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Maker Ultimate 3D Printer - MK11 DirectDrive Extruder / 24V Power System
The Ultimate 3D Printer is capable of professional quality 3D printing with a fine layer resolution as low as 20 microns (0.02 mm). The rigid all-metal frame design results in a stable print platform, which allows for print speeds up to 150 mm/sec. The printer has a heated build plate and can therefore print PLA, ABS, PVA, HIPS, and other popular filament types. It can print gcode files from a computer using a USB connection or from an SD™ card. It is compatible with computers running Microsoft Windows®, Macs® running OS X®, and Ubuntu Linux. The low operating noise of less than 49dBA allows it to be used in the home or in a business or office environment.
Professional 3D Building Experience
Ultra High Precision: This 3D printer supports layer resolutions as fine as 20 microns (0.02 mm), allowing you to make high-quality prints with smooth surfaces and ultra-fine details.
Professional Features: The all-metal extruder and heated print bed means that this printer can handle almost any filament type, from the common ABS and PLA plastics, to more exotic materials, such as PVA, HIPS, flexible TPE/TPU, and even metal and wood.
Anti-Jam: The geared, anti-jam feeder is designed to reliably feed filament, so you won't have a long print job ruined by a failure to feed the extruder with filament.
Successful prints whatever the complexity
The Ultimate 3D Printer is packed with professional features, which allow you to create high quality, complicated models with extremely fine details.
ANTI-JAM FEEDER, Increased Reliability
The geared, anti-jam feeder is designed to reliably feed filament, so you won't have a long print job ruined by a failure to feed the extruder with filament.
OPTIMIZE AIRFLOW, Greater Consistency
The open frame design improves airflow, ensuring that all parts of your model cool at the same rate, resulting in greater print consistency.
- Ultra high 20 micron layer resolution
- Can print from USB connection or SD™ card
- Up to 300 mm/sec print speed
- Extruder nozzle temperatures from 180 ~ 260°C
- Build plate temperatures from 50~ 100°C
- 200 x 200 x 175 mm build volume
- Compatible with Windows®, Mac® OS X®, and Ubuntu Linux
What's in the box
- 1x 3D printer
- 1x Spool holder
- 1x Print bed mat
- 1x Package of hex wrenches
- 1x AC power cord
- 1x USB cable
- 1x Tweezers
- 1x Scraper
- 1x Card reader
- 1x MicroSD™ card with adapter
Buy with Confidence
Monoprice 3D printers offer a 30 day money back guarantee. After 30 days, Monoprice stands behind their products by offering a 1 year repair warranty for any manufacture defects on our printers.
Please note, our warranty does not apply to any defects resulting from negligence, misuse, any modifications or enhancements to the product. Any of these will result in a voided warranty, as a result, Monoprice will no longer offer support and/or returns for these items.
Quality at a Fair Price
Monoprice's rugged design and rigid quality control standards deliver high quality products at fair prices.
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!
