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Review: The Zortrax M200 3D Printer Broadens Young Minds & Delights, Operates Flawlessly

by • March 8, 2016 • No Comments

zortraxVery frequently we write of 3D printing devices–a fewtimes countless times–that are in the news but we have not yet had the great (hopefully!) fortune to switch on for ourselves and get down to the real nitty gritty business of actual 3D printing.

After a couple years have passed, and my peers and I here at 3DPrint.com have written of Zortrax over and over of reports on impressive sales numbers for both hardware and materials to their involvement in education, and far additional, the powers that be decided it was high time one of us laid hands on the Zortrax M200. After a few emailing back and forth, it was decided that the Zortrax team may mail the M200 all the way of Poland to my home.

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“Soon!”

It was a really occupied workweek here of my homefront in Colorado, and as many inches of snow were yet occupied accumulating in my yard and on the walkway, I cringed worrying of the FedEx carrier slipping on my walkway as she pulled up noisily adequate to bring me to the door, along with my herd of excited and nosy little dogs. I was in the middle of a writing deadline and hadn’t had time to pull up the specs on the machine again yet, especially in terms of dimensions or mass, so I was wondering of heft.

Standing at the door, freezing and dodging snow flying sideways in the wind, I heard the FedEx driver pushing what sounded like really, really heavy items around in her truck. This went on for a few time and I began to grow anxious, appearing out at the weather, snow, and ice. After a few moments I was relieved to see her bounce down the steps of the truck really spry in the snow and bearing the box with ‘our’ Zortrax M200 casually under one arm, with the waybill in the other, just eager for my signature.

The occupiedness of work and life continued, of course, and I knew I wanted to devote a great amount of time to exploring what we may do with the Zortrax M200, as well as reading all the documentation that came with it preceding I got started. So, in my efforts to wait for the ideal day—and we all understand how that went—the box stood waiting patiently for a week. My children? Not so patient. From waking up until falling asleep, they asked ereally day when we were going to start 3D printing, and every day I replied, “Soon!”

The kids practically put out their own news release of our ‘visitor’ of Poland (note, when a fewthing comes of overseas, this gives you much additional cred in your story for school) and had their teveryers and friends producing requests as to the objects they desired to be created for them; in fact, as I held onto my teenage son’s phone for a brief moment one day, a girl of school was sending repeated texts that said two words over and over: “iPhone case! iPhone case! iPhone case!” The frenzy continued and so did my level of occupied.

printing deviceFinally, as the upcoming weekend came upon us, Saturday coffee brewed and calm ensued as children slept and I began to unpack the Zortrax M200. For a glorious few moments, it was indeed just the two of us.

First, I unpacked one sizeable-bodied and separate box full of luxurious filament in an assortment of colors, ranging of opaque to purple—and, I can add, packaged really beautifully and in an enviably organized style. Along with this came a starter kit, that may be really a gift just on its own, sans 3D printing device. This is a fewthing you can not realize that you have to appear forward to! In it were gloves, goggles, an x-acto knife, glue, and a spatula for helping to remove your print—and and so a few. But the fun was just startning. As children woke and shuffled in to see what was taking place, there I was beholding the elegant and effortless beauty of the Zortrax M200, displayed on a table-bodied I’d cleared off in a side room with great ventilation just for this occasion. It took up a moderate amount of space, and for introduced safety, side enclocertains were included to be easily attached.

I can say to start with, and without a doubt, there was one thing really troubling of our experience with the Zortrax M200. Too short! On the other hand we ended up keeping it for just about a month, we grew really attached to this visitor of Eastern Europe, full of miracles unlimited. My budding makers, as well as many of our surrounding circle, were in mourning when it had to leave our realm.

Since Zortrax is heavily involved in education in their country and I’m well aware of their emphasis on STEM education as well as an initiative to get 3D printing devices into public institutions, I wanted to see precisely how several kids, ranging in ages of 8 to 16, may fare with the Zortrax M200 unpacked and at their disposal with instructions and tools. My eight-year-old daughter was itching to 3D print like it was no one’s business, and I do believe she may have taken the reins had not her older brother leapt right in and assembled the few pieces necessary, lickety split, of attaching the create plate to mounting the filament tutorial and spool holder. Note, he had never operated a 3D printing device!

