Dual Extruder 3D Printer Kit – Review Of The Maker Farm Pegasus 10

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As many of you who have read my posts know, I own a Bibo dual extruder 3D printer. The Bibo printer is fully enclosed and comes 90% pre-assembled. See my review here.

While pre-assembled printers save the home user hours of their precious time, they also tend to cost more. As the saying goes; ‘time is money’ and manufacturers have to pay someone to put these things together.

I wanted to explore the other end of the 3D printer spectrum – Do It Yourself Kits. In this post I evaluate the Maker Farm Pegasus 10″ dual extruder 3D printer kit.

Maker Farm is based on South Jordan, Utah, USA. The company specializes in their own Maker Farm 3D printer kits but also offers kits from Tevo.

The Pegasus 10″ 3D Printer – Key Specifications

Image of Pegasus 10" printer
Pegasus 10″ from Maker Farm

10″x10″x10″ Build Envelope

50 micron layer height

Heat bed & Heat Bed Relay

Aluminum Heat Bed Mount

GT2 Pulley’s and Belts

Extruder Options:Pegasus Direct Drive Extruder (Optional Dual Extruder*) or Titan Extruder (works with 3mm or 1.75mm filament)

  • 0.4 mm E3D-v6,
  • 0.4 mm E3D-Lite6
  • E3D hot end for 1.75mm filament or
  • E3D-v6 hot end for 3mm filament

66 oz-in motors for all axis’ (pre-wired)

Firmware Bed leveling

V-Slot Extrusion (Higher print speeds and smoother operation)

Assembled dimensions 22″Wx20″Dx24″H (with spool of filament installed)

Micro Adjustable Z Endstop

Optional LCD Interface

Slot Covers for Wire Management

Printer Assembly

As noted in the introduction, this is a DIY 3D printer kit that requires the user to assemble everything including the gantry frame, X-Y-Z axis motor mounts, belts, printer hot ends and extruders.

Assembly will take the average tinkerer about 3-4 hours and while this may seem like a half a day of wasted time, the advantage of having to assemble all the components is that you get to see how it’s all put together.

Knowing how something is put together is a huge bonus when troublshooting system abnormalities. There are a lot of variables in the 3D printing process and spending 3-4 hours up front in assembly time can save you countless hours down the road in troubleshooting time.

Assembly time notwithstanding, there is also a certain amount of pride that comes with assembling an entire printer and successfully printing your first object.

The assembly instructions are well written, easy to follow and backed up by plenty of photos.

There are 16 main assembly steps involving around 80 M3, M4 and M5 bolts and associated washers and nuts:

  1. Frame/Gantry prep
  2. X, Y, Z-motor mounts; X-idler; X-carriage assembly
  3. Y-bed assembly
  4. Frame set up – positioning and attaching motor mounts; x-axis idler and bed mount
  5. Bed heater element installation
  6. X, Y, Z-axis limit switch installation
  7. LCD installation (optional)
  8. Extrusion hot end assembly
  9. Extruder assembly (dual extruders optional)
  10. Threaded Z-axis guide rod installation
  11. Cicuit board wiring and install
  12. Power supply wiring and install
  13. Spool holder assembly
  14. Leg supports
  15. Software install
  16. Wiring management

There are a couple of additional things I want to point out about the assembly of this printer.

The nuts and bolts are metric sizes M3, M4 and M5 ranging from 1 to 3 cm long. These are large enough to pick up and handle readily to get the threads started. On a side note, the fasteners that came with my Bibo printer were very small and somewhat difficult to hold while starting the threads.

The Y and Z motor brackets need to be precisely located at specific locations along their respective frame supports. There are no pre-drilled holes to locate the brackets so the user has to use a ruler. This is not a huge problem but adds another variable to the 3D printing equation should the user mis-locate the brackets.

Image of drive belt zip ties on Pegasus printer
Pegasus Drive Belts

The drive belts are not pre-cut to length. During assembly, you have to measure and cut the belts yourself and then secure with zip ties once properly routed through the drive mechanisms. It’s certainly simple enough to measure and cut the belts to the proper length but having to secure them with zip ties could lead to variation in the belt tension – yes, another variable to add to the equation.

 

 

 

What I Like and What I Think Could Be Better

Like:

  • Large, 10″x10″x10″ build volume
  • Heated print bed
  • Dual Z-axis guide rods
  • Customer service
  • Easy to handle assembly fasteners
  • Top feeding filament spool holder – prevents breaking brittle filament

Could Be Better:

  • Have to source your own power supply, insulation for print bed heating element, glass print surface, filament and printer adhesion enhancement (glue stick or hair spray) – adds about $75 to total cost
  • No enclosure
  • LCD interface is optional ad on
  • Frame extrusions have a rather small cross section
  • Drive belt installation
  • 30 day warranty

Conclusion

I’m sure the Maker Farm Pegasus 10″ 3D printer is quality. There are very few customer reviews available but all are positive.

It just seems to me that Maker Farm has not really kept up with the times. A few years ago, all the home user could buy were self-assemble printer kits. Those days are all but gone with affordable pre-assembled, or partly pre-assembled, printers offered by a number of manufacturers.

