The BEETHEFIRST 3D printer consists of a metal/acrylic housing which gives it a sleek and minimalistic look. The stable housing supports the qualitive results during the printing process and provides an out-of-the-box fully-assembled solution. The maximum resolution is 50 microns allowing for very fine printing layers and 3D objects. In addition, the device can be easily transported due to the handle on top of the device.
- FDM 3D printer with one printhead
- Print platform with a volume of 19x13.5x12.5 cm
- 1 x 1.75mm filament spool
- USB cable
- Blue tape
- Power cable
- Operations manual
In most cases, setting up the BEETHEFIRST 3D printer is very easy and straightforward. The printer manual will guide you through the installation of the Beesoft software from Beeverycreative. First plug in the power and insert the USB cable. Then cover the print platform with the supplied Blue Tape to protect the printing bed and attach the platform to the 3D printer. The magnets keep the print board in place. Finally, attach the spool holder inside the printer and connect the filament spool to the printhead.
Before your first print the typical calibration is required like with other devices. This sets the correct distance of the print heads extruder nozzle to the printing platform of the BEETHEFIRST 3D printer. The last step is to follow the instructions on the screen to turn the two screws on the print board which may take 2–3 attempts first, but once set will last a long time.
The printer’s Beesoft printing software is available for PC, Mac and Linux and is relatively advanced. Unfortunately, the BEETHEFIRST 3D printer shows shortcomings with the data transfer for Windows via the USB cable. Despite this, the printing process works perfectly fine as soon as the setting is completed.
Furthermore, operating the software is very simple as you can upload object files from a picture gallery which provides a handful of pre-installed object files or from your own collection as well as online. As soon as you press “Print” you get to the menu in which resolution, density, supports and other options are set. Then save the file in the Bee-file format with the predefined resolutions and parameters. Finally, the printhead automatically heats up and the printing process starts – enjoy 😉
Filament (3D printing material)
The BEETHEFIRST 3D printer is designed for polylactic acid (PLA) filament which is the market standard with ABS filament. The compatible filament spools are designed to fit within the housing of the device. Due to the unusual size and shape you can only use the manufacturers spools. Unfortunately, the company follows a strategy similar to XYZPrinting with proprietary material also famously known from the Apples ecosystem forcing you to use their products. Although the cost per filament weight cannot accurately be compared, but on average it is more expensive than with alternative materials from other manufacturers on the market.
Once the software has booted, instructions are accessible in the maintenance menu to load the filament. Then pull the filament string through the plastic tube until it reaches the print head and cannot move any further. A key is used to pull in the material and bring the 3D printer into the required starting position for the first printing. This may sound difficult at first, but it is much easier than expected due to the good instructions.
Advantages & disadvantages
- Beautiful and slim design
- Fully-assembled out-of-the box device
- Good printing results with an high resolution
- Large print volume of 190x135x125 mm
- Price-performance ratio
- Proprietary filament
- Software partially crashes on Windows
The manufacturer of the BEETHEFIRST 3D printer is from Protugal and defines a clear mission for theor company:
“We want to shape the shift in 3D printing and believe that 3D printing will change the paradigm of mass production and bring it closer to the consumer. We regard personal creative expression as a way into the future. Unlike any economic theory that has left us no room in recent years to breathe creativity and inspire innovation in other ways and forms. ”
Conclusion for the BEETHEFIRST 3D printer
With the necessary budget on hand, the BEETHEFIRST 3D printer is worth considering. If you have the spare money left and want to go for the upgrade, then have a look at the slightly better BEETHEFIRST +. The BEETHEFIRST 3D printer is a compact and elegant device providing an excellent print quality with high resolution results so that you almost can’t see the printing layers. While there are still some software issues with Windows, it is not the most important criteria as you can switch to another slicer software anytime. The device fits very well inside classrooms, your own home or design studio.
If you want to have the 3D printer in spite of the proprietary filament and have the necessary budget, we can advise to consider it, but still have a look at alternatives first. For those who are unsure, we recommend comparing other and similar products on our website. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us via the comment section or our contact form.