I happen to be home when the Gecko package arrived and I was a bit shocked! Only a few minutes prior to the UPS arrival, I had checked the tracking number and it didn’t show in my city yet. I believe the AliExpress tracking system is a bit behind its tracking updates and integration with 3rd party carriers. Furthermore, I didn’t even realize it was arriving via UPS.
In China the packaged traveled by SF Express, and that is the only tracking number I received via AliExpress. It looks like it transitioned to UPS when the package arrived in the USA, at JFK airport to be specific. For some reason I thought maybe it would travel by DHL when it got to the USA, however I can’t figure out why I thought that.
Lets dive in!
With my utility knife and my son’s help, we were able to remove all the external packaging elements and open the box up.
Let me start off and say that overall I’m pleased to see such nice packaging on the inside. As you will see in a moment, the kit elements were nicely laid out and there is labeling to help guide you through the contents of the box. That being said though, each level of packaging seem to have a few loose items, perhaps add-ons or after thoughts, that didn’t have a home inside the foam. Those couple add-ons on the top most of the package showed a bit of wear from jostling within the package during transport.
The internal packaging is organized in three levels: A Level, B Level and C Level. A and B are similar depths of foam while C Level is deeper. Each level has a sheet of paper describing the parts and their position within the level.
One of the first things you will notice is a nicely printed assembly guide. Though I can appreciate that East 3D spent time sourcing and printing such a nice manual, I don’t find it necessary. I prefer this kind of documentation to be electronic, as that means the assembly info can evolve as users interact with the kit or be revised as the kit design evolves. Frankly, that is why I put together this site. I find the assembly instructions lacking in the technical clarity that I think will save you time.
Now, something that I really do like in kits, especially kits with lots of hardware, are a contents list and a 1:1 scale of the various parts. East 3D has just such a large sheet printed and included in the kit. Sweet! As I write this I’m nearly through my kit build and I found the 1:1 sheet to be very valuable as I picked out hardware in each assembly step. However I only referenced the content list once or twice to confirm what I found in the packaging.
Finally, there are a couple other sheets of paper and parts. These are the parts, and plastic bags, that show just a bit of wear from being loose on the top of the package.
This is the motherlode of parts and pieces! We have the frame parts, the electronics, most of the nuts, bolts and other hardware as well, not to forget about the extruder, motors and other mechanicals plates. One thing that I like to see is that many of the bags are labeled, however you will see below the label isn’t as unique as it could be. On first inspection, it looks like everything has traveled safely from the manufacturer to my workshop.