Marco Zagaria on 19/07/2015
40 reviews

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!

Lauren C on 18/07/2015
40 reviews

I was reluctant at first to use a Makerbot-- as I had heard of some quality issues. When I started printing pieces for my art project however, I was extremely impressed with the result.

The software worked seamlessly with CAD files that I had already designed-- Was amazing seeing my designs come to life. I've since convinced a few friends and colleagues to purchase, and they've all come back to me thanking me for the recommendation. Highly recommended purchase.

Brian Daniels on 14/07/2015
40 reviews
Since I purchased this item, I have been impressed with its capabilities. The extruder has not caused any issues and the size is right to print anything that I need. The layering ability is also impressive. I don't feel the need to sand my finished product and it doesn't look like I have a pile of dimes stacked on top of one another.
J. DeMonte on 13/07/2015
40 reviews

For the first few months this machine was hit or miss. After they sent us a new extruder, the machine is far more reliable. The system is simple to use, and for the most part, provides consistent results. I recommend getting makercare.

PROS: consistent print quality, minimal set up, easy removal of part (because of the removable platform), pleasant and mostly efficient customer service.

CONS: locked down interface, (you will most likely need a 3rd party CAM software if you want more control over your prints. We use simplify3D), if you have an extruder problem you will need to replace the entire extruder (get makercare), only accepts the thin filament reels.

If you are looking for a system that require little tinkering and upkeep, this could be a good one to consider.

Desislava Shunturova on 13/07/2015
40 reviews
I'm an engineer and started using MakerBot when I was in school. We have one in our office now and we rely on it for projects. We have had very few issues with our Fifth Generations (we have 3) and I definitely recommend it to others who might be concerned about some of the reviews here.