Monoprice Select Mini

95% Recommended

Description

The Monoprice Select Mini sets a new standard for low cost FDM printing. At $200, it's one of the cheapest machines on the market and boasts impressive print quality for the price.

Product Details

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Printer Type
FDM
Print Bed Size (mm)
120 x 120 x 120
Layer Resolution
100-350 microns
Material Types
Maximum Temperature
230° C
Open Source
Yes

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Where to Buy

$199.99

Monoprice Select Mini Prints 131

110 Reviews

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Avatar small By MDiaz on Jun 21 2018
First 3d Printer

It is a good printer for beginners.

Avatar small By k0d3x on Jun 26 2018
The Monoprice Select Mini v2 is a great beginner’s 3D printer

when I first got this printer I had to return it because of a warped bed. Other than that this printer was great! Amazon sent me another one before I even shipped the first one back. I had something printing within 5 minutes. Once I got my first 3D printer kit (my second printer) I realized how easy the Monoprice Select Mini v2 was to handle. Great first printer. 

Avatar small By Neville Muringayi on Jul 05 2018
Great printer for the price point

I paid $200 for my monprice mini and to be honest it is actually a pretty good printer for the price I paid for it. I would say that I have had about a 65-70% success rate with my prints and it has not been too difficult to operate the printer. 

Small me By Joseph Longoria on Jul 20 2018
Great value

Works great and reasonably priced

Avatar small By jaredsaindon on Jul 26 2018
Excellent entry level printer

Ours is the i3 mini special from EBay.

This is the 3D printer that got me to take the plunge into the world of 3D printing.  It was a steal for $116 new on EBay, pre-assembled (your time is valuable).  No heated bed.  Not self leveling.  SD card only.  The build volume is small.  But, not being sure if 3D printing would hold my family’s attention for more than a week, $116 and 0 assembly time was an acceptable risk vs. $450+ for a printer with all the trimmings (and having to assemble it).  It came with a glue stick, which makes a difference if you don’t have a heated bed.  The leveling wizard works well.  It’s the next best thing to self leveling.  Transferring info to the printer by swapping the SD card back and forth is a very minor inconvenience vs. connecting directly via USB or WiFi.  The small build volume didn’t matter to us initially as we didn’t have the patience to wait over night for something large!

It took us a few days to realize that the “slicing” software you use makes all the difference.  This printer came with CURA, which apparently is hailed everywhere as being awesome.  Not for this printer.  We discovered IceSL which made a HUGE difference.  We’ve gone from making our own simple 3D objects with Microsoft Build 3D, to downloading community objects that are pretty sophisticated and slicing them to this printers capabilities.  It is cranking out a Michelangelo Pieta as I write this review.

One important point to make, which may be a con for some, is that you have to be willing to do your own research and spend time on community sites, etc., and have a bit of a mechanical/techie aptitude to get results from this printer.  The models included on the SD card are ready to go and print really well.  But beyond that, you’ll need to find some sort of “intro to” type resource to learn the fundamentals of 3D printing.  This printer only comes with a very basic manual.

My family is definitely into 3D printing now.  Enough so that I am considering buying a DIY, heated bed, self leveling model with a larger build volume.  Or maybe even a resin SLA printer :)

If you are looking to test the waters of 3D printing.  This printer would make an excellent choice.

Avatar small By Jaymi Gibbs on Aug 07 2018
Good Start

I would recommend this as a first printer. It is around $200 for a ready-to-run printer right out of the box which is a really good deal compared to sub $200 printer kits that are hit or miss with quality. Probably the only thing that at least some of the cheap kits have over this one is the build volume (120mmx120mmx120mm) however you can always break objects into several parts. All in all, this is a great printer.

Avatar small By Les Thatcher on Aug 10 2018
quick n easy

being a 3d printer novice i love this printer it's easy to use and the interface easy just a shame the print build plate is only 120mm x 120mm x 120mm but you can still print nice designs to fit on the plate over all i'm really satisfied with my monoprice select mini v2 it's worth the money 

Avatar small By rehmbrian on Aug 17 2018
Great except heat bed wiring issue

great prints, but two weeks in my heat bed was showing temperatures ranging from 35 to 405. Looks like a common issue

Avatar small By atidesum on Aug 18 2018
WORTH THE PRICE

only done models-come out nice-problem with mini disk getting stuck-still must cover heared bed with tape

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