In this section we're looking at the Robo R1 +Plus 3D Printer Review which for 2017 we rated it our best 3d printer. Yes there are better 3d printers on the market, the LulzBot TAZ 6 offers much better flexibility given it's huge print bed and the ability to print with over 30 different filament types whilst the the Ultimaker 2+ offer much better printing resolution given that it can print at 25 microns if you're wanting a super detailed model and the XYZprinting Da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3D Printer is very cheap at less than $500, however what the Robo R1 offers is value for money, a selection of printing features and great 3d printing.
Robo R1 +Plus 3D Printer Review
The Robo 3D R1+ entered the market in late 2016 and has quickly built itself a reputation for performance, value for money and printing ability. It has a maximum build capacity of 10 x 9 x 8 inches (D x W x H) in size or 720 cubic inches in volume, which isn’t bad for something of this price range. The setup of this printer is very easy, and the software guides you through it in a simple and understandable way. The printer comes ready to go meaning that you simply need to calibrate the extruder, add filament and you're ready to rock. The printer comes with a metal design and a hard plastic outer shell although it feel solid even when printing quickly.
Open Source Filament
The platform of the print bed is self-levelling, which takes away the problems so often found in many other 3D printers. It’s a little tricky to insert the filament into the single extruder, but that should be the only major problem you encounter as far as setup is concerned. The software which takes you through the printing process is also very user-friendly and offers versatility, which makes it a good option for anyone looking to use something simple and understandable.
Printing is both very quiet and given that it's been designed to use open source filament, you don't have buy the manufactures own brand of super expensive filament like so many others and more importantly, you can print in massive range of filament types including PLA, ABS, HIPS and more. The bed is heated, which is always a good feature in a 3D printer and makes the print quality much better.
The Robo R1 +Plus can print at up to a resolution of 100microns which whilst not the best on the market, does get the flexibility between print speed and print quality in the correct place. Even at 100 Microns, the quality is great and printing even a detailed 600 cubic inches in volume project only taking a couple of hours to print. We often talk about the percentage of successful prints that a printer can complete. The best models generally make a mess of 25% of prints, however we have tested this model extensively over the last year and that number of failed prints is still in single figures.
Where this one does fall short which is a little annoying at times is the print bed which does not seem to grip the first few layers correctly meaning that you need to watch the first few layers print before you can leave it alone to print. Sometimes, and probably due to the print bed temperature not being correct, the model does not stick causing problems. The other problem with the print bed is that models can be really hard to remove if you leave them to dry over night and want to remove in the morning. You really need to get in to the habit of removing your project from the print bed as soon as it's complete.
If you check out the forums and tweak the settings a little, you can easily fix the print beds and get the right temperature for each filament types that you want to use. Ideally this shouldn’t be necessary with technology of this level, however this is where the value for money aspect of this printer comes into play. Yes you can buy printers where the print bed and print quality will be perfect, but they are three times the price and out of many peoples budget.
Overall the Robo R1 +Plus is a fantastic 3d printer. Yes there are a few frustrating problems with this 3d printer, you get some jams, some clogs and some occasions where you must scrape your build off the print bed, however the value for money to buy and run the printer as well as the flexibility in using the printer especially given the filament types that you can print with and the impressive software make it a great 3d printer.
If you want the best print quality then this one probably isn’t for you, however if you're looking for a great printer that can print anything you want with the ability to print at home easily and cheaply, they look at the Robo R1 +Plus.