So far maintenance has been minimal. The build quality of the Makeit is phenomenal, and is one of my favorite things about the printer. The printer is a workhorse and is built to last.
Gavin S, Bellingham, WA
Build quality of parts and printer are both absolutely top notch. Easily the most sophisticated printer I have seen in the $5,000 to $6,000 dollar and under range. The more experience I have with it the more I appreciate the engineering and design behind the printer.
Richard S, Nashville, TN
Makeit's customer support is top notch, I can't imagine any other 3D printer manufacturer offering better service and support!
Chris K, Cypress, TX
Adding the Makeit printer has empowered me to take my mismatch of electronics and bundle into a usable solution. Besides that, I greatly greatly enjoy learning. Adding 3D printing has brought a lot of enjoyment because not only do I learn, but I build something I can hold. In the last few years I have focused learning electronics and hydroponics. Through this passion, I built many prototypes that needed enclosures. How cool is it to build something in Fusion 360, evolve the print quality in S3D and then print? Anywho, I document my bumbles on http://bitknitting.wordpress.com ...my latest was a PAR meter where I included a 3D printed enclosure. [Customer support is] the most excellent experience I could possibly have. Russell has been very ready to share his knowledge and has always been extremely thoughtful and timely.... Seriously - the people behind a product are extremely important to me. That the company is on the west coast. The ability to adjust a print on the fly. I feel the quality of print we can get to is great.
Margaret J, Kirkland, WA
High reliability and consistency of prints. Also, the auto wipe feature and auto z leveling allows programs to be started and then can walk away and know printing will start successfully after table and nozzle warm up, so don't have to wait and watch the first layer go down. Removable build plate is also a great feature. Very little maintenance required. Printer just always works. Build quality of parts and printer are both absolutely top notch. Easily the most sophisticated printer I have seen in the $5,000 to $6,000 dollar and under range. The more experience I have with it the more I appreciate the engineering and design behind the printer. The customer support has been absolutely superb and has greatly exceeded any expectations that I might have had. Since the printer itself is mostly trouble free, the support I have needed has been in the software area, specifically the fine tuning of the various slicer programs. Problems that would have taken me many hours of trial and error to solve were resolved with a single email from customer support. The customer service really is over the top!
Richard S, Nashville, TN
My favorite aspects are the magnetic build plate, nozzle cleaning, automatic calibration and nozzle exchange are huge improvements over my previous printer. Accuracy is much improved over my RepRap, no customers have reported fit issues since getting the Pro-M Automatic calibration, especially nozzle distance and the nozzle change functionality and tool is a vast improvement over my Printrbot Simple. If I get a clog or under extrusion now I just pull the nozzle quickly and fix it later. With my Printrbot it took me at least and hour to remove and replace the nozzle and adjust the nozzle distance again. I have been really happy with the quality of the prints from my Pro-M. I got the Pro-M so that I could experiment with dual extrusion, learn 3D modeling better and spend less time on calibration for my 3Dhubs orders and it has delivered. Failure rate for 3D hubs orders has dropped from about 30% to about 5%
Garth V, Seattle, WA
I primarily use my Makeit for prototyping in my product development business. Extra fine details are essential to this printer. The mostly auto bed leveling works great. Removable build plate makes it easy to keep the printer running with multiple build plates. Lack of z-banding is amazing! Build quality is excellent, and the lack of any noticeable z-banding due to the unconstrained z-threaded rod really helps. The Makeit has allowed for finer detailed parts, especially for small parts. This has allowed me to expand the prototyping capability of my shop. Customer support services are excellent! They have always been available and willing to help.
Dorian F, Anaheim, CA
I use 3d printing for prototyping and fit checking components and new designs at work, but I also have multiple hobby projects going, from furniture to RC cars that I design and prototype/fabricate parts or molds for with 3d Printing. I really enjoy that fact that the build platform is not only removable but also flexible. The filament holders make filament changes a real breeze. Prior to the most recent Firmware update I was having issues with first layer adhesion as well as getting the settings just so for particular filaments, but with the release of the new firmware and profiles for slicing programs, the Makeit has become plug and play with very little tweaking what so ever. So far maintenance has been minimal. There was some trouble shooting in the beginning, but nothing like what I've had to deal with with the Solidoodle 2 Pro or the Makerbot Replicator 2's that I have run before. The build quality of the Makeit is phenomenal, and is one of my favorite things about the printer. The printer is a workhorse and is built to last. With the Solidoodle out of commission and the Makerbot's limitations I was in a creative/making rut. Since getting the Makeit I've been much more productive and motivated to build models to print, knowing that I can be confident a 50hr print will come out fantastic.