Was ready to purchase a Moai today, but after checking out the forums, it seems there are at least two major showstoppers:
No current solution for slicing/support creation on Linux.
Is it true that the software has to be registered to be able to use this somewhat expensive machine?
As for 1, Windows machines aren’t even allowed on our network anymore, since the release of Windows 10. Almost all of our partners have moved to Linux, so we had to as well, for a myriad of reasons. We can’t purchase hardware that is dependent on Microsoft products to operate.
Point 2 is something we’re maybe not understanding. Is it true that operating these machines requires that we register software? After paying $$ for the hardware? What if Peopoly disappears and we have to re-install software? This would mean our machines are now completely useless. I almost would have considered using Asura with wine on Linux, but there is no way, if Asura has to be registered to function. Is this really what Peopoly wants for their customers?
Personally, I like the Moai and the 200 better than, for example, the Prusa competitor, for a number of reasons, but in this case it looks like Peopoly is forcing us to go with Prusa.
There are advantages to the Prusa, too, like fully Open Source hardware and software, as well as full support for running the machines on Linux OS. Plus, no registration of software required!
Now I understand why Peopoly is protecting its support-generation IP, and I don’t mind that, but we can’t take any chance that we won’t be able to use the hardware in the future, due to requiring software registration. It seems these factors make going with the Prusa, or other options that support Linux, without software registration, the best choice.
Please let me know if I’m misunderstanding Peopoly’s strategy here. I really want to like your products, but it seems like Prusa has eliminated many of the risks currently present with the Peopoly products.
Regardless, I wish Peopoly all the best. I really like the hardware – just wish Peopoly would address these inherent risks to their customers.
Thanks for your consideration!
…Edit to specify Peopoly protecting its support-generation IP, rather than slicing IP…