Mini 3D Printer
|Heated Build Plate||✓||✓||✓|
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)|
|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|
ABS, PLA, XT Copolyester,
PET, TPU, TPC, FPE, PVA,
HIPS, Jelly, Foam, Felty
ABS, PLA, XT Copolyester,
PET, TPU, TPC, FPE, PVA,
HIPS, Jelly, Foam, Felty
ABS, PLA, XT Copolyester,
PET, TPU, TPC, FPE, PVA,
HIPS, Jelly, Foam, Felty
|Build Volume||200 x 200 x 175 mm|
Ultra high: 20 micron
High: 60 micron
Medium: 100 micron
Low: 200 micron
|Position Precision||X: 12.5 Micron, Y: 12.5 Micron, Z: 5 micron|
|Print Speed||1 ~ 150 mm/sec|
|Travel Speed||1 ~ 350 mm/sec|
|File Types||STL, OBJ, DAE, AMF|
|Operating System Support||
Windows® (XP and later 32/64-bit)
Mac® OS X® (10.6+ 64-bit)
Ubuntu Linux (12.04+)
|SD Card Requirements||SD™ only (not SDHC™), FAT16 or FAT32 formatting, 8 GB maximum capacity|
|Input Power||120 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 4A|
|Power Consumption||221 watts|
Stand-alone printing from SD card
|Average Operational Noise||49 dBA|
|Frame Dimensions||13.7" x 10.4" x 16.9" (348 x 264 x 430 mm)|
|Assembled Dimensions||14.2" x 17.3" x 18.9" (360 x 440 x 480 mm)|
|Weight||30.6 lbs. (13.9 kg)|
|Ambient Operating Temperature||+59 ~ +89°F (+15 ~ +32°C)|
|Storage Temperature||+32 ~ +89°F (0 ~ +32°C)|
|Nozzle Temperature||+356 ~ +500°F (+180 ~ +260°C)|
|Build Plate Temperature||+122 ~ +212°F (+50 ~ +100°C)|
- User's Manual (May 9, 2017)
- Manuel d'Utilisateur (Français) (May 9, 2017)
- Benutzerhandbuch (Deutsche) (May 9, 2017)
- Manuale Utente (Italiano) (May 9, 2017)
- Manual de Usuario (Español) (May 9, 2017)
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Questions and Answers
No matter what CAD program you use to generate your geometry, you will need a slicer to convert them to g-code. I use Simplify3D, but Cura works fine as well, and is free.
Maker cleanstix is what I use from makergeeks.
When you level your bed and rotate the dial to have it "just touch" the nozzle, you want to just hear a click of the endstop, then back off 1 tick. You will have to adjust the bed screws to get this just right.
Our knowledgeable Technical Support staff would be more than happy to assist.
I was also pleased when I opened the box. it was securely packaged and very little setup was required. The intuitive on screeen instruction make bed eveling easy and in less than an hour I was watching my first print. Mono price included an SD card and USB Card reader to make it easy to transfer files from your computer to the printer in Stand alone mode. I havent tried the USB connection yet but will update my review when I have.
I used the Software (Cura) included on the SD card to view some of the sample programs and chose a swan for my first print. In about 2 hours I was amazed at the quality of the print, But then again, this machine is my first 3D printer, I am planning on making a review video on this product and can't wait to read what more sophisticated 3D printer users have to say about this product.
All that being, I am extremely happy with my choice for 1st 3D printer. I am sure that it will be quite a while until my user needs are not met by this machines capabilities.
I do have to add that when I opened the box that I found a 10 -12" x 1l2"x 1'4" piece of black aluminium stock loose in the box. It took me a while to find out where it connected and no hardware was in the box to attach it. It is a stiffener that attaches to the bottom right side of the heated bed support. I had to go to Home depot to buy M3-0.5 x 10mm hardware to attach this "oversight?" of the build department. I was slightly concerned about other "build oversights", but after checking the other fasteners on the Ultimate my concerns were relieved. I am not sure if it is supposed to ship with that part disconnected or not. But the assembly manual did not mention it, nor was the required fasteners Included.
I will update this review after I've had some time to get to know it better. But so far the relationship looks like love at first sight.
PROS: Plug and play,
Small foot print
Prints Exotic filaments (up to 260C)
CONS: Minor Quality control concerns (very minor)
1. Printer was well packaged and I got out of the box and to my first print w/ minimal effort.
2. Bed leveling was simple and painless.
3. Cura settings mentioned in the manual work pretty well. First print was successful and looked great.
4. Bed material (actual bed is aluminum, but there is an adhesive pad on top of that) provided great adhesion w/ PLA. I haven't tried any other materials yet. The kit that came with the printer also came with an extra pad.
5. Menu system is pretty simple and easy to use. Display is bright and easy to read.
1. Stop screw on build plate for the Z limit switch had spun down a bit (probably due to vibration during shipping). This caused my first homing to crash the extruder into the build plate. No harm done. The screw does have a loose fit, so I applied some blue locktite and adjusted the screw back to a reasonable height (trigger the limit switch before the extruder touches the bed). Re-leveled the bed and all is good.
