So about a year ago I purchased a Solidoodle 3 printer. After some months of fooling around with it I was able to produce some marginally acceptable parts. I also had to adjust my definition of what “acceptable” was. A week ago today the extruder became very inconsistent, rendering the printer unusable.
I got a 3D printer because I just wanted to make some simple plastic parts; I really wasn’t looking to get into a relationship.
I spent a few hours trying to repair and then decided to search around for a better printer. Long story short is that I wound up at the Lulzbot site. Ordered a TAZ 4 on Friday. My second choice was the Ultimaker 2. Multiple and interesting print materials, plus the ability to upgrade were big drivers in picking the TAZ, but I think the biggest one was that this printer seems to have evolved from earlier models. My guess, and hope, is that this implies a somewhat mature design that is fundamentally a good and reliable one.
Although I should have done this before ordering, I would really appreciate it if some of you folks on this list could tell me that I’ve made a good decision and that it is unlikely I’ll have to spend hours upon hours doing calibrations and fixes and re-calibrations and re-calibrations.