Thank You, this is version 2 of the model. I didn’t fully like it after printing it as there was some difficulty assembling it do to the way I modeled it (part of being new to modeling and Shapr3D), I have a version 3 which fixed many of my modeling mistakes but I was still unhappy with it (I didn’t share version 3). I am working on version 4 today and hopefully will solve the remaining issues I created. I also received most of my electronics yesterday so I have a couple changes to make so I can incorporate those into the model/build.
As to the 3D printing aspect of things. I have experience with only 3 printers. The Makerbot Replicator 2 (my first printer) which was a reasonably reliable printer but had its issues, but when it printed it worked really good. The Replicator 2 had extruder and clogging issues and was very finicky about temperature, this is solved with the Replicator + that I have. Then the second was the Makerbot Replicator + which is the printer I use for everything, this one has been 100% reliable and the best choice I made when it comes to 3D printers only downside is cost of printer and smart extruders. However my time is worth more to me than the downtime and hassle. The Replicator + comes in two sizes and is their latest model, the larger one is the one I have and it costs aprox. $2500 USD, but you can find it on sale for $2000 USD from time to time. It has printed 15.4 lbs of PLA without any issues at all. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who can justify the cost.
My third printer was one I printed with my Makerbot Replicator +, it is a model that was found on Thingiverse. However I still have yet to get it to print a part that I would use or show to anyone. I have it printing, but it is no where near the quality of the Makerbot. Below are two images, one of the Makerbot and one of the one I made (I did not design the printer itself). Please excuse the messy workspace.