Who is the the PrintaKit for? Giveaway and review of the AprintaPro 3D printing toolkit!


Alright, you need a few tools for setting
up and maintaining a 3D printer. But what if you could just get everything
you need in a single, convenient package and be ready for all eventualities down the road? That’s what the AprintaPro Printakit promises,
and I’ve got to say, it’s a good start! Also, stick around for a chance to win one
for yourself. So at its core, this is a toolkit aimed for
3D printer users. What I’d be looking for here would be sort
of a general light-duty assortment plus some specific tools to handle filament loading,
3D print removal and maybe print cleanup. Aprintapro also include some of their Printafix
Basic bed adhesive that you can use for glass or aluminum printbeds, or even when you want
to protect specialty surfaces like PEI. But let’s start with the basic tools included:
You get a full set of hex keys, some needle-nose pliers and flush cutters. For the most part, that covers regular maintenance,
they’re also including this two-sided 7mm L-wrench, which is a perfect tool for removing
E3D-sized hotend nozzles. The hex keys are nice, they are the shorter
type, which usually is enough, but can leave you longing for more if you need to get into
particularly tight crevices. It’s also including the larger sizes up
to 10mm, which you’ll practically never see on a 3D printer since all screws there
typically are maybe up to an M5, which have a 4mm inhex head. But it does include the 1.5mm type, which
you’ll need for grub screws on pulleys and hobbed gears. The needle-nose pliers are my personal favorite
type of pliers, which I usually use instead of tweezers, but they’re really versatile. The ones included in the Printakit are decent,
they’re not as smooth as Knipex ones, obviously, but they’re much better than Harbor freight. Similar story with the flush cutters, which
is a tool that, usually, you don’t know you’re missing unless you’ve had one before,
and in that case, you are going to use it constantly. These are great for shaping filament before
inserting it into the printer since they don’t leave that burr behind that regular sidecutters
introduce, but they’re also super useful for snipping off stubborn support material
from your prints. And if you ever get into electronics, you’ll
use them constantly for trimming off soldered component leads etc. You also get some round-nose tweezers, which
to be honest, I’m not using much other than for picking off hot plastic bits from the
nozzle, but hey, it’s nice to have around. So that should have maintenance and setup
mostly covered. For starting a print, you get that bottle
of Printafix Basic, which is a small shake and pump bottle with that pearlescent adhesive
inside. You do need to give it a really good shake
before applying, and thankfully, it’s doesn’t have that almost perfumed smell to it that
the hairspray-like 3DLac has, that stuff gives me a headache. It’s still using flammable Isopropyl Alcohol
and Ethanol as solvents, which do smell, but since it’s a manual pump bottle, I’d say
the risk of anything actually igniting is much lower than with spraycans since the spray
mist is not as fine and it’s physically harder to spray out a sufficiently large cloud
of Printafix to create a combustible atmosphere. The coarser and less powerful mist also means
you won’t be soiling your 3D printer with it as easily if you do decide to use it inside
the machine, which is still not recommended, but it just won’t cover everything with
that gooey, sticky white layer. Adhesion is fine, but it’s not as crazy
as the aforementioned 3DLac, which, I’ve actually managed to tear a piece of glass
out of a printbed with; even on a regular PLA print. For ABS and some of the more strongly warping
materials, I would recommend using something other than Printafix, but for day-to-day use
with PLA etc, it works great. Now, once you finally managed to get that
print stuck, there are a few tools included that help you remove it again. And those are this razor-blade holder and
the sharpened spatula. The general idea is that you’ll start out
by sliding the razor blade under an edge of the finished print and then follow up with
the spatula to completely remove it. I’ve personally moved on to using a sharp
chisel, laying that flat against the bed and then jamming it under the print, but pulling
that off without damaging the print or the print surface requires a good bit of practice. The spatula in the Printakit is specifically
sharpened with a two-sided grind, so it’s hard to slide it under a print directly, but
it’s also much harder to damage the print surface should you be using PEI or Buildtak
or something else along those lines. And lastly, for print cleanup, you’re getting
a general-purpose hobby knife with a bunch of extra blades, and while I’ve not found
a particularly great tool for removing stuff like tiny blobs or the ridge at the bottom
of a 3D print, this sort of a knife plus the flush cutters do get you pretty far. Obviously, I’m using a deburring tool for
a lot of my prints now, but that is quite specialized and only works on bottom inside
contours. To stay safe during cleanup, there’s a pair
of universal gloves and some safety glasses. The glasses are great, they are a simple type
that fits very closely. You do need to be quite rough at 3D print
cleanup to need them, but I think any type of safety glasses or goggles are some of the
most underused personal protection measures. They’re super unintrusive, and if you have
a particularly hard-to remove piece of support material, they definitely do a good job of
keeping plastic bits out of your eyes. The gloves, on the other hand, or hands, in
this case, are a standard size, they are too big for my size 8 hands and aren’t specifically
cut-resistant, so I don’t see myself using them too much. For cleaning out nozzle clogs, the Printakit
also includes a few acupuncture needles, but let’s be honest, if you use your 3D printer
right, you should never need to use them. To get you on the right track, they are also
including a small printed manual with a few basic tips for the tools and just general
3D printing knowledge, as well a few of these nozzle adjustment strips, I mean, you could
just use a piece of paper instead. So overall, the Printakit is kind of a very
basic toolkit, it includes a bit of everything, but not the kitchen sink. I can definitely see myself using it for day-to-day
service or even for building a fresh 3D printer, maybe with one or two tools added, you know,
you always need a few specific tools for specific 3D printers, but of course you can augment
the kit with whatever extra stuff you need, the top of the case has plenty of space if
you want to store a few extra wrenches – spanners -, different pliers or a screwdriver. I’ve seen suggestions of including stuff
like a filament oiler, but super-specialized stuff like that isn’t going to useful for
too many folks. I mean, none of my printers need one, so..
yeah. Calipers might be nice as they help you getting
your CAD designs optimized, but they’re not as much of a necessity for everyone anymore
as they use to be back when 3D printers were still much more of hacked-together job. The Printakit currently sells for 85€ including
sales tax. I think that is still a bit on the expensive
side, especially if you already have a few of these tools. Of course, there’s that convenience factor
of getting everything in one package, as in, literally in a nice hardshell case, and that’s
a good idea to keep all the essentials together, but for all of you hardcore nerds, I don’t
think the PrintaKit is a good match in the first place. Instead, absolute 3D printing and DIY novices
that are maybe just building their first 3D printer kit or getting their first RepRap
going could make good use of a PrintaKit. Or schools and universities where you have
workshops or classes on 3D printing and they just have, like, 20 of these kits and everyone
just gets one of them to use for the machine they are working on, that, I think, is pretty
much a perfect fit. So if you’re just starting out with 3D printing
or are about to get your first machine, here’s a chance to win a PrintaKit for yourself – enter
at toms3d.org/win within the next two weeks and one of them could be yours! The giveaway is open to anyone worldwide,
and as usual, ignore any scammers that you see in the video comments who demand shipping
charges from you up front, if you win, Aprintapro is going to ship you one of these babies for
free! So again, toms3d.org/win and it’s open until
March 5th 2017. Well, who knows, maybe you’ll win that Cetus
from MakersMuse, a Printakit would go along with that quite nicely. So if this video was helpful to you, give
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