2. Filament spool holder that is included is too short to hold many 3rd party filaments. This includes Monoprice's own filament. I know this printer isn't actually manufactured by Monoprice, but you'd hope they would have modified the BOM to include a filament holder that _can_ hold their own filament. Not the end of the world, however. This is a 3D printer, after all. A few clicks on thingiverse and I've got a filament holder that works.
3. The SD card included Cura software was in Chineese and Windows only. I'm a Linux user, so it was a non-starter for me (although I tried running their Cura software under Wine for to see if I could pull out their profiles.. more on that in a second). I ended up just downloading Cura directly and setting all the parameters based on the ones provided in the manual. The manual provided enough to get started, but still required some tuning to reduce the extrusion stringing. Would have been nice if Monoprice just provided a few Cura profiles.
4. Manual wasn't correct in a few sections. It seemed to be referencing other 3D printers or perhaps older versions of the firmware.
5. Would really like to see better part cooling. Fan blows on one side of the print causing uneven cooling. There are some printable parts available that fix this deficiency, but if this printer had that out of the gate I might have considered giving it another star. This cooling issue is most noticeable with overhangs, so it may not be a problem for you.
6. Comes with a filament tube to get filament from spool to extruder w/ less strain. I'm currently running without it w/ no issues so far, but this is due to the fact that no way to connect it to the printer was provided (no clips for the tube). Again, there are solutions out there that can be printed up, but you'd hope this would be something that came with the printer.
The construction is very nice and heavy. Print quality was pretty good. But the machine is no where as capable as listed in the specs.
I ended up returning mine because of a couple problems.
The real deal breaker was when one of the bearings started clicking loudly after a week. I attempted to adjust it but nothing helped. I could make it louder but not any quieter.
The bed is leveled with a screw that hits the z height limit switch. But the screw is just free floating with nothing to lock it in place. This means that your bed level will slowly shrink as you print. I added an additional nut to lock it in place but it is just a poor design. The limit switch should hit a fixed point and then you adjust the bed with the bed leveling screws.
The filament cooling fan setup is woefully inadequate. This is also true about nearly every other printer as well.
Another major issue with purchasing from Monoprice is that they are not the manufacturer, so they cannot give yo umore than rudimentary tech support. They also do not carry replacement parts, so if something goes out under warranty the only option they have is for you to send the entire printer back for replacement. And half the time they are out of stock.
Monoprice staff are great to deal with and friendly. No hassle on returning all 3 of the printers I have purchased from them. But still, at some point even and expert like myself will need replacement parts and real tech support.
1 year ago
10 months ago
My opinion of this printer is very high but consider that i was jumping from the cube 2 printer before this. This printer is easy to use. The quality of the frame and motors makes me feel like its built very strong and will last long. The models stick to the plate without any adhesives. And using the cura software, you can set resolution presets to be low, medium, high, and utlra. I tried a comparison test print on my cube 2 and on my new ultimate 3d printer and it was like night and day difference. The new printer was able to print steeper angles, right angles, vertical holes, and clear letter text.
I would like to note that i had a z axis error message and i looked it up. I had to unscrew the bottom and plug back in the z motor cable. Then it worked perfectly.
So i am very happy with this printer and I love using it.. Great price for this high quality printer that makes high quality prints with a large build area.
PROS: Great quality, fast printing, strong heavy metal frame, built in lights help illuminate 3d model, great model resolution, great price.
CONS: its a little louder than my cube 2 3d printer.
What this means is that we print a TON of projects.
I bought this printer with school funds about three or four months ago. I've been printing with it non-stop all day, five days a week. This thing is a beast.
I'll begin with the negatives, because they are few and minor.
1. It has the same problem all 3D printers have: The technology is new, and the concept of plug-and-play is unrealistic at this point in time. Give it a couple more years. You will have to learn and you will have to make adjustments. If you are a patient person, this won't be a problem at all. If you expect it to work as flawlessly out of the box as a paper printer, you'll get frustrated.
