Monoprice MP Select 3D Printer
As technological advancement keeps saturating the spheres of human lives, endeavors and enterprises, the fact is tech products whose equivalents were valued for over a thousand of dollars in the years past are now sold for as cheap as $200-$300. The Monoprice MP Select 3D Mini Printer is one of these high-valued but low-cost tech products.
The Monoprice Select Mini features a print volume of 120×120×120mm². It is capable of a layer resolution of 100 micron. The miniature machine is rated for up to 230°c, which means you would be able to run any filament that falls underneath that temperature range. This printer used standard 1.75mm filaments. It is an open-filament printer, which means you can use any of the off-the-shelf 1.75mm budget or high-end filaments that is rated below the hot-end temperature range. The printer has a closed-source design and utilizes a closed-source firmware. However, you can slice G-code for this printer with any slicer software available – be it Cura, Slic3r, Repetier, Simplify 3D or Craft Wire. The printer also features a heated bed which is pretty cool for the size of this model as it opens a lot of flexibilities of what kinds of filaments that can be tried on this printer. Along with the product kit, are three bunches of 3D filaments from the manufacturer.
Like every tech products, the Monoprice printer comes with few drawbacks. It’s necessary you be familiarized with the downsides so you can know what exactly you’re getting, provided you opt to go for the machine.
First up, there have been comments in the 3D printing community about the arm bending if you put excessive force. The issue with the bent arm means that the hot-end nozzle will eventually dig into the print bed. As far as print quality degradation going across the arm is concerned, the problem is still negligible. The printer doesn’t have an automatic bed level. In fact, it doesn’t have any form of assisted leveling either. Another downside the printer has is its considerable low print speed which is around 55mm/s.
Overall, the printer has a very good design and prints exactly what you tell it to do. It has been tested to run and make up to 10-hour prints non-stop. The package comes calibrated and full assembled from the manufacturer, making it instantly ready to be used at purchase.
There is no reason you shouldn’t buy this, if you need a 3D printer to print materials within the range of the 120mm² print space.
What’s in the box?
1× 3D printer
AC power adapter and cord (1 each)
1× filament holder
1× hotbed scraper
1× USB cable
1× bed-levelling wrench
Sample PLA materials for testing
Printer type: FDM
Build volume: 120×120×120mm2
Extruder head: 1
Open source: No
Supported filament: PLA
Filament Diameter: 1.75mm
On-printer controls: Available
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, SD card, USB
Softwares compatible: Cura, Slic3r, Repetier, Simplify 3D, Craft Wire
OS support: Mac, Windows
Ready to use
Easy to use
101Hero Pylon 3D Printer
During its first roll out, the 101Hero Pylon 3D Printer – at under $50 − was the cheapest ever 3D printer in the world. And today, it still is one of the cheapest printers that there are in the 3D printing market.
It’s the 21st century and the world is no longer freaked about innovational trends. Creative innovations are not anymore limited to the few nerdcores who have their bedrooms integrated to their work offices, use hard-to-understand software and quite high-end printers. Nowadays, just anyone can research about a 3D printer, think about creative designs, create and print.
The 101Hero, in spite of its challenges, helps unleash creativity and actualize mentally-drafted ideas. Being one of the world’s most affordable 3D printers, the 101Hero makes printing a fun experience for professionals, students and the youngsters. The printer is quite easy to use. All you just need do is prepare your design, insert your memory card, print your design and then watch your creation build into an object right in front of you.
Users can download already-designed objects from the proprietary’s website to their memory cards, using the Consumer Version, and then send to the printer. The USB port of the machine supports Windows, LINUX and Mac operating systems. The machine is open-sourced. Renowned desktop slicing apps such as Cura and Slic3r can be used to design and modify objects for the 101Hero.
One of the advantages of the 101Hero printer is that it takes between 30 minutes to an hour to build – many 3D printer models take several hours to assemble.
However, it doesn’t come without the many challenges associated with low-end 3D printers. It is fair to say that this iteration is a complete trial and error version. After all, you don’t expect a sub $200 3D printer to be perfect. Let’s talk about it!
First up, the machine is quite slow and users who despise the word ‘patience’ may experience hatred at first use with this machine. The printer has no onboard controls, nor LCD display to monitor your prints. The filament takes almost forever to come up from the extruder. A reputable reviewer even mentioned that loading filaments in the machine may be a bit complicated. This machine is not recommended for a first-time user of a 3D printing machine because of its many complications.
