Firstly, I really am a beginner and I’ve been using both Cura and Matterhackers for slicing and printing since purchasing the Mini. I’ve had my share of challenges and have read good and bad reviews for the S3D product so I was a little scared of spending $140 bucks for something with no Demo. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the latest v3.0, but I took the plunge and have had wonderful prints right “out of the box”. I agree with the others that the control of the supports is a key driver of the purchase decision, but I haven’t even gotten that far. I just simply like the interface and information that presented in the control panel and the live preview.
I was able to see the swirl marks that were in the layer view preview more clearly than Cura and Matterhackers. It allowed me to flip back and forth between S3D and TinkerCad and make minor offset adjustments without having to actually waste filament printing.
All I’m saying is, I’m happy with the purchase thus far and haven’t experienced any of the preheating problems people were complaining about with the Mini.
I like the estimation of time bar as well and the live communication between the software and the printer.
I’m running it on an old iMac aluminum with 4GB of ram and it’s running rock solid.