Hey, just to clarify, not going "against flux" in any way, just voicing concerns about new policy and pricing in terms of longevity and user investment perspective. Dealing with pricing (or if I finally tear down Old Leaky and see if I can mod her to drop in an E3D V6,) and convincing FLUX to stop using DHL for everything would go a long way to resolve a lot of issues for many of us. At least me and the Canadians who get whacked by Customs hard, but I order other printer parts, customer parts, tools and materials from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia at least once a week. Regular post, no problem, DHL guaranteed problem. Many years ago it was well known that acronym actually meant "Documents Hopelessly Lost".
FLUX Team knows I can be (ok, usually... ok... always) am quite blunt and do not mince words, but I think it is pretty well known that I am also a backer since the beginning and very much still an advocate. (And yes, someday they WILL hire me )
I have looked at that Makerarm when it was first revealed a long time ago, and looked at it severl times several times since then. Strangely, still no reviews on it in the wild. The only videos are company produced. From an engineering standpoint, suction cups just are not going to cut it for CNC, in fact, one would need a pretty solid desk to bolt that sucker down since it's working with just one arm.
The printing geometry has been tried before too, and failed miserably. Not that it can't work, just that to print from a cantilevered pivot swing-arm like that takes some incredible precision and build tolerances to achieve any kind of repeatable calibration and decent print quality. Then wear becomes a MAJOR factor. For example, I know right now my good old FLUX Delta* is showing some signs of wear in the linear rail bearings, I can actually see the wobble, but with six bearings to bear spread that load it is mitigated. On the maker arm, all that cantilevered weight rests in a few key points and once a bit of wear starts, nothing will mitigate that.
It is pretty as hell though. And I do want a chocolate extruder, but FLUX is capable of doing that. Someday. Soon. ???