Hobbyking has released the Turnigy Fabrikator 3D Printer in all their warehouses today. Some people have been eagerly waiting for what they come up with, but now we know. I ordered mine, together with a role of fillament and looking forward to receive it. It will be my first adventure with 3D printers, so I am pretty excited to start printing my own aircraft- and quadcopter parts.

No longer is 3D printing technology the exclusive realm of hard-core technophiles and industrial designers, it is now accessible to anybody with a computer and the ability to put flat pack furniture together. Whether you are into planes, multi-rotors, cars, boats, helicopters, robotics, trains or even anime figurines the Fabrikator will soon become your most versatile tool. Can’t find that rare part for your old model or you just want to modify an existing piece? Now you can print what you want, when you want it

• Ball bearing liner rods
• Rolled lead-screw with anti-backlash drive
• Phenolic heat stabilized bed W/removable Glass print area
• Heated print bed
• NEMA 23 and 17 motors
• 4 rod supported print plate for high speed printing
• 6 sided full printer support for high accuracy
• SD card cable free printing|
• PLA and ABS filament compatible
• Top feed anti-bind spool feed
• Twin print cooling fans
• 2A Heat sync stepper drivers with active cooling
• 220~110V A/C compatible
• Homing and Limit switches
• Full LCD GUI with on the fly tuning
• Large 150x150x100mm print area
• Dual bearing supported twin belt Y axis drive
• Heavy Duty 12Volt 29Amp Power supply
• Open Source control Architecture and support 
• Full Parts support and future expandability platform

Overall size: 360x400x600mm
Print size: 150x150x100mm
Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
Filament diameter: 1.75mm
Print speed: up to 300mm/sec
Print platform: Phenolic heat stabilized bed with removable glass print platform
Filament type: ABS and PLA

More information and (get it from your favorite or local warehouse) through the links below:

Hongkong warehouse (UK plug)

United Kingdom warehouse (UK Plug) 

European warehouse (EU Plug)

United States (East - US Plug)

United States (West - US Plug)

Seems that the 3D printer is not (yet?)available from the Australian warehouse.

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Comment by Jonathan Hair on April 15, 2015 at 7:32am

The injection molded parts are likely to be nicer than some of the printed parts I got with my Prusa. Also, the LCD and SD card is a nice touch. However, for only a slight increase in cost, there are a lot of proven options available with larger (200X200X200) build areas. For me, the increase from 150mm to 200 is worthwhile.

Comment by Greg Dronsky on April 15, 2015 at 7:37am

print area is only 150x150x100mm, but the price is low. Now the question is what is the quality of the prints...

Comment by Gary McCray on April 15, 2015 at 10:04am

I looked at this from my Hobbyking Email this morning and it does look impressive for the money.

All the right basic stuff for an inexpensive 3D printer.

Of course, ball screws and full support linear bearing rails would be better, but basically they have used pretty dimensionally and thermally stable components to build it. 

It only has a 6" x 6" x 4" object size, but for the price that seems fair.

My biggest concerns would be:

How easy is it to actually use it programming and software wise.

And where do you get spare parts if something breaks (and there are a lot of parts).

I looked at their 3D printer parts section and they only show electronic and controller spares.

The plastic Antibacklash nut and the toothed positioning belts were nowhere to be found and they are common wear components.

I think these two issues need to be filled in a little bit more clearly before leaping on this bandwagon.

Comment by Glenn M on April 15, 2015 at 3:03pm

I was looking at printers for a friend yesterday and came across this Prusa i3 Kit for $299 USD. I've had good results from the i3, and at that price it's a pretty good deal. The one I got was from 3d printer czar, which I wouldn't recommend. I print with ABS, and the PLA printed parts which are near the hotend pretty much instantly deformed and failed.


Comment by Jonathan Hair on April 15, 2015 at 8:03pm

Glenn, I bought the same printer as you. I also had the printed piece that holds the hot end deform. I made a replacement out of two pieces of circuit board material, now it works great.

