"Getting a new 3D printer"
2012/11/27 4:01 PM

3D Printer Stuff

I learned a bunch messing around with my LC Printrbot. But to be honest I got tired of the constant tweaking, and the looming need to print new gears to keep it running. So, I ordered a MakerBot Replicator 2. Expensive but still less costly than professional 3D printers. I hoped that I would get the Replicator 2 and with minimal maintenance I would be be able to print with no fuss.

UGH, so far not going well. The plunger based extruder is causing me problems. I'm getting an unexplained heat read error. And I think my Y axis belts are loose. I will have to perform some emergency fixes to even get started. This is not the experience I expected.

So far MakerBot support has been helpful and I hope that I'll be able to work through the issues and start using the printer like I want to. I'll update with more information once I get pass these issues. Hopefully I'll be able to give a better review then.


I used the Replicator a bunch, but eventually Makerbot fell apart and was sold to a bigger company. They switched their focus to larger buisness needs and gave the low end market away. All of the effort that was spent on growing a community was wasted. Now I'm unable to update my printer easily and I'm likely to get something differnent. Maybe a Prusa.

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