However, users who can tolerate the slow speed of the machine and are on a tight budget may consider this. One of the greatest upsides and consolatory specifications of the machine, apart from the low price, is its 3D pen. With it, making 3D designs can be more fun, accurate and creative.
What the 101Hero 3D Printer can create
The 101Hero can be used to create various objects – whether single or well-designed multi-part 3D objects. The machine can create objects such as 3D models and shapes; toys, Lego accessories, jewelry, ornaments, and pendants; fridge magnets and decorative arts; useful everyday objects such as pens and iPhone cases; Chess pieces and robotics; useful household tools; arts & crafts; replacement parts…there are millions of possibilities.
What’s in the box?
- 2 × cover module + glass panel
- PLA filament
- 1 × extruder
- 1 × controller
- SD card reader
- Tape and screw
- 3D printing pen
- 3 × stand module kit
- Quick start guide
Printing technology: FDM
Host material: Steel+ABS
Layer thickness: 0.1mm
Print size 100 × 100mm
Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
Printing material: PLA (best bet), AVS, HIPS
Print dimensions: 4.5×4.5×4 inches
Power supply: 20W
Product dimension: 260×240×300mm
Package weight: 5.3lbs
- Easy to set up
- Access to resources
- Extra filament
- Print quality
- Customer support
- Weak build
- Unstable framework
- No SD card included
- Filament extruder wears off quick
- Print dimensions
- No instruction manual
Meterk 1500mW Laser Engraver Printer
The Meterk engraving printer is a convenient-to-use high-speed and high-resolution machine which any DIYer will find easy to use and operate.
One of the many features of the miniature laser machine is its ability to work with precision and stability which makes it more of an option than non-laser engraving printers. It features a Bluetooth4.0-based wireless as well as USB cable connectivity as a second option. The product kit comes with special software which is used to make images ready for bitmap engraving. The software supports 7 different languages.
The machine ensures high efficiency and good quality of engraved images. The laser head of the machine is easily-detachable – just in case you might want to replace it someday or you have other purposes you might need it for.
The engraver is almost perfect for image and logo engraving. All that is needed by the operator is to make available the image intended for engraving, edit it and then send to the printer for engraving.
Another selling point this engraver’s got is that it is operable without external power supply. It is built with a highly powerful 6000mAh battery and can run for at least three hours without being plugged in a power source.
Built with a combination of acrylic, steel and aluminum materials, the Meterk Laser Engraver is as strong as an ox … and quite durable. It is a compact and lightweight machine which boasts of a 42×42mm print area and a net weight of just 1kg.
The laser engraver has ability to engrave on leather material, wood, paper, bamboo, ivories, and combustible materials like pen, business card, wallet, plastic comb and phone case. It is not compatible on harder materials such as glass, ceramics and metals.
The software for the machine is compatible with operating systems both on mobile devices and desktop computers such as Windows XP, 7, 8, 10; Android and iOS. While the machine is great for personal use at home, it isn’t ideal for industrial use or commercial purpose.
For safety purpose, the pack comes from the manufacturer with a pair of protective goggles to keep the eyes protected from strong emission of laser beams.
Not sacrificing affordability for its quality and outstanding features, the desktop laser machine is sold for well below $200, hence, an aspiring printer who admires art and craft but has a low budget, should find this more affordable than other models of engravers. This is a highly-recommended product for artists and printers, be it experts or novices.
What’s in the box?
- 1× Meterk Laser Engraving Printer
- 1× protective goggles
- 1× USB cable
- 1× Allen key
- 1× card reader which includes a software/manual containing 1 gigabyte TF Card
- 1× wood block
- 1× user’s manual
Build Material: Acryl, Stainless Steel, Aluminum
Battery Type: Lithium
Battery Capacity: 6000mAh
Battery Last Time: Up to 3 hours
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless, USB Cable
Bluetooth Distance: 10m Range
Laser Wavelength: 405 nanometers
Engraving Space: 42×42×78mm
Image Formats Supported: BMP, JPEG (24 bit); PNG, TIFF (up to 32 bit); PCX (8 bit); PCD
Image Dimensions Supported: 550×550 Pixels
Mode of Engraving: Bitmap Carving
Laser Head Replaceable? YES
Work Time On Each Images: Less than 1 hour
Weight: 1.1 kg
Package Dimensions: 29.5×19.5×20.5cm
Package Weight: 1.5kg
- Engrave quality
- Strong framework
- Compatible for newbies
- Supports mobile devices
- Doesn’t work for metals, ceramics and glass materials
- Mac unsupported
- Not for commercial/industrial use
Note: You must wear the protective eye glass while using the laser engraving machine.