MendelMax 2 Review

I recently decided to take the plunge and purchase a 3-D printer figuring it would be useful to print things for around the house and parts for my robot. When I started researching I was quickly overwhelmed with the number of options I had. Ranging from small and low cost to semi-pro models, kits and everything in between. I quickly came up with some requirements for what I was looking for:

  • Capable of printing PLA and ABS at a minimum with the option to try others
  • Minimum of an 8″ x 8″ printing area
  • Heated bed (for ABS Printing)
  • Rugged design i.e. I didn’t want to have to re-tune every few prints
  • Open source design / firmware / software

After speeding weeks looking over reviews and analyzing features I had narrowed it down to the Bukobot 8 from Deezmaker and the MendelMax 2 from Makers Tools Works. From the beginning I had always like the MendelMax for its rugged design and large printing area, though I was also very hesitant about it. For being an RepRap based printer design there were not many reviews to be found and the user community seemed small. This could be on account of its cost being outside of the general hobbyist range of affordable at $1595. The one glaring negative was from Make Magazine in its Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014 put the MendelMax 2 in the “Buyer Beware” category, only saying that printers in this category came damaged or nonfunctional. Despite the negative review from Make Magazine and small community there was still enough of a good vibe about the device that I finally came to a decision and ordered one. Continue reading