Pulse comparison

  • From what I have seen from the 3D Printing Nerd and the 3D Maker Noob, the Pulse is a great platform.

    I realize that this is a Matter Hackers forum, but I would love a honest comparison between the Pulse XE and the Prusa i3 MK3.

    I am considering both of these printers and plan on buying on soon.

    Is there anyone with experience with both that would be willing to share?

  • I can't give you a comparison but I can tell you that I was in the same boat as you earlier in the year and I decided to buy the Pulse XE. I liked the idea of the Pulse because of the ruby tip nozzle, spools of NylonX and the dryer all in one package.

    I use a MarkForged printer at work so I am very familiar with CF Nylon. So, for Matterhackers to come out with a printer with the best of the best parts on it to work with such a tough material seemed to be the best solution.

    And lastly, the fact that it is made in the USA and support is state side finally sold me on the Pulse. I can also speak that in the time that I have had it, the matterhackers support team has been beyond awesome.

  • @dirtbikes987 i have never heard anyone say anything negative about the support from Matter Hackers.

    How do you like your Pulse? Was there any issue getting it set up and printing? How has the quality of the prints been?

  • Sorry for the delay, I've been off the forum for awhile.

    I love the pulse. I mainly print with nylon x but also dabble with ninjaflex. I'm still working out the bugs on that material.

    Setup and printing are fairly easy. I personally use Cura for slicing and depending on the geometry, humidity and temperature throughout the year, I may change some settings related to flow, speed and temp.

    Nylon X prints come out awesome, I'm still working on ninjaflex.

  • MatterHackers


    That is awesome to hear that the Pulse is still working for you! Maybe if you get the chance, you might be able to share what you work on with us here some time.

  • I am from Los Angeles so buying the Pulse over the Prusa was a no brainer. The support of the experts at Matterhacker have been extremely awesome. I have 7 other 3D Printers, Dremel 3D20, 3D40, 3D45s. I like solidly made machines with the best support available. Bosch Dremel is one of the biggest companies in the world and they have the means to provide superb customer service, but the support of Matterhacker is just as good. The Dremels are solidly built and are pretty much fire and forget when it comes to PLA using Simplify3D. But I needed a machine that would print in NylonX and Kevlar.

    As far as printing goes, the Pulse XE is like the US version of the Prusa except it is really tailor-made for my favorite filament, NylonX. My Pulse XE prints almost round the clock for the past 3 months on nothing but the most abrasive NylonX and I have never had any problems except when I spilled coffee on the bed while it was printing. My only regret because of this is not buying the case for it.

    From my years of printing, calibrating printers is always a pain. My Pulse XE was ready for a fight right out of the box. I put it into production the moment I plugged it in. The details are superb and I rarely ever touch the pre=configured settings unless I need to add more perimeters or more infill. But most of the time, I just feed it filament and print directly from Matter Control.

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