Maker Select 3D Printer v2
    Product # 13860
    Maker Select 3D Printer v2
    Product # 13860
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    Maker Select 3D Printer v2

    Maker Select 3D Printer

    If you're ready to take your ideas and designs from paper or CAD file to the next level, the Monoprice MAKER SELECT 3D Printer is the perfect starter solution for your needs! Unlike kit-based printers, which require a certain level of knowledge, experience, and time to assemble, the MAKER SELECT 3D Printer is assembled using only 6 screws and includes everything you need to begin printing right out of the box. It has the ability to print any type of 3D filament and has a price point lower than most DIY kits, making it the best in class choice for your 3D printing needs.

    Preloaded with Printable 3D Models
    Includes Sample PLA Filament
    Ready to Print in 10 Minutes!
    Preloaded with Printable 3D Models
    Includes Sample PLA Filament
    Ready to Print in 10 Minutes!

    Print Now
    Print Now: Unlike DIY kits, this printer comes almost fully assembled, requiring just 4 screws to secure the frame to the base and 2 screws to attach the filament holder. Additionally, the printer comes with everything you need, including sample PLA filament and a microSD card with sample 3D model files, ready to print!

    Compatible Software
    Compatible Software: With the ability to use both open-source and commercial software, such as Cura, Repetier, or Simplify 3D, the MAKER SELECT 3D Printer is compatible with Windows®, Mac® OS X®, and Linux.

    Large Volume
    Large Volume: The large 8" x 8" build plate and generous 7" vertical spacing means that you can print larger, more complex models.


    At less than the price of new gaming console,
    give the gift of learning and creativity this year!


    Maker Select 3D Printer (13860)

    • Includes 2GB microSD card preloaded with printable 3D models out of the box
    • Includes sample PLA filament so you can print right out of the box
    • Heated build plate allows for high-reliability printing of slow cooling materials
    • Can use compatible software, such as Cura, Repetier, or Simplify 3D
    • Expanded user's manual with detailed, easy-to-follow assembly and usage instructions
    • Tighten just 6 screws and be printing in 10 minutes
    • Choose to give the innovative and creative gift of learning

    Maker Select 3D Printer

    Heated Build Plate

    The heated build plate allows you to print slower cooling materials.


    MicroSD Card Slot

    Use a microSD™ card to store sliced GCode files, then plug the card into the microSD card slot to print without the need to connect to a Windows® or Mac® PC. The printer includes a 2GB microSD card with sample 3D models, which you can slice and store on the card for direct printing.

    MicroSD Card
    MicroSD Card


    1 Year Warranty


    Monoprice not only stands behind every product we sell with a 1 year replacement warranty, we offer a 30-day money back guarantee as well! If the product you purchase does not satisfy your needs, send it back for a full refund.

    Quality at a Fair Price

    Quality at a Fair Price

    Monoprice's rugged design and rigid quality control standards deliver high quality products at fair prices.

    Service & Support

    Service & Support

    You're never on your own with Monoprice products! We have a full team of friendly and knowledgeable technicians available to answer your questions, both before and after the sale. Contact our technical support team for questions about our products, troubleshooting, or even suggestions for products to fit your particular needs. Not to be outdone, our friendly and helpful customer service team is here to make your ordering, delivery, and any possible returns a quick and painless operation, from start to finish!