Many of the consumer 3D printers available are manufactured in China and if this is an issue for you, the Maker Farm is manufactured in the USA. Aside from a few minor translation issues in the owner’s manual, my personal experience with the Bibo printer, manufactured in China, has been very positive so made in USA doesn’t do much for me.

Finally, the price of this printer is a bit misleading.

The basic printer costs $475. Adding on the dual extruder and LCD interface options plus the power supply and filament puts you into $680-725 range depending on the options chosen.

Maker Farm Pegasus 10″ Single Extruder + LCD on Amazon

If you add on the lead screw and motor mount upgrades you’re in the $800 range – for reference my Bibo dual extruder printer cost me $859 and came with a laser engraver.

I’m not trying to sell you on the Bibo printer over the Maker Farm printer. I’m just using my personal experience as a reference point to help you make a more informed decision. See my post on How To Chose A 3D Printer for other dual extruder printers in the $800-900 price range.

I’d also say this is a good printer for those that want made in the USA plus the challenge and satisfaction of assembling an entire 3D printer. For me, I’d rather spend my time designing and printing objects rather than assembling the printer. 

What will you create?

If you have questions, comments and/or experience with the Pegasus 10″ or any of Maker Farms printers, please give us your insights in the comments section. We would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Replies to “Dual Extruder 3D Printer Kit – Review Of The Maker Farm Pegasus 10”

  1. Thanks for some great info.

    I am honestly not yet sure exactly what I will create with a 3D printer. I have just seen one demonstrated a few sometimes and think it is really cool so wanted to look more into the opportunties. Do you have some good suggestions about what to start creating when you first get a 3D printer?

    And is the Dual Extruder 3D suitable for someone that has never used a 3D printer before or are there other solutions that would be better?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Mike, thanks for your questions. 

      At first, I had the same concern about not know exactly what to print or ‘create’ as I like to say in my posts. I tend to look for items that I can use around the house such as C-clamps, and brackets. I also want to design my own items so I design them up in SketchUp, a free design software.

      There is a pretty decent web site https://www.thingiverse.com/ that has thousands of objects that others have designed and uploaded onto the site. You can readily download any object and send it to your printer.

      For the beginner 3D printer, I would not recommend a dual extruder machine. While dual extruders come with extra functionality of multi color/multi material prints, they also can add a bit of frustration as there are twice as many components that can have issues.

  2. Hello Jeff and thank you for the detailed review!

    I had a bad experience earlier with a different maker of 3D Printers. That’s why I’m looking for a reliable manufacturer this time. But I’m really afraid of the short 30-days guarantee. How long have you been using the Dual Extruder 3D Printer Kit now? and for how many hours a day?

    In addition, you mentioned that I have to purchase the power supply. Is there any specs provided, and a recommended type/brand?

    Thank you in advance!

    Amjad

    1. Hello Amjad and thank you for your comments. Sorry to hear about your bad experience.

      The power supply recommended by Maker Farm is: 

      Mean Well NES-350-12 12V 350 Watt Ul Switching Power Supply 110-240 Volt

      The assembly instructions provide details on wiring and connections.

      I agree with the limited 30 day guarantee. My Bibo came with a 90 day guarantee. I have been using the Bibo for a couple of months now but have not used it on a daily basis so all told and handful of prints that each took about 8 hours to print. 

      I also like the printer kits offered by Creality 3D – they offer a 1 year warranty see my review of their Ender 3 printer here:https://3dpbuzz.com/3d-printer

  3. For anyone looking into buying 3D printers and having to decide on one from all the options, this review can steer you towards the right path with one of the options you have. 

    I like that this article doesn’t just give the cheapest option and that’s it – the detailed guide on what to expect when buying this 3D printer kit is great for people who don’t know a lot about things like this.

    1. Thank you Rihards. With this site I am trying to educate and help the home user and am glad the post met that expectation. 

      Here’s an article I wrote describing various factors to consider and help consumers choose a 3D printer.

  4. Thanks for the review of this 3D printer kit. I think if I decide to buy one I will buy a preassembled one. I do not mind paying a little extra. It is good that pre assmbled ones now exist on the market.

    It matters not to me either whether they are made in the USA or China. What matters to me is that it works.

    Thanks for the informative post and have a great day!

    Proud papa of two

    Jody

    1. Hi Jody. I fully agree that made in USA or China does not matter. I would also recommend a pre-assembled printer especially for a first time purchase though there are some kits that are very straight forward to assembly such as the one from Creality 3D which also has a one year warranty

  5. Great product. How long do you normally used it? Also  is it possible ti be shpoied to the Pacific? I like that it is a DIY, but it is still sad that you habe to pay someone to assemble it. I notice that you wished it has warranty. Does that mean it doesn’t have 30 day warranty? 

    1. Hello CircleUB. Thank you for your comments and quesitons.

        To be clear, I don’t own the Pegasus printer so I have not used it but, in general, 3D printers can be used daily. I have had my Bibo printer now for a couple of months and have used it a number of times to print various objects that took around  8 hours each to print.

      Yes, it is possible to ship to the Pacific – where ever Amazon ships to.

      The Maker Farm printer comes with a 30 day warranty which is on the low end. I’ve seen printers with 1 year warranties. I’m sorry I wasn’t clear about that in my post.

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