So, I ordered a MakerBot Replicator 2. Expensive but still less costly than professional 3D printers. I hoped that I would get the Replicator 2 and with minimal maintenance I would be be able to print with no fuss.
UGH, so far not going well. The plunger based extruder is causing me problems. I'm getting an unexplained heat read error. And I think my Y axis belts are loose. I will have to perform some emergency fixes to even get started. This is not the experience I expected.
So far MakerBot support has been helpful and I hope that I'll be able to work through the issues and start using the printer like I want to. I'll update with more information once I get passed these issues. Hopefully I'll be able to give a better review then.