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      MP Select
    Mini 3D Printer
    Maker Select
    3D Printer
    3D Printer
    Heated Build Plate
    Build Area 4.7" x 4.7" x 4.7"
    (120 x 120 x 120 mm)
    7.9" x 7.9" x 7.1"
    (200 x 200 x 180 mm)
    7.9" x 7.9" x 6.9"
    (200 x 200 x 175 mm)
    Resolution 100 microns (0.1mm) 100 microns (0.1mm) 20 microns (0.02mm)
    Filament Diameter 1.75mm 1.75mm 1.75mm
    Printing Speed 55 mm/sec 100 mm/sec 150 mm/sec
    Max. Extruder Temp. 446°F (230°C) 500°F (260°C) 500°F (260°C)
    Connectivity USB, MicroSD™ card USB, MicroSD™ card USB, SD™ card
    Compatible Software Cura (recommended),
    Repetier-Host, ReplicatorG,
    Simplify 3D
    Cura (recommended),
    Repetier-Host, ReplicatorG,
    Simplify 3D
    Cura (recommended),
    Repetier-Host, ReplicatorG,
    Simplify 3D
    Printable Materials ABS, PLA, XT Copolyester,
    HIPS, Jelly, Foam, Felty
    ABS, PLA, XT Copolyester,
    HIPS, Jelly, Foam, Felty
    ABS, PLA, XT Copolyester,
    HIPS, Jelly, Foam, Felty

    Support Files:

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    Do I need to install Cura 2 or Cura 15.04?
    A shopper on Dec 6, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Cura 2.x can have issues with adding solid layers to your model if a minor error happens in a face join or hole. If this happens, use 15.4. I am using both, I only switch from 2.x if needed as it is much more convenient. ALWAYS check your layers before printing as it can save you heartache when you discover a problem in a big print 3/4 of the way through.
    is there an european plug version ?
    A shopper on Nov 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The ine I rcvd has a 110 to 220 switching power supply and standard iec (house shaped three prong) plug, euro cords should work fine, but I would check the power supply specs carefully, to verify that the power supply does in fact support being switched to 220. Your mileage may vary, but as long as you find out about the power supply prior to plugging in, and manually make sure the 110-220 switch has been set properly.
    how do I download cura?
    A shopper on Dec 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I had to download Cura from ultimaker dot com/en/products/cura-software/list I wasn't able to use the version included on the microSD card because I'm running Linux.
    what are the overall physical dimension, i.e. the footprint of the whole printer?
    A shopper on Feb 8, 2017
    Where can I find a slicer profile for this printer?
    A shopper on Dec 1, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Honestly, the included software defaults are not that bad. Of course different filaments/brands of filaments will have slightly different settings, but I've found that 210C for the extruder and 70C for the bed works great without rafts. My normal basic settings are 0.2mm layer height, 0.8 shell thickness, 0.6 bottom/top thickness, 10% fill density, 210C extruder, 70C bed, and no rafts for PLA. Also, make sure your nozzle size is set to 0.4mm. As long as you have the bed leveled properly, it produces good quality, fast prints.
    Does this come assembled?
    Andrew L on Nov 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: No, you have to attach 4 screws to secure the gantry in place and two screws to secure the spool holder.
    Is this a good option for beginners? I am also looking at the Cube 3 printer which seems like it might be a little more user friendly.
    A shopper on Nov 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The Cube 3 and M3D printer brands are built like macs are for computers, when you get this you are buying a windows machine. It runs better and costs less, but a bit more assembly is required. Assembly for me took about an hour, which is nothing compared to print times. Optimizing took about 4 more hours, but that's to get the perfect print, which is part of the joy. There was some hex screws to assemble the main pieces together, and sliding them in was a bit of a hassle. But once it's setup, it's setup. I have it plugged into a commercial server right now and can print files remotely through my phone on Cura. You can find cheap filaments on EBay for ~12$, I had the most luck so far with ABS despite what other people say.
    Do you ship to UK?
    A shopper on Jan 1, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Hello, we do indeed ship internationally! If you have further questions for specific countries please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team via live chat or phones. Thank you for your question!
    The unit ships with a spool holder (plastic part with giant nut) that can't hold a 1kg spool (it's too narrow). Do you carry a wider spool holder (by 1inch) or am I going to need to design and print my own?
    Thomas W on Dec 25, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Hello, thank you for your question. Unfortunately we do not carry a longer spool holder to accommodate larger spools of filament. We recommend searching the web for a pre-designed spool holder you can print as there are many readily available as provided by the maker community. I apologize for the inconvenience
    can this print 3.0mm filament?
    New User U on Feb 11, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: It's designed to take 1.75mm but with a whole entirely new hot end assembly you might be able to pull it off.
    how long does a $20 roll of filament last?
    A shopper on Dec 3, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The answer depends on the amount of filament that is needed for each project. The amount of filament needed is calculated by the Slicing software you use to generate the g-code. I use Repetier software which gives the estimated printing time and the amount of filament needed. You will find yourself buying different colors of filament and different filament types (PLA, ABS, etc.). Buy a 1 Kg roll with your initial purchase. The roll will last a lot longer before the budget lets you buy other spools. Great 3D printer.
    Does this come assembled?
    A shopper on Nov 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: There are 4 screws that need to be secured for the base, and 2 screws for the spool holder. Assembly is actually quite simple.
    What SD is compatible with the printer? I have a 128 gb micro sd that wont show the loaded files.
    A shopper on Jan 7, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Even a small micro SD is fine. When you insert it into the printer the most recently added files is on the bottom of the list.

