Just a Heads Up…the MakerGear M2 Kits are back for a limited time. They are for the latest and greatest (easiest to use Rev.E) version of the machines.
To build the kits, you need to have a few basic tools (screwdrivers, metric wrench set), and you need to be able to follow written assembly instructions with pictures. They will send you the instructions, the frames, rails, hardware and board, with bundled wiring that needs to be connected according to the diagrams. And they will not spend a lot of time holding your hand through the building process, the reason they don’t offer the kits very frequently is that they don’t have a lot of extra personnel to answer questions, they’re all assembling machines. This is for people who want to build their own machines, because assembly is something they enjoy doing…like putting a puzzle together. So it’s not for everyone.
On the other hand, it is a significant cost savings for those who want to put their own machines together, and they are trying out a referral program for current owners…tell them “Jules sent me. Referral program.” in the comments when you order and there should be a $50 in-house gift card towards extra filament or specialty nozzles/parts or whatever, associated with the deal.
I’ll be honest with you, at this point I’m a little unclear whether I get the gift card or you do. (It’s a new program.) Since they regularly send me things to test without my even asking for it, and I have all the spare parts I’ll need for a couple of centuries, I’ll be happy to sign the card over to you if it turns out that I’m the one who receives it and not you. (Once you become an owner, you can extend that referral to your friends as well, and you can benefit from it.)
For those who want a fully assembled and tested machine instead of the kit, the referral program also works, and you will also get the gift card. (Again, just mention my name.) The only reason I’m bringing this up now is the kits will not be offered for long, although Rick said they should be available through the end of November, but that’s not a promise. When they run out, they run out. If we’re lucky, the kits show up once a year…but it’s been longer than that since they last offered them.
If you do order a kit, you will have to type a special “Secret Squirrel” phrase in the Order Notes section, because they want to make sure you can read and follow the instructions before you order. Don’t forget to add that referral message as well for the gift card.