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$162 any day of the week on eBay. Now with 8% bucks (if you have it) comes to $149.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_f...=162&_udhi

And probably has faster shipping than GearBest + easier to return if there's an issue.
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These are not very good printers (cheap parts in kit form, plastic frame, and may burn down your house). If you want a cheap printer get a monoprice maker select mini.
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Not the best printer but it has a very big following and tons of upgrades.
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Had an awful experience with GearBest recently....
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$162 any day of the week on eBay. Now with 8% bucks (if you have it) comes to $149.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_f...=162&_udhi

And probably has faster shipping than GearBest + easier to return if there's an issue.
The ones on ebay are using different control boards.
Not sure different between them but the square boards seem more expensive.
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Not the best printer but it has a very big following and tons of upgrades.
I'm mechanically inclined and work in manufacturing but think for my first 3d printer it may be a wiser choice to buy a Monoprice Maker Select Plus. Steel frame printer comes assembled and also has a strong following. The extra cost is worth it to me for what appears to be better hardware and comes almost entirely assembled. Your thoughts?
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Ordered last week from Gear Best and has yet to ship. Gonna return for refund
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This can be a fire hazard if you don't do your research and spend more money on parts. Plus you need to spend a lot of time putting it together. While this can give you quality prints if you put in the time I would recommend most people start out with a monoprice select mini. It is only $200 and prints well pretty much out of the box and comes complete assembled. They also just came out with a v2 that is even better than v1. Monoprice is also coming out with a delta style printer for $150 very soon that is expected to also be pretty good quality and give nice prints.
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In this price range, the only smart purchase is the Monoprice MP Select Mini, imo. It requires less fidgeting than most and has a huge community. Wait for a coupon and you can get one around this price. The V2 model is worth the $20 extra, too.

*Yes, it's a smaller print area, but the prints you get out of the MP Select Mini will be better quality/higher resolution. If you need a larger print area, be prepared to spent a lot more for quality or look into modding a Select Mini with a longer print bed.
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A few months ago I was thinking about one of these cheap printers but after a lot of research I think I'm gonna get a Folgertech FT-5... $500 on Ebay plus 8% Ebay bucks isn't a bad deal for the FT-5.
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I'm mechanically inclined and work in manufacturing but think for my first 3d printer it may be a wiser choice to buy a Monoprice Maker Select Plus. Steel frame printer comes assembled and also has a strong following. The extra cost is worth it to me for what appears to be better hardware and comes almost entirely assembled. Your thoughts?
I have the maker select and love it, though it still needs some basic upgrades
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In this price range, the only smart purchase is the Monoprice MP Select Mini, imo. It requires less fidgeting than most and has a huge community. Wait for a coupon and you can get one around this price. The V2 model is worth the $20 extra, too.

*Yes, it's a smaller print area, but the prints you get out of the MP Select Mini will be better quality/higher resolution. If you need a larger print area, be prepared to spent a lot more for quality or look into modding a Select Mini with a longer print bed.
Being a mini owner since the first batch of 500, I would go with the MP delta over the mini. The mini is OK, but you quickly realize it has it's limits. Of all my 3D printers, the mini has the worse print quality. That would be OK if it was my cheapest printer. It's not.
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Being a mini owner since the first batch of 500, I would go with the MP delta over the mini. The mini is OK, but you quickly realize it has it's limits. Of all my 3D printers, the mini has the worse print quality. That would be OK if it was my cheapest printer. It's not.
That's weird to hear, because the Mini is generally regarded as the best bang for your buck quality/resolution wise. I'm a day one user, too, and the quality of the prints well exceeds many of the the expensive printers at my local maker coop.
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So.... ok guys..

Acrylic has pretty bad precision, because the material is typically not extremely uniform , be it extruded acrylic or cast acrylic..

I can't tell from the photo if they laser cut the acrylic or milled the holes.. but it's probably lasered,

Lasered means that there's also more precision loss because the laser never melts perfectly straight down, and can cause warping of some edges..



You'd probably also want to make sure to keep this machine out of the sun or any high heat as it would warp the acrylic over time..
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