My printer worked well for what I had wanted it for. But since it used propriety software I was not able to change the settings to what I would require for some of the things I downloaded from Thingiverse. While on one of a 3D printing Blogs I was following, I saw mention of a very small inexpensive printer by Monoprice.
The Monoprice select mini, is a very small printer, but uses most open source slicers such as "Cura" or "Slic3r". It comes fully assembled and with a recent price reduction is less tan $200 including shipping. That day I received an e-mail with a coupon that would bring the price down to around $185, so I ordered one. It arrived in 3 days, and I quickly unpacked it. The machine is almost all metal, and appears to be very solid. It came with a sample of filament that is too small to do much of anything, you will have to purchase a full spool to do anything useful.
Using some filament from my other printer, I printed the sample print that came on the micro-SD card along with a couple different software packages. The print turned out to be very high quality, much better than I had expected from such an inexpensive printer. Also the printer is very quiet compared to some others I have seen.
Searching the Web I found a series of beginners guide to the printer and some help on initial setup of "Cura" for the machine. Also found several useful items to print to make the printer a little nicer.
I printed up a filament guide and a couple other simple things to use with it. This printer has a heated bed, so I could use a "PEI" plastic film to cover the print area. This gives better adhesion to the print surface, and makes it easier to take finished parts off the bed than the blue printers tape that is usually used.
|Printing 5 CW paddles at a time|
I found a fairly active Facebook Group that covers this printer, and have been finding some useful information on possible modifications I will probably make in the near future. All in all after less than a week I am very happy with the little printer. If someone wants to try 3D printing this would be a inexpensive option to try.
DARN now I have to find time for the electronics projects that are stacking up.