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- Sep 22, 2020
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- Weimar, TX
I researched which printer to buy for 6 months before I bought the MK3S+ kit. While building the kit I questioned whether or not it was worth the savings. Once I finished and it worked on first try I didn't think about that again until I was doing some troubleshooting and I knew where everything was and how it was assembled. My printer literally ran almost non-stop for a couple of months. The problems I've had were with a nozzle and, as you've pointed out numerous times, bed adhesion issues that were basically my fault.Do your research in addition to asking other's input. Take your time.
I chose the Prusa MK3 for my first printer. Now each one of mine is upgraded to the MK3S and soon MK3S+. I chose them because they have been the top-rated printer under $1000 (799 as a kit) for 4 years and running and they have the best support team on the net. All of mine have been printing with less than a weekend of downtime combined spread over 3 years. It may not be the right one for you so do your research.
Nozzles- brass nozzles are great. You have to be mindful of what you are printing.I printed some glow in the dark PLA from Matterhackers over the Halloween holiday. Everything printed great until about 1/2 thru a jack-o-lantern (about 4" in diameter with a lid). 1/2 way through that it started making a snarl of filament. Changing filament didn't help. I changed the nozzle to a hardened steel nozzle (in prep for printing Nylon X. Haven't done that yet) and all went well.I could even print the glow in the dark again. So why did the nozzle go so quickly? If I had read the info on glow in the dark PLA I would have seen that it was abrasive and they recommended a hardened steel nozzle. Lessons learned and all that.
I've been looking at the Pulse XE that Matterhackers sells for printer #2. It's fairly competitive in pricing, based on the Prusa MK3 design, and it's modified to use with Nylon X.
Built on the foundation of our very own Pulse 3D printer platform, which was born from the Prusa i3 design, comes our most popular member of our MatterHackers family - the Pulse XE. Built with amazing upgrades like a LayerLock Garolite heated print bed, a Bondtech Extruder with an E3D V6 HotEnd...