Look what I literally just got my hands on. Stay tuned for when I turn this into a print server for my new CR-10 Mini. This is the newest version of the Raspberry Pi Zero called the W for wireless meaning it now has built in WiFi. No more USB WiFi dongles which would take up the only available USB port on the Pi. Never have to use an SD card to print ever again. I have had OctoPrint running on my PrintrBot for years without a single problem and look forward to putting this tiny computer to work.
Pictured below is it wrapped in a case that was printed off of Thingiverse.
I’ve been 3D printing for years now with the same old PrintrBot Simple 1405. I bought this little printer as a DIY kit with a 100mm x 100mm print volume and it has been my work horse. It’s definitely had it’s issues that is for sure, but once the Auto Bed Leveling Probe (ABL) was calibrated it ran great for year with zero maintenance. I did eventually upgrade the bed’s width to over 300mm but found that printing all the way to the edges was very difficult because my heated bed was only in the middle.
More recently the cost of 3D printers has dropped so drastically I thought it’s time for an upgrade. After weighing all my options I went with the Creality CR-10 Mini with a build volume of 300mm x 220mm x 300mm. Along with its built in heated bed this is a massive upgrade for me at an amazingly low price.