[islandlabs] 3d printer kit

Mark Drago markdrago at gmail.com
Tue Dec 1 08:29:36 EST 2015

Sorry for the messy email.  Apparently I hit ctrl+enter in gmail which sent
the mail before I meant to send it.

The prusa i3 kit that I've been looking at is this one:

But, just looking at the list of prusa i3 retailers is intimidating:

I'm not totally set on the prusa, but there are just so many options that
it can be hard to wade through them all and find a fit.  I'd appreciate any
advice or suggestions that this group can provide.

Thanks everyone,

On Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 8:25 AM Mark Drago <markdrago at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Island Labs,
> I'm looking to buy a 3d printer kit and I'd appreciate any advice this
> group can provide.
> Things I'm looking for:
> - a kit.  I want the experience of building the printer myself.  Ideally
> the kit is complete and I don't need to track down various pieces from a
> hardware store or stitch things together from multiple retailers.
> - open source hardware with active community.  I don't want to be the only
> person using a particular machine.
> - price.  I don't really anticipate using the printer all that often, it's
> more about the experience of building it and the novelty of having it.  I
> can't justify paying $1000 for a machine that I'm not going to use all that
> frequently.  I can stomach something in the $500-$600 range, but that's on
> the high end of my budget for this project.  If there's an option to get
> something cheaper with fewer bells and whistles I'd be interested.
> Things I'm not looking for:
> - fast build times, high resolution, etc.  This kit is a hobby for me.
> While I don't want the builds to be complete garbage I'm not going to sweat
> over the details.
> - disconnected printing.  This seems to be a feature that people want, but
> if I need to connect the machine to a computer to print that's fine with me.
> I've been looking in to the reprap line of printers.  The one kit that is
> at the top of my list at this point is prusa i3 kit:
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