I was answering another thread and had a thought about the total cost of ownership of your printer.
Wondering if any specific printers are better than others.
I was thinking about the total cost of getting it to what anyone would consider a decent printer. for example, I have a bunch of Ender 3 Pros, from the initial purchase to upgraded springs, direct drives, Bowden tube replacement and average it out over say 2 years. I know the printer will last longer than that but just for numbers, let’s use the first 2 years only.
Here is what I am included - Cost of the machine, Essential upgrades, Required repairs
Here is the breakdown of my machines.
Ender 3/Pro - $26.25 a month
Ender 3 V2 - 23.90 a month (haven’t had this one 2 years yet)
Ender 5 Plus - $39.80 a month
CR10-Max - $81.66 a month
PRUSA Bear (MK3s) - $78.90
Custom Build Ender 3 Clone - $32.20
PRUSA Clone MK2 - $82.13