I received my first 3D printed at the end of August, 2015. It was a blue M3D, a small but affordable machine that showed a lot of promise. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to the expectations I had.
Although it’s advertised as “easy to use”, “newbie friendly” and “ready to print”, in reality there is a lot of work to be done before you can get a 3D print of acceptable quality.
First of all, the mechanism that allows you to insert the 3D filament “easily” it’s a bit awkward, and prone to malfunction. There are lots of comments in the official support forums that strongly suggest to use an external spool holder to feed the filament directly to the extruder head. Even the included manual recommends that your first print should be a spool holder that fits to the side of the machine.
Using this setup, I was able to get reliable prints
In the end, this machine helped me to get into terms with an undeniable reality of 3D printing: You have to be ready to fail. Errors can be frustrating, but they are a step closer to get the perfect print. The price and the fact that this machine comes pre-assembled makes it a good option for students, but I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who is a total newcomer to the world of 3D printing.