    You must go: SD Card > Mount. Than; SD Card > Print. Shows you the list.

    IMHO - having a bunch of print files (known as "gcode" files) on the card is just a pain in the a**, as you have to scroll forever on the menus to find what you want,
    and since the screen is small, if the filename is longer than the screen it has to scroll slowly to show you the name, which is hard to read!

    You'll not usually be printing something more than once or twice anyway, you can keep the gcode files you use a lot on the card, but I juTheresTst save them on the PC, in the folder with the stl or obj design files.
    There is no need to keep a bunch on the card!

    In Windows you can save to disk, then in Cura at the bottom right there's a little symbol at the end of "Saved as: C\blah...blah... . Clicking that will open the saved file's folder with the file highlighted.
    You can then RIGHT click and "Send to" > Removal Disk M: {on my machine}, which copies it to the SD Card. _OR_ There's ALSO a button at the TOP LEFT of Cura that SAYS "SD" if it's inserted, click & it saves to SD.

    Bottom line - use a small SD card. This isn't music playback. ;-)

    All the Best, PuterPro
    Are parts available for it? I would like a spare nozzle and nozzle guides.
    A shopper on Dec 2, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Yes there are nozzles available form many third party resellers. This unit uses the same parts as a Prusa i3. I bought the all-metal hotend upgrade from Micro Swiss and am very happy with the upgrade. This is a great first printer.
    Can the included version of Cura print out supports if the support does not go all the way down to the base plate. For instance think of a handle on a basket? I can't get it to print the supports and the handle sags.
    Michael C on Feb 4, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: When choosing your support structure parameters, you must select "Everywhere" when choosing your support placement. If you leave it at "Touching Buildplate" you will only get support for overhangs that are hanging over the build plate.
    Is there a software that you can print from Apple OS X? Is this printer even compatible with OS X?
    Tim O on Feb 20, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: This printer prints from a microSD card. You can connect it to a computer, but it's completely unnecessary and I have never done it.
    Can this printer print in polycarbonate? The temp ranges of the print head and bed are within the suggested range.
    New User U on Feb 16, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I wouldn't suggest it. Polycarbonate typically requires temps north of 270. the ptfe tubing in the hot end will deteriorate quickly at those temps.
    How to change out single extruder for dual extruder?
    Deborah W on Jan 21, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: "You can't" is simply NOT true.

    BUT- 1. It voids your warranty, 2. It's not a job for some just getting into this.

    The Monoprice Select is a variation of the Prusa i3 and Wanhao i3. There are several companies that sell conversion kits, but it's really like building a whole new printer, a massive and fairly expensive job.

