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Old 08-14-2022, 08:21 AM   #1
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Does Anybody???

3D print in your RV?

I am a full timer and really want to do 3D printing but, I boondock most of the time and am wondering if they use a lot of power?
I have 2 - 100ah lithium batteries and run on a 2000W inverter.
Would it drain my batteries doing one project?

I just want a pretty small printer to do small parts, something mobile and easy to store.
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Without info on the 3D printer power draw ( amps when in use ) and time to complete a print project ; any answer you get would just be a guess.
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3.5A@120VAC is what my WanHao i3 uses

Included in that is anywhere from a 40W and up filament heater typical in most 3d printers (the i3 has a 40W heater).
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Old 08-14-2022, 09:02 AM   #4
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We do 3d printing at work with a small unit. The programs typically run for a long time. Longer than I would think they need.

For a small 2x6 inch part. It can take 6-8 hours
But all machines are different. A little larger items can take 12 hours.

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Old 08-14-2022, 11:03 AM   #5
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Yup lots of variables for sure! It seems I will be able to do this with a small printer, now the next thing is.......which one!!!


I do have a generator if it comes down to that
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I suspect running the genset will be mandatory. The battery draw to run from the inverter is 10X the 120V draw.
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