Best 3D printers are usually very expensive and specialized models, but we also can find so-called budget models co-operating with professional software, both Cura and Simplify 3D. They offer decent quality for a reasonable price, which is supposed to make a purchase also those who haven’t yet got interested in the technology because of large cost. Monoprice Marker Select V2 belongs to this category of devices, and it’s worth to have a look at it. Due to the aluminum casing the device is relatively light and doesn’t take up much space. We can make with it various models based on blueprints prepared in a dedicated graphic 3D program.
Specifications Monoprice Marker Select V2:
Machine Dimensions: 500 x 480 x 285 mm
Build volume: 200 x 200 x 180 mm
Materials: ABS, Conductive, Flexible Materials, HIPS, PLA, PVA, Wood
Layer resolution: 100 microns (0.1mm)
Speed: 100 mm/sec
Software: Cura, Repetier-Host
Connectivity: Micro USB and MicroSD
Monoprice Marker Select V2: the advantages
The basic plus of the printer is the fact that it can be relatively easily assembled. It’s enough just to join the base, connect the cables and mount the reel nest. The printer works with many filaments, and extruding is done in temperature appropriate for most materials apart from nylon. The printer works with use of USB cable, connected to the computer. We can also make prints independently, after inserting micro SD card. It reproduces blueprints well with PLA filament but, as many tests show, not all prints are perfect, sometimes a few trials are needed. An legible LCD display is an advantage, it shows progress of 3D printing model. Thanks to this we know how long the printing of the selected model will take. Pace of printing is very good for a budget model, it is 55 mm/s.
Monoprice Marker Select V2: drawbacks of the printer
Just like every device, Monoprice Marker Select V2 has also some disadvantages that we can see during tests. First of all, the printer has a problem with more complex blueprints. The lines aren’t ideal, sometimes uneven spots occur, and the material texture isn’t perfectly smooth. With ABS the blueprints are often completely failed, because the material tears off the heated bed and the layers get separated. So for those who want to print with ABS filament, another device configuration is necessary.
Monoprice Marker Select V2: evaluation of quality and usefulness of the device
Monoprice Marker Select V2 is a good choice for those who a want a printer for household use. Yet because of the occurring problems and flaws it requires knowledge of such devices specifications, if we are to solve them. It’s best to use solely the dedicated PLA filament, because we can obtain best results with it. Monoprice Marker Select V2 will work out for making house decorations in 3D technology, and also toys for kid’s room. We can produce with it a flower pot or a home vase, and also a case for cell phone. Therefore it’s certainly a good choice for the start of adventure with 3D printing, on the condition that we don’t make too complicated blueprints.
- Large build area
- Open filament system
- Sturdy construction
- Needs mods out of the box