Robo R1+

by Robo 3D
93% Recommended

Description

Robo3D launched a highly successful kickstarter for their R1 printer. The R1+ features an improved motion system for higher quality printing as well as an improved filament feed system for greater reliability.

Product Details

Improve Printer Specifications
Printer Type
FDM
Print Bed Size (mm)
254 x 228 x 203
Layer Resolution
100-300 microns
Material Types
ABS, PLA. PET, Nylon
Maximum Temperature
290° C
Open Source
Closed Hardware

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Avatar small By powerzog on Oct 26 2016
My experiences have been great

After lots of research, and the realization that I wasn't really comfortable with the do it yourself option, I decided to purchase the Robo R1 +. It got really good reviews, it has a large print area, and it was already assembled, and the price was doable. I had mine set-up and running within an hour of getting it home. The robo community has proven to be invaluable for their help, and tips and tricks with this printer. It is not perfect, and there will be some small issues along the way,(mine involves adhesion to the bed, but that is definitely a trial and error type of thing) but I highly recommend this printer for new users. I do advise using the resources available to you, as they will make your experiences positive ones. 

Small stevesaintsm By MagicSteve on Nov 04 2016
An excellent ready to print machine for the price

I got Robo R1+ last Christmas, and was printing with in the second hour. Auto leveling bed, heated bed, large print area, etc. I t there were a con it would be there was at the time no way to control during print if disconnected from your computer. Matter Hackers, fixed that with a tablet for 300 dollars. I am extremely happy with this setup. 

My next purchase will be Simplify 3D, to be able to do more with my creations. While the Matter Hackers software that comes with the Robo works fine, ( a reworked version of Cura) Simplify 3D has more of what I need.

I recommend this printer to all my friends.

Small 1554482 1008757975825142 2645167432864575633 n By kelly_luck on Nov 04 2016
As close to just-works as I've seen

I've been playing with consumer 3-D printers for a good little while now, waiting for them to get to the point where they would be reliable enough that I could spend more time printing than tweaking. The R1+ is an excellent worker that is usually extremely stable when it comes to prints. I've only had a couple problems with it: namely a clogged nozzle and the hot end thermometer getting broken. Their customer service helped me fix the clog, and sent along a replacement for the broken part. Other than that, this printer has taken pretty much whatever I throw at it, and cranks it out really well. The "medium" quality prints beat some "high" prints I've seen on other printers. 

They recently came out with a couple of new printers, which look great and improve on the R1+, but if you can't swing one of them, these are actually quite cheap now, and an excellent value. 

Some suggestions for getting the most out of yours:

* A quick spritz of Aqua-Net hairspray on the print bed does wonders for adhesion

* Print and use a filament oiler early on, to help avoid clogs.

* Get a "Smart LCD Controller XXL", it's a *huge* LCD screen that lets you control the printer without tethering it to a computer. It looks great, and really enhances the usefulness of the machine. It's only $70 or so, and can be installed in an afternoon. Can't recommend it enough.

Anyhow, this is an excellent printer, combining a good large print bed, bed level correction, and very high reliability. I've been very pleased with its performance. The bundled MatterControl software is not exactly mind-blowing, but it's adequate. I may move to Cura since I'm used to that on other printers. Definitely worth looking in to as a ready-to-use consumer printer.

Avatar small By mcox24 on Mar 26 2017
A great Value for the quality, features and easy to work with

Wow..love it.  It took two weeks to decide on the Robo R1 Plus, but was the best value for the money with all the features that it has. Built solid and they upgraded somethings the R1 didn't have. Ready from the box with auto leveling, heated bed, large print area is definitely a plus over other printers and a quick release for the hot end is a real big plus which I had to use on only the second time I used the printer because I left the filament in over night so don't do that because the hot end got clogged after only the second day I had it but only took 5 minutes to pull it out using the quick release and pulling the broken off filament  out but was my fault. I'm predicting the price on the R1 + will be coming down because Robo 3D is coming out with their new model the R2  end of March 2017 which is expensive and doesn't have as large a build area and the distributor's will want to get rid of their stock to make room for the R2, keep an eye out for sales. Still can buy some upgrades for it like an LCD screen/control so you don't have to be connected to a computer or you can run off of the included SD card once you set the card up another plus. Very happy with it after only 3 days of having it and I already know it's going to be a long relationship but my wife doesn't  know it yet.....LOL

Avatar small By Laura Melnik on Apr 24 2017
First time 3D printing

Love the heated bed and the compact footprint.  

