• d3print

    Great post Kevin. As a UP! 3d Printer owner I agree with this “it`s a great little machine”.
    Unfortunately seems that  the total costs for making parts and the job you have to do to getting finished parts are still “hidden”.  


    Anssi Mustonen

  • http://www.christinachun.com/ Christina Chun

    Love the reviews! I know exactly how you feel about the exhibitors showing the same old example prints.  I think that was my biggest challenge when choosing my first 3d Printer. Not only did I want to be able to print working movable products (if I wanted) but I also needed to know if the printer could in fact handle an organic form like a human or concept piece.  Like you, I too wanted to see the Mojo in action after seeing the adverts for it.  While at Siggraph this past summer, I was happy to see it there.  It’s nice but the price tag is quite high and the consumables are even higher.  I find it cumbersome that printers like these are cartridge based, same as the cube and others.  I’ve also read/heard that the sensors for the material are very faulty and don’t seem to read the proper amount of usage.  I think at the pro-consumer level, the cartridge system will fail. Especially since budget conscious hobbyists or small business owners just won’t be able to absorb such a cost vs time, output and of course, quality of the print itself.  It just seems backwards that we would go from filament that you could source from anywhere, to closed source.

    I believe that there’s a printer for everyone and there are different types of buyers. Bottom line, everyone will have a budget and the advertising of “we believe 3d printing will be in every home..” is a bit over used and grossly exaggerated.  With new 3d printing machines  popping up left and right, prices will eventually have to stabilize or realign themselves to stay competitive.  

  • Nils Hitze

    Hi Kevin, wonderful article, thanks a lot.

    What is your opinion on the MakiBox, a $ 350 3d Printer (encased, Pellet Extruder, no Filament)?

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  • http://twitter.com/RichRap3D Richard H

    Great article Kevin.
    In a world that thinks 3D printing is ‘new’ and many know it’s a highly mature technology it’s still frustrating to see manufacturers are only just reaching the small business professional point, from both usability and cost.
    I hope you find a solution, I was also very impressed with the Mojo – that’s the one I would recommend for small businesses.

    I shall wait to see if Formlabs performs well in the market, I expect they will be soon snapped up by one of the big players!

    I’m now trying not to think about the Cube being a RepRap in designer clothes, that disturbs me on so many levels.

    • http://twitter.com/quigdes Kevin Quigley

      Thanks Richard, much appreciated….sorry if I have disturbed you re Cube :-)

      Nils, I have no opinion on the Makibox as I’ve never seen one in the flesh. But I do think the idea of using plastic pellets as a feedstock is valid. The problem I have is that an extruder does not make a printer – it is the complete system. It sounds almost like a reprap type project aimed at experimenters so not really for me.

  • Oral Tosun

    Hi Kevin,

    What do you think about “Up mini” ?

    • http://twitter.com/quigdes Kevin Quigley

      To be honest I think it might be a better bet than the standard UP! right now. My reasoning is that on the standard UP! (as all low cost ABS printers) you suffer from part curl on bigger parts. In my time with the UP! anything over about 40/50mm dia would start to lift.

      The standard UP! does build finer layers, but the difference between 0.15mm and 0.2mm is hardly noticable. Also I see the UP Mini has a new kind of slide in build platform fixing that might be more convenient.

      There will be a full review of my UP! experiences soon over at Develop3D.

      • Oral Tosun

        Thank you.
        I added the blog to my favorites .

  • William james Veall

    Thanks Kevin – a good honest summary of available ‘industrial’ 3D printers. I agree with Anssi Mustonen re “hidden costs”. If the idea is to put a Printer in every home – what is the total time, power consumption and estimated cost for three children each wanting to build a model,say twice a week? Too expensive methinks !!

  • Theva
  • CS

    Great article! Could we get a follow-up since this is almost a year old? Glad to read insightful, informative and honest feedback about these printers. Nice spread of prosumer and professional. Thank you.

    • Kevin Quigley

      I’ll be visiting TCT on the 25th so plan on doing a follow up.

      • CS

        That’s great news, Kevin! I’ll keep my eyes peeled! I’d love to hear your review of the MCor Iris.
        UP! Still going strong for you?

  • chylld

    Great article, easy to read and very informative. I have a sneaking suspicion that the same “you get what you pay for” mantra still holds a year later, but would love to be corrected!

  • Carlos Cashat

    hi kevin, i got a question for you i own a uprint plus, but the material is soooo expensive, i’m thinking in buying an air wolf 3d with 2 extruders, i would like to hear your thoughts on that machine, in comparison with the uprint.