John Devine

03/08/2015

The extruder does not last long enough, otherwise I would increase the rating to 4 stars.

Gregory P

02/08/2015

We recently bought this 3D printer for use in our school district teacher resource center. We are having teachers send in the files they need printed and then we send the completed project back to the school sites. The initial printer came with some rails mis-aligned, after some conversations, Makerbot paid for us to send it back and sent us a new printer. The new printer is working great, we've been printing 10 hours a day without any issues. It was very quick to get set-up, we were up and running within a hour. The missing star is for the initial delay, otherwise it would be a 5.

Evan Schreiber

02/08/2015

Just got my hands on one of these and am having a great experience. Admittedly, I'm a noob, but the MakerBot ecosystem has made it sooooo easy to get started with printing parts from thingiverse and shape maker. More to come as I start to explore 3d design and exporting stls into makerbots software but so far so good. I did have one issue with homing error but I bought the service plan and their support was extremely quick to help me get the printer running right. Not sure where people are having trouble getting in touch with support but shoutout to Daniel! Great to actually call a company and talk with a human!

Thomas Testa

31/07/2015

After using this for more than 6 months I can say it got a lot better after the last update. The printer can be amazing, and just about all of the initial problems have been addressed. I've made a lot of different items from moving parts to models that look great. It's not perfect, at this time but the potential is definitely there.

Some thoughts that I learned early on; the prints are only as good as the 3D image you are printing. Knowing how to create with a CAD program can come in handy, especially when trying to make your own items. I really like this printer and can't wait for the new filaments that I saw coming out later this year.

Marco Zagaria

19/07/2015

MakerBot has a strong return policy and I bought through a local company that had a demo unit for me to check out. I figured if I'm going to invest in a 3d printer, I want to do it with a company with reputation and size, not an over-sea start up that has no accountability.

I've got to say- knock on wood- I haven't had any of the jamming issues that seemed to happen with earlier printers MakerBot shipped out. I've been through 2 spools of filament already and so far so good. I've been printing parts off of thingiverse, printed my mom some parts on the Martha collection they have in the store area, and have some really clean looking prototypes of my product. Based off what I priced out for prototypes out of house, this thing has already paid for itself.

I used a replicator 2 at my old job and although this printer takes longer to calibrate, the assisted leveling takes the guess work out of set up that I used to dread. I'm also obsessed with the new update that allows me to remotely start prints and monitor progress.

All and all, I'm printing great looking parts and get the benefit of MakerBot's sweet apps and usability features. Not sure how much they've been doing to the extruder, or if the angry just yell louder than the content, but I've had a different experience than most of the other users here that have reviewed. Based off my experience, I'd say give it a try. If they're serious about metal and wood printing in 2015 with these units, my experience is only gonna get better!