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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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:
- Ensure that the object is still attached to the print bed.
- Follow the step-by-step instructions on the liquid crystal display screen to resume the print.
- 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]
- 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/
- Fill in the requested information to register a new Prusa account
- Login to your Prusa account
Look up 3D Print on Demand Services Near You[edit | edit source]
- Go to https://www.prusaprinters.org/world
- Click on the white square icon in the bottom left corner of the map to reveal the filter feature
- Click on "Print on Demand" in the left-side menu
- Review the map to identify the 3D print on demand services in your country
- 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]
- 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.
- Aland Islands
- Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
- Bosnia and Herzegovinia
- Canary Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Domenican Republic
- El Salvador
- Faroe Islands
- French Guiana
- French Polynesia
- Hong Kong
- Ivory Coast
- Man Island
- New Caledonia
- New Zealand
- Palestinian Territories
- Papua New Guinea
- Puerto Rico
- Reunion Island
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United Kingdom - Northern Ireland
- United States of America
- Vatican City State
- Virgin Islands (British)
- Wallis and Futuna
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]
- Society For Biomaterials 30th Annual Meeting Transactions, page 332. Femoral Cortical Wall Thickness And Hardness Evaluation. K. Calvert, L.A. Kirkpatrick, D.M. Blakemore, T.S. Johnson. Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN.