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Posted · Backup for used printers

I am looking to get my first 3D printer and like the look of the Ultimaker kit, but unfortunately out of my price range! I have the opertunity to purchase a used one and wondered what the back-up would be like and also spare parts availability. Are these available to users of second hand gear?

 

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Mick

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    Posted · Backup for used printers

    I take it there is not much back up and spares available then!

     

    I was looking at a printer with 2500 hours on it for my first printer but if spares are not readily available then I will give it a miss I think. I don't know how long one of these printers will last and I cant go buying a whole load of trouble.

     

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    Mick

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    Posted · Backup for used printers

    UMO & UMO+ are very repairable.  A good share of the mechanical components are generic commercial items that are readily available.  The entire machine is available in 3D models an drawings - so you can make your own. The electronics and programming are fully open.  Anything is pretty much available if you look around.  You might be better off replacing/upgrading the extrude feeder, and hot end, but there again lots of options and the electronics and firmware are well documented to be adapted as needed.  People here can help when it gets technical.  All the answers are available if you have the drive to research a bit.  I think these machines will be in operation for a very long time.  There are no secrets about the design, and no one has a corner on the market for parts or ideas.

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