What software is needed?
- SketchUp (Free Version) and/or any CAD program that can export dxf files
- PhlatScript (Free Open Source Plug in for SketchUp)
- Control Software Free with USB Option
- Without USB Option, EMC2 which is free or Mach 3 is popular and is $175
Is the Phlatprinter a Complete Kit?
- Yes, the Phlatprinter includes everything you need to get you up and cutting
What electronics are used on the Phlatprinter? Are they included?
- 3 axis Mechatronics Driver Board
- 2 Nema 23 Stepper Motors with 166 oz. of torque when wired bipolar
- 24v 6.5 amp power supply
- Planet-CNC USB Board (optional)
Yes! The elecronics are included in our price. Unlike others, we don't strip down our machine and our price to attempt to sell you a "machine" that can't actually be used without these items.
What does the Phlatprinter use to cut the material and is it included?
- Flexible Shaft Grinder and Carver
Similar to a Rotozip and Flex Shaft but this tool offers better housing on the flex shaft to optimize cutting accuracy.
Yes! it is included with the kit.
Since the Phlatprinter 3 has interchangeable face plates (sold separately). The cutting tools are limitless. For example, we have a Sharpie attachment that allows you to draw with a Sharpie pen.
Is the Phlatprinter hard to build?
No! We have designed the Phlatpritner to be easy to build utilizing tab and slot construction. We include a step by step build log video to walk you through the entire process.
Do you need to have previous machine or CNC experience to run the Phlatpriner?
No! The step by step build log videos walk you all the way through to your first cut. If you have any questiosn, you can acces the support forum at www.phlatforum.com
Can the Phlatboyz Machines be shipped internationally?
Yes, we ship international. This is, of course, subject to your specific country's rules and regulations.
Does Phlatboyz.com offer discount to Schools?
Yes! We strongly encourage the purchase of the Phlatprinter for teaching institutions. Please contact us directly for available discounts.
I don't have a PayPal account. Can I still check out using a credit card?
Yes, you can. Please see the step by step instructions below.
Does Phlatboyz, LLC acept purchase orders?
Yes! We are familiar with the purchase order process are are happy to accept them.
Why the name Phlatprinter 3?
The Phlatprinter 3 is the third generation of the Phlatprinter. We designed the Phlatprinter 3 while moving the manufacturing in house. Since we were no longer constrained by a manufacturer who charges by machine time, we could incorporate any design features we chose. We have built the Phlatprinter 3 to be tough and compact. We wanted it to be able to fit all of your needs. You will buy it, most likely, for it's ability to cut foam. Soon after, you will find yourself wanting to experiment with other materials. We have upgraded the machine parts to allow you to be successful with your experiments and maximize customer satisfaction.
Where is the Original Phlatprinter and the Phlatrinter MK II?
We may, someday, bring back the Original Phlatprinter. It's simple design and hardware store parts are ideal for the hobbyist on a budget. However, we would still encourage you to purchase the Phlatprinter 3 as we have applied all of the feedback we received from the Original Phlatprinter into the changes that were made on the Phlatprinter 3. In the long run, for the small difference in price (about $300), we feel that you will be much happier with the Phlatprinter 3. Many who purchased the Original Phlatprinter are now upgrading to the Phlatprinter 3.
As far as the Phlatprinter MK II. We don't have any plans for manufacturing this machine at this time. Although a great machine, the use of the Rotozip and Flex and the fact that the Phlatprinter MK II cuts from underneath, made it necessary to have some type of stand to allow the flex shaft to have manufacturer specific radius clearance. This made it difficult to pack and ship, especially on international orders. The Phlatprinter 3 has addressed this and now cuts from the top. Therefore, any workbench or table will do.