Definitely. At that point you probably shouldn't call him "hacker". You should refer to him using his proper moniker, "Agent"
1 - Creator X - Lots of Media options, Dual Struding works extremely well, Great support from company
2 - Rostock - Greater Build Area, Faster printing, Cool-Factor
3 - Replicator 2 - Ease of Use
If you don't mind the "20+ hour Assemble and Tweak" process and you need the largest build area, the Rostock Max is the best option of the three because it has a larger build area and can print a little bit faster than the other printers. (though my dialed-in Creator X can print hella fast) And, like the Creator X, it can handle ABS/PLA/PET/Bridge Media. I'm currently designing a M-ITX computer case while I tweak mine. NO DUAL STRUDING unless you replace the print head with a dual extruder and re-calibrate everything
If you don't want to take the 20+ people-hrs building one, the Creator X is the best choice. I had issues with mine because it arrived damaged and it took a while to get fixed and dialed in. The support from Flash Forge was fantastic. They stood behind their product and I can't say enough good things about them. This is the one I use most now. Mainly because I am doing a lot of Dual-Struding. (Using both print heads on the same print) It's dimensionally-accurate (to sub 1mm) and I use it mainly to print Legos, motorcycle parts (Clutch/Brake Levers) and multi-color Common Access Card (CAC Card) holders which hold 2,3, or even 4 CAC Cards (NFL Team Colors, Blue & Gold for Navy, Red & Gold for Marines, Pink & Pink for Air Force pussies.)
I bought the Replicator 2 because it was my initial foray into 3D printing and I wanted an easy to use printer. It is "set it and forget it" easy to use. So much so that you should probably expect a call from Ron Popeil when you click "Print". Within 2 days of unboxing it, I started a 29 hour print project and never worried that it would mess up partially through the process.(which can sometimes happen with ABS due to temperature differentials in the piece being printed if it's relatively tall) I don't recommend it though due to the high investment and the mfgr's policies regarding support.
Their common ancestor flew into an elevator with Ray Rice.
I have a Makerbot Replicator 2, a Flash Forge Creator X, and a Rostock Max Kit (under construction)
They're fun to use and I've learned a bit of 3D Modeling, to boot.
Technically, the risk of flying a plane into a building in New York wasn't zero before 9/11 not because, "although it hadn't happened, it was possible", but because someone already flew a B-25 Mitchell bomber into the Empire State Building
Need Another Shuttle Agency?
Citation Needed or GTFO
I'll tell you exactly why it crashed. It hit the ground before it was supposed to. When it does that, it's a crash. Don't need no fancy, schmancy NTSB to arrive at that conclusion.
I work at a large organization where we have several thousand computers, most with dual monitors and other peripherals.
It would be very beneficial if this technology allowed us to perform our yearly inventories by simply walking through each room carrying a tablet or laptop which recorded the devices present in each room.
We could then see, easily, if any equipment (like secondary monitors) were moved from room to room without permission.
Shut up, dude.
I'm getting ready to corner the market on goats and you're gonna blow my plans to hell!
I note that the Replicator 2 and Replicator 2X share many components.
Will there ever be plans to release an upgrade kit for the Replicator 2 which adds a more powerful Power Supply, Heated Build Plate, and/or a second Extruder Head Assembly?
It would be nice to be able to add those options to the Rep2 in order to print ABS and other materials, or to do multi-color prints.
Follow up Question relies on the proviso that an upgrade kit is planned....
Will you shut up and take my money already?!
I'm J.G. Wentworth and I don't approve this message. I'll take your structured settlement, anyday!
I didn't really think my submission was provocative but, based on the responses, it seems to have incited a lot of negativity for some reason...
I've had 1 part, and -only- 1 part "fail". That was due entirely to my design (I'm still a n00b, I admit)
My first week of ownership has been great, and I have recevied several requests to make items for, gasp(!), for real, honest-to-god currency no less!
I didn't buy it specifically to make money, but to learn and make things I need. I am also learning, however, that I "can" make money with it if I put forth a little effort...
Items I've made during my first week:
SSD Docking Station case
Dashboard to hold the speedometer/turn signals/ignition/GPS/Go Pro mount for my DR650
Fan Grills for my computer
Liliput 7" LCD back cover that mounts it into my spare drive bays in my computer case (so I can run my monitoring software there while gaming on my main screen)
Replacement door hinge kit for my Obsidian 800D Case
Wall-mounts for my surround speakers
Raspberry Pi case which also mounts a 4-port USB hub
I'm also currently in the design/prototype phase for a SFF HTPC Case.
Whaddarthey gonna do? Buy Adobe?