Looking for opinions on what people consider musts for an entry level printer. Just an average Joe or some kid that might be getting started in design and building things, someone who is new to 3d printing.
One big one is obviously cost. For a lot of people even a couple of hundred bucks for a cheap kit is a lot of money. What would you consider low cost enough? This includes people with not much disposable income, people who aren’t sure they want to get into 3d printing (and so don’t want to invest too much into it) or kids who need to convince their parents to buy it for them. Does it need to be sub $100? sub $200?
Another is features. Do things like automatic bed leveling need to be there for an entry level kit or is a couple of leveling screws good enough? LCDs? SD card readers? Heated beds? I personally think LCDs and SD cards are not nessecary (but definitely nice) since my first printer didn’t have those features, and you only really miss them once you’ve used them and have to go back to the hassle of doing things without them. Bed leveling is cheap enough to implement and saves a lot of time, headache and failure. A basic bed probe can be built into the effector using the microswitch you’re gonna need for your z axis anyway. I think heated beds shouldn’t be on entry level kits (again, entry level meaning people with no experience whatsoever or kids just getting into this sort of hobby), they add another hazard to the printer and the power and wiring for them isn’t really something someone at that level should or will want to deal with.
Well, that’s my two cents, I’d love to hear some other people’s opinions. I’m hoping to design an entry level printer soon so I’m looking at features people would like to see in it. I’m aiming to do what the 101HERO tried (and failed?) to do, and trying to learn from its mistakes.