Every so often the community has a discussion about what to buy a person in your life who is just starting out with 3D printing.
Before now it’s been a difficult question to answer, because people don’t like to buy filament, hair spray, glue sticks, and such and wrap them up in fancy paper. It just feels weird, like buying someone gas for their car, or paying toward their electricity bill.
But Aprintapro might have come up with a better answer, a 3D printer toolkit! They sent me a kit to try out, so check out what I discovered …
The idea here is this kit should contain everything you need to get started 3D printing (outside of the printer and filament, naturally), and they have done a good job of that.
What you get in the kit
- Printafix bed adhesive – This is their proprietary spray for getting better bed adhesion. It’s kind of like hairspray in use, but less smelly. Personally, I am old school (and cheap), I go for glue stick, hairspray, or tape where PEI isn’t available, but it’s a nice addition 🙂
- Allen/hex keys/wrenches – It’s rare to find a printer not built with M4/M5 hex nuts, so this is a welcome site. Now, most good printer kits do come with the requisite wrenches, but pre-built printers probably won’t, so it’s good to have these on hand for maintenance and repair (even if you will never use the largest size). Keep your gears and belts tightened at the very least, it’s a primary cause of layer shifting and wobble!
- Pliers – I use my needle nose pliers all the time, for grabbing pieces of hot filament through to holding nuts in place, so much so I have several littered around next to my printer collection. Good quality pliers are always good to have.
- Cutters – You are going to want to cut and trim filament, and strip wires, so cutters are handy. These are the type that allow you to cut flush, so even handier.
- Tweezers – If you have sausage fingers like me then you are going to need some tweezers eventually to grab a small nut that has dropped into an inconvenient crevice 🙂
- Nozzle wrench – Want to switch nozzles without burning yourself or leaving it so loose it oozes hot filament everywhere? This is probably the neatest addition to the kit, even if you only need it rarely.
- Hobby/craft knife – Again, everyone needs one or more of these. Just so handy to have, I use mine (on a cutting mat) all the time.
- Razor – I injure myself enough without using a razor but some people swear by using one to lift prints or to scrape their print bed.
- Scraper – Again, get those prints and stray filament off your bed.
- Gloves – These are size 10 so fit me nicely, YMMV, but I don’t think they are cut proof so perhaps to stop you burning yourself?
- Protective glasses/goggles – If you are going to use a Dremel or other tool that is going to cause sparks/shrapnel like pieces flying everywhere then you need these, though they don’t appear comfortable for glasses wearers like me so I will stick to my old trusty pair.
- Nozzle unclogging needles – People tend towards needles or drill bits for this. When your nozzle gets clogged and you just need to make it free up by sticking something thin and sharp in there. Of course prevention is better than fixing the problem when it occurs, but for beginners this is inevitably going to come in handy.
All in a nice, tidy, hard plastic case.
Anton did an unboxing video here:
What does it cost?
Around £65, or around $80 USD. That’s quite a lot, but well within gift-purchase range for a good number of people.
Anyone that has been printing a while is going to have a lot of this, if not most, already. That said, for anyone just getting started, it’s a nice all in one solution, reasonably priced, and the case itself is handy for keeping it all in one place.
Check it out for yourself at Aprintapro/printakit