Here it is...
It's worth noting, that dragon took 8 hours to print. Was printing at 90% speed. Very fine layer height. Well, time to play with Fusing360 again, and print some odds and ends for my r/c airplanes.
I agree, not a bad price at all and the auto-calibration looks pretty sweet. $700 isn't chump change but it isn't unachievable either. Perhaps if my girls go without Christmas presents for a few years...
Then buy the 3D printer and print little trinkets for them. They will thank you for your love.
How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!
I picked up a Monoprice Select Mini... they're still going for around $200 USD, often with shipping included. That's approaching chump-change territory. Being stranded in the great white north, it cost me $350 CND. Don't forget to buy some filament... Oh, I futzed for about 2 min on the bed levelling and was getting decent prints off of it right away. Very easy to use and the published specs are actually conservative compared to what it can actually do. What you lose by going cheap is the build size, It's only a 120mm cube, and a second filament cooling fan, thus reducing overhang capability. That's all I've noticed so far anyway. Prints look as good as the $4000 Ultimaker 3s they just bought at work. Speed is pretty much dependent on the print media and results wanted, not the printer.
I have to admit that I have generally shied away from CNC type stuff. I'm an electronics technologist by training and a computer guy by trade... my shop has always been the escape from that. But, there's now just too many things you can do with it... I'm having a blast with my printer, and yeah, I'll be making a CNC mill soon.
I just bought one of the cheaper ones last night. Its the same basic machine and design as the OP shows but with a 1/4 aluminum frame. I did a bunch of research and the main difference is that auto leveling, and auto geometry correction the one the OP shows has. Geometry correction is to correct for machines built out of square and the common feeling is that its of limited value and its better to just build the printer square in the first place. Auto bed leveling is now mainstream, there is a sensor accessory for the model I bought dirt cheap to add that capability. I will add it later on.
Here is the one I bought: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2017-GEEETEC...AAAOSw4A5Ys-7j except I bought it direct from Geeetech in LA for $275
Here is the autolevel accessory : http://www.ebay.com/itm/GEEETECH-3D-...sAAOSwgmJX18BZ