Inspired by his first — albeit disappointing — experience with a DIY RepRap kit he bought to produce inexpensive parts for a humanoid robot he was working on in 2010, Guillaume Feliksdal and his father Wilgo founded Utrecht-based Felix Printers in 2011. The Feliksdals' initial goal was to develop an easy-to-use device that could produce more accurate and detailed parts for Guillaume's mechatronics project. When Make Magazine bestowed the venerable "Surprise Hit of 2014" award on the Felix 2.0, there was no question that the father-son duo had surpassed their original goal.
Rather than kicking back and basking in the glow of their early success, the elder and younger Feliksdals continued to work on improvements, incorporating the lessons of their firsthand experiences and user feedback to develop their highly rated Felix 3 Series. The 2015 release of the 3 Series — beloved as a quiet, reliable producer of highly detailed builds and a worthy homage to the popular Prusa i3 — endowed even greater prestige on the Felix name. In an industry known for the abrupt failures of many a promising startup, a little breath-holding and finger-crossing at that point wouldn't have seemed out of order.
With the expansion to new offices and addition of a dozen employees and 50 more resellers to their contingent in 2015, the introduction of the Felix Pro 1 put any lingering doubts to rest. While no 3D printer is without its flaws, and some users expect a device as costly as the Pro 1 to be nearer to perfection, the Pro 1's overall warm reception and growing community of fans represent the kind of success that's hard to argue with.
As any drone enthusiast will tell you, object avoidance is kind of a big deal, and it's just such an innovation that sets the Pro 1 apart from competitors: intelligent nozzle positioning prevents its full-metal hotends from colliding with obstacles, thus sparing users the agony of failed prints. Fully automated calibration and sensors to detect filament depletion further enhance the maker experience and improve build precision. Added to Felix's characteristically low-noise operation, the Pro 1's open-source, upgradable design is the stuff of many a tinkerer's dreams.
I am in love with its filament detection technology. Thankfully, this Felix printer has fully automatic nozzle adjustment... 5 stars for its smart sensors!
Easy to setup and easy to use! Due to the detachable print bed we can easily remove the objects after the printing job has done.
Definitely recommended... Fine prints in high quality... Bundled software is outstanding, but Repetier Host also works beautifully!
I have been using Felix Pro nonstop since I got it. I had a part fail recently . . . support service was excellent . . . and new parts were replaced by the warranty, awesome!
ABS . . . sticks like crazy on my print-plate and then I have to wait until it cools down. After buying a printer that costly, this was not expected!