But stick with it for a couple days and you will dial it in. You might think you got a bad printer or that the directions are bad, but that's not it. Just take a few breaths, go get some coffee, and come back. You will get it set up correctly.
2. The only complaint I have specific to the unit is the peg in the back upon which the spool of filament rests. It only takes narrow spools. Wider spools won't fit. But to me this was very insignificant. I actually (with the help of a student) made what amounts to a clothing rod for the spool that sits on the desk. I drilled two 6-inch blocks and inserted a wooden dowel between them. Problem solved in half an hour. Hasn't been a problem since.
Everything else is fantastic.
1. It's under-priced. The structure is thick gauge steel. It's plate steel that's about the same thickness as four credit cards (yes, I actually checked). It seems like the kind of steel that would be used on a park BBQ grill. It doesn't bend or flex. It's the most solid 3D printer I've seen, and I've seen a lot of them. Put it this way: I hate having to carry this thing. It's heavy. I like that. It's stable.
2. The quality of all the parts is surprisingly high for the price (It probably sounds like the company wrote this by now).
3. The Z-axis is the table instead of the print head. I think this is very important and adds to the machine's stability.
4. It can be cranked to some pretty high speeds.
5. The thin layer on the heated bed is basically a square sticker that feels rubbery but pretty firm. You get two of these stickers. They are about as thick as a credit card, and have just a touch of softness to them. They are made by 3M, and I think they are the best dang thing to happen to 3D printer beds. My projects never come loose. Other people I know are using glue sticks, masking tape, or hair spray to get their projects to stick to a glass surface. That's not fun. I haven't had to do anything, ever to keep my projects on the surface. That stuff is like Teflon in reverse. It can make it a little harder to remove the project, but I'll take that any day over a project that breaks loose during production.
6. The fact that it can print a resolution 5 times more detailed than most printers in its class is amazing. Granted, it will take a LONG time to make a print if you set if for 20 microns, but it's an available feature. I print almost everything at a tenth or fifth of a millimeter per layer.
My only regret, as a middle school engineering teacher, is that I didn't budget for two or three of these. I only bought one, and it was toward the end of my annual budget expenditures. If I could go back six months to the summer, I would have gotten three of these. I really need more because so many kids are making projects, and we only have one printer. Oh well.
Keep in mind that you're going to have a few disasters along the way when your printer makes spaghetti or the print job gets all wacky on you, and you'll swear you did everything right. 99% of the time it's going to be human error.
Finally, never underestimate the importance of bed-leveling. About once a week I just reset the printer to factory settings (takes thirty seconds) and then level the bed (takes 1-2 minutes), and then my prints come out exactly as I want.
Just remember: Unless you already have a lot of experience with 3D printers, you're going to have a few days of frustration, especially as you set the parameters the first time. Just take a deep breath. These growing pains will go away.
11 months ago
The only problem I've encountered so far is that the build surface cover bubbled a little in the center, leading to uneven cooling that caused the raft to stick to the printed object, making them difficult to separate. I was able to press the bubbles down, which alleviated the problem, but I found a better solution after a little research online: an 8"x8" sheet of PEI (polyetherimide) applied as a build surface cover is a very cheap solution with really nice results. The PLA sticks to PEI very well during the print and takes no effort to remove afterward (i.e. it doesn't even need the included spatula). You can secure PEI to the build plate with adhesive, or you can use binder clips; if you decide to use binder clips, note that you won't be able to clip the right-hand side of the plate, as the clips will interfere with the cooling fan on the extruder. (I would include links, but the review guidelines prohibit references to other sites.)
A couple of notes on the user manual: 1) It references this site for a downloadable executable for the customized Cura software; instead, the software is actually on the SD card included with the printer. 2) The user manual recommends the Ultimaker Coffee Cup as your first print and provides instructions on how to download the necessary file; I recommend starting with a smaller object, since the coffee cup is about a 12-hour print.
