I’ve been following 3D printing for a couple of years and this year I finally decided that it was time to get my own.
After doing some research, I concluded that the best locally available options was:
Based on this, I knew that it would cost me somewhere between R6000 and R7000.
So now I just had to find a way to fund this hobby.
Luckily, I work for an awesome company. Entelect has an annual R100k challenge (Which is now closer to R200k in prize money). Obviously, as an employee, I’m not allowed to enter, however, we also do an internal version.
As it turns out, the prize money for the winner of the internal challenge this year would be just about enough to cover the purchase of a 3D printer.
Long story short: I won.
After weighing up the pros and cons of all the options within my budget I eventually decided on the 3dPrintingStore.co.za kit (Mainly because you get more for the same price).
I then spent 15 hours building it, and another couple of days on and off debugging it. As it turns out, it was my bad – I was shorting the wrong in on the PSU, which made it turn on, but run with a massively reduced current.
I have to mention that the service by 3dPrintingStore.co.za was phenominal. They even offered for me to bring the printer to them over the weekend to get help sorting it out.
I did a pretty bad quality timelapse of building the printer for anybody interested.