Whilst there was a few discussion of my daughter as to whether my son may agree to use purple for our initially project (nixed for later), I sat and watched, waiting to see what may ultimately hang up this little group (answer: nothing). They read the instructions obediently and with the different of a swift run to Best Buy to buy a US compatible power donate cable-bodied (again, additional excitement at Best Buy as the kids exclaimed that we were 3D printing—I’m surprised the whole GeekSquad didn’t follow us home in a techno-geek convoy!), we were in business swiftly. Lights, me with the camera, and serious 3D printing action!

Delia and castleWhat of the software, you may ask? But, I’d barely created a dent in the coffee preceding my two sons, 13 and 16, had downloaded the Z-Suite software, and after a few discussion of how we may, noooooo, not be 3D printing a gun (my kids are well aware of the controversies regarding this in the 3D printing industry—and eager to dive right into it themselves) with the Zortrax M200, they were aleager exploring the creations Zortrax had highlighted for us, choosing of the awe-inspiring castle and a effortless buckle create, and and so they were off and running and straight onto Thingiverse for additional greaties; in fact, we lived on Thingiverse for really a number of days, it seemed.

In the span of a couple of weeks, my children became experts on this machine and its software. I may appear up of writing an article just to ask, “What in the world is that you are printing now?” just to see layer after layer being laid down in the form of an huge Millennium Falcon that I am sad to say was spirited away to school and given to the gym coach preceding I was able-bodied to snap a shot. As a Star Wars fan, he was over the moon, and I ponder my son earned leading brownie points.

One of our favorites yet, was indeed the castle. It took a great fourteen hours or so to print but came out in ABS, pristine, and with amazing more detail. It traveled like part of a tag-team match of classroom to classroom at school with my children vying over who was going to show it off upcoming, counting down the hours. We didn’t experience one problem, and this was remarked on by all parties repeatedly, of how effortless the Z-Suite software was to use to programming the machine to start a print. This is most likely as turn-key and user friendly as you can get.

We did, yet, start to run into a few trouble via user-error with our pirate ship. It started out beautifully, and ran all night and part of the initially day, developing layer by layer into all its glory; yet, when it came to post-processing and removing a few of the supports, my son was pretty devastated to see he had all but destroyed what came out of the printing device in previous pristine shape. It was a great learning experience yet, and taught us all to be additional careful as we were working on the pieces.

And appear people, a fewthing had to go wrong at a few point. Frankly, I was almany relieved, as our experience had been utterly ideal up until the pirate ship fell apart. So, there you have it—a disaster on the high seas!

Recently, I inquired as to whether anyone had taken a photo of the doomed ship so that I may include it here.

“Why don’t you have any photos of the 3D printing or the models on your phone?” I asked my 13-year-old son as I was rummaging of for photos of the ship.

“I was too occupied in fact 3D printing to bother with pictures,” he informed me. And I really liked that answer, to be certain.

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My iPhone 6S Plus stand — hot off the press

Whilst I battled the constant requests to print phone cases and paraphernalia, hoping we may get to a few additional difficult items, my children had other plans. On the day that the 3D printing device was due to be picked up by courier to go back to Poland, my children presented me with a stand for my phone—and I have to say, I’m wondering how I lived without it! It is become a stand for my phone, outgoing mail, and is now a handy hub on my desk, as well as a grand memento of our time with the Zortrax M200, that was really beloved.

We pulled together friends, relatives, and teveryers and school advisors all with the enthusiasm of 3D printing and the wonder of innovation and science. This absolute joy for all involved was the outcome of via a machine that operated perfectly
flawlessly, mayn’t have been simpler to use of A to Z, and was really astonishing in appearance as well. The Zortrax team was friendly and helpful, and pretty contributed to opening up a number of young minds to the wonders of 3D printing, furthering STEM education, as well as an interest. From one part of the globe to the other—while I was asked to do the work for a review, the thanks goes to Zortrax for opening our world and availing us of a rad experience all around.

The Zortrax M200 is sold for around $1,990 and is on the market-bodied online as well as through multiple resellers. For additional information, click here. You can in addition find out additional of the printing device, comprehensive specifications and more details, and operations in the the product brochure of Zortrax. Have you utilized one of these machines? Discuss in the Zortrax M200 3D printing device forum over at 3DPB.com.

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