Don’t mean to piss on your parade (danish proverb don’t know if it translates), but -
- I have one of those and though in many ways it’s a great printer there are some shortcomings… You will do much well in studying the forum at soliforum, particularly digging out the newbie guides. Will save you a heap of problems.
Their extruder is infamous for clogging up, and to unclog it you’ll need to soak it in acetone or do what did i: http://www.soliforum.com/misc.php?action=pun_attachment&item=864&download=0 (don’t breathe in the fumes!). Main problem is that the extruder is set in a puzzle of acrylic layers that you won’t enjoy taking apart and putting back together again.
Best advice I can give you is this, get two extruders and, most important of all, before you print anything else print the http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:47561 extruder casing replacement parts. This will make it a breeze to get the extruder out and put it back in.
Also, it’s much recommended to print the raft - the initial layer that the model will be printed on top of - at a higher temperature than the standard config offers. If you don’t theres a risk of it not sticking to the build plate. There’s a ‘raft’ setting in the skeinforge software for that.
Incidentally, if you’re printing ABS plastic it’s essential you keep the enclosure on, to keep a high general temperature in there - to avoid warping/flexing the printed model. Especially important if you’re printing larger models. Ideally install a fan to immediately cool the melting plastic, too.
Last but not least(!), expect to be doing more maintenance on the thing than you’d thought… It can be tricky to get it right, and sadly the technology is not there yet that it’ll work out of the box like a regular printer that’s maintenance-free.
Having said that, when it up and working and the models are turning out great, it’s a terrific feeling - I’m guessing the same you guys get from having a perfect pcb arrive from seeed or something.