I’m about to buy a new printer, and have been unable to think of anything else for the past few weeks since I can’t make a decision.
I’ve narrowed down the choices to the Ultimaker 2+ and the TAZ 5 (or 6, but I’m very impatient… Hopefully a TAZ 5 can be upgraded, right?). Some people mention the Makergear M2, but it seems impossible to get in Europe without enormous shipping fees, so I won’t consider that machine. Either way, as far as I understand, both machines are great choices.
I know that you folks obviously are biased towards the TAZ 5. And I understand. I really, really like the company and philosophy behind the machine and avidly want to support this. I also absolutely -love- tinkering, modding and upgrading my machines, so another one in favor of the Lulzbot.
There are, however, several things that make me doubt and consider the UM2+ instead:
Print quality - Wherever I go I keep getting mixed reports on this, I see a lot of people say the printers print equally, but some say the UM2+ prints better. I don’t know what to believe…
Print speed - The UM2+ can apparently print much faster due to the bowden extruder, which some people love and some hate. Again, I don’t know if this is a good thing or not by now…
Reliability - I’ve heard lots of people say either machine is more reliable than the other. Again, I don’t know what to believe. I do prefer the bed to move along the z axis rather than the y axis though, but I don’t know if either is more reliable than the other. The upgrades to the UM2+ over the old UM2 apparently fix a LOT of the issues people experienced with the machine, especially with a much improved feeder.
Noise - Now this is a big thing for me. I’m gonna be sitting next to the machine most of the day and want it to be as silent as possible. I keep reading that the TAZ 5 is somewhat loud, in part due to the bed moving along the Y axis and in part because it’s not enclosed. The UM2+ is also supposedly more silent due to using silent Sunon fans. I’ve already built a printer enclosure for my previous printer (Wanhao 4S), so the goal is that the machine is almost silent inside the enclosure if possible.
Removable bed - I still havn’t been able to confirm this, but it seems the TAZ 5 build plate cannot be removed. Is this true or false? When printing on PEI it’s great to remove the plate to let it cool down faster, so I’d like that.
So in short, I really, really want to buy the TAZ because I love the design philosophies behind it much more than the UM2+. But I’d love to know if the above things are true or false.
If they are true, is it possible to silence the TAZ by installing astrosyn motor dampers, for example? And mod it to allow removal of the bed?
Thanks a lot