The Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2.1 is a personal FDM 3D printer kit. It is widely used by hobbyists and students. It comes mostly pre-assembled and its initial setup is enough easy, quick and straightforward. The fast turnaround time is in part due to the clear and detailed instruction manual provided. It is an enhanced version of the original Wanhao Duplicator i3. Both printers are based on the Prusa i3 design, hence their names. Unlike its predecessor, the v2.1 version features a sturdier steel frame, which makes it more stable and resistant to vibration, a heated bed and a nozzle that can reach up to 260˚C. It means it is possible to print with some of the higher temperature materials.
The printer also features reworked, high-quality components to better handle extended printing sessions. The open-frame design lets you easily upgrade the device. If you are a tinkering type, you will surely get the best from this open nature device. In case of any need, the unofficial support and the instructional videos on the Internet will always have you covered. Let’s find out more in our in-depth review.
For example, the Duplicator i3 v2.1 has been used to print a variety of scene models for the retro-futuristic, cyberpunk short film “Attack of the Cyber Octopuses”. The film has been entirely made with 80s-style practical effects and hand-made models. The crew widely used additive manufacturing technologies to re-create the look and feel of the Eighties, sci-fi classics without using CGI.
The Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2.1 can print at 50 microns. This way you can produce parts with smooth exterior surfaces. The default setup provides good quality prints upon arrival. The heated bed heats up quickly and reduces waiting time. With the right upgrades, you might get industrial-grade, outstanding results with great consistency without breaking the bank. Your printer will turn into a real workhorse capable of printing non-stop for weeks.
The Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2.1 has a 0.4 mm nozzle.
The print head runs on rods with linear bearings, making the design more simple.
The extruder comes with a fan for printing with PLA-type materials. The fan cools the model down dealing with stringing and warping.
The Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2.1 has a heated print bed with BuildTak surface, which makes it suitable for printing with ABS-type materials.
Installing an enclosed print chamber is recommended to deal with temperature fluctuations and ensure high reproducibility of the printer.
Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2.1 prints with ABS, PLA and other materials. The printing temperature needs to be set according to the material used.
The Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2.1 prints with all types of 1.75 mm filament, providing you with a wide choice of materials and design flexibility.
The build area of the printer is 7.9 x 7.9 x 7.1 inches (200 x 200 x 180 mm). It allows producing functional models in one piece.
The printer comes with an independent control box with a fitted, standard knob-operated LCD. It also includes SD and USB slots for both USB-tethered and standalone printing.
3D models can be printed from computer via USB and SD card.
The open nature of the device lets you freely use any slicer on the market, including the well-known Cura, Slic3r, Simplify3D, and Repetier. In this way, you can work with the 3D file format you prefer and choose the slicer that best meets your operating system requirements.
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Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2.1 is available in black color. Its all-black finish gives it a professional look and makes it stand out from other Prusa i3 clones.
The printer dimensions are 15.7 x 16.1 x 15.7 inches (400 x 410 x 400 mm). It weighs 22 lb (10 kg). The spool holder is mounted on the control box placed beside the printer.
The price of the Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2.1 is $499.00, which is reasonable considering its functionality and upgradability.