A low cost, entry level fused deposition modeling printer kit, the Maker's Tool Minimax supplies a sturdy, made-in-the-USA device and complements it with responsive and upstanding customer service. The Minimax' name is a bit of a misnomer -- it's not a smaller version of the Maker's Tool Mendelmax, but rather a pared-down version, described on the Maker's Tool website as "tak(ing) the best elements of (the) MendelMax 3 and strip(ping) it down to the core functionality...at a substantially lower cost!"
Indeed, the cost of the Minimax is comparatively less, especially when contrasted with fellow American made models. The Minimax' all metal structural components compare favorably to less sturdy plastic and less prestigious wood chassis. Additionally, buyers can opt for a Deluxe Upgrade Kit, which comes with a Minimax "Control Tower" that integrates all the electronics and presents a LCD touch interface on its face, a filament spool mount, an LED lamp for night prints, an extra print cooling fan, and several other bonus components. A third option, the Motion Platform Kit, exists for experienced hackers and tinkerers who want to expand upon the base the Minimax provides.
Across the world, "makerspaces" featuring 3D printing, CNC milling, laser cutters, programmable Arduino boards, and more have been opening up to considerable outpourings of support from the communities they operate in. These organizations, and the technology that powers them, are promoting a grassroots, exploratory way to experience science and technology, a sort of unbridled tinkerfest that beckons the childhood curiosity driven dormant in many by the demands of day to day life. Whether seeking a 3D printer for use in such a collaborative environment or for use in your own home, the technological and creative acumen gained by exposure to printers like the Minimax are sure to compile into something exceedingly interesting --provided only that you start.
First off overall I like my Minimax, and the print quality is pretty solid, most paint quality problems I've had are due to me not building it right.
I recommend the Minimax. It is highly unlikely that you will need anything else out of this printer as a beginner... It has a larger build space and lots of other upgrades...