On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:00:12 PM UTC-7, David Sharp wrote:
I typically print around 100mm/sec with excellent quality on my Mosaic. I could probably go faster, but I'm pretty happy with where it's at.
The reason the Replicator only shows 40mm/sec is because the default firmware doesn't do acceleration, which means that to keep the bot from destroying itself, you have to limit the speed. Rob Giesbert has written an accelerated firmware for the replicator that allows faster speeds. I've heard of Replicators doing 150mm/sec.
I got my M2 about 2 weeks ago. I sold my old mosaic on ebay 4 months ago to help pay for it, so 3 - 4 months with no printer sucked. Anyway the mosaic was and is a great printer. So here is my quick mosaic to M2 review.1. The build size on the mosaic simply got to small, more and more objects I wanted to print were simply to big, that problem is gone on the M2, it's close to 6 times the build area as the mosaic. NOTE you start to use lots I mean lots more plastic with a larger printer, keep that in mind.2. The wood frame on the mosaic, I never liked the wood I know it's cheap and quick to make, but wood is simply not a good idea for a precision device for obvious reasons. The M2 frame is simply amazing, you could stand on it, the thing is built like a tank. The M2 build platform is so sturdy compaired to the mosaic, the mosaic will move quite a bit if you grab it buy hand the m2 platform simply stays put, it's one well built unit.3. The mosaic z axis, I think the z axis was the mosaic weakness, that is gone on the M2. Note the M2 z axis motor gets very very hot, I put a small fan on mine as well as adjusted the firmware for the rambo pcb and lowered the current from 135 to 115, still works perfect and motor runs way cooler.4. Print speed. I print most everything at .1mm and on my mosaic about 35-45mm/sec was as fast as it could go with great print results any faster and print results would suffer. On the M2 I can run at 100mm/sec with great results and could possibly go higher some day if I adjust the pla temps and slic3r settings. I will try to print at .075 and .05 this weekend just to see what this thing can do. My head move speed when it moving from one area to another is 175mm/sec I think the mosaic may simply fall over at that speed.I can't say enough good things about the M2, in my opinion it's the best home 3D printer on the market, I have a friend with the replicator and it's nice but when you see them both it's no contest the M2 is just build to a higher standard than any wood printer. But boy does this thing eat lots of PLA. :)
On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 1:20:53 AM UTC-5, Eric U. wrote:I'm looking around at 3D printers, probably going to buy my first one soon. I've seen so many people raving about MakerGear and the Mosaic that the M2 is high on my list of possibilities. However, there's not a lot of info about it around. Is it basically going to run at the same quality+speed as the Mosaic, or dare I hope that the metal frame will make things even more stable/smooth? Does it use all the same hardware, or did it have to scale that up with the size of the frame?
What is the typical speed of the Mosaic, while I'm asking? http://www.protoparadigm.com/blog/2012/02/comparing-3d-printers/ claims 150mm/s, but doesn't say whether that's a theoretical maximum with low quality, or something that most users can achieve. It puts 300mm/s for the Ultimaker, and I know that's not typical, but then it lists 40mm/s for the Replicator, which is straight off their website and probably quite common.What's your everyday good-enough-quality speed? What's your best-quality speed?Any info would be helpful.Thanks,Eric
Eric, I think you would be hard pressed to find something better than the M2.
Eric,by now you should have enough prints to share you thoughts, will help others like me :) ...@ 25lbs shipping itself is enough to scare the heck out of me (International) apart from customs etc etc... so i should be saying you are lucky to Just Buy It !!! :)Regards,Kamalnv