My uncle is considering getting one. He already has a Thingomatic (which is in the process of being brought to my house
) but he wanted to get a replicator, and now he's thinking about getting one of these. If he does I'll definitely make some posts comparing the quality of prints with the Thingomatic.
Tom, I definitely understand your concerns on strength and pricing. The filament is very cheap, though. I've probably printed enough to cost me hundreds of dollars of Shapeways printing for about $20 in ABS and PLA. As for print speed/quality, the Replicator is higher quality than the Thingomatic and prints significantly faster. I would assume the Replicator 2 makes another jump in both of these.
Personally, with seeing what Claus can do on a printer with .254 mm resolution, and realizing this goes down to .1, I'm extremely excited. It's going to have its limitations, but it definitely opens up puzzles that would normally require Shapeways.