[hackerspaces] reliable 3d printer recommendations?

Russ Ryba russryba at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 03:47:53 CEST 2012

I would recommend the MakerGear M2 printer.  I bought my reprap and the
M1/Mosaic from them.  MakerGear is a guy out of Ohio.  He deviates from the
standard reprap design by using precision parts in a lot of places.
 Compared to the Prusa that I had to tweak and calibrate constantly the
Mosaic went together in a few hours by my kids and worked pretty much out
of the box.  The new M2 has a bigger print area than the Makerbot
Replicator - 8x10x8 instead of 11x6x6.  It's also all metal frame, very
quiet operation.  They have good support through IRC or email.  Linear
rail, acme lead screw, steel frame... it's a sweet machine you don't have
to mess with.

See http://www.makergear.com/

On Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 7:00 PM, Tim Saylor <tim.saylor at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> After a year or so of fiddling with repraps, Pumping Station: One is
> looking into buying a hobbyist 3d printer that will more or less "just
> work" as a tool to be used by people with minimal training on how to run a
> 3d printer.  I'm looking for a similar experience to a laser cutter:
> someone explains how to make a file and how to send it to the machine, you
> do that, maybe run a test to make sure it's what you expect, and then you
> have a thing.  In your experience, which printer is closest to this
> experience in the $2k-3k range?
> So far we've talked about the Ultimaker with NetFabb software and the
> Replicator 1 or 2*.  Anyone have any experience they'd like to share that
> would help with our decision?
>  Thanks!
> Tim
> * The politics of open source are a discussion we are having, but it's a
> separate one from which tool is best for the job.  Since we already have an
> active discussion about that question, I'd appreciate keeping this one on
> the pros and cons of each printer as a day to day tool.
> --
> @tsaylor
> http://www.timsaylor.com/
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