The Solidoodle 2 is the
lowest priced turn-key 3D printing
system available. The Solidoodle
2 comes fully assembled, tuned,
and ready to print.
The base model sells for
$500; this gets you the printer
but no heated bed. For $100
more, you get the pro model that
does include the bed.
The PrintrBot Jr is considered
a moving bed; the Rostock Max is
a delta bot; and the Solidoodle 2
is a gantry system. Many of the
mid to high range printers use
this system, where the
extruder/hot end moves on the X
and Y axis, and the bed moves
up and down on the Z axis.
The Solidoodle frame is
made from 1/32" thick sheet
metal. The X, Y, and Z rails are
dual 8 mm steel rails.
Unfortunately, instead of
bearings the Solidoodle utilizes
The remainder of the
components are plastic except for
the main platform which is made
from wood, but is coated with some sort of plastic. The heated
bed version of the Solidoodle has a 1/8" aluminum bed covered
with Kapton tape.
The Solidoodle 2 (shown in Figure 10) has a printing area of
6" x 6" x6".
Solidoodle 2 Controller
The Solidoodle 2 utilizes a Sanguinololu board. (Refer to
Figure 11.) This is the least expandable board of the bunch. While
it supports a heated bed, it does not support a part cooling fan or
dual extruder without extensive mods.
The board comes with Marlin V1 Sprinter firmware installed,
but is also firmware upgradable if needed. You can get more
information about the Solidoodle at
n. pl. gan·tries
1. A mount for a traveling crane consisting of a large
archlike or bridgelike frame designed to move along
a set of tracks.
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