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    Maker Ultimate 3D Printer - MK11 DirectDrive Extruder / 24V Power System
    Product # 15710
    $699.99
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    Maker Ultimate 3D Printer - MK11 DirectDrive Extruder / 24V Power System

    3D1 World Ultimate 3D Printer


    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.




    Ultimate 3D Printer

    The Ultimate
    Professional 3D Building Experience



    Ultra High Precision
    Professional Features
    Anti-Jam


    Ultra High Precision
    Professional Features
    Anti-Jam


    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

    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

    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.




    Ultimate 3D Printer


    Features


    • 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









    30 Day Guarantee

    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

    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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    3D Printer
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    3D Printer V2
    Maker Select
    3D Printer V20
    Maker Select
    Plus 3D Printer
    Ultimate
    3D Printer
    Heated Build Plate
    Build Area ø4.3" x 4.7"
    (ø110 x 120 mm)
    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 7.0"
    (200 x 200 x 180 mm)
    7.9" x 7.9" x 6.9"
    (200 x 200 x 175 mm)
    Resolution 50 microns (0.05mm) 100 microns (0.1mm) 100 microns (0.1 mm) 100 microns (0.1mm) 20 microns (0.02mm)
    Filament Diameter 1.75mm 1.75mm 1.75mm 1.75mm 1.75mm
    Printing Speed 150mm/sec 55mm/sec 100mm/sec 150mm/sec 150mm/sec
    Max. Extruder Temp. 500°F (260°C) 446°F (230°C) 500°F (260°C) 500°F (260°C) 500°F (260°C)
    Connectivity Wi-Fi®, microSD™ card, USB Wi-Fi®, microSD™ card, USB USB, microSD™ card USB, SD™ 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
    Cura (recommended),
    Repetier-Host, ReplicatorG,
    Simplify 3D
    Cura (recommended),
    Repetier-Host, ReplicatorG,
    Simplify 3D
    Printable Materials ABS & PLA ABS & PLA 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
     


    Support Files:



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    Apple®, Mac®, and OS X® are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

    Microsoft® and Windows® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.



    Print Technology FFF
    Build Volume 200 x 200 x 175 mm
    Layer Resolution 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
    Filament Diameter 1.75mm
    Nozzle Diameter 0.4mm
    Print Speed 1 ~ 150 mm/sec
    Travel Speed 1 ~ 350 mm/sec
    Software Package Cura
    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
    Connectivity Stand-alone printing from SD card
    USB
    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)
     


