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Velleman K8200 3D Printer Kit

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About this product

Overview

  • Variable print speed gives more control to print with a wide variety of print materials
  • Very Large 200 mm x 200 mm x 200 mm build area
  • Print using 3 mm filament

Product overview

• Variable print speed gives more control to print with a wide variety of print materials
• Very Large 200 mm x 200 mm x 200 mm build area
• Print using 3 mm filament
• Print with ABS, PLA
• Heated print bed to help prevent printed parts from warping

Bring your creations to life with 3D printing
The Velleman K8200 3D printer uses a single extruder designed for 3.00 mm filament, capable of printing using ABS and PLA. ABS provides a tougher and stronger finish but requires a higher temperature, around 230 Celsius, which makes it great for heat resistant parts. PLA is slightly flexible and requires a much lower temperature, around 210 Celsius, it is also non-toxic; it is also less prone to warping when printing. There are a variety of filament materials, finishes and colours available allowing you to create your 3D models exactly how you want them.

How easy is this 3D printer to set up and use?
The printer requires assembly, so it’s fantastic for electronics enthusiasts, whether it be one of many projects, or even a first project. To construct the Velleman K8200 3D Printer there will be soldering required, precision application of metalwork components, cable management instructions will also be provided to ensure there’s no snagging while it prints, you will also need to run through levelling the build plate and other first time set up prompts, which are fundamental to ensure your prints come out perfect every time. The skills gathered during the building of the Velleman K8200 3D Printer will prepare you for any potential troubleshooting issues you may incur, as well as the great experience stepping into electronics.

Tools Required for Assembly
Combination Snap Ring Pliers
Allen Keys 1.5-6mm
30W Soldering Iron – Mains Powered
Lead-Free Solder
2-Piece Screwdriver Set
Snip Cutter
Dommestic Multimeter
Electronic Digital Calipers
5 Metre Tape Measure
ESD Long Nose Pliers
10-Piece Stubby Combination Spanner Set
5-Piece Engineers File Set
AA Tweezers
Isopropyl Alcohol
Cloverleaf Mains Lead

Once your Velleman K8200 is ready, using the Repetier software will do the rest for you making your 3D printing simple and straightforward. simply import your .stl CAD files to the printer to start bringing your creations to life.

Where can I find 3D printing resources?
3D printing allows you to design your own creations or use designs created by others. There are plenty of resources available to help you make the most of this tech. Free software such AutoDesk 123D Design allows you to make your own model as simple or as detailed as you like. (http://www.123dapp.com/design)
Thingiverse also has a large collection of 3D models that you can download and print for free. (http://www.thingiverse.com)

