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Needs better instructions but is a very good design - specific tips included here
on April 13, 2017
I bought this as a birthday present for my 8 year old son. He had improvised some art with a hot glue gun and this seemed the next logical step. It was a huge success, and he loves it. It has not been without its pitfalls, though. The instructions need to be properly translated into English by a native speaker, and could use other improvements. We've taken it apart a dozen of times now to clear jammed filament, and in the process scratched it up and broken a plastic assembly latch. While this may sound like a total slam, it's not. If the instructions were more clear and also told you to wait two seconds before pressing the 'go" button after releasing it, these jams would not occur. A minor software change would also address this problem. Also not clear in the instructions is the fact that if you double-click one of the filament transport buttons, it keeps moving until you click that same button again, which I think is actually a good design, but is just not well documented. My last complaint is that the ergonomics are very good, but it seems to be designed for lefties and I happen to bee a righty. I use it with the LCD pointing down so that my right index finder is resting on the 'go' button. It is really a very good product, though, and it is well executed given what you are paying for it. Yes, you will probably end up taking it apart to clear a jam. Maybe another improvement would be to make it easy to take apart, but we have had a lot of fun with it. In the process of all that tinkering, my son has learned about plastic transition, electricity, heat, computers, and art. Worth every penny so far.