Robo R1+

by Robo 3D
90% 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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Robo R1+ Prints 47

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20 Reviews

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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.

Avatar small By Andreraul on Mar 08 2018
Good Printer

This is my 1st and only printer, so not much to compare it to first hand. Non the less, it's efficient and reliable. It does have some issues but the brand itself is trustworthy.

Avatar small By keith1233678 on May 04 2018
Works Well

It has worked for me when i needed it.

Avatar small By XYZ-Imagination on Sep 17 2018
Robo 3D R1+

So far I have had my Robo 3D R1+ for almost two years. Other than user error and fine tuning for each filament, I have had no issues. Cleaning and maintaining is key to the Robo 3D R1+. If you do not clean, oil an d check regularly, you will have issues.

I only print at a .02 layer height and the prints come out beautifully. I do heat filament to high limits, but the flow is even and very precise. First 3D printer and I have made products that I have sold and am using without massive flaws. Bed sticking was an issue, but I learned it was user error. Now I can't get the stuff off easily. LOL.  The build room is perfect for me. 200mm x 200mm x 200mm is what I have the limits set to. You can adjust the parameters for more or less room, but these are perfect for me.

I will be purchasing a second one for sure since the price for the R1+ has gone down.

PLA Suggestions: Change nozzle for better quality. Set Heat 10 degree's above suggested temp filament. Use glue and 60 degree's on bed. I use 50-60mm/sec print speed. Best bed adhesion with skirt(8 loops) and .02 height. The rest was default settings.

Avatar small By Prop Logic Media on Oct 22 2018
Easily competes with $1000 printers

I've had this printer for about 3 or 4 years now and it has served me well. It has a decent build size, heated glass bed, good looks and easily serviceable parts. Customer service has always bent over backwards for me and though I've had problems with it I would say they were reasonable problems for a printer in this price range. Also there are some simple upgrades and additions I would recommend (See below). It has simple parts inside including an arduino mega, a shield for controlling the stepper motors and heating elements and a power supply. It is not enclosed so technically it could do better with controlling the temps but I find it works just fine. I use matter control for the software. 

First, the bottom of the printer is closed. This limits airflow and contributed to my arduino shield overheating and melting/burning the connections. When I replaced the shield the new ones came with a better design for the connectors that is less likely to fail, however I removed the bottom cover all together, printed stands to raise the printer off the table a few centimeters and printed a holder to hold the cooling fan directly on on the shield itself. All these upgrades are available on thingiverse if you just search for for the robo r1. I also used more metal tape on the cork insulation on the bottom of the heated bed to help hold the thermistor and heating element up because it was having a hard time keeping a consistent temperature. The support guy at Robo 3D sent me out the replacement shield and parts for free even though I was a bit outside my warranty. 

My arduino mega board went bad about a year ago and had to replace it which cost me about $50 from Robo3D. My printer was an older design which used a rubber boot/cover to hold the thermister on the extruder block. The boot dry rotted recently and I had to fix it by using high temp silicone adhesive designed for chimney chutes to hold the thermister in place. Newer printers come with an upgraded hot end which uses a set screw to hold everything in place and I could buy a newer hot end to replace mine, but my fix works pretty good for right now and cost me five bucks.

I've easily printed over 10kg of filament over the last 3 or 4 years and have never cleaned or cared for the print nozzle. Recently my nozzle became clogged pretty good. Replacing the nozzle, however, cost me five bucks since it uses standard nozzles and it was not hard to get back up and running. 

All in all, this is a solid printer for the $500 range. If you're okay with replacing some things here and there over time this printer will compete with a lot of other printers in the $1000 range no problem. 

Small vrchat 1920x1080 2018 07 09 20 00 04.002 By Roucey on Nov 23 2018
It's eh

It's not a printer for someone just starting out, but if you know what you're doing it can definitely work for you. I've had the printer for about 2 years now and it's worked fine throughout. I have had a few gripes with it, the bed is out of alignment which isn't too bad it just means the print runs off the heated part quite a bit, the bed never evenly heats and that causes a lot of problems with bigger prints. Though when it works it works amazing and I really love when that happens if only it happened more often, I would personally recommend a Prusa printer (https://shop.prusa3d.com/en/3d...) if you have the money and a Monoprice Select Mini (https://www.monoprice.com/prod...) if you're on a budget. If you want to avoid the headaches and maintenance then get one of those.

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