    Can you use TPU filament with the Monoprice 13860 Maker Select 3d Printer V2 as is or do you need to make modifications to do so?
    New User U on Dec 29, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: It will not print TPU or other flexible filaments without modification or upgrade to a different extruder. I'm using the Flexion extruder to great effect.
    Will this printer work with Google Chrome OS?
    A shopper on Mar 21, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Most likely there is no sliver program available to print to 3d printers for Chrome OS. You could use a Raspberry Pi to print to the printer through Chrome OS though. using a program like Octoprint.
    my sd card does not read, I cannot access it at all?
    A shopper on Mar 20, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Check to see if the SD card is mounted. The card will automatically mount if the SD card is in the slot before powering the machine on. When inserting the card after powering the machine on, check the SD Card selection from the menu and mount the card. I am assuming that you placed a gcode file on the card from your computer.
    Does the currently sold model (as of 2/28/17) require the grounding mod to correct the temperature swing/fluctuations in the hot-end and heated bed?
    Dennis H on Feb 28, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Not from what I can tell. Mine works good. You will see a few degrees on any of these machines but it does a nice job.
    Is there a way to print wirelessly from your phone if so how? I am an owner of this and haven't found a way to do so
    A shopper on Feb 13, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: You can, but you'll need some extra hardware (raspberry pi) and software (Octoprint). Check out Octoprint's website for more details.
    What is the nozzle size, the documentation says both .4 mm and .5 mm in different places?
    Michael M on Jan 31, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: It's 0.4 mm. The largest usable z layer height is about half the nozzle size, so the largest you can go is about 0.2 mm. You can go as small a 0.1 mm layers. It's not a huge variance, but consider 0.1 mm high quality, 0.15 mm as normal, and 0.2 mm as fast quality.
    Dose the printer support 220v?
    A shopper on Jan 13, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Yes. However as it currently ships they come ready for 110v. You will need to located the 110/220v switch which is on the side of the Control box.
    How to load and print a custom model?
    A shopper on Jan 3, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Install either Cura or Repetier which is located on the SD Card provided with the 3D Printer. Import a Model and then Slice the model to prepare for printing. Export to your SD Card or Connect and Print via USB.
    Can you 3d print polycarbonate with the Maker Select 3D Printer v2?
    A shopper on Dec 30, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The Maker Select V2 can not print PC (Polycarbonate) due to the max temperature being 500°F Or (260°C), For PC you need 536°F (280°C) - 572°F Or (300°C) Hot End Temp.
    Can I use 123D Design with this printer? What file formats are needed, obj or stl?
    A shopper on Mar 22, 2017
    Can i buy an enclosure for it?
    MICHAEL B on Feb 27, 2017
    I'm updating the printer profile for Simplify3D. Does anyone know the z-speed? I need it to get more accurate print time estimates.
    Kenneth B on Feb 24, 2017
    4.4 / 5.0
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    Could it be the best printer for the money?
    Before I purchased this printer, I researched them for a long time trying to find the best one. I didn't have a large budget, but I wanted the most from my investment. I literally spent days trying to decide between a i3 kit or something more plug and play. Being a beginner to the hobby, but not shy of tinkering, I wasn't sure where I should begin. So, I had decided on a i3 kit and then see that Monoprice had released two new 3d printer models. I instantly recognized the Maker Select printer as a rebranded Wanhao i3 and I was sold. These printers have very good reputations and I felt very confident that support from Monoprice would not disappoint me.

    The printer came packaged very well and included everything needed to get started. I only had a couple of hours on the first day to spend setting it up, and I fully expected to have to do some troubleshooting. After getting everything unboxed and on my desk I followed the printed sheet of instructions included in the box. The instructions were very clear, however setup issues still came up and I had to work through those.

    First, I had trouble loading the filament into the extruder. No matter how much I tried to force it in, it just wouldn't feed. I then read online that it's easier to cut the end off at an angle and that will make it easier to feed. And sure enough, as soon as I had a bit of an angle on the end, the extruder was able to grab the filament. This step would be really helpful if it were included in the documentation.

    Next, I had a small issue with my Z axis not being level. This was my fault and a result of me manually moving it after getting it setup, it is entirely possible that it came level from the factory. Getting the Z axis back to level was a little tricky as I couldn't very well get a carpenters level on it, but a plain old ruler did the trick.

