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Affordable 3D Printer with Better Result
Nowadays, 3D printer can be easily found and bought. And, there are also many products you can find easily. There is one that we can say great choice for you. It’s Monoprice Maker Select 3d Printer. What we want to talk here is Monoprice 13860 Maker Select 3d Printer V2, because we think this is one of the best you can find out there. Plus, the price is also affordable, if you compare it with other printer in same class. So, here is our review about this 3D printer product.
The first thing that we want to point out in this maker select 3d printer v2 review is the assembling process. When you get it delivered to your place, it will come in separated part and hasn’t been assembled yet. But, you don’t need to worry, because the assembling process is easy to do. Even though this is your first time buying 3D printer, you won’t have any problem. There is instruction manual you can assembly every part. Or, if you are used to do like DIY stuff, maybe you won’t need the instruction, although to know which wire and connector you need to put into, you need some clue from the instruction.
The part you will get inside the package is also separated perfectly. You will know which one is the tower, the base, motor and other. So, just take out each part, use the instruction if you need it and start assembling. It won’t take you more than 45 minutes to assembly and use this 3D printer, according our experience and monoprice maker select review.
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After you assembling, like other product, you also need to calibrate Monoprice Maker Select 3d Printer. It’s easy to do by using the LCD screen that you can find on the back of the tower. Just press the button to adjust the x axis, y axis and z axis. Sometimes, you also need to adjust it manually by positioning the head printer that will print the model and make sure it won’t hit the other part and make some friction that can damage the printer and reduce the quality of the printing result. You also can try to test the printing result. Just use it to print any simple object to know the result.
Compatibility and Feature
The great thing about Monoprice Maker Select 3d Printer is this product compatible with lot of different 3D software. You can use Cura, Repetier, Simplify 3D and many more. However, according to the manual, it’s recommended that you use the Cura software. This software is also free to download. Plus, it’s also easy to use and there is Quick Print mode that you can use to practice to print 3D object. That way you will know how to work with this printer.
This 3D printer also can be used to print detailed object. Of course, if you compare it with the more expensive and professional 3D printer, the result won’t be the same. You must know this printer is the entry level 3D printer. Therefore, don’t expect it will be able to create really detailed object. You can still buy it for fun or for simple need, like make sample or just art for your personal needs.
The greatest feature of this product maybe is the part. The part that the manufacturer used for this product is compatible with many other parts. That means you can modify it to increase its ability and give another function. For example, you can install new y-axis NEMA motor to create more stable printing process. Or, you can put additional extruder. With this extra extruder, you will be able to print 3D object with 2 different color and more complex shape.
Monoprice Maker Select 3d Printer uses ABS and PLA tape as the “ink” to print the object. You can choose one of them. The ABS is slightly better than PLA, because it has higher durability and stronger. So, if you plan to place the 3D object you printed using this printer, you can use ABS tape. On the other hand, PLA is also good choice, because it was made of corn and it’s more environmental friendlier. Plus, PLA is melted in lower temperature, which makes it easier to use to print faster. And, when you buy the printer, you also get the sample of PLA or ABS tape. You can use it to test how it works, but we can say it will run out faster than you thought. Therefore, we suggested that you also buy the tape along with the printer. And, with the open design concept that you can easily modified, you also can change the tape. For example, you can modify the metal bed, so it will be much stronger and you can use it on higher temperature. With that modification, you can use other material, which is stronger than ABS or PLA material, to create 3D object using this 3D printer.
Here are some specifications of monoprice maker select v2 you need know.
- Bonus PLA filament
- 2 GB microSD and there is 3D sample file inside you can use to try the printer
- Windows, Mac OS X and Linux OS compatible
- Size 8 inches x 8 inches x 7 inches. This size is quite big, so, you can create bigger 3D object using this 3D printer.
- USB and MicroSD slot.
- Heated build plate for easier printing process.
By looking at the specification, we can say that this is one of the complete set of 3D printer. Monoprice Maker Select 3d Printer is definitely great choice, for you who are looking affordable 3D printer. Plus, the size that really compact make it easier to move around and use anywhere you want.
Pros and Cons
- Affordable price
- Easy to assembly
- Fully modifiable
- Good result
- Compatible with different OS and software
- Metal material body make it last longer
- Can’t print high detailed 3D object
- Need time to get used, especially for beginner user.
Some Useful tutorial regarding this Maker Select 3d Printer.
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Review of Monoprice 13860 Maker Select
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One of the best 3d printer that set on an affordable price. If you are a beginner in 3d printer, this printer might be the best choice for you.