Why should I choose Maker Farm?
Frequently I get asked "why should I buy from Maker Farm?" or "How is Maker Farm and their printers different from ... Company?" Instead of me explaining I decided to let Maker Farm's Customers tell you why.
President - Maker Farm Inc
It showed up a few days later and I began the build. All of the parts were carefully packaged and well organized. I took my time and organized all of the parts into groups based off of the build instructions. The instructions themselves are top notch , with easy to follow directions and an abundant amount of very clear pictures to help you during the build. Once assembled this beast is solid. The frame makes for a nice array of goves and mount points. This makes tidying up wires and mounting anything additional is a dream. I've added a raspberry pi and webcam to run OctoPi on without a problem.
I had a few little issues during my build process as I got stuck with an error or something not working right away. I got in touch with Colin and received a response within a few hours, even at night or the weekends. The support has always been spot on and quick and I could ask for nothing more.
Once I made it to my first print it came out nearly perfect. I didn't have any issues with laying down the rafts or first layers at all. I've printed several replacement parts already and a few new mounting brackets for my pi and webcam. This is the printer I was looking for without a doubt. I have no regrets whatsoever and will be purchasing more from Makerfarm in the future.
I simply don't think you can go wrong with this kit.
(Posted on 4/19/2016)
This printer is my first foray into 3D printing, so I cannot give a comparison based on the technical merits of this printer vs other DIY printers. I can say that the design of this printer is fantastic. All parts work seamlessly together and the end product is a sturdy, reliable printer that has proved a ton of fun for learning and experimenting with this new world.
The thing that really makes this entire experience exceptional is the fantastic customer service I have received from the Makerfarm team. I work for a leading ski resort company that prides itself and differentiates from other resorts by providing world class customer service. I hope this gives me some credibility when I say that I have never experienced or imagined customer service at the level that Makerfarm delivers.
I come from a background of building, flying, crashing, and rebuilding multirotor drones. I was fully expecting this adventure to be fraught with the non-existent customer service, countless hours searching forums for answers to inevitable problems, and general frustration that comes with a newly emerging technology and market. I can surprisingly say that I have not had any of these challenges because of Makerfarm's nearly immediate assistance at every step of the process.
Confidently purchase products from this company knowing that all aspects of the experience have been well thought out and that help is always waiting if you have any questions. (Posted on 3/15/2016)
After owning it for a month, and 100+ hours of printing, I'm glad I went with a MakerFarm. I've added a cooling fan for PLA, and a few other mods, and I'm getting results that exceeded my expectations.
One thing I'd change is the power connector to the RAMPS board. The connection was finicky and I eventually removed it, soldering the wires from the supply directly to the RAMPS board.
Support from Colin is great, and the printer was fun to build and produces great prints. (Posted on 4/3/2016)
We've logged several thousand hours into three machines over the past couple years, and the print quality is phenomenal. Just keep your belts tight, your frame rigid, your axes orthogonal, and you will have great prints.
In addition to the printing quality, the service provided by Colin is outstanding. If I ever have questions he usually responds within 10minutes!
I personally have not seen any other kit printer that approaches the resolution and consistency of the MakerFarm family machines.
We love the MakerFarm machines so much we just sent in an order to add a few more to our fleet! (Posted on 3/31/2016)
I already have a list of upgrades in mind to get my dual extruders up and running once I get paid again. :) It took me roughly 6 hours to complete the build and was up and running. I did run into some problems that I had created myself and had to research how to fix them. Finally bit the bullet and emailed Colin. He was responding and helping me out within minutes, which was amazing. He knew exacly what was wrong and how to fix it quickly.
I've been running my printer now for over a week with zero problems and tons of printed items and upgrades. I now have auto bed leveling, which is awesome, vibration dampeners, a wider spool holder, filament guide, knob, filament cleaner, a minion, some Christmas ornaments, cookie cutters, and more. I've spent every waking second in front my my new printer (when not at work of course) and I love it. Couldn't ask for better.
Thanks MakerFarm and Colin! (Posted on 12/13/2015)
The unit itself is solid. Assembly knowledge requires a cross between RC cars, generic software configuration and models with some wiring knowledge. If your good with putting things together this unit is pretty straight forward and fun.
There are cheaper repraps available, but you are pretty much on your own with those except for forums. With Colin, you get detailed assistance quickly.
(Posted on 10/1/2015)