It’s a great printer the software is a little challenging
beside the software issues it a great printer.
beside the software issues it a great printer.
I upgraded from the lower priced mono[price model & i'm glad i did. This model is not as user friendly as the lower mode but owning the previous one helped a lot. The build quality is far superior & for the price it's definitely worth it
it's easy to use . bed leveling is the only draw back to the printer. I have no problem working or operating this printer.
Would have liked a better, fuller instruction book but the online help was great. Setting up the printer took time but was not difficult. Downloading designs is no problem but for novices like us understanding the software is taking time. Too much techno speak that manufactures automattically assume customers will understand. But we'll gt there.
Companies continue to release new printers every year, but this i3 clone still works near perfect. I haven't had any clogs or jams and prints come out great. Leveling the bed perfectly does take time to learn, but once you do, it is easy to level. Since this is an i3 clone, this is a very well documented and discussed printer. I will say most issues I have seen are user error and no fault of the printer. This printer has a direct driver extruder, which IMO, is superior to all the newer Bowden styles. Driver drive just works. Yes, it can't print quite as fast, but 2.5 vs 3hrs for a print is pretty negligible in the grand scheme of things.
You will see a lot of upgrades for this printer, but most are not needed, so don't start messing with the printer unless you find a manufacturing flaw, which there are few to none. Don't buy into the upgrade hype you will read about. I recently upgraded to an all metal hot end to print other materials. The upgrade took 15 minutes. I also added a mosfet board for potential safety, which i would consider a more advanced upgrade, but not hard if you watch videos. I replaced the y-carriage, but my stock worked fine. A needless upgrade for me, but some people have a warped y-carriage. The z braces are not needed. Upgraded fan cooling is definitely not needed. The y-carriage bearings are loud, but work fine and better than the all plastic ones you will find on Amazon. The included print surface is great for PLA, but glass is needed for other materials. The change I made was to remove one y-carriage bearing on the right side and mount the remaining one in the middle of the right side. Leveling the bed is easier and zero ghosting on the y-axis now. The firmware is old and doesn't have thermal runaway protection, so I would caution against printing while away from the house. For any 3D printer, I would have a smoke detector nearby. Printing in the garage would be best if possible for safety in case of a malfunction and so you don't breathe in filament particles. Lastly, don't use the included version of Cura. Download the version straight from Cura. I get better prints with Slic3r, but Cura is easier and better in some cases. Enjoy!
I have upgraded a handful of things over the last two years and it has just gotten better and easier to print! I have found this Printer nice and reliable, I can count on it to work and print my up some decent prints!
Printer wouldn't power up out of the box, had to open the control box and reconnect power cables. Tech support from Monoprice is e-mail only. Wrong slicing software sent with the printer. Printer difficult to level bed. Spend a little more for a quality printer
the instructions lack a little making total understanding at an advanced level. It is essential that X carriage is checked for level frequently.
Clogs are often difficult to clear, all in all though I would give this printer using Simplify 3D, very high marks
It requires a little assembly out of the box, but you can have it printing fairly well with PLA in half an hour. Temperature PID calibration as well acceleration calibration are a must if you want any kind of speed. Stock hardware works ok, but some cheap modifications will go a very long way. With this printer, what you save in money, you will pay in time spent tweaking and calibrating. Your mileage will vary.
Actually, the printer we have is not listed so I chose a model that closely resembles the one we are using. All in all we are pleased with the Monoprice Vector printer and we are learning as we go along, It was pretty much plug and play. When we received the unit, which surprisingly came three days after we order it. We un-boxed the printer and carefully removed all the tape and packaging that was used to prevent damage. We then plugged the unit in and then connected it to our wifi. After reading a review about how the touchscreen can be difficult to use due to its size, we took the advice and use a pencil eraser to enter our commands and no problems. Another suggestion was that after each job we check and calibrate the head with the print surface to insure we are on point. Reading the reviews and understanding the other users concerns has helped us greatly in getting to know our printer. On the initial prints we learned that the position of the design layout is important because it determines how your printer handles the different shapes. Also adding a raft on some designs helps out. We also found out that supports are needed on some designs and again that would depend on how you position your design for printing. We chose a phone stand as our first attempt and the one from the thingverse website was problematic so we chose a design from pinshape, laid the design on its side, added a raft and in less than two hours we had a nice phone stand. we will be attempting more designs and we actually are looking to create a few of our own designs.