SeeMeCNC Rostock Max v2 Review by GodMode3D
The purchase was easily done online. Shipping costs to Canada was a little pricey but worth it - $200 CAD for duty over the converted unit and shipping prices. The total being $1800 CAD all-in.
The package was not damaged or mishandled in transit. All of the parts were packaged very well. After 30 minutes of unboxing, knolling the components, and reviewing the assembly guide I started working on assembling the printer. The build time lasted 5 days, at 4 hours a day, to match the estimated build time of 20 hours.
Programming and flashing the firmware was easy enough but could have gone wrong if I had not followed the instructions provided - FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. Everything went smoothly until I got an error on the printer display. The connections to the thermistor were not done properly and I broke one of the provided heating resistors trying to diagnose and resolve the original problem. This delayed my first print by another day as I had to find a local source for a thermistor and heating resistor (Find your local source because maintenance of the effector assembly is inevitable if you use the stock components).
Once the printer was programmed and calibrated I printed my first part in PLA, the PEEK fan shroud. It printed flawlessly and was added to the hotend so I could print in ABS.
After a month of printing the board died but John from SeeMeCNC sent me a replacement at no cost - I was glad I chose a company that offered a warranty. The current board has been printing almost every day since.
The experience, from initial research to first print, was very educational. I had never used arduino software or had any prior hands-on experience with 3D printing when I purchased the Rostock Max v2. All of the research I did resulted in SeeMeCNC being the final choice and I'm glad I chose them. The company and community support is exactly what a first-timer needs. I would recommend this printer to anyone that is looking for a high quality machine from a company that can back their product with warranty support and part sales.