To get filament for your Velleman K8200:
Click here for ABS
Click here for PLA

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read through the instructions to see what you're letting yourself in for. Quite easy mechanical build, but lots of soldering to wire it up and a couple of tiny components. Had a couple of missing parts, but only washers and the plastic spacers to mount the board so replacements easy to source. Exact amount of heatshrink is supplied so check size and lengths carefully. Maplin toolkit could do with smaller size spanners - smallest supplied was 10mm, too big for M4 and M5 nuts. You also need smaller screwdrivers and a pot trimmer would be handy for adjusting motor drivers. Fun to make and it all worked first time. Mac software works (at least on Mountain Lion) but instructions are for Windows version and Mac layout is slightly different but you can figure it out by reading the manual.
Date published: 2013-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice quality kit - no missing parts and the instructions were comprehensive. However, this is NOT a kit for the inexperienced amateur to build - 10-14 hours to complete - comprehensive computer, mechanical and soldering skills required - if you don't have all those, get it built professionally.
Date published: 2013-08-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hardware good, poor linux support The online resources say use Repetier version 0.84, they say newer versions incompatible with firmware. This has a bug that stops it creating the config file for Slicer making printing results poor. My postage was three days late, Maplin refunded me. Not their fault, Parcel Force messed it up. Setting up takes a long time but is understandable, 3D printing is still not main stream. This kit is only for the experienced builder, takes two long days and needs some specialist tools and quite a bit of soldering. I really enjoyed building it. Hardware quality feels really good. But for me a Linux user, the software is unusable out of the box. I had to Patch Mono runtime and now have an issue with the software not saving some configuration files. If you never build any kit before, this is not for you. If your hobby is building / hacking hardware stuff, this is the kit for you! :)
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good product, took a while to calibrate and get working, you will need advanced soldering & mechanical skills, however the instruction guide is very helpful and there is a forum for help if needed. Loving it so far, worth the money!
Date published: 2013-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Velleman 3D Printer I did a lot of research before buying this kit to make sure I knew what I was letting myself in for. I'm glad I bought it. I spent a wet Christmas building the printer and took my time. It took me about 3-4 days, about 6 hours per day, to build it. I started by going through every bag to make sure everything was there: 4 circlips were missing but everything else was present and correct. I filled in the Velleman form for the missing circlips but ordered some from elsewhere as well as I wasn't sure how long Velleman would take and they were cheap. It took about 7 days for the missing circlips to arrive from Velleman. I didn't build it in exactly the right order. I decided to start with the hot end as the thermistor assembly and nozzle torque were areas of concern where others had issues. I took great care here and had no problems. My biggest struggle was with something simple - fitting the circlips. My circlip pliers weren't quite big enough to fully open the circlips (I didn't buy the Maplin ones, I got some others). After this, everything went smoothly, and the printer worked first time. To get the best print quality, I had to ensure the bed was flat and level, which wasn't too difficult. Others have suggested putting a glass or mirror tile on the bed but I haven't found this necessary and things seem to stick pretty well. I found the Z-axis motor wobbled a bit, but I just printed a 2.5mm thick piece of plastic and wedged it between the motor and frame and this improved the vertical sides of objects a lot. One area I investigated in particular before purchase was 3D CAD packages. I didn't want to pay a lot (i.e. Ј0!) and I found FreeCAD was ok for the job, but had some bugs which caused some annoyance. In the end, I used openSCAD successfully which allows you to describe objects with code, rather than a drag-and-drop interface, and this ended up as my tool of choice. In terms of tools, you need almost everything on the list in the instructions. I would include a complete set of metric and imperial allen keys. I got away with a pair of adjustable spanners rather than a set of spanners. Good circlip pliers are a must. I also bought a bottle of isopropyl alcohol to clean the print bed between prints and this was a good investment. Velleman support suggest the hot end is tightened to 3.5 Nm, so you might wish to invest in a torque wrench too. I didn't start by printing the case for the controller board as suggested in the instructions - I started small and found a toy building brick on thingiverse to print. The advantage of this is that I could make use of lots of them and I could try printing small things without using much plastic and see what effect adjusting the many available settings would have on the quality. Actually, in the end I found the default software settings were optimal. The biggest impact on print quality is the distance between the nozzle and the print bed - get this right and ensure the bed is reasonably flat - and it should work ok. I'm an electronic engineer and I design electronic products, am very competent at soldering, prototyping, problem solving and writing software and didn't find this very difficult. Out of those skills, soldering is probably the main one you need to be good at. Take your time, review the Velleman forums for hints, tips and potential problems beforehand and you should have good success. The hot end is the most difficult bit so I suggest doing this first in case you have to get any replacement bits! I rated it as 4 stars as it works well but was expensive considering you have to build it yourself.
Date published: 2014-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great item Well what can I say. This is a great item, Took about 12 hours to assemble. Finding the manual online was easy and was also easy to follow. The software included does a OK job at converting/slicing the item. I have now moved to a different software to convert/slice the model and I now use a raspberryPI to control the printer and print the model. This means my PC or laptop doesn't have to be switched on during printing. The prints are great. I have made a few other changes here and there since buying my K8200. The 15v powersuply that you get with the printer does a OK job but the heated bed took ages to warm up and during long prints it would slowly cool down as all the power was been used for the heated extruder and the motors. So I added a relay and some other bits to change the heated bed from a 15v bed to a 19.5v. It now heats up in no time at all and prints beautifully. I would give this 4 stars because of the power issue BUT the item is good quality and does a great job. I would also give it 4 stars because the Z-Axis is only m5 threaded rod and can cause the prints to "wobble" or have a wave effect. My next change will be to replace the Z-Axis m5 threaded rod with a ball screw rod
Date published: 2014-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Challenging project, but worthwhile My wife bought this as a surprise Xmas present. It is quite a challenging project that took me several late nights over 4 days. It did work first time, but was missing the filament feeder, so I was having to hand-feed it. Found a STL file on Thingiverse and printed out the missing part the same day :) All-in-all: produces OK prints and has a decent working area for the money. Most importantly, you'll know exactly how it works because you have to build almost every bit of it. Meccano on steroids ;)
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb One word for this kit and that is AWESOME !! As others have said, some care required in building but nothing that requires an immense amount of skill, just attention to detail as the assembly manual is over 600 pages. I built mine in stages over a week and had no missing parts. I did have a faulty board which was not reading the bed and extruder temperatures but after downloading the circuit diagrams, I managed to find the fault and repair the board. ( Velleman's speed at delivering replacement parts is rumoured to be poor according to the forums so I didn't want to wait 3 weeks). Some tweaking of the standard PLA filament profiles was required for me but I expect its probably different depending on the set up of the unit. The bed was also flat so I was lucky and didn't need to purchase a mirror to lay on top. Don't expect high street quality finishes on the parts it produces however, they have a natural texture to them that is part of the process but its not bad by any means after cleaning up the "strings". Recommended purchase despite my board issue so 5 stars, purely for the wow factor when you see the thing in operation.!!
Date published: 2014-04-12
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Specification

