One of the cornerstones of our project is to use the cheapest and most commonly available printers in the market. That way we know that what we are creating can be printed and enjoyed by anyone!
For this reason, we are using 2 different printers in the studio: An Anet A6 and a Creality Ender 3.
This whole thing started with an Anet A6 as a test printer. Many hours of testing gave me a better on how to improve the design of the prototypes. It takes a lot of maintenance, and some timing problems arose, but we are still using it for our big prints.
Our Anet A6 has a few upgrades like a glass bed as well as tensors for the Y and X axis. We print with 0.4 nozzles and a 0.2 layer height.
Ender 3 is nowadays one of the best selling 3D printers. You can easily find it for less than 175$/150€! We have 2 in the studio, normally using 0.4 nozzles, the most common and reliable of its kind. For really small Fx, it’s recommended to use a 0.2 nozzle, but we first tested all the 0.4. We mainly print with a 0.12 layer height and a speed up to 90mm/s.
We’ve created several updates for the printers, and we’ve calibrated the e-steps, bed, etc.. Here are a few amazing videos that I use to improve the quality of my prints and could help you a lot: