Quick post about my Wanhao Duplicator i3 3D Printer (Cocoon Create and Balco are the same printers). It's a good learner printer based on the opensource RepRap design by Prusa. The reason I chose this printer was because of it's all metal frame, large community base and its $400AUD delivered price tag!
In terms of modifications/upgrades to this printer, I think this is all I will do/spend on it. My plan from here is to print parts to build a new printer, probably something based on the Core XY design, like the Hyper Cube.
Forgot to take photos of when I first unpacked the printer, but first upgrades were this Micro Swiss hot-end and borosilicate glass to print on.
I then started printing out modifications for the printed with the included PLA filament. These are Z-axis braces and filament guide.
I blueprinted the X-axis linear motion and started installing the Z-axis brace.
At this stage I was still printing with the included PLA as I learned more about the machine.
Next step was to print with ABS, so I quickly made this "enclosure", the idea behind this is to keep the ambient temperature consistent and warm. It helps reduce ABS's tendency to warp and delaminate when you're printing tall or large parts.
Below is a storm water drain grate I printed for my sister in ABS, it took up the whole build area! Also did a prototype shifter extension for a friend. At this point I also started using Kapton tape on my glass bed.
Fan duct and belt tensioner printed in ABS, also printed some new bearing carriers because I wanted to install longer linear bearings.
The bearing holders had printed threads too!
Printed some parts to extend the Z-axis, in anticipation of printing my intake manifold parts.
This is Printoid connected with my Octoprint/Octopi setp running on a Raspberry Pi.
Make up organiser for my girlfriend printed in ABS.
And this was printed in black PETG, prototype piece for a friends 180SX front bar intake duct.
And finally a new fan duct for the controller box, increases cooling as well as reducing noise from the tiny stock fan. Printed in black PETG.