Asked — Edited
I'm on a tight budge, is spending $300 for Cubify 2nd Gen to build parts for my robot worth it? I read the reviews, it's not the greatest and the cartridge are expensive. But I just want to build a few small parts for now.
Upgrade to ARC Pro
Synthiam ARC Pro is a cool new tool that will help unleash your creativity with programming robots in just seconds!
Based on your post activity, we found some content that may be interesting to you. Explore these other tutorials and community conversations.
Someone on here has a DaVinci and says it works great and is cheap... however, I am not sure if it uses only Davinci filament or not...
You might want to check if you have a local makerspace or if your local library system has a 3D printer.
One of the libraries in my town is getting a Makerbot 2 this spring, and the Washington DC library system has one just two metro stops from my office. You supply the STL file, and they print it for $1 setup and $0.03/gram of material.
Or, you can use the 3D printing community page here to find a user to print something for you. One user here printed a couple of small parts for me for free ( I offered to trade some stuff, but he didn't need it).
For now I will take @thetechguru's advice. I don't have much to print.
The return policy on the the Dremel sounds very appealing. Too bad Costco doesn't sell 3D printers yet. :-)
At the pace the technology is improving and getting easier to use, I would expect that within a year or two at most, you will be able to get them at Costco, Target, Walmart, and they will be simple and reliable.
Having Dremel brand one and sell it through Home Depot was a huge step towards them becoming common household appliances.
Actually, I'd definitely recommend taking a closer look at the Makergear M2 as well! It has received a huge number of positive reviews, not to mention it's considered a budget buy (plus, you have to spend money to make money, right) and it has been on 3dhubz's list of the best printers in their 3d printers guide for 2 years in a row now (in the "Enthusiast" category).
If you want to check out a summarized guide of the best printers for 2016 in different types of categories, check out this article.
It's based on 3dhubz's and Makezine's thorough 3d printer guides for this year, based on consumer ratings and comments.
Hope this helps!