Finally, completely optional is another fun little mod called OctoPi, which is an operating system image for the Raspberry Pi microcomputer. If you like tinkering, I recommend looking this one up; it uses the Raspberry Pi to put the printer on a home network, which (for me) is way more convenient than jockeying SD cards.
9 months ago
The "all metal extruder" has PTFE (AKA Teflon) through the heater block down to the nozzle. Had the MP site been honest about this point, I would not have bought this printer, since I plan on printing higher temperature materials. PTFE creeps and decomposes much above PLA temperatures. The unit ships with extra PTFE tubing, but diagnosing filament jams due to the liner creeping is no fun. (I hear there are aftermarket kits to replace the hot end.)
Also, don't expect to print flexible filaments - these buckle and then wrap around the drive wheel through a gap below the drive wheel. Pity, since a small change to the drive block part would have fixed that.
"geared, anti-jam feeder": Not. Most vendors with a geared extruder will tell you a gear ratio, such as 3:1. Here's it's 1:1 because the only thing resembling a gear pushes the filament, not another gear. (-1 for MP marketing) Not that it needs gearing, as it doesn't grip the filament firmly enough to need gearing.
Speed - claimed print speed is 300mm/sec. The shipped software is set to 60mm/sec, but you could increase that. The frame of this printer is super rigid, so I expect it's top useful speed is higher than the i3 based model.
Tech support: friendly and helpful (the bed on my first unit was warped, and the second gets heater errors, and has a bad fan), but parts are limited to nozzles, PTFE tubing, and exchanging the unit.
Noise: I find it loud to sit next to. Across the room would be OK. It does have screw holes for sides and a front door. (Aftermarket)
Firmware: A branch of Marlin for Ultimaker. For tinkerers, I see alternate firmware available on Github if you really need to mess with it. (I'm not inclined to try it)
Suggestions for Monoprice:
*This machine has great potential - make it the machine you describe on the web page.
*Get the PTFE out of the heater block & nozzle. Nozzle jams due to a slumped liner leads to unhappy customers. And PTFE fumes aren't healthy.
*Better parts!: the first bed was warped and the controller fan started moaning after 8 hours. On the second unit, the upper fan won't spin up after the first week. The first unit came with a burr inside the nozzle and some junk inside (partial nozzle clog) that a push-purge wouldn't get (needed a few cold pulls).
*Deeper support: It must be expensive to exchange a machine for just a failed fan or other small part, and for some customers, the extra wait is more onerous than if you could just ship them a part to swap. Subcontract to some other place to ship out replacement parts. (I can give a suggestion).
*Better assembly! On the second unit, the part cooling fan was dangling on arrival, the bed lift had loose bolts, the heater was slipping out of the heater block, the heat break slipped out of the cooling plate due to a loose set screw.
The Z homing screw tends to wander, spoiling the bed tramming - a spot of glue would fix that, or a friction screw.
A small change to the drive block would let this unit print flexible filaments.
Add a Z-probe and turn on mesh probing to increase print successes and help tolerate warped beds.
Stepper dampers are rumored to work wonders on quieting this machine down.
Put rubber feet on it so it won't wander about and won't scratch my desk
Make the spool holder a bit longer - many spools are wider than the current one will hold.
4 months ago
After it arrived it was very easy to set up. within 10 minutes of opening it, I had it printing. although my first print came out terrible, that is because the software was set up to by extruding with 2.85 mm filament instead of 1.75. This printer is incredibly easy to use. bed leveling is a breeze, I haven't had the nozzle clog once with over 100 hours of printing, I've never had adhesion problems with the build plate, and the PLA that it comes with is actually quite good. if you are looking for a darn good printer that won't burn the biggest hole in your pocket then I would definitely recommend the Maker Ultimate 3D printer.
9 months ago
This would had been a much faster unbox-to-print-time if the Z-motor had not become disconnected during shipping. Just a minor surprise considering how well it was packaged.
Demos printed beautifully and it is now printing a Modular Jar via USB connection to Simplify3D.
9 months ago