Prusa Mk3 is $749 for the kit, vs 999 pre built. Not too much more, but seems to have some cool features. I may stop buying Oakley for a short while, and look into that more. Thanks for the direction. I'm sure I'll be bugging you some more. - Dann
Yep, that's it. There is a huge community for it too with the creator right in the mix. They even have auto bed leveling now which I still can't imagine using. I eyeball it.
Personally I don't think $250 is worth it to pay someone else to put it together. That's another X Metal I could buy lol and also you'll learn more doing it yourself. Hit me up whenever. I don't know everything about it and I learn new stuff every day but I'll help any way I can.
My wife just saw me on the Prusa site and said "NO!" and kept walking!
Maybe we should start a thread for this? I'm very interested as well. In years past I've looked into Maker Bot and more recently Dremel. Dremel is more reasonable in price. Not that Maker Bot is outrageous but you can't touch one of their machines unless you pay at least $1000-1300. Dremel is around $599-799. Then again it's probably based on features and capabilities. I need to go back and look at my research or do some new investigating since that was years ago for some of it. - yelkao
Maker Bot was at one point the bee's knees as far as printers go. I don't think they're the top anymore. Too many open source options to choose from at a fraction of the price. I've not heard anything good or bad about the Dremel machine. I would just check to see if it's open source so you can use whatever firmware and software you want.
I'm not a fan of the enclosed ones. My DaVinci was enclosed and I found it hard to work on. You really only need an enclosure if you print in ABS. PLA doesn't really need it. I only print with ABS so I've built my own enclosure that houses both of my printers.
There are many types of filament too. ABS is really strong but needs higher print and bed temps and some people say its hard to work with. PLA is supposedly easier to print with but it's quite brittle when done and can melt in the heat. I mean like if left in your car on a hot day type heat. It doesn't take much to deform PLA parts. Then you have specialty filaments like wood, carbon fiber, copper infused, flexible and other stuff.
Each filament requires different print settings and some need different nozzles. I haven't used used any of those yet but I'm planning to get some ninjaflex to make a band for my wife's Apple Watch and some NylonX for R/C car parts. That's the super strong stuff.