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Quant Q150 3d printer
show user profile  npcph
I have the opportunity to purchase one of these and was wondering if anyone had used one or known of anyone who used one. Not a lot of information out there on it and not much in the way of reviews. The wife gets "bonus dollars" from work that can be used to order from a catalog. they have this in the catalog so thought it might be worth a look.

Any thoughts would be appreciated


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10/17/2014 10:04:06 PM (last edit: 10/17/2014 10:05:08 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I couldn't find any reviews or much further information on these. It might be worth checking the price of it in other places, it seems PCWorld and others stock it too.

If you get it, please review it for us.

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10/17/2014 10:17:01 PM (last edit: 10/17/2014 10:17:01 PM)
show user profile  joelr
I have some experience with low costing 3d printers.
I don't know what you want this printer to do. It all depends on your expectations.
Because what you get in usually not high detAiled objects.
The items you print will come out with visible layers, and the resolution is nothing amazing.
These things are nice for general 3d models, that Are not production quality.
I used it for rough modeling prototype, to show the client, instead of making a model from PU foam.

Anyway, this is my experience with a different kind of low quality printers. Not this one. But I'm pretty sure they are all about the same.
I would suggest you see a printed model with your eyes, and see the results, before you buy one.

Good luck,

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10/17/2014 10:22:30 PM (last edit: 10/17/2014 10:22:30 PM)
show user profile  npcph
Not going to use it for anything like production. just to play around with at home. Guess it will be just a expensive toy for me.

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10/17/2014 11:33:17 PM (last edit: 10/17/2014 11:33:17 PM)
show user profile  9krausec


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10/17/2014 11:40:53 PM (last edit: 10/17/2014 11:40:53 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I had a makerbot. It was shit. Ended up throwing it in a skip.

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10/18/2014 12:12:37 AM (last edit: 10/18/2014 12:12:37 AM)
show user profile  npcph
Resolution related question .. how is 200 microns resolution for a 3d printer? I see a lot of units that will do 70 as high def and 200 as standard def. How smooth will it be at that resolution? I don't want it to look like a Lego or minecraft but wasn't sure if it was A good standard res or if it was considered low res.

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10/19/2014 9:20:05 PM (last edit: 10/19/2014 9:20:05 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
The best place to find out is probably looking through online print services websites as they tend to explain the option available, different printers and resolutions as well as being able to see examples..

I think the key even with the higher resolution options is smoothing the models afterwards. Some services can offer a shot peen type of thing where it blasts the models with tiny particles and also hand polishing..

I`ve yet to get anything printed myself but have looked into it quite a bit.

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10/20/2014 10:09:36 AM (last edit: 10/20/2014 10:09:36 AM)
show user profile  joelr
here is an example of a model i printed. it was printed on a 2000$ machine, cant remember its name.

as you can see, the layers are very visible. im pretty sure that you can send it off to get a better result.
the layers are also dependent of the geometry- of course a more rounded model will show the layers more visibly, and a more square shaped and straight lines will show the layers less.

as i said before, i would not suggest anyone get a 3d printer before they see in their own eyes the printed results, and not in pictures.


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10/20/2014 11:42:09 AM (last edit: 10/20/2014 11:42:09 AM)
show user profile  npcph
another 3d printer question.

When creating a part to be printed, does it have to be a one piece continuous part or can it be several parts in one file. So if i was printing a house shape, does the shape need to be one object and it shaped into the house, or can you have the walls as one object, the roof as another and the chimney as another?

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11/20/2014 3:34:40 PM (last edit: 11/20/2014 3:34:40 PM)
show user profile  jareu
most 3D Printer software will build in supports automatically, so that if you had one model in several pieces, they would just float on thin pieces of plastic until you cut them free.

This is to help support models with uneven geometry, so that they don't snap in half

He who says it cannot be done is interrupting the man doing it.

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11/21/2014 12:44:17 PM (last edit: 11/21/2014 12:44:17 PM)
show user profile  npcph
Got my 3d printer and had some time to try a few test prints.

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12/4/2014 4:26:19 PM (last edit: 12/4/2014 4:30:13 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Much better results than I was expecting. What are your feelings on it?

