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Solidoodle

Solidoodle 4

7.2 / 10
Starting at 
$799.00
Ideal for 
Intermediates

Solidoodle's newest 4th generation printer has a black powder-coated enclosure and ABS door with window to prevent the material from warping. It also features an easy-open lid for simple changing of filaments on the all-metal extruder and a new spool mount design.

Budget

Owner ratings (18)

7.2 / 10
Print quality 
6.9
Ease of use 
7.0
Build quality 
7.3
Reliability 
7.3
Failure rate 
7.9
Customer service 
5.4
Community 
7.3
Running expenses 
8.5
Software 
7.1
Value 
7.2

Pros 
Build volume
Material availability
Heated platform
Running costs
Price
Cons 
Print quality
Build quality
Design
Customer support

Specifications

Printer type 
FDM
Material 
ABS, PLA
Build volume 
20 x 20 x 20 cm
Min layer height 
100 microns
Max layer height 
400 microns
Extruder Head 
1
Open source 
Only software
Can you use 3rd party material? 
Yes
Heated platform 
Yes
Filament Diameter 
1.75
On-printer controls 
No
Connectivity 
USB
Owner Reviews 
5.5 / 10

It prints poorly, i am not sure if it is some setting or a mechanical issue

5.4 / 10

It came with a few issues, and you have to keep an eye on it, and consistently level the bed.

6.2 / 10

A lot of questionable decisions made in designing the printer. Why imperial z screw (5/16in) not 6mm or 8mm? Why MXL timing belt instead of GT2?

9.7 / 10

Great overall printer, only downsides are that the max temperature only allows for prints below 220° which Is basically only abs and pla. Also the enclosed print bed does not allow for a fan to blow onto what you're printing, and create some problems with tall, skinny prints.

9.1 / 10

When the solidoodle 4 arrived it was fully assembled and it only needed some calibration before it was ready to print. The makers says it's only made for printing ABS, but after some hardware adjustments (without demolishing the printer) and some changes in the print settings I am even able to print flexible materials like Ninjaflex! The only thing I regret is that I didn't order a dual extruder specially for printing the support material of PLA which is easily dissolvable.

9.1 / 10

It has been a workhorse for me. An excelent value for the money! Mostly because it is so easily upgradeable. the print quality and speed can be significantly improved and there is a strong and helpful community with people who have done it all!

6.1 / 10

Hardware : Alot of bugs to work out. Software : Slic3r in pillar mode off set. Pillar format off set to scale of slic3r model. Update slic3r-x86-1-2-9a

8.6 / 10

The Solidoodle 4 is a fine machine. It works well, prints well, and in expected quality. Adjustability is easy, but as with any 3d-printer this one requires that you sit down for a day or two to walk through the settings and try out things. Then the printer is perfect and easy to use.

5.7 / 10

Because I had to spend ~300 dollars and ~30 hours on the printer. Now it works pretty well, the print quality is great.

8.1 / 10

nice for the price

6.5 / 10

Good value and intro 3D printer. Resolution is 0.3mm and requires quite a bit of fine tuning to get it working well. Once fine tuned, it runs well. It needs better spool and material management system.

5.4 / 10

The print head is the major weakness. Once I replaced it for a E3D v6 print head, all the clogging disappeared. The print quality is now amazing. The other issue is print bed was made from standard aluminum plate. Since its being headed, they should have used cast aluminum jig plate (MIC 6) so it doesn't warp. My plate is warped ever so slightly which make printing large parts a challenge.