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Prusa i3 metal frame

The Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ 3D Printer is an affordable ($999 USD), open source, open filament, user-friendly, fused deposition modelling, single extruder desktop 3D printer with a build volume Z height of 210 mm that prints polylactic acid (PLA), a low-cost, biorenewable, and easy to print plastic.[1]

Open Filament[edit | edit source]

It is not necessary to use Prusa PLA filament when printing on the Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ 3D Printer because it is an open filament 3D printer. To help keep costs to a minimum, we recommend using any less expensive, locally available 1.75 mm PLA filament brand.

PLA is a moisture-sensitive material which may become brittle if improperly stored.[2] According to one filament manufacturer, "To check the quality of PLA, try to snap the filament. If the PLA filament snaps easily, it is too brittle for use and should be replaced."

Proper storage of PLA requires storage:

  • in a re-sealable bag with the silica gel desiccant provided to minimize moisture uptake
  • out of direct sunlight and in a dry and cool location (the optimal storage temperature for PLA is between -20°C to +30°C)
  • for a maximum shelf life of 1 year once the filament has been taken out of its original packaging.
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To minimize the risk of mechanical failure of the bone models during orthopedic surgical simulation training, it is highly recommended to use fresh PLA filament just out of its original packaging.

When possible, try to obtain White PLA filament (including but not limited to Prusament Vanilla White PLA) with a Technical Data Sheet confirming that the filament's Shore Hardness D value is within the 3-sigma range (~79D to 93D) for the Shore Hardness D measurements of 86.7D + 1.91D (ave. ± s.d., n=1815) for human cortical bone.[3][4] Since the Prusament PLA Blend Pearl White filament has a published Shore Hardness D value of 72D ± 1.5D, it is not recommended for use in this orthopedic surgical simulation training.[5]

Recovery from Power Loss[edit | edit source]

Prusa 3D printers can fully recover from a complete loss of power without the need for batteries or an uninterruptible power supply.[6] A sensor detects voltage, and in case of a power interruption, it stores the position of the print head and lifts the print head away from the print. In case of a brief power failure, the Prusa printer will resume printing immediately without requiring user input.

When the printer is without power for an extended period, the bed will cool down and the printed object could detach itself from the sheet plate. So, before resuming printing, check the following:

  1. Ensure that the object is still attached to the print bed.
  2. Follow the step-by-step instructions on the liquid crystal display screen to resume the print.
  3. Watch the printer for about 10 minutes to make sure that the printing process continues without any problems.

Request 3D Prints On Demand[edit | edit source]

Prusa World Map[edit | edit source]

Prusa offers a map of Prusa 3D printer users worldwide with a "Print on Demand" option (in the left-side menu), which allows you to filter all users who accept print on demand requests and send a message to each user.

Register a New Prusa Account[edit | edit source]

  1. Go to https://account.prusa3d.com/registration/?next=/o/authorize/%3Fclient_id%3DM8LpfPFdUlFWcOpLmEdEm7IXmDQfNqhkMqRUYOnv%26response_type%3Dcode%26scope%3Dbasic_info%26redirect_uri%3Dhttps%3A//www.prusa3d.com/login/
  2. Fill in the requested information to register a new Prusa account
  3. Login to your Prusa account

Look up 3D Print on Demand Services Near You[edit | edit source]

  1. Go to https://www.prusaprinters.org/world
  2. Click on the white square icon in the bottom left corner of the map to reveal the filter feature
  3. Click on "Print on Demand" in the left-side menu
  4. Review the map to identify the 3D print on demand services in your country
  5. Click on the orange pin(s) for local 3D printing on demand services

Contact the 3D Print on Demand Services Near You[edit | edit source]

  1. Click on "Send a message" to contact each 3D print on demand service

Global Availability of Prusa 3D Printers[edit | edit source]

The Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ 3D Printer is available for purchase and delivery to the following 167 countries and territories shown and listed below (subject to change without notice):

The full list of locations is here and below.

