Reliable, easy to use
I've had this printer for about 5 years. In the beginning (1st 3+ years), there were many issues with the print heads jamming (I even had Makerbot swap out the machine for a new one), and the software not functioning properly (mainly the wireless connection), but they finally fixed most of the issues. Print head problems were mostly software settings issues (FW and software updates fixed many issues), and then they redesigned the heads to the + version which made them even more reliable. My current print head has been operating for 2 years without a hitch. The wireless connection still disconnects and forces me to "add a printer" with a static IP, and then authenticate it on the printer, more of an annoyance then anything else. The post processing (time the software uses to determine the amount of time the print will take) is slow, and I have a very fast machine with loads (192GB) of RAM. The current software is easy to use, the built in leveling assistant works very well, and as long as I use blue tape on the build plate there are no issues with my parts sticking to the build plate. I am using "Rafts" for every print. and that works out very well. The only negative I currently have with the machine is that it doesn't have dual extruders. For people looking to get into 3D printing, I would suggest that they ONLY look to buy a machine with dual extruders.