[hackerspaces] reliable 3d printer recommendations?

Pete Prodoehl raster at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 19:44:04 CEST 2012

If I was choosing a non-open source printer, I'd probably pick MakerGear 
over MakerBot.

I've found the combo of Slic3r and Pronterface "good enough" for what I 
do. (and in the case of Slic3r, constantly improving.)

I've used ReplicatorG and Skeinforge previously, and those were not 
amazing in any way.


On 9/26/12 12:37 PM, Al Jigong Billings wrote:
> Well, they cost about $1,600 including shipping but sure.
> At the Make event recently where they tested a bunch of printers, I 
> was told by at least one participant that while all 3D printing 
> software sucks, the proprietary Up! and Cubify software actually 
> sucked the least.
> People are recommending the M2 from Makergear, which has good support, 
> but I'll point out that none of Makergear's printers are open source 
> either though they do use the (rather shitty) reprap printing software.
> Al
> -- 
> Al Jigong Billings
> http://www.openbuddha.com
> http://makehacklearn.org
> On Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM, Sparr wrote:
>> While the Up! is reliable, I would recommend against it. The printing
>> area/volume is much smaller than other printers in the $2k+ range, and
>> the software is abysmally proprietary and insufficient.
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