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    Where can I find the support files for this printer?
    Gary C on Dec 9, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: According to the user's manual, we can download Cura for this printer on this page. Where is the link?
    How many prints or hours of operation can I expect before parts start to fail?
    A shopper on Jun 3, 2017
    How can I buy more print mats?
    New User U on Dec 23, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Contact Monoprice directly and see if they sell the mats. There are other brands out there that do the same thing, such as BuildTak. The original maker of the printer also makes the sheets. This printer was rebranded from Wanhao. You can check their sites if Monoprice doesn't offer them. Monoprice may actually send you a couple if you ask. Never know. There are also options for adding a PEI build surface. You are not out of options by any means. Hope this helps.
    What's the warranty like?
    A shopper on Dec 5, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Hello, this item has a 1 year warranty like all our electronic products. I hope this helps, thank you for your inquiry!
    Does this come with filament?
    A shopper on Dec 21, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Mine came with a 1 kg spool of white PLA. It's not listed in the contents section above, so I wasn't expecting it.
    Can any generic .4mm nozzle replacement fit this machine?
    Michael F on Oct 2, 2017
    This unit is stated to have an all-metal extruder. Does this mean that there is NO PTFE liner to abrade??? Thanks,
    A shopper on Dec 9, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: I do not remember the Monoprice Maker Ultimate 3D Printer claiming to have an all metal extruder. The stock hot end definitely HAS a plastic tube, which I assume is PEEK or PTFE. In my unit, that tube extended all the way through the heat block and into the nozzle. While my hot end never completely clogged, filament flow was erratic and the extruder motor would skip steps and grind. I replaced my hot end (heat break, heat sink, and nozzle) with the Micro Swiss all metal replacement. This was a simple replacement of parts requiring no other alterations to the machine (very easy to do). This modification totally fixed the problems I was having with filament flow, filament grinding, and the extruder motor skipping steps. An unexpected bonus was that filament doesn't seem to stick to the new Micro Swiss nozzle, eliminating the need of a silicone glove or cover.
    What software should I use before putting the file into cura?
    A shopper on Dec 24, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: You can use most 3D modeling software, whichever your most familiar with as long as you are able to export to an .stl or .obj. I use a mixture of Rhino and Autodesk Inventor depending on what I need to model. I wouldn't recommend using sketchup but if it's what you're most familiar with there are ways to make it work. If you're not currently familiar with any 3D software try to learn Rhino first.
    Has anyone printed Taulman 910 with this printer (Maker Ultimate) and what temp's\settings did you run? I am slightly worried the PTFE liner, if the printer actually has one, can't handle the extended high temps.... thoughts?
    New User U on Apr 6, 2017
    Is the bed auto-leveling?
    New User U on Jan 30, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: No it has to be done by the user. It is very simple however. The machine guides you through it completely.
    what printer should I use in Cura to make the best highest resolution prints? its not 'a default' model.
    A shopper on Dec 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Preferences>Printers>If there's a preset available, use WanhaoDuplicator6 Otherwise: custom settings. check heated bed, X width 200mm Y depth 200mm Z height 175mm GCode flavor (Marlin/Sprinter) Nozzle size 0.4mm. That should get you going. (I left the other values in there alone, it seems to work fine-I don't know what they mean anyway) You can then edit custom settings for prints. 1.75mm filament diameter (or whatever it actually is if you want to measure it-like 1.73 or 1.77 or whatever it is per your roll-though it's not critical for the most part). 'default' resolutions for the printer=0.02mm, 0.06mm, 0.1mm, and 0.2mm. So you can use those values as you see fit. Or, put in whatever other numbers between those values you might want to try. Most of the rest of the settings are subject to fine tuning, but these basics will get you printing.
    Just got it for christmas & when i opened mine it had a butterfly printed on the plate. is this normal? all the packaging was completely intact.
    A shopper on Dec 26, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Ours came with the butterfly too. It is apparently a demo done to insure that the printer is working before it is shipped. It also shows the really good resolution. Take the spatula that comes with the printer and carefully remove it from the plate before setting up your printer.
    Does this work in a typical household 12v socket or does it require a 240 socket to power it?
    A shopper on Jun 3, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: It is setup by default for 120VAC, but it can be switched to 220VAC by taking off the bottom cover and sliding a switch on the power supply.
    Im having clicking sounds and I can't quite pinpoint where its coming from. Seem to be in multiple places near the motors maybe? random like popcorn beginning to pop. Weird
    Bret B on Aug 19, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Mine does it too. I think it's the heater relays cycling.
    Can this printer use Nylon filament?
    A shopper on May 1, 2017
    Maker Ultimate 3D Printer - MK11 DirectDrive Extruder / 24V Power System
    Maker Ultimate 3D Printer - MK11 DirectDrive Extruder / 24V Power System
    Maker Ultimate 3D Printer - MK11 DirectDrive Extruder / 24V Power System with Euro Power Supply
    Maker Ultimate 3D Printer - MK11 DirectDrive Extruder / 24V Power System with Euro Power Supply
    BEST ANSWER: The heater block and nozzle have a PTFE liner, which does not do well at the temperatures that most nylons print at.
    My printers manual tells me to download the software under the "support" section on this page. I can not find the "support" section or the software to down load..... Can any one tell me where i can download the software for my computer so i can use this printer?
    A shopper on Aug 28, 2017
    Is this printer, or the box it is delivered in, labelled as being "Made in the USA" or not labelled at all with respect to where it was made? I am asking as I am a Canadian and whether this is true or not will impact whether duty must be paid when having one brought into Canada.
    Jenni M on Aug 15, 2017
    when updating the firmware, there is a version 1 and 2; how do i know which one to use?
    New User U on Aug 2, 2017
    Question, if printer is sold as supporting 0.02mm layer height (as the Ultimate is sold, "Ultra high 20 micron layer resolution"), why does EVERY configuration only indicate a minimum 0.1mm height? (manual indicates a cura config of 0.1mm layer height - it's an image, I can't paste it.)?
    Robert K on Jul 3, 2017
    does it come assembled and ready to print?
    A shopper on Feb 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Pretty much. You plug in one wire, attach the filament spool support, remove packing materials. No reason you couldn't be printing something 15 minutes after the package arrives
    I design my fishing lures in Solidworks. Can I print from solidworks?
    A shopper on Apr 25, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I use Pro/E and output the files as an STL file. I then import them to my slicer engine which converts them to g-code, and put them on an SD card so as to not tie up my computer, and print them.

