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The Printrbot Team Assembles 154 Simple Metal 3D Printers in Just 7 Hours

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p1If you are at all interested in 3D printing, then it’s nearly impossible not to be a fan of Printrbot’s Brook Drumm. Just listening to the man talk for ten seconds it becomes apparent that he’s probably one of the most enthusiastic people on the planet when it comes to 3D printing. This enthusiasm has driven him to create what many within the industry would tell you are some of the best desktop 3D printers on the market for their price.

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Printrbot launched back on Kickstarter back in December of 2011, and at the time it was the most funded technology project to ever appear on the crowdfunding platform, as they raised in excess of $830,000. Since then the company has grown by leaps and bounds and nearly all of their products receive rave reviews.

Drumm is quite a motivational CEO. It’s his enthusiasm which has led his employees to also accomplish great things. In fact, just yesterday Drumm and the team at Printrbot uploaded a video which shows this enthusiasm in quite an apparent way as you can see below:

Preparing either for a large order or in advance for many expected orders, the team at Printrbot managed to assemble a staggering 154 Printrbot Metal Simples in a single 7-hour work shift. To make things even more impressive, there were only 13 men working the assembly line, which consisted of a giant work bench. A quick math equation with tell you that it took approximately 36 man minutes for each printer to be assembled (13 employees working 7 hours = 91 man hours for 154 printers to be assembled).

Apparently the team broke a new daily manufacturing record for Printrbot, and in the video Drumm walks slowly around the warehouse filming all 154 machines, enthusiastically stating, p2“That’s a lot guys, awesome job!”

The Printrbot Simple metal retails for $599, and was the recipient of 3DHubs’ ‘Best of Budget 2015’ award. While ranking highly in nearly every category, according to the 3DHubs community, the only areas this machine lacks in is its rather small build envelope of 15 x 15 x 15 cm, and the speed at which it prints. The machine, which can print in both ABS and PLA at 100-micron layer heights, is apparently a hot seller if the company had to assemble 154 of these bad boys in a single work shift.

This printer is also available in kit form if you’d like to try and break the 36-minute barrier yourself at home. Let us know if you have ever put one of these machines together, and how long it took you. Discuss in the Printrbot Simple Metal forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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