Well, I have debated it for a while, and have made my decision on the 3D printer I will be buying. The final choice is the Rostok Max V2 from SeeMeCNC.
It really came down to not finding any particularly perfect printer, but this was the best compromise when looking at the three front runners in my previous post. So lets run down what brought me to this decision.
Very large print size for the price.
The ability to print ABS, and easily work with PLA as well with minor changes.
The included heated bed and LCD display.
Option to add multiple extruders.
Two years of production, so early adopter problems will be largely addressed, and a deep history to draw from.
Low mass delta head design, which offers higher potential speed.
Wood framed design. Functional, but not my favorite. I’d prefer metal of some type.
Bowden tube design. They have a reputation for being finicky, but necessary for the delta arm format.
3 week lead time. I don’t like to wait.
Big. It’s going to really hog up desk space.
Now, this is going to be a big project, out of all honesty. Kit based 3D printers have a reputation for being difficult to get dialed in and running properly, with a lot of trial and error needed. Things seem much more matured in designs than when I first looked into RepRap, so I am confident this is all within my abilities, but it’s still a big gamble for about $1200 after shipping and accessories.
I’ve also only funded about 1/3 of it so far. So I’ll be advertising my e-bay page a lot over the next few weeks until I have the money saved up to cover the bill. I really want to order it. But I also don’t want to go into debt any further than I already am with this business. Time to raid the garage again tomorrow and get some fresh auctions going.
The order has been placed at this point, my initial batch of e-bay sales has exceeded expectations and I have plenty more to start selling. I shouldn’t have any problem covering the cost of the printer within the next month or so. The are currently advertising a 3 week shipping time-frame, so I’ll update more when it arrives. In the meantime I will start looking into the software, as I do want to make my own designs and not just a bunch of trinkets from thingiverse.