I know its been beaten to death but here I am.
I am buying a 3d printer today! No more putting it off! But I just cant decide between the Makergear M2 and the lulzbot Taz 5. I’ve heard amazing things about both.
I’m mainly planning to build prototypes for some designs/inventions with maybe some commercial side work for a little extra cash (but that is for another day) thus I really want something reliable that prints well. I’ve got a full time job, a wife and toddler with another one on the way. I want to keep tinkering and repairs to a minimum - Something I hear is questionable on the Taz 5? Its not that I cannot manage to tinker and repair, I’m a mechanical engineer (I tinker enough at my day job), I simply do not have the time. What precious time I do have I would like to spend bringing my ideas to reality. Out of the box printing (while not reality from what I have read) is what I am aiming for. I’ve read some things that say the Taz 5 is not as good at this? Confirm or deny?
The Taz 5 with its extra print size very tempting. But on the flip side the Makergear community is either drinking the cool-aid or the printer is seriously the one to rule them all! How can I ignore 138 reviews on amazon with a 4.9 rating… Seriously, not a single 1 or 2 star review out of all of those for the M2?
On the Taz 5, out of just 28 reviews, 15% of them are 1 stars… But thats not to say that it still doesnt have 4.5 stars. There seems to be a few complaints about the Taz 5 and needing to constantly “tinker” with the leveling ect. Honestly I’m leaning more towards the M2 because some of the negative reviews on the Taz 5 are scaring me away. But then thats why I’m here.
Here are my questions:
How often does everyone use the larger print size, how often do you print something larger than 8-10 inches? My current parts/designs are 1"x10"x1" so I am already pushing the build area of the M2 and I cannot say in the future if I will need the extra size or not. I may end up getting the Taz 5 to never use the extra envelope.
I’ve tried to find info on the dual extruder but I’ve only found minimal. I’d like to keep my options open for the possibility to use soluble support material. Anyone have any experience with the dual extruder on the M2 vs the Taz 5? Does anyone recommend the dual extruder even or is it not reliable?
Is the Taz 5 truly reliable or are the negative reviews true? Are the negative reviews due to incompetence? But then why does the Makergear M2 community not have a single bad review while the Taz 5 consistently is rated just below it (among the websites I found, I understand its subjective, not trying to argue one way or another. I just want to hear Taz 5 users response to these).
P.S. - This is my first 3d printer and I have no experience (lots of research though). However this isnt really a concern for me. I was also originally looking at the airwolf HD2x since it comes all setup for dual extrusion but I have since realized I’d probably be over paying for nothing of value.