One of our judges, Matt Stultz, shares his observations after spending the weekend testing printers. Like Anna, he notes that many are pushing for a much more user friendly and commercial product. He also shares his observations about ease of use with a great analogy of desktop paper printers. While we may all have an easy to use, click and print experience now, many of us still remember when your traditional 2d printer was a buggy pain.
He goes on to discuss why he sees so much value in the kit experience and open source. The basic idea is that if you built it, you know exactly how it works.