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If you could own one other printer...

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I know asking this is akin to blasphemy, but I'm just wondering what other printers would you own other than another UM2? I'm thinking one of those Form1+ machines might be fun to make tiny, detailed parts, or a Makerbot Z18 for it's huge build volume, but that's too pricey.

Who's kidding who, I'd just get another UM2. ;-)

 

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Hmmm did you see that zeni working? Never seen one but the location of the fillament looks rather stupid. No way you change it mid print. As for speed. This thing seems to have the feedermotor at the head if i see that correctly... so it must be a lot slower than an um2. May be better at flex.fillaments though.

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I would go for a Delta Tower because i love the Delta system, and it seems to be a very good printer.

The Zortrax M200 looks nice too but only prints ABS (WTF?) except that i'm very happy with my Ultimaker 2, i still have to find some time to build my UMO. If i would need another printer i would probably go for the UMO+ to have a complete family :)

 

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...so it must be a lot slower than an um2...

 

Why would you think that? The image you see is using a Wades' Extruder, and I don't see any issues with changing the filament during a print (or any reason to do so). Changing filament with a direct-drive printer is much easier than a Bowden-tube anyway.

The spool position is OK with me, and one can feed from outside the printer in any case.

Bowden-tube design is simply not good engineering, although UM has made it work better than one would expect. However, I intend to use a Flex3Drive with the ZKO, and since it uses a Smoothieboard controller, it should run a bit faster than a UM2.

However, the deal-maker for me is the print volume. I was not happy stepping down to the UM2 build volume, and the fact that it doesn't even meet it's quoted specs on that makes me want a grown-up printer.

 

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Form1+... no doubt... I ordered one of their free print samples from their website and was absolutely blown away by the quality...

I cant really see myself spending that much money on a printer though... So maybe one day I will buy a cheaper DLP based SLA printer... There was one called m-one on Kickstarter by a company called MakeX, that I almost jumped on...

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