It is easy to focus on the latest 3D printer releases. However, this can lead you to miss out on an undiscovered gem in the rough. Printers become more sophisticated, and they prioritize ease-of-use, which can leave tinkerers disappointed and looking for more challenges.
Today, we’re taking a look at the Felix 2.0, a discontinued 3D printer that balances user-friendliness with the capacity for modding and optimization. Although it’s not easy to find these days, is it worth the effort? We’re here to help you find the answer.
For those looking for a challenge, the Felix 2.0 printer is a great little device. It isn’t easy to find and quite expensive. We recommend it if you find one that is used.
You can buy the Felix 2.0 either as a complete kit or fully assembled. Its simple design makes it very easy to build. These supports are thick and prevent any wobbling. They also ensure that the extruder points stay where they are supposed to be at all times.
The carry handle is an unusual addition. This printer is very light so it can be moved around easily. We recommend that you find a place for the printer to don’t need to be re-leveled every time.
Although users can import models via USB and SD cards, there is no WiFi support. However, a basic microcontroller can be used to initiate prints without having to connect to a computer. We don’t have to complain about these connectivity options for products in this price range.
This printer isn’t exactly a workhorse. It produces decently detailed prints, but it could be more accurate. Although we noticed some rough edges and layers, this did not cause any problems when interlocking parts. This is acceptable if you are willing to do some post-processing.
One positive is to be found. The Felix 2.0 can move at a very high speed, up to 200mm per second. Although this does affect the quality of your prints, they can be slowed down to improve their performance. It all depends on what you are looking for in terms of quality and quantity.
The range of supporting materials is a little disappointing. You can use ABS, PLA, and Nylon filaments. This would not be a problem if the Felix 2.0 were an entry-level printer. It’s not a great printer at this price. You can still use third-party materials.
This model was designed to minimize noise during printing. The frame absorbs most vibrations, while the bearings and fans move very quietly. You can print something overnight and not worry about it being disturbed by others.
Because the design is so basic, calibration is a snap. You can level the heated bed in minutes. Repetier-host includes a Felix profile and a copy of Repetier. You can build and print in a matter of minutes.
This printer’s barebones design makes it very easy to modify. Do you want to upgrade or add features? It’s possible! It’s extremely accommodating, and you’ll be amazed at the possibilities.
The biggest problem with Felix 2.0 is its price. Fully assembled models are available only from third-party vendors and retail at around $1800. We would expect a bit more functionality for the price. However, this model seems to be aimed at intermediate users with very little to offer.
The Felix 3.1 can also be purchased directly from the manufacturer at about the same price. Both models have many similarities, but the latter version has obvious improvements. The 2.0 is less appealing considering this and how difficult it can be to find.
No matter which model you choose to buy, your running expenses should be very low. All supporting materials are very affordable. Brand pricing is very variable. While you can get PLA spools for $10, the more expensive versions can be much more costly.
To its credit, Felix has a fairly comprehensive support area. You can find general troubleshooting and maintenance tips, as well as a forum for those who require more specific information. To get technical support directly from the manufacturer, you can submit a support ticket.
Felix offers a 1-year warranty on all its printers. The terms do not require that the product be purchased directly from Felix. However, if you can find a 2.0 from another supplier, you will still be covered. However, you will need to prove that the product has not expired more than one year after its purchase date.
It’s not likely that you will need any help with this printer. That said, we’re glad it is accessible at no extra cost for users who are new to 3D printing and need a little extra support. The 2.0 is quite old, so it may be difficult to find people who can help with model-specific issues.