@kent & all: The reason that I have chosen to go with a Lulzbot Mini to replace (or augment) my Printrbot Simple Metal is YOU! Well, that and features like heated bed and hexagon hot end, reputation is high with both though the Lulzbot at twice the price is a step up in elegance or quality i suppose. Actually both printers have very high ratings in the reviews so I’ll have two winners on my hands.
So back to YOU, the user community. I am going by my reading of this forum. When I was into music, I fell in love with the www.electro-music.com community and forum. There I met some friends for life and though I no longer frequent the place, it was a valued experience to say the least. Now I don’t necessarily expect to get quite that strong a sense of community here, but at least there is fertile ground for upgrades, repairs, and operational hints and tricks.
Actually truth be told, I found the Ultimaker community forum to be even more expansive and similarly friendly, but their prices are out of my range. Even the one model I can afford at Ultimaker has far too small of a build volume. So with a Printrbot Simple Metal and a Lulzbot Mini, I’ll have two solid winners and a great community to interact with here.
The Printrbot community may be strong but I cannot find a central forum… or maybe I didn’t look hard enough for wanting a change. You see, there was a design flaw in my Printrbot and it took a huge amount of back-and-forth plus about $100 in purchases before the issue was resolved, so I’m not too keen on Printrbot maintenance issues.
But as they say “3D printing is hard.”, so we must accept some challenges along the way. It’s just too early stage a technology and we are all early adopters. Of course I’m preaching to the choir here! Well, just some random thoughts on why I chose a Lulzbot Mini for my third 3D printer - FWIW.