Following a discussion in another thread, I have looked at 3D printers to complement the capabilities of the Shapeoko but there are so many choices with a price to match. I have looked at reviews and there are dozens recommended. Often these reviews are a list of the sponsor’s offerings so I always take them with a grain of salt, I prefer opinions from knowledgeable users/owners.
On this site, someone mentioned Creality and others have mentioned other brands like Prusa. Not being familiar and not having been using one, I find it hard to decipher what is important and what is not. Is there a 3D printer that is the equivalent of the Shapeoko: good quality, reasonable price, good support, software, etc. ? Not a toy but not a large production machine.
Since several people here have already purchased them, maybe they could make recommendations and provide us with their lessons learned what is worth paying extra for and what is not e.g.: material types supported, resolution, printing speed, printing size, heated bed, quality of printer components … Does it comes assembled? If not how difficult is it to put together? How is support? What about the software to operate it; provided or not; good quality or junk?
Are there any essentials that are required along with the printer?