This MendelMax 1.5+ kit uses top quality components including:
This kit ships with the latest "Y" bed design with an Aluminum Borosilicate sandwich, Kapton heater, G10 mount with "Rivit Nuts" for leveling.
Image shows older PBC Linear rail. Igus Drylin Rail & Carriage now shipping. Updated images coming soon.
THIS PRINTER IS NOT AN ORDINARY PIECE OF CONSUMER ELECTRONICS. BUILDING THIS KIT REQUIRES FAMILIARZATION WITH HANDTOOLS, BASIC SOLDERING, ELECTRONICS, SOFTWARE INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION. DURING INITIAL CALIBRATION THIS KIT REQUIRES SOME PATIENCE AND PRACTICE TO SETUP AND OPERATE WELL. BEING THAT THIS KIT IS A REPRAP, THERE IS A STRONG SUPPORT COMMUNITY WITH LOTS OF EXPERIENCE AND ADVICE. AS ALWAYS ULTIBOTS WILL DO OUR BEST TO HELP YOU BE SUCCESSFUL AND ACHEIVE QUALITY PRINTS.
THIS PRINTER IS NOT A TOY AND DEATH OR INJURY / DAMAGE TO PROPERTY CAN RESULT FROM USE OR MISUSE. YOU SHOULD FULLY UNDERSTAND OUR DISCLAIMER BEFORE PURCHASING.
NOTE: Printed Parts will be printed from the same ABS filament batch to maintain color consistancy. It is possible that color differences may occur between Printed Parts and Retail Spools.
Posted by Scott Stewart on 18th Feb 2014
My first 3d printer build was a Prusa Air 2. I spent about a year sourcing components and learning about 3d printing in general. I spent and re-spent money on poorly engineered or printed components from ebay, and as I tried to pinch pennies, I actually wasted a lot of money. For my second build, I decided to more closely follow the lead of an experienced builder.
I now wish that I had had the foresight to begin my journey in 3D printing with a kit from Ultibots! The plastic printed parts fit together as they should, and the frame and component selection produced a printer that was wayyyy easier to get running and dialed in than my previous experience. The build was not without challenge, and I did have to disassemble my frame to re-insert slotted T-nuts that I had left out due to some confusion regarding the assembly instructions.
No 3D printer is born without some investment of time and tinkering, but Brad's kit contains everything that you need to produce a well functioning printer that can out perform most designs in this price range. The linear rail Y Axis, Precision Z-Screws, and Micro Extruder are two of my favorite aspects of this printer design, and the extruded aluminum frame is awesomely rigid.
Brad was very communicative throughout my build, and acknowledged the gaps in the build instructions. I was able to finish my build with a bit of independent thought and some trial and error, and on the whole I am very happy with the results!
I approached my build with the understanding that it would not be a "paint by numbers" experience. This industry is newly emerging and even a comprehensive kit that is as nice and complete as Ultibots required me to think and problem solve, which was exactly what I wanted. The sense of accomplishment as I watched my first object materialize on the print bed far outweighed the frustrations that I experienced in the build process.
In summary, I would ABSOLUTELY recommend the Mendelmax 1.5+ kit from Ultibots to those people that are seeking a fun and challenging build experience that is guaranteed to produce results. You will still have to invest yourself in the build, and will likely find challenges along the way, but you will learn and grow, and be happy for the experience. The best thing about my printer is that I can improve it as the technology evolves. I know my machine will grow with my needs.
Posted by roger wilson on 26th Aug 2013
I found other printers, but UltiBots service is hands-down the best I have gotten in years. When I ran into problems (parts of the beta version of the instructions were unclear to me); I got answers to my questions the very day I emailed! every single time (and I needed help 5-10 times because I had never built something like this before.) I had to stop work on it for 6 months (other projects), and when I started up again, the service was EXACTLY the same. they could up the price and I would STILL by from them. I only gave it a 4 star because I did have to assemble it myself.
Posted by Bruce on 4th Aug 2013
This was my first attempt at building a 3D printer, and certainly the most complex item I have ever built by a long stretch. It still went together fairly quickly with minimal drama. In the end it took a lot less than the 60 hours suggested below and I am now very happily printing random objects.
Don't expect detailed step-by-step instructions but having said that, the instructions are improving rapidly and requests for support are handled promptly.
Posted by Lonnie on 6th Jun 2013
Everything you need is included. What helped make the decision to buy this kit was the 24 volt power supply vs the 12 volt used in other kits. All the hardware and electronic is top of the line. My best guess on how long it would to assemble it is 60 hours. That is if you have a good work area and you have some experience at building. Tool that you will need, wire stripper\cutter, terminal crimper, philips screwdriver, xacto knife, soldering iron and a torpedo level.
Posted by Jacob on 28th Apr 2013
I just finished building this kit from Ultibots with my son. Brad is really good with customer support in answering questions and sorting out issues. As the previous reviewer mentioned he is making modification to his kit periodically. As an example, he agreed to send me some additional parts for mounting electronic (not part of the kit) with my kit and I realized I did not have enough hardware to mount these parts while building the kit. A quick note to Brad and he shipped the necessary hardware immediately with no hassle. One thing worth mentioning about the kit is that unlike many other kits out in the market, hardware for each section is packaged separately with label and verified by another person in his company. This makes the build easy and eliminates guess work. The quality of the parts is exceptional as well. The build instructions are not up to date but Brad provided me enough details and links to pictures to make my build easy. If you have a bit of background in building things this is a non-issue. Some of the local reprap group members could not believe this is my first build. I confidently recommend this kit to anyone who likes to build a quality 3d printer at a reasonable price.
Posted by Milton E Maxson on 17th Apr 2013
This kit was not the easiest to put together following the instructions. But there is a reason for this. Brad (the owner) is constantly makeng mods and upgrading the parts of the kit. There is not always time for him to get to changing the instructions before the kits ship. The kit fits together nicely. There are many additions and mods that are not included in the other kits that are available. Having trouble? Just send an email and most of the time, within a few hours, you will get and answer via email, or a phone call. Brad is a super, customer oriented type of guy. He will not let you fail with your build. I would recommend this kit to anyone interested in building this 3D printer.
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April 26th 2013 - Our build guide is currently being revised to include 3D generated images and updated instructions. Old and new versions are included on CD with kit orders.