Hahaha, @Mark_Moissette_ckaos I’m sorry to cause your budget planning some pains
Most stuff is already said by the beautiful write-ups of @Derrick_Oswald_curmu , @ThantiK & @Jan-Pieter . Well done guys!
@Mark_Moissette_ckaos , since the London event I can honestly recommend the machine to anybody able to build an IKEA cupboard (and now with the pre-assembled one even to all the others ;)). Why? With the then released version (v2 hotend, v3 bolt, v2 extruder clamp, UltiController), hundreds of small improvements (noise dampening spacers, slight improvements to cabling, etc.) and accompanying factors like better default filament, improved support, shorter lead times, etc. I can assume that people will have a super reliable machine. I print 24/7 with my Ultimaker lately and it’s running smoother than ever without ANY mods installed. If you want to go the extra mile you can of course argue about better fan duct designs, belt tensioners, helping tools for the last degree of axis alignment, etc., but it’s not needed to operate reliable.
+Anthony Morris, the dimensions are compact 34 x 36 x 39 cm. Compared to the build volume of 21 x 21 x 21, that’s rock solid. You have to keep in mind that there’s still the extruder and the bowden occupying some space.
@Henrik_Peiss , I have to second @ThantiK . The comparison is not really a good match (looking at the numbers, but also philosophy of the machines). Don’t get me wrong here! I can count myself as one as the earliest backers of the #makibox and a huge fan of the work of @Jonathan_Buford , @Felix_Lam , @Nils_Hitze , you (I’ve heard good stuff about your contributions) and the rest of your supposably ever increasing team. Building a proper machine is important, but it is also important to see where it fits into the market. And I don’t see the #makibox as a competitor to the #Ultimaker at all. It’s a different approach with slightly different design goals which make a huge difference to the potential customers addressed. #3dprinting is growing rapidly and there’s enough space for all kind of different machines (proven by the fact that even the worst design get sales…). Only if you understand the unique selling point of your machine, you can make the very best out of it. There’s no need to compete with a machine which serves different goals (and got deficits on other areas on the other hand). Ahh… this is getting lengthy.
Let me close with with some bold claims: Don’t try to compete with the Ultimaker’s speed, Z height layer accuracy or the build volume. Before you target those put all your energy into your USPs which are: price, portability, possible next-generation extrusion systems, hopefully ease of use (e.g. plug&play USB drivers, and proper software).