    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.
    will this machine read a thumb drive ?????
    A shopper on Mar 20, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: There is not a USA type A port on the printer. However it does come with a SD card that you can write to then put in the printer.
    Does this unit come with acrylic doors and or top covers?
    David B on Jan 20, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: No it does not, I've asked monoprice and they do not carry them you can however buy the Wanhao D6 enclosure set online for about 120 dollars and they are the exact same thing.
    Is anyone having issues with the fan in the base of the unit? Mine is making a ton of noise.
    russel r on Mar 20, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Mine started out quiet for a couple of weeks. Now it sounds like a jet taking off when I turn it on, but it seems to quiet down when it's actually printing (which may be the same noise level, but seems like less because of the printing noise?). Maybe it's worth a phone call. I'll update if I find out anything.
    Is it a wireless printer?
    A shopper on Mar 19, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: No, it is USB, although it also has a SD card slot. If you use USB, you cannot shut down your PC or let it sleep while a job is running, so I recommend using the SD card. It takes only seconds to drop some data on it and pop it in, then your PC is free to do what it wants.
    Does this 3D printer come with a program I would use to create object I want to print?
    A shopper on Sep 26, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: No. It comes with a program that will convert an object file into the required format for printing but you'll need another program to actually create the object. A program like Blender, 3DMAX, Lightwave, ect. will allow you to create objects, that can then be converted using the supplied Cura software.
    my printer came with a tube, and metal poker, but the manual says nothing about it. what are they for?
    Thomas W on Jan 6, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: They are both optional things for using your printer. The metal poker is to help clear filament out of the extruder if some gets stuck or to test if there is a clog if you're running into extruder issues. The tube is to run the filament through before it enters the extruder to reduce friction. Currently I don't use the tube but it can be useful if you notice that the filament is catching as the machine is pulling it in while printing.
    What are the "foot print" dimensions?
    New User U on Nov 9, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: On my desk, it's roughly 14" wide, 18" deep with the sample filament spool hung on the back (19" if you have a full size filament spool), and 22" high if you give clearance for the print head and the filament feed. (Actual unit height is 19" including the print head, which sticks above the machine a bit)
    My printer started to act weird after trying zero filament for a print. The printer has been clumping up filament on its lines so some lines come out better than others. The tops and bottoms of my prints have holes because of this. How can I fix this?
    New User U on May 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: This type of problem I have solved with replacing the print head or running a cleaning filament through the head. I have not had this problem with the Monoprice printer yet. When the head is heated without movement of the filament through the head, the filament will bake in the head. The carbon and other residues clog the head.

    Maker cleanstix is what I use from makergeeks.
    Can I use this 3D printer for my jewelry wax models?
    A shopper on Apr 19, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I see on the web that some people use PLA in place of wax for lost-PLA casting. I have not tried this. (PLA is much harder than wax at room temperature though.)
    4.4 / 5.0
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    This is a only a first impression of the Maker Ultimate...
    I was going to buy the MP select Mini for $199 as a first 3D printer, but i didn't realize how quickly they would sell out. When I received the email announcing the release of the Ultimate I read the description and decided that $700 was a fair price for the features on this open source 3D printer. I ordered this on a Tuesday night about 9:30 pm and was floored when a shipping company called me the next day at noon asking for a signature for the delivery. Less that 15 hours from "Submit Order" to "In my grubby little hands". Great job Monoprice!



    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

    Quiet

    Open Source

    Prints Exotic filaments (up to 260C)

    CONS: Minor Quality control concerns (very minor)
    August 12, 2016
    Pretty good value for the money
    I've been in search of a reasonably priced Cartesian printer for some time. After seeing this printer reviewed on Hackaday, I figured it might fit the bill. I've now got about 100 hours of print time on it. Too soon to speak on how well it will hold up, but I can say the print quality has been great. Very little z-scarring (nonexistent in some of my prints) and no noticeable ringing. I did follow the Hackaday suggestion to increase the acceleration (via the menu system) to 2600. Using Cura 2.1.3 for Linux. Pros/Cons in no particular order.