    Once the Z axis was straightened out, I set to leveling the bed. I took great care to level it and my investment was rewarded. It's vitally important to make sure that only one piece of printer paper can fit under the extruder. Using two pieces of printer paper, I moved the nozzle around the bed about two inches inside of each corner and slid one piece under the nozzle, continuing to make fine adjustments until the second sheet wouldn't fit any more. After completing my first pass, I made a second pass to true everything up and make sure it was level.

    Once everything was level, I loaded up my first test model from the included SD card and was printing. It took two hours, but I had my first print and the quality looked very good compared to other examples I'd seen on the internet.

    Even though I had, what I feel, is a good first experience. I do have a couple of small complaints about the product listing. And since this is a new product launch for Monoprice, they aren't unexpected either. First, my printer included a 2GB SD card when the product listing claimed 4GB. Also, there is no longer a link to the product documentation on the product page. It was there the first day, but got removed when the listing was updated. This needs to be added back, it was tremendously valuable to me.

    I highly recommend this printer to anyone interested in getting into the hobby, just don't expect it work like an ink jet and don't get discouraged when small problems come up.

    PROS: Strong build quality.

    Open source design.

    Support for multiple filaments.

    Heated bed.

    Stand alone operation.

    Very good print quality.

    CONS: 2GB SD card included, not the advertised 4GB.

    Missing full product documentation link on listing.
    November 5, 2015
    Unbeatable value, but be prepared to tinker
    This is the perfect 3D printer for someone with more time and energy than money. Assembly was easy and well documented, and the prints looked decent off the bat, but once you start printing more complicated or larger parts, some issues will make themselves apparent. Luckily, since this is essentially a Wanhao Duplicator i3, there are lots of parts on Thingiverse ready for you to print and fix the machine's quirks yourself.

    PROS: -Price
    -Nearly preassembled
    -Decent out of the box performance on PLA
    -Common design = easy to mod
    -The 0.5mm nozzle helps with print speed and reduces the chance of an extruder jam.
    -Comes with almost every tool you need to use and maintain the machine.
    -Did I mention price?

    CONS: -The PTFE thermal barrier tube degrades faster at higher temperatures, so ABS will degrade it over time and anything requiring higher temperatures is pretty much out. It also limits print speed (I top out at about 50mm/s for PLA). Fortunately, there is a spare, and bulk tubing is cheap. Micro Swiss also manufactures a compatible all-metal hotend for if you want to try higher temperature materials.
    -The cooling fan isn't even aimed in the right direction, and it's underpowered. At the very least, you should immediately rotate the shroud to aim at the nozzle, and you should consider printing a new fan shroud ASAP. Switching to a better fan is also beneficial.
    -Leveling the bed is a pain. The wingnuts are difficult to reach and turn, and they can loosen from the movement of the bed. I highly recommend printing a set of one of the many compatible thumbwheel parts on thingiverse as well as the spring holders to make leveling the bed a rare occurrence rather than a common chore.
    -The default 0.5mm nozzle can't print with as much detail as the more common .4mm or .35mm sizes, and it also limits the minimum wall size.
    -Make sure to have a good set of needle nose pliers for the inevitable jam. I've only jammed it when I did something wrong (bed too high or improper unloading), but you'll want to be able to take apart just in case.
    -Again, it bears mentioning that this thing is best when it prints slowly. Expect parts to take at least half again as long as on some other 3D printers.
    May 4, 2016
    It's an Adventure!
    This is my second 3D printer from Monoprice. I was pleased to see several modifications have been made to it based on user feedback, like the leveling screws, the way the head no longer rubs against the z-axis belt, and the ground fix on the Melzi board.
    From box to desk was about half an hour. First print was an hour after that (take the time to level that bed). Then three days of adventuring began.
    I had little issues with bed adherence and layer bonding. Some of the issues are with the Prusa I3 profile in the current release of Cura, and some were because the printer was in a cold, drafty room.
    Do listen to this guy on setting up the printer in Cura:
    Do go to Thingiverse and make this for the bed heater cable:
    And this for the filament feed:
    And build an enclosure for the printer, like its own little hothouse. I built mine from PVC pipes, 3 way couplers, and vinyl sheeting for about $25.
    Then it will start printing like a champ.
    It is a very nice printer, and you can't beat the price. You just have to perform some very simple, non-warranty-voiding mods to it.
    And you'll know more about 3D printing than when you started.
    November 28, 2016
    made well, but if one part fails you have to send it all back.
    The only real problem here is the customer (me)is not allowed to take the failed part out and check the connections to the power supply or see if the power supply itself had failed. If I could have done either of those things I could have maybe just sent the power supply back to the company instead of having to break down the whole machine and box it up , take it to UPS and wait for a new one. This whole process is a real pain in the ass and I am lucky I had a chance to talk to a understanding tech like Eon. great product, just needs to be made modular.

