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    Wow that's an expensive fdm printer. Well FWIW if you are gonna pay a high price for the FDM machine today it needs to handle changing it's own colors or mixing colors. This is the big thing of the day for FDM and for you to spend that much on a FDM machine that doesn't even have these bells and whistles might leave your butt a little sore in the end. The cheap ebay printer is open source and you can change parts at will. Aside from a smaller nozzle diameter you can also chase resolution with finer precision stepper motors that double the step count per RPM. Most printers come with 1.8 degree or 200 step/rev motors. It is a cheap thing to upgrade to 0.9 degree or 400 step/rev motors. Unlike adding steps with driver boards this is a physical resolution increase. And aside from all of that there are new controllers out that will help you. Like the SKR 1.3. This board brings 32 bit processing to our cartesian robots. Like the smoothie boards. Something else to consider is usually when you find the high priced printers they want to run the higher priced filaments. It is open source that allows us to so easily and comprehensively adjust for different filament grades and qualities.

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    Wow that's an expensive fdm printer. Well FWIW if you are gonna pay a high price for the FDM machine today it needs to handle changing it's own colors or mixing colors. This is the big thing of the day for FDM and for you to spend that much on a FDM machine that doesn't even have these bells and whistles might leave your butt a little sore in the end. The cheap ebay printer is open source and you can change parts at will. Aside from a smaller nozzle diameter you can also chase resolution with finer precision stepper motors that double the step count per RPM. Most printers come with 1.8 degree or 200 step/rev motors. It is a cheap thing to upgrade to 0.9 degree or 400 step/rev motors. Unlike adding steps with driver boards this is a physical resolution increase. And aside from all of that there are new controllers out that will help you. Like the SKR 1.3. This board brings 32 bit processing to our cartesian robots. Like the smoothie boards. Something else to consider is usually when you find the high priced printers they want to run the higher priced filaments. It is open source that allows us to so easily and comprehensively adjust for different filament grades and qualities.

    Thank you for the info!
    I will look into it and try to find a printer with multicolour option for this money...

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    well lookingat it - english version here: https://www.felixprinters.com/shop/3...-3-1-assembled

    It's an odd design. But would appear to be quite expensive for what it is.
    As fara s I cna tell from the specification, it isn't using any special technology or partocularly expensive mainboard (running bog standard repetier, probably my favourite 3dprinter firmware, but capable of running on most low end boards).
    Given the machines you can buy within that price range - you are not getting value for money.

    The whole build plate attached at one end only, when there's an aluminium strut available to anchor the far side, is pretty weird.
    It looks like it's designed to be easily portable - so that's probably why they've ramped the price up.

    Would it be better than a $300 printer ? Probably - though that does largely depend on what $300 you've bought :-)
    Would it be better than a $500 printer - doubtful, though the same: 'depends what printer' still applies.

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