The Prusa Mk2/Mk3 3d printers are renowned as top quality, but buying parts is a painfully expensive deal due to the long journey and single supplier. That just changed!
Joseph Tam reached out for me to try the bed and probe, and I have to say I can’t really tell a difference between these and the originals in terms of quality.
Now, you might be thinking this is somehow bad, but Prusa made everything open source hardware, so it is no different from us buying Arduino boards on eBay (except I am sure these clones are made to higher standards).
As you can see, my original heat bed is looking in bad shape – I really needed to do something.
Removing the PEI from the original bed is a pain in the butt. Extremely unpleasant. And it takes a long time for any solvents to do their magic, while being horrible to be around.
Having this replacement will allow me to swap over while surfaces are prepared!
If you have been around the forums and groups, the Pinda is often the victim of head crashes, where the probe gets damaged by failed prints. Again, having a spare could be very convenient (and more than a little comforting!).
I am going to be running mine for a while and I will report back – my Prusa gets a lot of wear so it will be a good test of durability.
These beds come without the PEI surface, which I realized a liiittle late 😉 and apparently, you do need the thinner sheets for the probe to penetrate. Fortunately I do have a spare to try out.
Now if I could only get identical PEI sheets locally I would be all set 😉