Wrote kind of a long reply on this post: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108971911025874242115/posts/7ARMzbReRfX

Although we are aiming to build the #Makibox cheap, we're not doing it just for cheap's sake, there are a lot of design decisions being put into it to make it easy to service, easy to use, easy to upgrade. Stay tuned for our next blog post, we'll talk a little bit about the thoughts that have been put into it!

The part we at +Makible agrees on with the Cube is that "3D printing can be consumer-friendly", the way they do it is by designing a nice casing around it to make it less intimidating, and knocked down the price from their $25K model to this $1300 one. Both are admirable moves. Still, I believe if you're not hitting like a Nintendo game console level (<$300) price, then you're not truly consumer-friendly. Our goal is to do our best to move the 3D printer from the engineers / hackers / hobbyists communities, to the average consumer / "handyman dads who want to make things with their sons" group! By making the Makibox as affordable as we could, we think it can reach out to the people who previously wouldn't have touched the 3D printers… personally, I think the designers amongst this segment is more important in the sense that they will be the ones who will create that absolute must-print item that will justify the purchase of a 3D printer for the average consumer! (Just like how VisiCalc made the Apple II a justifiable purchase for many.)
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