When it comes to 3D printers, there’s really no such thing as standard pricing. You might consider finding a decent printer for a couple of hundred bucks a bargain.
It certainly is when compared to the cost of some of the newer, larger and more advanced options on the market, which can cost from several to tens of thousands of dollars. On top of that, it seems like each new generation of printers costs more than the one before.
Well, one company is taking their offering in the opposite direction. Lewihe is about to launch the Play printer, and it will come with a price tag of just $77.
What’s the Play Offer?
With a price tag of $77, you might be thinking that the printer is going to lack functionality, or be pretty limited. You’d be wrong on both counts.
You’d also be wrong if you thought this was nothing more than a plan for creating your own 3D printer. It’s not that, either.
So, what is the Play?
It’s really exactly what it sounds like. The Play is a fully functional 3D printer that offers reliability and even customization.
However, it is a DIY kit. You’ll need to put it together at home (most everything you need is included in the kit, but there are a few important pieces you’ll need to source before you can get started).
For the cost of $77, you get an iron plate structure, as well as an extruder support, a print surface, metal shafts, and all the software for your needs. Once you get the basic printer up and running, you can use it to print any other parts you need (from the designs that ship with the printer).
There’s even a handy video included that walks you through the entire process of assembling the printer.
There are a few things that aren’t included, though. You’ll need three Nema 14 motors, and 1 Nema 17 motor.
You’ll need a few metric 3 and 4 standard screws. You’ll also need 6 units of 624zz bearings, and 10 units of LM6UU bearings.
Pulleys and belts are not included either. You need your own hotend, and a 12-volt power supply.
The Play works on fused deposition modeling, and it offers a build volume of 105 x 105 x 130 mm. Filament should measure 1.75 mm, and it is compatible with almost all extruders and hotends, so swapping or cannibalizing parts shouldn’t be much of an issue.
Not into building it yourself? Don’t worry.
Pay a little more and you can get one fully assembled shipped right to your house. However, the company hasn’t announced pricing for the assembled versions yet.