3D Printing for your Shop // Prusa mk3 Review

3D printing is one of the most underutilized technologies for the home shop and this video will get you started to adopting it! It’s a shame that 3D printing is often associated with printing Yoda heads and Pikachus for your desk and not with printing actual USEFUL stuff. I happen to help companies adopt 3D printing for real world applications so I’ve seen first hand how powerful it can be. Large Fortune 500 companies can benefit and so can your small home/garage shop.
This video represents STEP 1 in the journey towards putting a 3D printer in your arsenal. I promise that it will return huge benefits to your projects or shop in general.
I always point folks to Prusa printers because they are just rock solid. The Prusa i3 Mk3 I show in the video has been cranking out parts for me for over a year without any issues (except the one that I talk about). Don’t waste your time with a super low-cost piece of junk or even a more expensive piece of junk. The world of 3D printing can seem daunting and I’d like to guide you to the right path.
I review the Prusa i3 Mk3 printer and give my take on the good and the not-so-good. You’ll get a good understanding of why I recommend this printer and once you’ve got one of your own, you can start implementing printed parts like I have. I plan on following up this video with another giving some examples of printed parts throughout my shop to illustrate my point.
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37 thoughts on “3D Printing for your Shop // Prusa mk3 Review

  1. Fixing the pull the trigger on 3D printer / device. Looking at the Prusa ( thanks to your video). Any thoughts on multi functional devices like snapmaker that also has CNC carving attachment also? Would appreciate any thoughts. Thanks

  2. Great job and right on with Prusa i3 MK3 S being the one to get . Also The thing that blows me away is How Prusa, all the people that work there have advanced 3d printing further than any other person or company. Every low cost printer out there is what it is thanks to Prusa ideas and development.

  3. Since you mentioned that 3D printing is an important part of your shop, I'd like to see what you'd use one for in a typical shop. I never thought of why I'd need one.

  4. Great video! If I may suggest, perhaps a video on how to get started in modeling ( in CAD, not fashion as you said) would be a good compliment.

  5. Thanks for the over view Travis. I'd love to see a vid of stuff you print for the shop. I've been wanting to do 3D printing for awhile but for me it's the cost of the printer and, frankly, the technology kinda scares me. Not the tech itself but it all seems so complicated. Sounds like I need to just hop into Fusion 360 and get familiar with the modeling software at a minimum and maybe I can save my pennies and get a 3D printer at some point.

  6. I have a cr10s and have printed lots of things in my shop, it’s awesome to be able to print knobs for my jigs and things like push sticks and grippers. Love the video a 3D printer definitely takes my shop to the next level

  7. I just got started with 3D printing this year and I agree that is has a place in the workshop. I am looking forward to incorporating 3D printing into tools and jigs into my shop and woodworking projects.

    Thank you very much for the effort you put into this channel. I know how much work it is and then dealing with the keyboard quarterbacks and comments can be painful at times.

    Keep up the great work and thanks again!

  8. Printed parts -> Those actually can be really sturdy. But i do think Prusa has not made them sturdy enough. Also 3d printing allows them to make quite intricate and complicated parts with frequent updates.
    The print quality is kinda meh tho, but that is not due to 3d printed parts.

    BUT Prusa has done great great things for 3d printing community by pushing the software and electronics. Mechanics are just a bit meh.

  9. I have an Ender 3 Pro (my first), a Geeetech A10M (for dual color/mixing), an Artillery Sidewinder X1 (for larger prints) and an Anycubic Photon (for resin prints). Just got my MK3S and i absolutely love it. I refer to it as the "Prusa experience" lol…the packaging, material quality, customer support, instructions are all incredibly well done…I'd even argue Josef Prusa is setting the standard. Prusaslicer is great too, you don't even need a mk3 to use it AFAIK.

    If money is a deciding factor and you really want to get into FDM printing and enjoy building stuff I can wholeheartedly recommend the Creality Ender series of printers, but if you want a reliable out of box machine that you don't have to build and is going to do you well, getting the preassembled mk3s is ideal.

  10. Dude. Update your firmware. There is now 7×7 (49 point) mesh bed leveling which also measures each point faster. (I haven't timed it, but the new 7×7 leveling seems to be about the same amount of time as the old 3×3 leveling.) This gets a higher resolution map of the inherent warping of the bed for the printer to correct for.

  11. Using Octoprint for wireless control and monitoring is directly supported by Prusa as an opensource addon. You really only need an enclosure for ABS to keep the heat up and for PLA it makes it harder to cool fast enough. At the volume they are doing it would be lower cost for them to injection mold many of the parts that are not likely to change. However, some of the parts have features that can only be 3D printed and since it's constantly evolving it does make sense to make the parts via 3D printing. In fact, between when I ordered and received one many of parts were updated.

  12. Great video. I have a MakerBot 2x, and while it's quite a few years old (in the world of 3D printing) it still works great. I hadn't used it for about 2 years and just last week I got it working again for the explicit reason of using it for shop stuff. I'm so tired of trying to find or hack together dust collection adapters that I wanted to use it to make my own. So far so good! I did a quick time lapse of my most recent print. Too bad I wasn't paying attention to the direction the model printed in so all you see is a cylinder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIEEdNhShH0

  13. At 4:51, you talk about connectivity only being available through the SD card or physical USB cable. The control board has a specific set of connectors to add a Raspberry Pi Zero to be able to use something like OctoPrint. See https://manual.prusa3d.com/c/Octoprint_for_Original_Prusa_i3_MK3 for details.

  14. Don't put printer on wooden table it will amplify the sound, to dampen the sound put in rag or sponge or concrete slab
    and don't use sketch up for 3d modeling it's not designed for that but it can work after you fix each model every time in fablab

  15. I’m considering building a hypercube evolution this winter as an indoor project when I can’t use my garage shop. Are you familiar with them? How do you think they compare to the prusa?

  16. This subject begs for A LOT MORE exposition…slower, more detailed walk through of possibilities…leaves me with many more questions…as usual, very interesting & entertaining…well done!..

  17. I have 3D printed Chep's corner clamps and they work great for smaller projects. I also printed a tool holder for my drill press – it wraps around the post and holds a few Allen keys and the chuck key.

    I really like the stop block you made for your T tracks, too. I haven't done it yet, but still plan on doing that project.

  18. Turn the spooler holder around and you avoid issues of the extruder hitting the spool holder. It needs to hang over the back half of the printer.

  19. My favorite 3-D printing related topic is specifically applications i.e. practical things that you can print that aren’t action figures or desk toys

  20. I have thought about getting a 3D printer to help build/replace certain car parts. My worry is the temperature where some of these parts go in the engine bay and some wear type items in the interior.

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