So to me, this is hardware.. and it's electronics, so screw it.. I'm asking in here!
So, after what was a long and drawn out wait (and still is) for the 2 printers I've backed on Kickstarter (both of which have failed)... I've gone and picked up a cheap one from China.
When I first wanted to get into this hobby, around 10 years ago.. the pricing was extremely restrictive, and when I backed those 2 printers (one for $180, the other for around $350) the entry-level price for the market was around $1500~$3000 depending on what sort of quality you wanted from your prints.
The idea of RepRap was relatively new, and the first "self replicating" printers were starting to appear in relatively small numbers at a very specialist and still quite expensive level.
Fast forward 2.5 years and you can get a kit from China, posted for 135 of your Great British pounds that will print at the same kind of quality/resolution/speed as something worth 10x that 2 years ago...
Parts are easily available, the tech is becoming super accessible to regular Jo's now, and you can take one of these cheap kits and upgrade it into something far more precise and capable by either printing your own upgrades, or accessing things like GearBest or AliExpress for parts. China seems to have taken the 3D Printing hobby and driven the prices allll the way down.
Now, onto what I bought. I picked up an Anet A8, and have only done a couple prints so far, a 20mm cube for a quick feed test which went fairly well, and a 3DBenchy boat.
Personally, I'm properly impressed with how that came out, considering the cost so far.. I'm astonished.
I haven't tweaked *anything* on the printer yet, but I've got a whole host of things on order to upgrade it, and a Kilo of filament on it's way to print various upgrades too.
Anyone else got one? Got experience? Got tips? This is a hobby I've wanted to get into for 10+ years, but life and the price just got in the way for me.. It would be good to find other fellow Makers