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Old 02-06-2019, 07:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone heard anything about these at all? I’ve been interested in trying out 3D printing for a while now, and the price and features on this one seem pretty awesome, at least in Kickstarter pricing form. Seems like it does basically everything you could ever want it to. Regular price will be $799 but Kickstarter pricing is $299. I’m just wanting something to try out a few ideas with (both paintball and home related) that won’t break the bank but I’m not very well-versed on what is good.

Any thoughts?
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That's pretty cool. I like the modular head idea.

My first thoughts;

1) Multi-function machines rarely perform as well as dedicated tools, unless you happen to be working within those multi-limitations (which is great). I don't see the CNC head having much stiffness. Any hard use of the CNC head would probably come back to haunt the rest of the processes.

2) Beware the pricing. You may get the base 3d printer part cheap, then pay hard for the extra parts. Make sure you are buying the features you want for the right price because some of them may not be as affordable or capable as others.

3) Why is an online auto slicer a "feature"? Slicing with a dedicated program takes a lot less time than drawing something, and you may not have to fiddle with it anyway. I think that just lets them continuously revise their program without distribution.

4) Fancy case is fancy. I worry that it is cheap or that it is expensive (to the detriment of the other parts). Maybe it is just right.
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Old 02-06-2019, 01:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Spider! has good points. My first thought was about the enclosure - I don't think printers at this price point are "hassle free" enough for click-and-walk-away printing. I'm always using tweezers to remove nozzle-ooze, or cleaning the print bed, or fiddling with the hot end. It might be personal preference, but I'd rather have all that stuff exposed so I can mess with things.

I've also "saved" a print several times, where I've pulled a stringy out of the way in the nick of time, or dabbed some glue to hold a support from letting go mid-print.

All that being said, it does look like a really neat printer! And I like the concept of modularity.
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It's like a Tiko, but with even more stuff to break! (google "Tiko 3D printer" if you want a glimpse of what to expect)
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I agree with Spider! on all points.

One thing to note... The product is vaporware at this moment in time. You would be receiving a "First Model Year" product. This can be very hit and miss. I purchased a preorder Ender 3 and things have been pretty good. I also purchased into the OLO/ONO Kickstarter and I haven't seen the product... They are only 2 to 3 years behind schedule... But that is a totally different thread.

As to this being another Tiko... It might be on the product release end. As to the tech, it is slightly different. When watching the video, it is revealed the mechanism is separate from the body. Tiko's claim to fame was a unibody construction. (Besides running off with a crapload of people's money.)


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