I've had my replicator 1-dual for almost 2 years now. Like most of you, it has been an adventure in awesomeness and frustration. Update: In August of 2015, i moved away from the frustrations of my makerbot and moved to the Wanhao duplicator i3 and have not regretted that decision one bit. It's an awesome machine. Quality parts, great support, amazing community... Next printer I purchase may very likely be one of their larger printers.
Even though I have the dual extruders, I find I seldom use both at the same time as I had had more problems than success.
That has not prevented me from pushing the capabilities of this bot. I throw a lot of odd print designs and materials at it.
To date I have printed with ABS, PLA, flexPLA, Laywood, Bendalay, LayBrick, PET, FilaFlex, NinjaFlex, and several variations of PLA, and very limited success with Nylon. I enjoy trying as many different types/colours that I can get my hands on. My preferred places to purchase filament from is Filaments.ca, Digitmakers.ca and Voxel Factory.
I Am A…Maker
Tools I Use…
Printers: Wanhao Duplicator I3
Design Programs: Tinkercad, 123D Design, MeshMixer, Thingiverse Customizer, Sketchup
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