Additive manufacturing seems to have shifted and muddied the boundaries between consumers and professionals – from which, the dastardly "prosumer" has spawned, a term meant to encapsulate this newfound muddiness. In general, the classification of consumer or professional, as applied to 3D printing hobbyists, can generally be made upon ascertaining the motive of the buyer. For example, a consumer may want to sell their prints, and hope to one day make money off of their 3D printing exploits, but buying a printer, tinkering with it, learning computer-aided design – these are the hallmarks of the consumer, or in some cases, the "not-yet-professional."
By induction, the onus a company declaring a printer commercial grade places on itself becomes clear. Consumers and hobbyists expect to tinker. They relish it. Professionals need this tool to execute a function in their line of work, necessitating a degree of reliability and quality that is scarcely afforded to even top-of-the-line consumer grade machines.
The Fusion3 F306 delivers a product firmly positioned on the "affordable" end of the commercial 3D printer market, where it has the unenviable challenge of measuring up to the stellar Form 2. The F306 holds its own against the stereolithography-based behemoth, delivering one of the most consistent and reliable FDM machines on the market. Reviewers claiming only one or two fixes in the first year of operation are far from uncommon – a fact that must have some of the more disgruntled FDM hobbyists brainstorming fundraising methods and googling "applications of commercial grade 3D printers." For any workplace that finds itself in frequent need of the services of a 3D printer, investing in a F306 is an excellent way to provide in-house services with no headaches.
I love the big print box size, flexibility in materials and suppliers. If you need a real workhorse for manufacturing, I recommend the F306.
The F306 is more solid and more reliable than most of the 'normal' devices in my home. It makes 3d printing effortless. It's exactly what every 3D printer should be...
What's amazing to me is the simplicity of the design, and how well it continues to work in spite of significant wear and tear on the wheels.
We have had our F306 since early 2014. Still running great with little maintenance. Very stable build plate - only adjusted twice in the last year. Would buy again.
I would certainly consider adding the F306 to my bot farm. I think this is a good choice ... to make big prints quickly without compromising quality or reliability.