Has anyone ever used the Afinia H-Series 3D printer ( www.afinia.com )? If so,

Has anyone ever used the Afinia H-Series 3D printer (http://www.afinia.com)? If so, what are your thoughts?

I have been using the ones we have in the lab at uni. Very easy to use, simple software, decent prints. If you want something that works straight away, and will give consistent results, it is not a bad machine. The downsides are it is not very hackable or upgradable, and you can’t do things like change the extruder temp. It is also not open source, which may or may not be an issue for you.

I own one and really like it. @Mike_Lepre is correct though; if you want to hack or modify your printer, the Afinia isn’t the best choice. If you want something more in-line with an appliance, this is a good choice.

We have one at home and it wasn’t long before we began to dream of taking it apart because that, frankly, is what we are compelled to do. It’s a sickness.

However, be advised that you void your warranty when doing so. That said, you can change the extruder temp about 30 degrees with a simple temperature switch like this one:


Works like a charm.

@Anne_Titsch Thanks for the heads-up about the temperature switch, I was going to try to print with some Octave filament this weekend, but I’ll wait until I get the switch.

Interestingly enough, while looking at my buying options, I stumbled upon this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BH09HYM/ (or http://www.octave.com/p1173433176/Nylon-Filament-1.75mm-Bundle-for-Afinia/Up!-3D-Printers/product_info.html) which is awesome because I wanted to try out Nylon and this makes it easy to get started.

We have some Nylon filament downstairs but haven’t broken it out yet. Haven’t decided why I would want to? But we have it for an option.

Being limited to ABS made us a little crazy. When we have time to experiment more, we do plan to share our results (and how we did it).

I appreciate all of the feedback. Thanks.

Remember when I said we were experimenting with something on our Afinia? Here’s what we did and how we did it: