My first 3D printer. I had no idea what to expect because you read a lot of horror stories. Especially with less expensive, import, and kit printers.
But I couldn't be happier! The build took about 7 hours. A couple of ours to calibrate and I was printing. Two failed test prints using the provided test file. Tweaked the temps a bit and BAM I was printing. I received the printer about a week ago and I now have about 70 hours of solid printing with no failed prints. I'm using nothing but PLA right now but plan on trying out ABS, Nylon, and the wood and bamboo filaments. I'm going to try some NinjaFlex as well.
I have a programming and electronics hardware background and I think definitely helped me get going so quickly. But it's not unreasonable to think you can build and use this printer with just a bit of mechanical ability and some patience.
Couldn't be more pleased with my first 3D printer experience.
My kit was complete with no missing pieces, so that was great. Personally I found it not too much more difficult that putting together.
Once assembled, you have a working and *fair* quality 3D printer. This is the product objective - get you working, so you can print some parts. There are a multitude of excellent 3D printable upgrades mentioned in the manual and on Thingiverse.
Once you get the upgrades printed and installed, you have a VERY GOOD quality 3D printer, right up there in quality with machines costing 5 or 10 times as much.
If you want to learn every aspect of how a 3D printer works, this is definitely the kit to buy. The great thing about building something yourself is, when it breaks, you usually know how to fix it. The reprap forums are a good resource if you need help.
The good, the bad and the ugly.
Good: the price.
In between Good and Bad: the instructions could be improved upon. Most steps are well documented but some steps are not completely clear.
Bad: Putting nuts in the acrylic frame is not easy, to say the least. The laser cut holes should be a little bit bigger. Also, on some places, the chance of shattering the acrylic is high. Keep the super glue handy!
Ugly: My hotend's thermistor is not working. I ordered replacement parts from ebay.