pronterface, or some of the others.  One thing I would suggest is setting your FR speed down to 70-85% printing speed instead of keeping it at 100%.  At such a fast speed we went from having pretty messy designs to a very nice placement and everything else._MG_4474

This was a print using Defcads .223 round.  I printed the one the right at full speed using Pronterface.  The one on the left was done @ 80% speed using Slic3r, and using the RAMPS system to deal with everything.I got straighter edges, and over all better dimensions.

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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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