Unofficial Prusa Mini Wait Thread
I once (2017) waited 5 months for the delivery of my printer. I used the waiting time to build an enclosure and purchase various tools and utensils. I also studied the Prusa instructions carefully beforehand. This makes the waiting process less difficult.
Ordered my first ever 3d printer, the Prusa Mini+ on 6th Jan. I guesstimated an early March delivery date based on the lead-times table and updated my Raspberry Pi clock to alternate between the time and a countdown to my estimated delivery date. I'm so freaking excited, I've been modelling stuff in TinkerCad, making huge collections here on PrusaPrinters and Thingiverse and having fun practicing slicing on PrusaSlicer. I CAN'T WAIT!!
Exciting to see that delivery times were just updated and have shortened.
Pleased to see your post, I checked and Im excited mine has moved forward one week, im 2nd week of Feb now 🙂
Prusa Mini+ (Ordered Dec 19,2020 - Arrived Feb 21,2021) stated clicking Mar 2nd / MP Select Mini V2...
Wow, order lead time for the kit has decreased from 9-10 weeks to 6-7 weeks. I've been checking the shipping estimation page religiously (and building my character while waiting...). I ordered my MINI+ kit on November 25 (with a lead time of 8 weeks) and originally shipping was supposed to happen after January 25, but now it's starting 4 days earlier. I'm still not sure if I can allow myself to get excited!
I suspect you're seeing the benefits of the introduction of the injection moulded front and rear. Apparently they took about 50% of the time taken to print a set of mini parts. Cutting the production time like that should reduce lead times or something has gone very wrong (assuming other parts and assembly / packing teams can keep up!)
I suspect you're seeing the benefits of the introduction of the injection moulded front and rear.
When I first read that Prusa is using injection molded (IM) parts, I was a bit disappointed. Using 3D printed parts always seemed part of Prusa's reprap ethos. I was pleasantly surprised to read about Prusa's approach:
- Rather than making IM the emphasis, Prusa is using filament scraps to produce the IM parts. Users are still able to 3D print and improve other parts over the life of their printer.
- IM parts are only being used for structural parts that are slow to print and are not likely to change.
- Prusa is doing the IM process in-house.
So in typical Prusa fashion, they've moved a process in-house that would normally be outsourced, are recycling filament scraps to do so, maintain the ability to iterate rapidly as changes to the design are made, and speed up the production process to move orders out the door.
I'm really impressed they managed to do this at one of the most challenging and busy times of the year.
Totally agree, the other thing that I feel is a plus, is that they are using rejected parts and filament from their extrusion lines to do the injection moulding, so there is a reduction in the environmental impact of their manufacturing, which can only be a good thing.
Any ideas when orders placed on week 48/2020 start going out? The shipping table says January 21 2021 and hasn't been updated. (I'm in that group)
I’m in the same group as well. I placed my order on November 25 and got a confirmation last Thursday that a shipping company has received electronic information about the package, but nothing else has happened since. Not sure if the printer has been sent or not. In the past the shipping info table has been updated on Tuesdays, so perhaps we get an update today.
You got a tracking number?
That's reassuring at least. I ordered November 28. Hopefully I'm up soon.
Yup got a tracking number and my order info at shop.prusa3d.com says the order has been shipped, but not sure what to think of the tracking details (below) because they have not been updated for 5 days now. But I think your order should be up this week!
|2021-01-21 13:26:01||We have received electronical information about the package.|
|2021-01-21 13:26:01||Awaiting consignment by the sender.|
I'm just surprised that Prusa didn't do this much earlier. Injection molded parts are more precise, more stable, and much higher quantities/time can be produced. Given the number of units sold, this is certainly worth considering. This could also reduce production times. I think Prusa will certainly have already thought about this.
I am thinking that the fact that Prusa is not shipping to the United Kingdom right now has probably freed up a number of units to fill other orders earlier. What the number might be, I do not know, nor can I hazard a guess.
I can’t see them discontinuing shipments permanently.
Of course not, but no business is going to have units on hand that cannot be shipped and paid for orders that can be shipped where those units can fill orders and don't.
Great Britain will have to get to the back of the line when they come back in to the world of commerce.
I doubt they will be in back of the line for all countries. Just because they do not want to live the EU policies, costs, and mandates does not mean they are doomed. I think the US will alway be here for them and they will just need to open relation ships with EU countries individually.