Hello everyone. New guy here. Looking at purchasing a 3D printer mainly for design prototyping and maybe some jewelry and toys for the family. I’m looking at the CubeX (w/2 or 3 extruders) or the Makerbot Replicator 2. The 2X seems to require a little more know-how and since this is my first printer I kind want my hand held for now.
I know the major differences are Makerbot prints at 100 microns and the CubeX is 125 microns. CubeX is expandable to 3 extruders and has a larger build space.
My questions are:
Will I be able to tell the difference between 100-125 microns? Is 125 microns smooth enough to not require sanding/post cleanup?
I know the CubeX uses proprietary cartridges that cost more than the system Makerbot uses but seems more user-friendly. Are the amounts of plastics per cartridge actually less or do they just force you to buy more at once?
Is there a rough estimate on the cost per inch of these plastics? For instance, how far would a $100 cartridge get me if making 1" X 1" X 1" items?
If anyone can answer any of my questions I’d appreciate it a lot. Thank you in advance. I apologize if these questions have been asked a million times I couldn’t find anything on them.