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madelves
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Help identify Used Printer + Where to get parts

Hey guys,

I got a used old Prusa Printer but being a noob / never printed anything I wanted to start off modest and work with this. How to identify which build is this? The control LCD box says an i3 Rework but couldn't find it anywhere.

First of all some parts are broken so I couldn't turn it on. I have broken parts that needs to be replaced but needed a kind of 'resource guide' where to look etc for this. If you could please kindly it'd be great. Also since this is my first printer (haven't done anything previously), do you think PRUSA can help me source the broken items? Can this also be upgradeable to current standard?

(PS: I am still trying to figure out where I can host some pictures about this so it will come later)

Thanks
- Ray

Posted : 23/07/2021 10:28 am
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
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Photos

Photos will definitely help.  

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Chuck H
3D Printer Review Blog...
Posted : 23/07/2021 10:46 am
madelves
(@madelves)
Active Member
Topic starter answered:
Found out what it is from the previous owner

So apparently it is an assembly based on this : RepRap version of the i3 Prusa ...
https://reprap.org/wiki/Prusa_i3_Rework_Introduction

CMIIW, but from what I've read so far this is pre Original Prusa line, yes?

I have found out from the wiki parts list etc.

My question now is : Can this be upgraded to the i3 Mk3 ?

I saw somewhere that you can upgrade the Original Prusa i3 but can it be upgraded from this version into the latest Mark 3? (Some parts might need to be changed of course)

Posted : 23/07/2021 11:09 am
madelves
(@madelves)
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Topic starter answered:
Photos....

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l87q3moh9nvb1x9/AAAKNStcm4VRfv-gSmJq_T7Ma?dl=0

Photos

Posted by: @cwbullet

Photos will definitely help.  

 

Posted : 23/07/2021 11:18 am
JoanTabb
(@joantabb)
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Mk3 Wannabee

The Mk3 has a 6mm aluminium main frame, and aluminium extrusions for the front and rear subframes
it has an Einsy Rambo controller board with integrated motor controllers with programmable motor current, a larger heatbed and build plate  plus a 24 volt power supply

your printer has a Perspex, mainframe, studding front and rear frames and an old style heatbed and probably a 12 volt powersupply, 
the chances are that your controller board, has individual motor controller boards with manual current adjustment

there is no prusa supplied upgrade path from the printer you have, and a mk3

upgrade to mk3 is almost certainly not economical

you could consider upgrading to a Zaribo or Bear frame, to get a much more robust printer, but that would not upgrade the electronics. 

or you could fit a Mk3xx extruder to the printer that you have  but the chances are that the filament sensor facility would be inoperative. 

If you are considering changing the controller, you may be better changing to a 32 bit controller. 
alternatively you can buy a 210mm square magnetic heatbed and removable build plate, and fit that to the printer that you already have. 

Many options, but upgrade to mk3xx is probably best by buying the Mk3S+ new, and retiring the existing printer... 

I am re using old 3D printers, on other projects... 

regards Joan

I try to make safe suggestions,You should understand the context and ensure you are happy that they are safe before attempting to apply my suggestions, what you do, is YOUR responsibility. Location Halifax UK...
Posted : 23/07/2021 12:47 pm
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cwbullet
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Printer

I have one of these old I3 printers that works fairly well.  It takes a lot of tinkering but you can get reliable prints out of it.  

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Chuck H
3D Printer Review Blog...
Posted : 23/07/2021 1:01 pm
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madelves
(@madelves)
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Topic starter answered:
I guess it's juryrigging

there is no prusa supplied upgrade path from the printer you have, and a mk3

Ok Good to know.. This means my option is to first revive this old printer and see what I can do with it and tinkering with this machine will probably give me more understanding of all the bits and pieces.

Thank you. I will see what I can do in the mean time reviving this.

Posted : 23/07/2021 2:40 pm
madelves
(@madelves)
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Topic starter answered:
Thanks

Thank you, this is my first foray into this 3D thingy and I guess with the pandemic it would be a good hobby while doing home improvement. My country is still having a 2nd resurgence and we're on lockdown

Posted by: @cwbullet

I have one of these old I3 printers that works fairly well.  It takes a lot of tinkering but you can get reliable prints out of it.  

 

Posted : 23/07/2021 2:41 pm
JoanTabb
(@joantabb)
Moderator
Perspex printers

Hi Chuck.

I also had one of the perspex printers... 

It was 8mm pesrpex, which is more robust than most. 
yes it printed. 
I found loading the filament a pain because the filament was unconstrained in the extruder and I never liked the manual z adjustment, or the Glass build plate

it now sports a 120x120 magnetic build plate and a prusa style extrude with e3dV6 hot end... 

]joan

I try to make safe suggestions,You should understand the context and ensure you are happy that they are safe before attempting to apply my suggestions, what you do, is YOUR responsibility. Location Halifax UK...
Posted : 23/07/2021 5:32 pm
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
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Printer

@Joan,

Thanks.  I might try to update it.  

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Chuck H
3D Printer Review Blog...
Posted : 23/07/2021 8:20 pm
JoanTabb
(@joantabb)
Moderator
upgrade

Good Luck!

 

I try to make safe suggestions,You should understand the context and ensure you are happy that they are safe before attempting to apply my suggestions, what you do, is YOUR responsibility. Location Halifax UK...
Posted : 23/07/2021 10:27 pm
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