Specifications
Printing Features
Print Speed Variable
Print Layer resolution 0.20 mm (200 microns)
Max Build Height 200 mm
Max Build Width 200 mm
Max Build Depth 200 mm
Filament
Filament material Types ABS, PLA
Filament diameter 3 mm
Number of standard heads 1
Proprietary filament reel no
Nozzle Diameter 0.5 mm
Connectivity
USB cable Yes
SD Card Slot No
Wi-Fi enabled No
Software bundle Repetier version 0.84 and up www.repetier.com
Format supported .STL
Physical Dimensions
Operation Temperature
Storage Temperature
Max. Bed Temperature 60 °C
Max. Nozzle Temperature 270 °C
Weight 9000 g
Height 620 mm
Width 500 mm
Depth 420 mm
Frame material Alluminium Frame
LCD Screen No
Heated Bed Yes
Supplied assembled No
Package Contents
Software No
Instructions No
Tool kit No
Additional nozzles No
Filament Yes
PSU Yes
Data cable Yes

Can this printer be upgraded to twin nozzle?

Asked by: JCHM
Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee full compatibility for this item, as this is not the manner for which it was designed to be used.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-11-21

Is the Velleman K8200 3D Printer Kit Mac compatible?

Asked by: Tall Richuk
No, I am sorry but the item will not be suitable.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-10-11

I have installed K8200 3D printer. and I also installed the repetier software. but I cannot control manually all the motors. I can control the fun. and I have a problem of the bed tempreture and extruder, they won't heat. but the temperat. curve is okay.

Asked by: Mati
This sounds like an issue with the build, perhaps things are wired wrong or plugged into the wrong port, please recheck all your wiring.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2016-08-12

Velleman K8200 3D Printer Kit is this CE marked Code: N82QG

Asked by: Bob T
All our products are CE marked.
Answered by: Darren
Date published: 2016-03-04

are the X Y & Z axis belt driven or screw thread driven

Asked by: mad4x4
X and Y are belt Z is screw.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2015-12-29

I'm a total novice with 3D printers! Could someone at Maplin help me put this together?

Asked by: Matt
Sorry this is not a service Maplin offer if unsure a pre built unit might be best for you.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2015-10-29

Would this work with AutoCAD?

Asked by: Jonzy
This will work with any Gcode or STL file, so if AutoCAD generates these files then yes it would.
Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2015-10-27

can I get this Velleman K8200 3D Printer pre built

Asked by: ryan
Unfortunately this is a service we do not offer.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2015-10-16
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