  1. Aland Islands
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Andorra
  5. Argentina
  6. Armenia
  7. Aruba
  8. Australia
  9. Austria
  10. Azerbaijan
  11. Bahamas
  12. Bahrain
  13. Bangladesh
  14. Barbados
  15. Belarus
  16. Belgium
  17. Bermuda
  18. Bhutan
  19. Bolivia
  20. Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
  21. Bosnia and Herzegovinia
  22. Botswana
  23. Brazil
  24. Brunei
  25. Bulgaria
  26. Cambodia
  27. Cameroon
  28. Canada
  29. Canary Islands
  30. Cayman Islands
  31. Chile
  32. China
  33. Columbia
  34. Costa Rica
  35. Croatia
  36. Curacao
  37. Cyprus
  38. Czech Republic
  39. Denmark
  40. Domenica
  41. Domenican Republic
  42. Ecuador
  43. El Salvador
  44. Estonia
  45. Ethiopia
  46. Faroe Islands
  47. Finland
  48. France
  49. French Guiana
  50. French Polynesia
  51. Gabon
  52. Gambia
  53. Georgia
  54. Germany
  55. Ghana
  56. Gibraltar
  57. Greece
  58. Greenland
  59. Guadeloupe
  60. Guam
  61. Guatemala
  62. Guernsey
  63. Guyana
  64. Haiti
  65. Honduras
  66. Hong Kong
  67. Hungary
  68. Iceland
  69. India
  70. Indonesia
  71. Iraq
  72. Ireland
  73. Israel
  74. Italy
  75. Ivory Coast
  76. Jamaica
  77. Japan
  78. Jersey
  79. Jordan
  80. Kazakhstan
  81. Kenya
  82. Kuwait
  83. Kyrgyzstan
  84. Laos
  85. Latvia
  86. Lebanon
  87. Liberia
  88. Liechtenstein
  89. Lithuania
  90. Luxembourg
  91. Macau
  92. Macedonia
  93. Madagascar
  94. Malaysia
  95. Maldives
  96. Malta
  97. Man Island
  98. Martinique
  99. Mauritius
  100. Mayotte
  101. Mexico
  102. Micronesia
  103. Moldova
  104. Monaco
  105. Mongolia
  106. Montenegro
  107. Morocco
  108. Namibia
  109. Nepal
  110. Netherlands
  111. New Caledonia
  112. New Zealand
  113. Nigeria
  114. Norway
  115. Oman
  116. Pakistan
  117. Palestinian Territories
  118. Panama
  119. Papua New Guinea
  120. Paraguay
  121. Peru
  122. Philippines
  123. Poland
  124. Portugal
  125. Puerto Rico
  126. Qatar
  127. Reunion Island
  128. Romania
  129. Rwanda
  130. Saint Barthelemy
  131. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  132. San Marino
  133. Saudi Arabia
  134. Serbia
  135. Seychelles
  136. Singapore
  137. Slovakia
  138. Slovenia
  139. South Africa
  140. South Korea
  141. Spain
  142. Sri Lanka
  143. Sweden
  144. Switzerland
  145. Taiwan
  146. Thailand
  147. Togo
  148. Trinidad and Tobago
  149. Tunisia
  150. Turkey
  151. Turkmenistan
  152. Uganda
  153. Ukraine
  154. United Arab Emirates
  155. United Kingdom
  156. United Kingdom - Northern Ireland
  157. United States of America
  158. Uzebekistan
  159. Vanatu
  160. Vatican City State
  161. Venezuela
  162. Vietnam
  163. Virgin Islands (British)
  164. Wallis and Futuna
  165. Yemen
  166. Zambia
  167. Zimbabwe

Acknowledgements[edit | edit source]

This work is funded by a grant from the Intuitive Foundation. Any research, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this work are those of the author(s), and not of the Intuitive Foundation.

References[edit | edit source]

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Part of Tibial Fracture Fixation
Keywords orthopedic surgery, simulation training, modular external fixation, schanz screws, open tibial fracture, 3d printing, artificial bones
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