|The Thing-O-Matic, SUMPOD and Prusa. Can you |
guess which one doesn't have an advertising budget?
To be fair to Makerbot, the Thing-o-matic is reasonably priced kit for a 3d printer that wouldn't look out of place in a lounge room. But the inital price and the weeks of lead time (shipping to Australia already takes forever) had me backing away from this purchase. All the kits I investigate had long lead times and high prices. The only kit I was seriously considering was the SUMPOD (their capitals, not mine), good looking and relatively kind on the wallet but there was a 12-week wait and a real need to scratch a DIY itch. Then I found the Prusa.
Reasons I chose the Prusa:
- can be low cost
- can be sourced quickly
- large build area
- lots of documentation
- can print it's own parts
- potential to be very accurate
- constantly evolving
- upgradeable (it's very important to me)
- lots of community support
- the aesthetics aren't wife friendly, so it will it stay on the workbench
- potential to be very accurate - getting good prints will need work
- upgradeable - this thing has the potential to be a money pit. Australian money is plastic, maybe with the right extruder...
- it doesn't vacuum, but I have a neato for that