Hi guys, just got some feedback:
Things that don’t work well:
- The hour counter on my UP300 has stopped working
- when the router the printer is connected to has no internet the printer will pause at random (I think this is the reason, happened multiple times last night).
- BOTH the pulley idlers on my UP300 have broken on me mid print, a few months one after the other.
- Connecting to the printer is often problematic. If it isn’t connecting I have to shut off the PC and the printer at the same time, then turn both back on to be able to connect. Using the machine with multiple computers is impossible as the one PC blocks the other user from connecting even if upstudio is closed before attempting to connect on the 2nd PC.
- Printing from USB isn’t working. I literally cannot print anything off a thumb drive - maybe there is a way but I cannot figure it out.
- The outer perimeter to infill gap issue is still present, well over a year after being reported. How is this still not fixed? This is a BIG problem, serious, all parts produced on this printer are weak compared to competing products. Tolerances are excellent, but don’t expect them to be strong.
- Every once in a while, the printer’s touchscreen software will crash and become non-responsive. there’s a whole variety of errors, the latest one I had last night was: “ error: material breaks” which makes no sense. There’s a bunch more I might have to dig them up from my photos on my phone.
- I need to have internet connectivity to print anything on upstudio (why?)
- If I try to do a 45hr print with about 12 or more parts on the print bed UPStudio or the printer will crash, try it. You will see.
- I want to be able to just use GCODE on the printer due to the above issues.
- All it has to do, is accept gcode, no touchscreen and I would be happier with the printer.
- It is loud. I would suggest in future to use trinamic silent stepstick drivers.
- The Y axis motor cable rubs on the powder coated frame and looks like its at risk of wearing through the insulation. I’ve put some tape on it to protect it.
As a user I do not feel listened to, and its like I’m using a beta product that is touted as being ready for industrial use.
Would I recommend this printer to new comers? Depends on what your needs are.
Let’s talk about what the UP300 does right:
the machine is SOLID. I’ve only ever needed to level the bed once, even after some heavy duty print removal prying action with my putty knife.The bed level is set and forget (mechanically level it using the knobs under the bed - forget software leveling. use that to verify you’re level).
I love the switchable print bed system. The cable management using the flex cables is awesome. These will last a very very long time and are easy to change if required.
The quick change extruder assemblies is a great idea. Brilliant when something goes wrong and you can just drop another one, fix the blocked one later.
Really tough heavy sheet metal construction.
I’ve spent a lot of time with this machine, it’s got potential. It just needs more love from the engineers.