I decided that I wanted to get into 3D printing a few weeks ago, and began researching. There’s quite a range in prices, starting from a couple hundred dollars, and up into the thousands. I’m a little on the frugal side of things – not cheap necessarily, but interested in value.
Initially I was looking at the Prusa I3 clones, and then into enclosed models like the Creator Pro and Qidi. I ended up deciding that I wanted a cube style printer – a core XY. To me, they just seem like they would be the most stable platform. There are few plans out there, but it seemed like a pretty complex task to source all of the materials necessary to build a printer, so I started looking at kits.
As luck would have it, I happened across the East 3D Gecko. This kit is very new – and there have been a couple hiccups dealing with the build instructions, and some minor Q/A issues. However, the designer/seller of the kit (and his team) have been very proactive in getting issues addressed, and they are updating the kit as things get resolved. I also found out there’s at least one other person in the city here that has one! The East 3D Gecko Facebook group provides support – both by members, and the actual designer of the printer, Chay Chen. Chay has also designed a number of successful Tevo printers as well.
The printer uses a 32-bit Lerdge control board, and has a 310 x 300 x 300mm build volume, and has a fixed build platform – which in my mind, would reduce levelling issues. There isn’t a lot of info out about the Lerdge board, but hopefully it works out well! Apparently there’s no parts fan with the kit, but this may have just been the initial test kits that this was missing – but results have been pretty impressive without it. I did order a couple inexpensive blower fans, but turns out they might be too big. I’ll know soon! 🙂
While I wait for my printer kit to arrive, I’ve been busy reclaiming my office space – it became over-run in the past few years, turning it into an unorganized storage room – so my biggest challenge has been getting rid of stuff.
Looking forward to the challenge in putting this kit together!