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Tevo Tarantula 3D Printer Kit Review – Best 3D Printer Under $200

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In this post I’m going to review and assemble the Tevo Tarantula 3D printer which costs under $200 with shipping included. 

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Where to buy

You can purchase the Tevo Tarantula 3D Printer Kit on GearBest.

Unboxing the 3D printer

Let’s start the unboxing…

It comes with a small manual that only has some of the instructions that are required to assemble the 3d printer.

However they mention this playlist of videos that takes you step by step on how to build each part of the 3d printer and they were very helpful.

3D printing filament spool

The 3D printer comes with two small samples of filament: ABS and PLA. You can use it for your first prints and it’s very handy if you forgot to order filament or if it hasn’t arrived yet.

The item is very well packaged and everything is nicely placed.

The build process

The build process took a little longer than I expected. It probably took more than 20 hours to put everything together, but I’ve verified if everything was placed correctly before proceeding to the next step.

Of course there were a few setbacks, for example: a motor was placed incorrectly, I forgot to place the 3D printer bed and I had to unscrew some parts. I also made other small mistakes along the way that made me remove parts and start over…

As far as the assembly goes, it is finished for now. I can say that all the parts feel sturdy. The 3D printer wires were still a bit messy at this point, but I wanted to make that it was printing correctly before I started organizing the wires…

I recommend using painters tape so that it’s easier to remove the 3D printed items from the bed.

Note: in my prints I’ve used PLA filament, SketchUp to design the 3D parts, Slic3r to generate the G-code and these config files for Slic3r.

About my first prints

My first couple of prints failed, because I was still trying to level the bed. After some tests, I finally printed a small cube that turned out quite nice. After that, I’ve designed an enclosure on a software called SketchUp for a future ESP8266 project.

Here’s the final result…

It should have two holes on the side. One to place an OLED screen and the other for the wires to pass, however I messed up some of the slicer settings and it used a lot of support material.

But the print came out right and all the sides are very smooth.

Wrapping up

After organizing the wires with cable ties, here’s how it looks like.

It’s still messy, but that’s the best I could do at the moment.

My final thoughts: I think that for the price point, it’s the best option for someone that wants to get started with 3D printing. However, assembling a 3D printer is quite time consuming task and some of the steps are not straightforward, so it can be quite frustrating to assemble some parts.

So far I got good results, I’ll be posting future projects that will require some sort of 3D printed item and after more prints I’ll have a better idea on how good the 3D printer performs in the long run.

Thanks for reading!

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