Noob to 3d printing, I was in the air if, I wanted to dive in the deep end or or stay in the kiddie pool, in the whole 3d world. This printer is an out of the box solution for novices. I've only had a couple of issues 1.) When I use the filament that came with the printer a lot of my prints came out great, but if you moved from the recommend filaments, it was endless nightmare show. Unless you know how to play with the configuration. 2.) Issue with the camera it wasn't working (reboot fixed the camera) 3.) The filament intake motor is not strong enough to pull the 1kg rolls, unless you have the right filament spool holder. 4.) the touch screen is touchy, some times it works, and some times it don't, 5.) clogs a lot, I have become a NASCAR pit crew on clearing clogs as the filament loads. But with all that it is still a great printer, I have learned a lot and still much to learn.
This is my first week with the printer, but I've had no serious problems so far. The 0.5kg Included roll of red filament is pretty, and prints very nicely. Printer setup was painless, and no calibration was required. My only comment is towards the interior camera that is supposed to be compatible with Polar 3D. I've gone through the user manual, and the setup from Polar 3D, and can't seem to figure out how to monitor the prints in progress. This feature is important to me, so I hope I'm able to get it working. If it gets working, this printer is absolutely 5 stars.
Advanced beginner model- perfect for my first printer
After a few weeks and some opportunities to troubleshoot with this—my first— 3D printer, I am very pleased and would highly recommend this to beginner modelers! I ordered this open box expecting nothing missing and received just that- a fully functional printer in almost brand new shape (apart from a dirty box (shipping).
Best parts of the printer: it’s ready to go out of the box, the enclosed print area gives off no noticeable fumes or odors from PLA so far, it’s visually pleasing outside and in (s/o touch screen and lighting), and best of all is the price. I am reminded of how good a find/purchase this was after every print :)
Immediate troubles/cons, though, include: 1) the filament feeder motor is a bit undersized and occasionally ‘sticks’ resulting in some wobbles and loose, stringy extrusions in designs with any type of tight curvature. 2) there are not instructions included, and mono price videos are not terribly helpful for this model. (Most helpful tips from YouTube videos have been to clean bed with ALCOHOL after any long print and after every 5 short prints, adjusting nozzle height is ESSENTIAL, and make sure to print with supports for any vertical strx larger than 7mm.) 3) On the touch screen, the “exturder” temperature is displayed. It’s a little thing, and has no impact whatsoever on the printer, but this misspelling does just nag at me.
What could be better: my ‘pipe dream’ improvements would include allowing this model to utilize full-size 1kg spools of filament— sure, there are adapters, but MP could totally include or suggest this, OR lower the price of 0.5 kg spools. It would be great to have at least a second nozzle (THESE ARE HARD TO FIND) included in the box.
I don't like the fact you can't use 3rd party filaments. Especially in times like these. I bought this machine for mask making. But i have only been able to make 10 in a week, because of the filament. Either Monoprice needs to never run out of filament or make it to where you can use other filament just as easily as theirs.