Well, it's here, and I now have got a print off of it I'd consider a success. Mostly. More on the print later, first, the printer. Here's my at-a-glance, 24-hours out of the box review. The Good: - It's a magical machine that somehow makes stuff out of plastic! - Everything works! - The different pitches of the motors as they move creates the soothing melody of SCIENCE. - I've never 3d printed before, I'm not "handy" and I don't identify myself as a "DIYer", yet I managed to get it to work. - That means you probably can too! - It basically delivered on everything that was promised. It was easy to set up (plug in, adjust Z stop) easy to start up, and look nice. - The bed was perfectly level. - Like, perfectly. - Dude, it traveled 3100 miles in the "tender care" of the USPS, and the bed is level. The Bad: - These are all basically nit-picks, but hey, might as well mention them. - The printer head clipped one of the binder clips the first time I told it to "Home". The raised ridge happened to lie exactly in the path between the front-left corner and the center of the bed. -I just slid it down a bit, problem solved. - The wiring on the bottom is a bit sloppy. As it lacks a base-plate, this could cause it to snag on something, I'll have to be careful. - The Z-Axis stop. It's hard to adjust. - If I move it up/down the Z-axis at full speed, the left threaded rod squeaks, and seems a bit wobbly. The Rest - It came with this cute little fan in a bag. I imagine it's to cool the plastic as it comes out of the nozzle. - Where, exactly, am I supposed to mount it? - Where on earth are the pins it's suppose to plug into. - My dog lacks my enthusiasm about home fabrication. She remains fixated on home bacination. As for the "First Print": Newbs to 3d printing, realize that when I call this a "first" i mean "First thing that can really be considered a print". I spent a few hours wrestling with the infamous problem: Print refused to stick to bed. tried many, many times. Cleaned bed, got bed hotter, etc etc etc. This resulted in a dozen "prints" of gooey/stringy messes. - Solution: Aquanet extreme hold. (Unscented). - p.s. this stuff sucks to clean off the bed later. here's a closeup of what I ended up with (the 5mm calibration cube from Thingiverse) And the backside: Only a little minor sagging in the overhangs (though a bit more, not visible in picture, in the infill) I'm, quite frankly, floored by the initial quality, ignoring that top block No looping, no silly stringiness, crisp corners, overhangs, and a pretty dang smooth surface considering this was printed in .25mm layers. Yeah, that top block, about him. That one turned into a gooey cylinder. I think I need to either slow down the printspeed (or at least the acceleration), add the cooling fan, or drop the print temp. Or maybe all three. I'm still have a few other issues I still need to work out first though: 1.) the extruder slowly leaks out a bit of plastic when it's up to temp. It stops if I set it's temperature lower, (195 or so) but at that point, it can extrude for printing. 2.) The filament doesn't seem to be feeding well. Anyway to give it a better grip on the filament? Well, the adventure continues tomorrow!