It’s been fun so far. Its a nice indoor project when it’s this cold. This was my first 3D printer. I bought it when these were on presale, spring of 2015. Actually, me and my dad split the cost. He’s not an engineer, and didn’t grow up with computers so I’m hoping to make this as easy for him as possible. My guess is that I’ll set up his computer and he’ll print several things, until it breaks and I’ll have to service it when I get a chance. So far, I’ve just printed what he’s wanted.
I just installed a bootloader and changed the firmware for the first time last week. There are some goofy things about this printer that aren’t obvious until you look at the changes from standard Marlin. I didn’t do them, someone else got it started but those weren’t perfect, and I’ve made a few improvements. I am also planning on publishing those changes at some point, but it’s low priority. There are newer versions of this printer that so I’m not sure how applicable my changes are.
The prints I’ve done this week have been good. It’s extruder isn’t great, but if I print slow, with thick layers, it is very solid.