Printrbot Simple

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Printrbot Simple

The Printrbot Simple 3D printer is used for making 3D objects using fused deposition modeling (FDM) with PLA plastic filament.

Basic Info

  • Ownership: Nick Clark/Paul DiBiase
  • Location: PaxSpace electronics shop

Manufacturer Information

  • Make/Model: Printrbot
  • Part Number: Simple



It is recommended for members to attend a PaxSpace 3D printing class prior to using any PaxSpace 3D printers.

If you are not familiar with performing a certain task with the Printrbot Simple or do not feel comfortable using it, please seek help from the Quartermaster or another knowledgeable member.


  • Printrbot models are designed for use with polyactide (PLA) plastic filament. Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic filament requires a heated print bed, which the Printrbot does not have.
  • Only change filament when the printer's extruder is up to its full 200C heat. Changing the filament while the extruder is cold can jam the extruder.
  • If you hear a clicking sound from the extruder, that means it is jammed.
  • After changing a filament color, you can manually extrude several millimeters of plastic to clear the extruder of the old color, ensuring that your next print is entirely the same color.
  • Blue painter's tape must be applied to the print bed for the first layer of the print job to successfully adhere. If the first layer of a print job fails to adhere, cancel the job, remove the existing masking tape and apply a fresh layer.
  • Try not to overlap the tape strips, as it creates a raised seam that can cause irregularities in your print job.
  • The use of supports in printing models is not recommended. Supports cannot be removed cleanly from a printed object. Instead, reorient your object model or slice it into parts for later assembly.
  • It is strongly recommended that you include a skirt in your print job. The skirt - a single layer circle of plastic around the printed object - primes the extruder and helps ensure a smooth print.
  • 3D printing takes time! Do not leave the printer unattended. Printer malfunctions can cause fire risks if they are not quickly resolved.

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