Arriving back to school after the weekend, I found this on the two printers who had printed the week prior - snapped filament. This is not something that I have ever experienced with my other printer so I was more than a little concerned that this occurred after less than one week and one print. But now I am starting to wonder.... so here is what has happened since yesterday.
Update on Progress or Lack of Progress
firmware update refused, extruder missing black piece, build plate leveled but printing still not working - creates clumping
firmware updated, first print almost successful, filament has broken twice in the extruder head, cartridge recognized and then not recognized which causes the print to abort in the middle
turned machine on and off more than 25 times, cannot activate
firmware updated, first print successful, filament has now broken twice in the extruder head, cartridge is touchy and isn't always recognized.... will disconnect in the middle of the print and cause the print to abort (has occurred 3 times this morning), I have reinstalled the cartridge again and will see if it will finally print again.
The Makerware software is much easier to work with when seeing what it will look like on the print plate, sizing, and exporting. The Cube software seems very rudimentary and not intuitive. It also does not export with a honeycomb into the build which will save you on PLA.
I have struggled to keep the filament on the plate of the Cube Generation 2 whereas the MakerBot Replicator 2 I struggled to remove the final build. I guess I would prefer to fight to get the print off of the build plate instead of fighting to get it on to the build plate. MakerBot is relatively quiet whereas the Cube is rather loud. The MakerBot takes up a substantial amount of space but also has a much larger build plate. All 4 Cubes fit on one table which is really nice for space issues... but it is a much smaller machine.
You decide ... below is the keychain that was designed on Tinkercad. The clear/red is printed on the MakerBot and the bright green is printed on the Cube.