    PROS: easy assembly.

    CONS: should be made in separate pieces .pain in the ass to box up and send back.
    October 12, 2016
    Maker Select 3D Printer
    Out of the box I had this thing up and printing in a total of 20 mins (software slowed me down and needed to find my MicroSD to USB adapter).

    1st print went well aside from an issue that was my fault (take your time leveling the bed or you lose hours of printing to odd shaped parts). After that short of taking every inch of it apart I spent nearly 24 man hours looking into why ever following print I attempted failed...

    It is the SD card... Toss it out buy a name brand one... on bad print worth of PLA or ABS saved will likely cover the cost. Do not be me and lose an entire roll and a half of filament bc you are stubborn and refuse to believe an SD card could take down an entire machine... its a real thing.

    Also if you are handy at all look up Vernon Barry on YouTube, he goes by JetGuy. Do pretty much every MOD he shows and also put heat defection tape or a heat shield between the heater wires and filament feed.

    In the end does it need way more MODs and setup than just 4 -6 screws... thats a huge yes... but there are only 2 ways to get an awesome printer... spend 2x the money or spend some time with this diamond in the rough and about 15- 50 dollars in supplies (depending on how stocked your junk drawer is)

    I'd Buy It Again... and maybe 1 more time lol

    PROS: Works great after you fix it, fast assembly out of the box, print quality way better than a $350 printer should

    CONS: Heat wires had to be rerouted to prevent filament from warping, The SD CARD IT COMES WITH GOES INTO THE TRASH, The SD CARD CORRUPTS FILES AND FAILS PRINTS, Did i mention THE SD CARD WRECKS EVERYTHING so THROW IT AWAY
    November 28, 2015
    Problem with the printer, slow support
    I received this printer on a Friday afternoon and assembled it Saturday morning. When I powered it on thick smoke came from the control box. I powered it off and contacted support through email. I did not receive a reply from Monoprice until the following Thursday afternoon. In the meantime, I repaired the printer myself one of the capacitors in the power supply had ruptured. Since the repair the printer has been performing very well, but I was disappointed in the initial failure and the slow response from Monoprice.

    PROS: It is a great printer if it works.

    CONS: There may be a problem with initial reliability.
    September 25, 2016
    Great for the money... when it works.
    Sad to report that my third such printer has now died. The first went via a sudden burning electronics smell from the control box and would not print (just wouldn't move). It quit early on 2 prints, slightly more each time, then done. Saw limited use. Done done.

    First replacement dead after test print, or before, the heated bed would not heat.

    Second replacement (arrived mid September), died late December, died in fashion identical to the first one. It had sat for about 6 weeks, also, and was used sparingly when used. Sigh.

    But when it did print I was very happy with the results. Not top of the line, but certainly nice for the price. I can't recommend it though based on my experience.
    December 30, 2016
    Quite a bit better than the "entry level" price
    This was my first 3D printer - I had held off for a few years due to reading about a variety of problems with other printers and being underwhelmed with the quality of the prints I'd seen as examples. I was also quite skeptical that a $350 printer could possibly produce anything reasonable.

