Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 Complete Kit Review


Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 Complete Kit Review Results

6.2 Okay

The Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 Complete Kit is great for anyone wanting to experience what it is to build a 3D printer from the ground up.

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  • Printing Speed 7.5
  • Build Size 8
  • User Experience 5
  • Value 5.5
  • Design 5

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Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 Review Highlights

If you’re in the market for a basic 3D printer kit, you’ve probably come across, and possibly even considered purchasing, the Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 Complete Kit from NW RepRap. What’s cool about this printer? Other than the fact that it works, it’s part of RepRap’s open-source 3D printer project, which is aimed at informing consumers all about RepRap’s 3D printers, including how to fabricate them, and best utilize them, even if you don’t buy their kit.

The Pros

Customer Service & Instructions

One of the best selling-points for NW RepRap’s Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 Kit is the customer service and instructional materials that come with it. If you’ve taken a look at the company’s product page, you’ve probably noticed that they use text, images, and videos very effectively.

Not only do they showcase the pieces that come in the kit with images (so you know exactly what you’re getting), they also give a very detailed written list, and a link to the free software you would likely be using with the printer.

Best of all, they allow you to view the 25 part instructional video series before you purchase (Yes, there really are 25 parts to it!). And if the video series and other instructional materials are not enough to get you started, don’t worry. Customer service inquires are welcome and answered promptly with helpful responses via phone or email. Bottom line: they’re dedicated to helping you make the most of your kit.
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The Cons

Quality & Assembly

This is a kit, which means that, if you’re not a patient person or if you’re not good with mechanics, you’re not likely to get this up and running. Even if you do have the patience and skill, you will have to invest several hours before you are able to experiment with you new Prusa Mendel Iteration 2. Another point to consider is that this kit is not made of the highest quality parts.

A large majority of the pieces are made of plastic, and there are some quality control issues, such as warping, that occur. This could really affect the precisions required for 3D printing. Of course, if you’re interested in this printer, the company does offer a 90 day warranty, during which they are willing to replace damaged parts, no questions asked and at no charge, which is definitely a plus.

Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 Complete Kit Review Verdict

Being part of an educational movement is awesome, and so is having tons of support while building your first 3D printer. However, this printer is aimed at beginners, and, honestly, at a price tag of $799 it is far from being the most affordable. Shop around, and if you feel like the warranty and support merit the price tag, take the plunge.

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