In deciding which printer to purchase, I’ve been struggling for weeks. My budget is just ever so barely enough now that some $ came in to augment it that I can afford to select between the Taz 5 and the Ultimaker UM2+. So here is a comparison chart (original text included and an image showing bold and proper spacing for readability.
Taz 5 unexpectedly wins! I was sure that I wanted an Ultimaker but the features convinced me otherwise. There are some negatives but the positives outweigh them. All that, plus the Rocktopus is way cooler than the robot…
comparison chart: Taz 5 vs. UM2+ Taz 5 UM2+ Specification Comment yes yes open source required 11.4x10.8x9.8 8x8x8.1 build volume big bonus 26.8x20.5x20.3 19.4x13.5x23.1 total size bonus 200mm/s 300mm/s top speed bonus 300C 260C nozzle temp max important 120C 100C build plate temp max helpful unchangeable easy swap nozzle changing very useful LOUD quiet: <50dBA sound level big issue medium high ease of use noncritical high medium modifiability big plus upgrade no dual extruder Taz 5 wins 0.075 to 0.50mm 0.020 to 0.600mm layer thickness nice to have open frame 4 sides enclosure helpful manual assisted bed leveling useful $2,195 $2499 printer cost high $400 $100 accessories cost high $2600 $2600 total cost equal, both pricey Rocktopus Robot mascott Taz 5 way cooler