Medium. Changing the line is a bit of a huge learning curve. But I have the hang of it now.

Hate: I hate that the bed does not have a back drive sensor so each time it aligns itself it goes through the bottom middle and the CRASH well, that means it's almost time to print.  Couldn't you have put a limit switch on both ends?

The print head get the material around it's it starts, sometimes it makes zero up and down to high off the table. This makes the material want to stick to the table, but whe. The next pass comes by, it just picks up the first laver and poop gets all over the head. Then the rest of the model is junk. 

Like that my husband learned how to use it so I can do my toys. We have made quite a few custom parts for the RC Planes we build for others. 

Wish it had a shield. The AC blows right at it. So we have had to put a diverted into the AC duct to keep the parts from cooling to fast.

It's a bummer I got the model I did when the newer model came out just a couple months after mine.

The 2 softwares MC and the other one are so diffeeent that only 1 should come with the printer.  Make it easy for the techno-tard to get going.

I like my printer. No, I think I love my printer :)

Laura Melnik

Avatar small By 54chevyguy on Jun 17 2017
My first printer

i took about a year to find and buy a good priced 3d printer and it happened to be robo 3dr1+ i love the large build plate has been a good machine for me and is easy to remove hot end loosen 2 screws and pull the bracket out of the way and the hot end falls right out (keep a hand on the hot end but not when it's hot) L.O.L So to sum it up do yourself a favor and just get a robo and if money isn't an issue get a robo R2 i'm saving for one myself looks like a great machine. HAPPY PRINTING ALL!!!

Avatar small By drwatson58 on Aug 29 2017
My 1st Printer Robo

Bought it off ebay at a great price.  Runs great.  trying to learn it.  Tried to use Cura program but haven't been able to get it to run with it.  Otherwise I love it.  Alot of stl files out there that I have printed with it.

Avatar small By datnewsome on Oct 16 2017
Great Printer

This printer may not be as well known as some of the other printers out there, but it is still incredible. For the amount you pay, you get a lot of build volume. The only problems I have had with this machine are either my own fault or just it being finicky. Overall it is a great printer and has yet to go wrong

Avatar small By Curtis Mears on Dec 28 2017
First 3D Printer Actually Works!

When I purchased the  Robo plus, I was not sure I would get it to actually print.  After unpacking  it, my concerns were realized as the print head would only move up, and ended up lodged against the top.  I finally realized a packing piece was hidden behind the print arm. I removed it, manually lowered the print head, and tried my first print job, small plastic square. The job began and  the whole family watched in awe as the print head moved over the heated surface in a mesmerizing pattern. After several minutes, I was the proud father of a small plastic square. My wife was less than impressed, saying it was just a small plastic square. But I  knew this was the stepping stone to much larger jobs. next a 15 hour plastic man with wings. And after 15 hours, I realized I may want to move it to a dark corner as it does make some noise...for 15 hours. Anyways, the printer works great, is easy to use, and does an admirable job. Just watch out for the orange packing piece stuffed behind the support bars.   

Avatar small By gleavitt on Jan 04 2018
Robo R1+ is a solid 3D Printer

At first I had a lot of issues with this printer. This was my second 3D printer. The first was even worse. Once I started to really understand how this printer worked and was able to tweak all of the settings, I started to really love what it was able to do. I learned that the default settings for all materials needed to be tweaked. The Z Offset had to be adjusted a bit otherwise the nozzle was too close to the build plate to extrude. I also had to increase the extrusion multiplier a tad to really get the material down on the build plate. Another adjustment was the fan and when it came on…depending on the material being used. ABS tends to warp if it cools too rapidly where PLA is more forgiving. Adjusting those settings to line up with the material really helped the build quality. Lastly, I learned that using a glue stick on the build plate or blue painters tape is the best for adhesion of all materials.

Overall, this is a great printer and will continue to use it even when I purchase a Robo R2.

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