We’ve had the pleasure (and the pain) of unboxing a fair number of desktop 3D printers in our workshop. The vast majority of them come in brown cardboard boxes. Some of them even come in wooden crates.
And always — always — there is a mountain of polystyrene and foam peanuts to wade through.
So when the Snapmaker 3D printer landed on our workbench — with a reassuring THUNK — the first impression was positive. It’s packed into a compact briefcase, with a little handle on the top. Yes, it’s still a cardboard box, but the packaging is more reminiscent of a games console or a new laptop.
Flipping the lid open, the positive first impressions continued. The components are arranged in two stacks, held securely in place by black foam inserts.
That’s correct, the Snapmaker 3D printer will require assembly. It would be impossible to create such a small package otherwise. But the assembly stage is an absolute cinch, as we’ll discuss later.
So what’s in the box? Alongside the obligatory welcome note and quick-start instructions (though no Haribo candy, sadly), you’ll find the following; three linear modules, a base plate, heated bed and PEI sheet, screen holder, touch-screen controls, filament holder, a power pack and a control box.
Also included are a set of tools, cables, screws, rubber feet, stickers, and the three “function” cubes that handle 3D printing, laser engraving and CNC milling. There’s an extra print bed and PEI sheet, a blank USB drive, a spool of filament, some squares of wood for engraving, and a pair of safety goggles.
Pleased to report, there’s nothing missing in the package we received. But we are surprised that the USB key doesn’t contain slicing software or sample models to get printing with. And stickers with vaguely motivational quotes are no substitute for candy.