    I've successfully printed with PLA (which worked out of the box and has always been relatively easy), ABS (which was a little trickier and appears to always be the case with 3D printers) and T-Glase as well as Nylon variants. This printer is great in that it handles pretty much every kind of filament available. This also makes it economical to operate. Filament choice adds a ton of flexibility and gives you opportunities to print things with the right combinations of flex, brittleness, and strength for whatever job you're doing.

    If you haven't owned a 3D printer before, here's some things that surprised me: The print quality can be absolutely *amazing* if you're willing to wait. Postprocessing can be done with nearly every kind of filament to make the edges smooth and give the appearance of injection molding. About the only thing you can't do is make a perfectly transparent part (but you can get very close with T-Glase and an the right epoxy coating).

    I've run this thing *non-stop* since I purchased it. Other than the hiccoughs that I ran into with the Y-Carriage, it's performed brilliantly without any part failures or wear. And the printer is a very simple construction - if something fails, you can find parts easily and inexpensively and many repairs can just be printed.

    I've used this to print most of the parts to a RepRap tricolor that I'm building and the parts came out perfectly (with the addition of a 0.3mm all metal print head required for a couple of the parts - $14 for the head and $37 for the MK10 all metal kit which included a 0.4mm nozzle - since this comes with a 0.5mm nozzle and it's easy to swap out these parts, that gave me a little more versatility ... T-Glase prints best on large nozzles, detailed parts need smaller to produce the best results).

    PROS: It's very nearly there out of the box - by "there", I mean, prints of a quality you might expect to pay more than twice as much for.

    There's a huge community behind this printer and it generally gets very good reviews everywhere.

    Very easily hacked/modified.

    Supports a wide range of filaments and is deeply configurable to cover corner cases you *will* run into.

    Uses .gcode and nearly every software application that slices works out of the box for PLA by selecting Prusia i3 and (sometimes) modifying the nozzle head to 0.5mm.

    Incredible price *doesn't* leave you with a nice, cheap, 3D printer that's entry level causing you to long for something better.

    CONS: You need to be willing to hack a bit to do any 3D printing on any 3D printer. This is no exception. The good news is that this printer has a massive following being based on the Wanhao Duplicator i3. I received the "v2" model of this printer (which has the LCD panel slightly tilted instead of at a 90 degree angle which is an improvement).

    You'll want to print the Z-Brackets (Search thingiverse). I also had to purchase a new Y-Carriage mount because the part that the bed screws into is really flimsy and made it very difficult to get a consistent bed level (or to get it to level at all after a few weeks because it bends so easily). Not to worry, they're $20 on Amazon - Get an anodized aluminum one, add some lock nuts to the M3 screws on the bed and print the thumb screw heads and add some lock-nuts to replace the thumb screws and this printer is simply, without a doubt ... *amazing*.
    May 15, 2016
    A great starting point, printed well out of the box
    For the $350 sale price that I bought this at, it's a bargain. It's one of the most affordable Reprap Prusa I3s out there. The metal construction of the frame gives the entire thing a feeling of solidity that I didn't find in a 3d printed Mendel that I had built previously. Let's run through the high points:

    Assembly was a breeze. The printer came well packaged and protected. 4 screws are all that's needed to attach the frame to the base. From there you're setting up the bed with the tape and then making adjustments for the extruder height. All very easy.

    The quick start guide was to the point and doesn't offer much in the way advanced instruction, so be aware that there's a full downloadable manual. Additionally, the quick start guide doesn't mention that there's some black electrical tape on the axis stops. It's easy to miss these as it blends in with the frame, particularly if you don't have a good light source.

    The electronics seems to be pretty good, though I've only had it printing for about 48 hours over the past week and a half - so I can't speak to their longevity. They're reasonably accessible in the case that can be disassembled. I would have liked to have seen the electronics come with connectors so that the frame can be completely detached from the electronics case. Otherwise it's nearly a two person job to move the whole thing from your assembly area to it's more permanent home.

    The SD card comes preloaded with a couple small models to start printing with. My first print was the butterfly logo that was on there and I was very impressed with it. The sides were perfectly smooth - though this may be because I had the extruder much too close to the bed. Getting that height correct is necessary to keep the filament from bonding with the tape (even with a raft!). That mangled one of the only 2 sheets of tape included. I'll be looking into a more permanent solution like a glass topper or some other film. The tape just isn't a long term option.

