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« on: July 09, 2012, 12:52:06 PM »
Hello All,

First post here.

I'm thinking of buying a Makerbot Replicator to have some fun/produce parts for local tech companies.  Any gripes/hates/loves?  I'd like to hear them before I drop $2k on a lemon :-D



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Re: Replicator
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2012, 01:46:08 PM »
I've not personally used the replicator, but I'd give serious consideration to the Ultimaker - Matt (armstrom) just purchased one and was printing in NO time. Time to first print, build envelope and speed are big considerations, and the Ultimaker seems to have the edge on those things. I can't compare their support to that of MakerBot - but Im sure others can...


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Re: Replicator
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2012, 11:00:33 AM »
The replicator does have the advantage of coming pre-built and ready to print (I assume there is some minimal setup required). However, depending on your point of view that can be a disadvantage. By assembling the printer yourself you gain more intimate knowledge regarding how it works and where to look when things go wrong (they will go wrong, even with a "complete" printer like the replicator). 3D printing at these price points (sub $20,000) is still a new and growing market. All of the kinks have not yet been worked out so you should expect to take on significant care and feeding of your printer. This care and feeding requirement for lower-priced DIY printers is what keeps the $20K+ FDM printer manufacturers in business.