Ok, y’all helped me get right with the last question and I ended up with the teeny tiny mpcnc, which is really great. Looking for a little more steering.
I’m about to liberate my archim 1 from a build, and I’m ready for a better printer than my ender 3. I’m not sure that I’m ready for a $500 build, though.
I do like the hypercube, seems solid, big community. I also like the piper 2 (a lot), especially how the bed stays put, but that is a LOT of steppers! Hypercube is the build to beat here.
I want to use more than pla without hassle, accuracy/surface quality > speed. Yes, my ender 3 is great, especially for what I paid, but I want to use it for fast functional/prototyped stuff that will either get recycled or used in the garage (clamps, knobs, etc). I considered hotrodding it, but I’m not convinced that’s a great use of resources. Plus, my daughter wants to help build the printer, so I don’t need to finish tomorrow or anything.
Points for easy enclosure, direct drive, and 3d printed /cnc milled parts (i can cut aluminum, too, at about 6"x9").