    My second and third prints were cases for a HeaterMeter and Ergodox keyboards. I think they came out quite well. It's worth noting that I've only tried printing with some Hatchbox PLA, I haven't yet tried ABS or any other plastics.

    For software, the SD card came preloaded with a pre-configured version of Cura dedicated to the "IIIP." I hadn't realized that and downloaded and configured the current version of Cura and have been running my prints with that. The SD card's software seems configured for higher resolution printing and results in drastically longer prints as compared to what I downloaded and configured. Unless I'm printing a showpiece, I'm going to stick to a bit of a lower resolution for the time benefits. That's totally in your control, though.

    Control is a big thing in 3d printing. We're working with open source designs, customizing our own models, sharing them through various repositories, and tinkering with our printers. I have no illusions that the electronics and mechanical end stops are not necessarily the pinnacle of 3d printing advancement, and that's perfectly OK! This printer functions extremely well for it's price point and I'm thrilled to have picked it up. There's plenty of room on this for future upgrades and enhancements - and that's why I noted in the title that this is a great starting point. It's going to last awhile and along the way you'll probably upgrade the bed, and maybe add some optical stops etc etc..

    All told, for someone getting into the hobby, this is a great starting point. It gets you from zero to printing in an hour. The print quality is really really good and there's very little fussing over the calibration. The barrier to entry is really pretty low here and there hasn't been a better time to get into it.

    PROS: Quick and easy assembly. Frame feels very sturdy. Goes from box to printing in under an hour.

    CONS: Fan already screeching like a banshee - already had to buy a replacement. Electronics box is very heavy and it being unable to completely detach the wiring it is quite cumbersome to move.
    November 29, 2015
    Excellent 3D Printer !!
    Wow! I received mine late April 2016, and it appears to be a next-generation design. Much of the previous customer feedback has been incorporated:
    + The LCD display is sloped, therefore easy to read
    + All connectors are labeled, so it's very easy to connect everything
    + Heated-platform is already covered and is print-ready. No need to attach a print sheet.
    + Micro SD card is now 4GB, and I had no problems at all printing one of the included gcode samples
    + Platform leveling was not difficult
    + My first print was flawless
    + Power-supply fan is not noisy in my opinion. Mine printer is located in the garage. Extruder fan is silent.

    Be sure to read the other reviews No need for me to repeat what's already been said.

    This product IS NOT a second-rate hack job. I'm very impressed with the workmanship and materials, especially for the price (349 USD with free shipping), as well as the careful packing / padding.

    My suggestions:
    1. Buy a spool of PLA filament when you purchase your printer, so you have it ready to use. I didn't bother loading the sample of included filament. Hatchbox has good customer reviews, and a colleague of mine has had excellent results.
    2. Don't fret over the platform leveling. The included wingnuts are fine just be aware that adjusting one corner will affect the leveling at other points. If you keep checking each corner, you will find that progressively smaller adjustments are needed. Then spot check & fine-adjust using some points near the center of the platform. I don't plan to change-out the wingnuts because they seem fine to me.
    3. When you manually feed filament into the extruder, make sure it's constantly moving. If it's not moving while you are gently feeding it, remove, and snip-off the end and try again. Once the feeder has scraped the surface it wont feed. It took me a second attempt.
    4. I installed 10 lockwashers on the 6 bolts required for assembly they aren't included.
    5. Pay close attention to the first layer of filament as it's applied to the platform, taking note of the shape and width as it's deposited. This will help confirm you have leveled it properly.

    I did not notice any objectionable odors using PLA.

    PROS: Flawless out-of-the-box experience.
    Solid all-metal construction. All moving components are high-quality, and operate smoothly.

    CONS: My only gripe is the quick-start instructions were not updated to reflect the easier-to-assemble condition of this printer.
    April 26, 2016

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