The K8200 3D Printer
Did you ever wanted to create your own products? Did you dream that your 3D creations became real products? This is your chance with the Velleman K8200. It’s a build it yourself 3D printer kit to print objects of maximum 20 × 20 × 20 cm using PLA or ABS filament (3 mm plastic wire). It is an extremely fast, reliable and precise printer even when printing at higher speeds. The K8200 is compatible with all free RepRap software and firmware. It is made out of aluminum profiles and is easy to assemble, it leaves room to the user to freely alter the machine and modify it to their liking. The print bed is heated.
It’s a build it yourself 3D printer kit for everyone. It’s super easy to use, and helps you turn your ideas into real stuff you can hold, like toys, product prototypes, and replacement parts.
The printer layers up the plastic to form a solid object. It melts plastic filament, then draws with it in a very fine layer. It then builds another layer of plastic on top, then another, and another, building your design in levels from the bottom up until you have a plastic object ready to hold and use.
This of course depends on how large and complex your idea is. To give you a baseline, to print a smartphone case would take about 30 minutes.
The only limit to what you can create is the size of the K8200 print area. That’s the beauty of the printer, if you can imagine it and build a 3D design (very simple with free software) you can print it! You can make prototype products, components to hack, adapt your home, toys, handles, phone cases, chess pieces, models and almost anything you can imagine.
All prints start out as a 3D computer design and are then printed out by the K8200.
The cartridges that work with the K8200 come in different colours:
You can use one colour at a time while printing. If you want your creation to be multicoloured, you can print it in separate pieces and attach them together later. You can’t swap the cartridge in the middle of a print. The printer comes with 5m of PLA to get you started.
The printer requires a computer (MAC, WIN or LINUX) and an internet connection to access the online manual and building instructions.
Nominal mechanical resolution:
• X and Y: 0.015 mm (smallest step the printing plate can move in the X and Y direction)
• Z: 0.781 µm (smallest step the printing plate can move in the Z direction)
Nominal printing resolution:
• Wall thickness (X,Y): 0.5 mm
• Layer thickness (Z) : 0.20 – 0.25 mm