New Toy – 3d Printer

I finally bit the bullet and purchased a 3d printer. After much deliberation, and hesitation I went with the Monoprice Dual Extrusion 3d Printer (now discontinued).

Initially I was looking at the Flashforge Creator X at Microcenter. It was nicely priced for around $650 (on sale) and local. I stopped by the store on the way home from work one day to find they were sold out.

After getting a rain check that day, I watched the store inventory for the next 3 months I found out they were never going to get the printer back in stock. Apparently, Microcenter was phasing the Creator X out, and replacing it with the Flashforge Creator Pro.

The Creator Pro is a nice printer, but a bit more expensive then the X.

On a whim, and through Amazon’s suggestions I stumbled across the Monoprice 3d Printer. Doing a bit or research it turned out that the Monoprice printer is a “clone” of the Flashforge Creator X, and has descent reviews. Who would have thought? Popping over to Monoprice, what would you know, it was on sale for the same price.

The Printer Spec’s are very nice for the price.

Specifications
Case Color Black Powder Coated
Extruder MK-8 Dual Head with upgraded release
Plate Heated Metal Build Plate
Print Technology FDM
Build Volume 8.9″ x 5.7″ x 5.9″ (225 x 145 x 150 mm)
Printing Material ABS/PLA/PVA Filament 1.75mm
Layer Resolution ±0.10mm
Positioning Precision XY: 11 Microns (0.0004″)
Z: 2.5 Microns (0.0001″)
Layer Thickness 0.1 – 0.5mm
Nozzle Diameter 0.40mm
Printing Speed 24cc/hour
Extruder Temp. 0-250°C
Heating Plate Temp. 0-120°C
Connectivity USB Cable, SD Card
OS Compatibility Windows® XP/Vista®/7/8
Linux, Mac® OS X®
Operation LCD Screen + 5 keys control
AC Input 100~240 VAC, ~2 amps, 50~60 Hz, 350W
Dimensions 18.7″ x 12.7″ x 15.1″ (476 x 322 x 383 mm)
Weight 28.7 lbs. (13kg)
Software ReplicatorG
File Types Input:STL/OBJ
Output:X3G

Lets see what kind of trouble we can get into in the coming months.

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