    PROS:
    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.

    CONS:
    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.
    September 7, 2016
    I really wanted to like this printer.
    This was my 6th 3D printer. I print at work and also have a side business out of my home. My printers pretty much go 24/7.
    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.
    November 30, 2016
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    First 3D Printer I've own and LOVE IT!
    This is the first 3D printer I've ever bought and in just the week I've had it, I can say it's totally awesome! I love it! The instructions were easy to read, easy to follow with no trouble at all. I was surprised by just how well the item was package and that it even came with a tiny sample print to prove how well it worked. I'm really impressed with it and the ease of use. I had no trouble creating things to print in my own CAD software and then importing it into the included software to generate the gcode needed to print the final object. Very happy.
    December 1, 2016
    Purchased
    12 months ago
    It's the best in its class for price and ability
    I teach engineering and technology to 150 middle school students. They all think they are ready to print after an hour or two on TinkerCAD. Silly kids.

    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.

    The positives:

    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.
    January 12, 2017
    Purchased
    1 year ago
    I Recommend This 3D Printer
    I'm not good at writing reviews but I wanted to after using this printer. I have 3 years of 3d printing experience as a hobbyist with the Cube 2 3d printer. Its all i knew how to use. It was a nice printer but i decided to do lots of research and upgrade to something better. This 3d printer seemed like the best specs for the price. The 20 micron z axis layering really caught my attention. As of writing this review, any printer with that resolution is over 2,000 dollars.
    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.
    September 20, 2016
    Great PLA printer, BUT ...
    The ultimate is an exceptionally rigid printer that churns out great looking PLA objects. However, the MP web site sullies this achievement by greatly overselling it past that point.

    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.
    *Changes:
    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.
    June 6, 2017
    Purchased
    6 months ago
    An Excellent Find
    Before I got this printer I had a little experience with the MakerBot Replicator 2X, which is about four times the cost of this printer. The normal print speed for this printer is slower than the MakerBots I've used, but the quality of the print from the Maker Ultimate (aka Wanhao Duplicator 6) is far superior. I've been especially pleasantly surprised (shocked, even) by the ability of this printer to build unsupported features; support structures can be enabled in the slicer software for trickier prints. At this point I've only printed with the PLA filament provided in the package, so I can't comment on the quality of ABS prints.

    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.
    January 7, 2017
    Purchased
    11 months ago
    A solid printer after some work
    I have had this for 2 months and just now able to get some prints done.
    I believe it's a great printer, I think I just got a fluke.

    Before you start, check every connection, nut, bolt and especially the lift blocks. Mine were loose and caused all sorts of issues and damage to the print head and plate.

    The print head cables are glued into place. Add more glue.

    Tear the heat bed foam pad off and get some 220mm x 220mm Borosilicate Glass Plate, Amazon, get the 2 pack.
    And some glue sticks. You will thank me later.

    I used a machinist dial to help level the bed. The instructions are a little confusing but I managed to get mine down to .002/in from corner to corner. Yes, .002/in and it's holding with the tight blocks.

    Blow through a few meters of filament to clean the head out.

    Monoprice did sen me a new print nozzle. They could not send a new pad because it's not a stocked item.
    The email help was great and I felt I was taken care of.

    I gave it 3 stars because every nut in the thing was loose.

    Notes:
    I use Simplify3D software, It has the set up already.
    And a high quality material.
    June 22, 2017
    Purchased
    6 months ago
    A great printer for a great price
    For many years I have wanted to get a printer that was easy to use, cheap, and could print with excellent quality. I thought I had found the perfect printer when I came across the Wanhao Duplicator 5S mini. It has a print resolution down to 20 microns, it had a fairly big print volume and it seems to have a user-friendly interface. But it comes with a pretty hefty price tag. then I came across the Maker Ultimate 3D printer from mono price and I was blown away. I couldn't believe that there was a $600 printer that could print at a 20-micron resolution, had a fairly large build volume, direct drive extruder, heated build plate and so much more. I had to see for myself what this could do.
    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.
    January 4, 2017
    Purchased
    11 months ago

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