The other problem I had was that the end stop holder doesn't fit right on the z axis without hitting the coupler from the motor.

It took some screwing around with, but I've printed lots of things successfully!

Comment by Cliff-E on April 15, 2015 at 8:23pm
I run a modified i3xl prusa, 2 yrs old. Steel frame. Have printed 3x3x4" pla tubes no sweat. Can't go wrong with a prusa and a nice hot end. The center frame design is key and easy to upgrade/make a larger print area... I started with a techshopkit (support was horrendous hence why they're out of biz) But checkout replikeo. Try to swap out the mega board for ADT, then you can plug in your phone/scan/print.

Easily a standard smart lcd and I would not be surprise it's a RAMPS board.

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on April 16, 2015 at 2:53am

Nice timing for this post.

Before jumping in heavily and investing, I got a cheap Robo3D kickstarter filament printer as a test. But it never performed to my needs. Sure you can get decent results if you do many test prints and tweak, and sure a Prusa etc. are much better. But still it is very hard to get repeatability. I need it to be a tool for rapid prototyping so that I can focus on designing parts, and just press print within reasonable limits of course. But at the moment it seem 3D filament printing is more like a challenge to see who has the patience to do the most tweaking and get the best tower print.

So I then decided to try the other route with SLA printing, and got the LittleRP.

Received it early this week and did my first ever test print today. And...ohhmysweetbabyjesusareyoufrigginkiddingme!

This is my first ever print. No tweaking or fiddling, just came out like that. No warping, layer separation, or any of the common problems associated with filament. So if you can live with the limited print area, I would highly recommend looking at the new generation of cheaper SLA printers.

Comment by Gary McCray on April 16, 2015 at 11:27am

Really nice results John,

Your comments reinforce my belief that most of the 3D filament printers live somewhere between tool and toy with a fairly strong emphasis on toy.

Comment by Tyler Caros on April 16, 2015 at 1:12pm

This is not bad for the money. I am very experienced in FFF technology and work for a large 3D printer manufacturer. It may not give you results you are looking for, but it will print ABS and provide useful 3D printed parts. It does have a small build envelope, but again, it is under $500. There are a few other options out there with slightly bigger build envelopes, but if you are able to assemble and tune this thing, you should have the skills needed to expand this printer. I would be careful of any RAMPS controlled machine, and would probably swap out the board for something a little more robust. Definitely something I won't be buying, but that is because I have higher expectations. For someone new, at a pretty low investment, this may not be a bad choice to introduce you to 3D printing.

I really enjoy the simplicity of DLP/SLA printing, and use it for jewelry and prototypes of smaller objects, but for useful parts that need to function and have some strength, they just don't cut it.

Filament-based printers are far from toys if you get the correct model and use them correctly. For example, our printers can use over 40 materials, print in polycarbonate and nylon, as well as use soluble support material for complex parts and inner geometry. A polycarbonate quadcopter is very strong and rigid, can withstand crashes, and can even be used on dual extruders to 3D print vibration dampening polyurethane parts right into the polycarb in one print. This eliminates extra hardware and lowers the part count. This is something that is nearly impossible with traditional manufacturing. Far from toys if used correctly and if using a good printer. Obviously with a good printer comes a larger price tag.

Comment by Gary McCray on April 16, 2015 at 2:52pm

Hi Tyler, I expected my toy comment would elicit some dissent, I think the key word is most.

I should have emphasized that a bit more.

There are a lot of really inexpensive printers similar to this one and at the very least, they are fussy to learn how to operate successfully, especially if you are looking for structural grade replicatable parts.

The high end machines generally are built to more rigid standards and feature a well tested work flow.

But the reality is most of these smaller ones are frustratingly inadequate and hard to tune for reliable results.

I have a very capable DIY CNC machine and my parts cost alone was way higher than for most of the low (and intermediate level) 3D printers.

Best regards,



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