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.
|Case Color||Black Powder Coated|
|Extruder||MK-8 Dual Head with upgraded release|
|Plate||Heated Metal Build Plate|
|Build Volume||8.9″ x 5.7″ x 5.9″ (225 x 145 x 150 mm)|
|Printing Material||ABS/PLA/PVA Filament 1.75mm|
|Positioning Precision||XY: 11 Microns (0.0004″)
Z: 2.5 Microns (0.0001″)
|Layer Thickness||0.1 – 0.5mm|
|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)|
Lets see what kind of trouble we can get into in the coming months.