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$349 Reach 3D Printer, Laser Cutter, Plotter, Mill - ALL ALUMINUM

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$349 Reach 3D Printer, Laser Cutter, Plotter, Mill - ALL ALUMINUM by Reach3D_Nate_Rogers Sep 4, 2015


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Meet the Reach 3D Printer.
An opensource printer, capable of 3d printing, laser cutting, cnc milling, plotting and so much more...

Our successful kickstarter at:

Download CAD files at:

Check out our G+ forum for user reviews and the latest news at:

Pre order your printer kit now! Shipping expected February 2017.

Enjoy the files, make some cool stuff!!!
Please don't just copy my design and resell them.


Check out www.Reach3dPrinters.com


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I tried to load the STL files about, but when Print is not printing it seems like the STL files are corrupt

The files are in inches, so they need to be scaled up x25.4
Or import the files in inches instead of mm.
If sliced, they would be really tiny, and wouldn't print.

I've been watching this for awhile .. a couple of questions...

1) I notice it is using T-Slot extrusions - can V-Slot extrusions be used? (some of the sample pics above actually look like v-slot)

2) Could this be stable enough to push to a 300x300x300 build area?

I actually use v slot. T slot wouldn't allow the v wheels to roll along.
A 300mm ^2 bed? Well, I was able to double the bed width, by adding a second vertical column and second table wheel support plate. It rides very smooth with only 1 motor. Took about an hour to tighten and even out the rail movements in y and z. The original setup only takes 10-15 minutes to tune the frame and tighten wheels.
I would say 300^2 would work on original setup, with a longer base 2040, and you will need some feet or to bolt the printer down. Also, the extra weight will add inertia and may require better stepper drivers for more current to keep up. Use the drv#### ones. Not the A#### ones.
A bed at 300x300 in aluminum may not be the flattest, but you'll need to keep the bed light.
Also, the vertical, you'll need a longer lead screw. There should be 500mm ones on Ali for $20.
Also longer 2040 v slot.
You can cut 2020 and 2040 on a chop saw with a 60-80 tooth blade, just go slow, and put a bit of wax on the blade, like nixstick.

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how long should the l rail be? . the table is 216 x 216 mm and where are the holes drilled ?


Anyone printed the small extruder gear .. i resize it to 0.01 and still is big .. anyone fixed this ?

Do you do the basic metal kit .. i have most parts here handy

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Hi is there a bom?
I think i have most parts but not any of the aluminium extrusions

Thanks the printer looks really good

Hi JstarJ
Updated the info, check the user manual at www.bit.do/reach3dprinter

Thanks, What are the L brackets to hold up the table in the parts list is is "L Rail".

Great design. where is the print for the Z axis nut plate?

www.bit.do/reach3dprinter should have all the goods :)

What scale are these parts?

alot of stuff was in inches, so 25.4

Hi, at the moment, they are inches. So multiply by 25.4.
You can also change the units in repetier host. Then reload the stl. I'll have metric up soon to replace imperial. Meshlab just naturally converts them to inches from sketchup.

This looks GREAT. I hope it comes to the UK.

I am working with nate to distribute as a kit soon ..

hey Deuse...
Its live on Kickstarter now...
Jump in if your on board, I should have plenty available for the next 22 days, but there is a limited quantity available, as i didn't want to over promise.
Check it out..

Also, Kickstarter will Launch TODAY at 12 noon CST!
Thanks for all the support guys.

Hey Thingiversers... :)
I will release the cad files after the kickstarter is finished. I want them available for all my backers, and so this can be built at home. Long live opensource!!! The Plates required for assembly are a bit different than the metal ones in my kit, ill have the plastic ones posted for sure.

This looks awesome. Def. will consider putting in a pledge.

When will the cad files be released? I have the parts necessary between a purse i3 and a inc mill to build this. Thanks.

Not sure if you already found the cad model, but they are at:

The delrin Rollers, Where are these available!? I can find steel ones all day but i need delrin ones to prevent the rollers from eating up my extruded aluminum. I have my own home designed cnc and currently use nylon rounded grooved bearings that wear out quickly.

This is an extremely high precision, high quality, high stability product, as demonstrated by your videos, and all for $260??? All aluminum too? Expect a Kickstarter pledge from me.

Thanks ..Solaris,
Looks like the campaign may be pushed back to noon tomorrow instead of today. Still waiting on KickStarter approval.
Ill keep ya posted, but definitely check the link to notify you by email on the kickstarter page.
I also plan to do a mass email an hour or 2 before It goes LIVE. Just email me from my webpage, www.reach3dprinters.com
and ill make sure to add you to the list.

Still waiting on that Kickstarter.....:-)

Had a hard drive crash and spend several days recovering, but i plan to launch this weekend... :)
I just posted a new main video on kickstarter. Lots of new info as well. Should be an awesome campaign.

Looking forward to it. I'll be first in line when it goes live.

I'm super close, hopefully this weekend.

I'm re-shooting a video and doing lots of time lapse. I went too artsy with it, and decided to shoot for a shorter more direct approach.
I'm still going to have them at $199 for 10-25 of them, and probably end at $259ish.

Ive also been focusing on incorporating more features, like the laser cutter, engraver, plotter, and just got the milling feature fully operational. The video required a few action shots of these features, so i had to get them working... only took a week to solve everything. So now this printer should take the world by storm.

Hopefully ill have the instructions on modifications on my website right after launch.

Don't give up on me, this printer is really going to be the most versatile, high quality printer at a crazy low price. The closest equivalent would be the Flux, or Formaker at over $1000, and the Reach, at under $300 shipped, there's no comparison.


I don't care what anyone else says, just make sure I am on of those 10-25 :-). I am willing to pay for a pre-release prototype to assemble and report back too. I left feedback as requested. I am on board.

Hi Guys, Thanks for the Interest in my Printer. There is a 3d model available for viewing on my website in the Upgrades section. http://www.reach3dprinters.com/Upgrades

With all the Effort invested in the design, I will eventually release the CAD model. I uploaded this Design picture for two reasons.

First, I wanted to advertise my printers for sale. Hopefully i can pursue my dream of Designing less expensive printers, and providing them for sale. Selling them will allow me to make a living, and continue searching for the perfect $100 printer design. My ultimate Goal.

Secondly, I wanted to inspire people to approach 3d Printing from a new perspective. Releasing this design photo, provides people a different approach to the building process, using common, open source materials, like the Rep Rap.

I have bulk ordered the Parts to make these printers, and that keeps my costs down, but if you were to Buy individual components your self, they add up to around $200. you would also have to cut 20x20 and 20x40 v-slot, cut aluminum L rails, drill and Cut the Aluminum build plate, source all the parts from several suppliers, and the time it takes to Print or cut the plates and clamps necessary for the assembly. Well for $50, I basically take that headache away, and provide you with certainty and support. Along with a well documented walk thru guide for the build process.

A Final NOTE:

As for the CAD files being released, I'll most likely do so around the beginning of 2016. So for now, I ask you to support me in this endeavor, and help me to pursue my goal of building the first worthwhile $100 printer down the road.

Thanks again, Nate

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So apparently, buried in a comment, here is the link to the CAD for this printer www.bit.do/reach3dprinter

Hey Jetguy,
A couple days ago, I posted several links in the summary. The CAD file, videos for assembly, the user manual has the BOM, firmware, etc...

2016! Man, I wanted to build it now, but it's okay...

Hey Synth Tree,
CAD files posted!!

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Can I make one myself right now?