Raise3D’s N2 occupies roughly the same market niche as the Polish plug-and-print marvel that is the Zortrax M200, and falls within the same pause-worthy price range as Aleph Object’s Lulzbot Taz 6, workhorse of the additive manufacturing world. Like the M200, the N2 is designed for high performance and ease of use, promises on which – if a representative sample of the maker community is to be believed – it delivers. On the other hand, its tidy suite of proprietary systems may not enjoy quite the same longevity as the Taz, if one buys into the ethos of open-source innovation.
Featuring a generous, fully enclosed equilateral cubic foot of build area with removable, heated platform; print resolution as fine as 10 microns; and dual extruder with all-metal hotend, it’s capable of handling a wide range of build sizes and types, including the tricky ones that can lead even veteran makers to pull their hair out in exasperation. A user-friendly touchscreen interface and automatic pause-resume function – which wards off print failures due to disruptions in the power supply – add to its accessibility and reliability. Dual ball-screws provide z-axis stability, and compatibility with a variety of filament spools should allay any concerns about materials versatility. The glass print bed comes with buildtak adhesive on one side but can be flipped over for a smooth surface as needed. Although the enclosed platform helps prevent warping in temperature-sensitive prints, the lid can also be removed for better ventilation when working with less-fussy builds.
Jobs can be initiated by loading files onto the machine’s internal storage over a USB connection, or even started remotely via WiFi, so long as you’re sure the printer’s all set up to do its thing. While the bed comes factory-leveled and calibrated, supposedly eliminating the need for all that adjusting before the first prototype can be run, it can be realigned manually with some additional effort, if the need arises. Should the touchscreen become unresponsive due to its capacitive display, the problem will most likely be resolved by grounding yourself – simply touching one of the machine’s conductive metal parts while tapping the screen (not unlike the practice occasionally employed in kitchens with substandard wiring).
I absolutely love the transparent filament feed system. It opens easily with a few well placed screws. Easiest jam fix ever! I'm absolutely in love with this printer.
Superb printer that keeps all its promises. Easy and intuitive interface, convenient touch screen, print quality to go.