So 3D printing was not really a hobby I wanted to get into. I needed parts for things I was making out of steel, aluminum stainless, and brass. It’s gotten busier and it was getting too expensive sending out for aluminum parts to be made just to try something, so I got my printer to do those parts in plastic instead and it’s been great because now I can just make something crazy just to try and I don’t have to stand at a machine all day to make it, That’s what would happen if I bought a mill which I was a hair’s breadth from doing. Now I’ve got too much to print and maintaining the printer is a thing… I’ve also been making more fun and useful stuff that’s not so critical so this thing has basically printed 24 hours a day since I got it except for a few days here and there while I’ve had some silly trouble to sort out.
So now I’m contemplating another printer and was entertaining building a Voron 2.4 because I could get a larger build volume and I can use much better components and construction but also, I see we are now printing things for other people so that might work as a side business. Time is also a thing, and I don’t think I could dedicate the time to build a Voron or one of the others like it so now I’m thinking, mostly after reading comments from @kitedemon (Alex) about his Prusa and how reliable it is. I had read this before but I was put off by their web site to be honest., all I wanted to know was the build volume, and it was really well hidden so maybe it would be better to get one of those instead and not bother anymore with the Chinese machines. The build volume thing still bugs me though. I’ve spent time and extra money getting my … starter" printer up but I can tell it’s not going to be great for long-term reliability. All my tools are top notch and I think I’m not going to be happy with run of the mill anymore