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12/5/2014 1:26:11 AM (last edit: 12/5/2014 1:26:11 AM)
show user profile  npcph
i was asked for a review of it, so here goes. never done one before so sorry if i'm long winded.

So far i think its decent quality for what i have tried.

Setting up the printer was pretty straight forward. almost ready to run right out of the box. have to remove a few pieces of foam that hold the base for shipping and attach the holder for the spool. the print head has to be installed but that only takes a second. then attach a cable and almost ready to print.

The software install is pretty straightforward. the program is called "UP" and is fairly simple looking. Large buttons for various functions. Loading a model is as simple as hitting the open button and and finding the stl file. it places the model in the middle of the printing box. If the model is correct, then it will color the entire model pink. anything that has reversed normal's will be red. there is an option to fix any errors with a "FIX" button. On the steam punk bike that i did a while back, there were a lot of issues with reversed normal's on a lot of the instanced parts. The fix didn't fix all of them but did work on a few of the parts. to do a some of the simple things like scale, move and rotate is kind of quirky. to move it, you have to hit the move button, change how much you want to move it with the drop down list, and then hit the axis button for the direction you want to move the part. unfortunately, it is very slow to react. even with a small part there was a delay. the scale and rotate were pretty much the same. One option is to hit the place button which will place the model in the optimum location for printing. if you have several parts to print at once it will rotate and align them for optimal printing. Software is a little basic and i wish some of the controls were little more stable and user friendly.

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To print it is a little more confusing. there is a maintenance screen that controls the unit. you have to calibrate the deck to .20 mm from the print nozzle. once you set the height (which is different on every unit) all you are supposed to have to do is hit the "TO" button to return it to the correct height for each print. I did notice the after my first print, the height was a little different. So i had to set a new height for the next one. It seems a little finicky and i have had to make some adjustments to it on each of the prints. You are supposed to do a preheat of the deck to help print adhere to the platform. this is set in the maintenance screen. Would be nice to have a progress bar so you would know how long it will be till it is up to temp but the "Preheat Table" button only changes to "Stop Preheat". There is a box that monitors the nozzle temp and an option to heat the nozzle but when it preheats, the ABS spills out of the nozzle so i'm not sure if that was just for loading and i'm not sure if this will help in printing. Once the table is preheated, the unit will beep and you are ready to print. The print box give you all of the options for support material, density, wall thick, angles and several other options. there is also an option for printing non-perfect models. it will automatically fix any holes. Haven't tried that yet so not sure how it works. Once you hit print, it will show how many layers it is going to print as it loads them to the printer. then you will be given a box that will show you how long the print will take and how much material it will use.

Printing is pretty quiet and despite the warnings, it gives off very little fumes. i have been running it on my kitchen bar and except for the noise it makes which is less then a regular printer, you can not tell its even doing anything. Once it beeps, it is done. Removing the model from the printer is easy, except pretty much every time i do, i can hear a click from the deck moving. I'm not sure how to get this done without that happening. Once you remove the cell board with the model on it, you have to use a putty knife to remove it from the board. the excess raft is pretty easy to remove except a few times, as you remove the base you can get a little separation of layers on thin parts. They give you tools to do everything including gloves, putty knife, x-acto knife and tweezers.

So far i'm pretty impressed with how it works and the results of the prints. ease of use is great except some of the software functions. Oh, and the zoom is back words from how it is in pretty much every other software package. My kids think it's awesome and have been taking in stuff to show their friends all week. Cost of printing is pretty low also. the couch that i printed only cost me about 47 cents.

So that is pretty much my initial impressions of it. I have several large projects i am going to print out on it so will keep everyone update on how it's working.


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12/5/2014 6:59:47 AM (last edit: 12/5/2014 7:00:33 AM)
show user profile  joelr
Thanks for the review Phil
From what I have heard, the results can change dramatically according to what angle you position your objects. You can play with it and see. It all depends on how well the printing layers are in relation to the geometry.
Also the objects you printed are pretty easy to print and get good results. If you print objects that are more egg shaped or ball shaped you will see the layers more visibly and see your machines limits.
By the way, how much did the printer cost? I can't seem to find a prince in the website and I'm curious.


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12/5/2014 3:17:56 PM (last edit: 12/5/2014 3:17:56 PM)
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