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Promoted 11-25-2015 by slickdewmaster at 10:21 AM View Original Post
Update: Price has lowered to $299.99. Thanks Discombobulated [Discuss]

Monoprice.com has Monoprice Maker Architect 3D Printer w/ Single Extrusion Print Head (Upgradable to Dual Extrusion) on Sale for $299. Shipping is free. Thanks Discombobulated


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  • A full 1KG reel of PLA filament
  • 4GB SD card preloaded w/ Printable 3D models
  • Can use compatible open source and commercial software, such as ReplicatorG (recommended), Cura, Repetier, or Simplify 3D
  • Single-extrusion print head can be upgraded later with a dual-extrusion model

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Edited November 20, 2015 at 06:52 PM by Discombobulated
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Update: 11/20: Price is now $399.99 w/ free shipping
  • Monoprice Maker Architect 3D Printer w/ Single Extrusion Print Head [monoprice.com] (Upgradable to Dual Extrusion)
    • $499 + Free Shipping
      • Features
        • A full 1KG reel of PLA filament
        • 4GB SD card preloaded w/ Printable 3D models
        • Can use compatible open source and commercial software, such as ReplicatorG (recommended), Cura, Repetier, or Simplify 3D
        • Single-extrusion print head can be upgraded later with a dual-extrusion model
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How about because its Thursday? Works for me.
For $200 more (when on sale) get the big brother with a metal chassis, dual extruders and heated build plate.

Note that the build plate arms on this one are plastic, and may need to be stiffened to get best results.

Big brother has metal arms.

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3rd printing is getting so inexpensive these days. Need an excuse to buy one of these.
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3rd printing is getting so inexpensive these days. Need an excuse to buy one of these.
How about because its Thursday? Works for me.
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For $200 more (when on sale) get the big brother with a metal chassis, dual extruders and heated build plate.

Note that the build plate arms on this one are plastic, and may need to be stiffened to get best results.

Big brother has metal arms.
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For $200 more (when on sale) get the big brother with a metal chassis, dual extruders and heated build plate.

Note that the build plate arms on this one are plastic, and may need to be stiffened to get best results.

Big brother has metal arms.
Unless you absolutely want dual extrusion, I would suggest the cheaper Maker Select at $399 as it has a relatively larger build area and the open design makes it much easier to repair and tinker with. Plus it looks like its based on the Reprap Prusa i3 open source 3D printer. If so, there might be better support and mods for this one in the 3D print forums.
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I dont think I actually need one of these right now... But I would like one. Therefore, if I wait for a need to get one, and then I'll splurge. Figuring the longer I wait, the cheaper they'll get.
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Unless you absolutely want dual extrusion, I would suggest the cheaper Maker Select at $399 as it has a relatively larger build area and the open design makes it much easier to repair and tinker with. Plus it looks like its based on the Reprap Prusa i3 open source 3D printer. If so, there might be better support and mods for this one in the 3D print forums.
One of the main things I looked for when shopping was Makerware compatibility.

I tried a couple of other printers at our library, and the Makerware just worked while the others failed.

If you don't mind futzing with the software, go for the cheaper printer with the larger build area.

FWIW, dual extruder helps a lot if you need to print dissolvable supports.
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One of the main things I looked for when shopping was Makerware compatibility.

I tried a couple of other printers at our library, and the Makerware just worked while the others failed.

If you don't mind futzing with the software, go for the cheaper printer with the larger build area.

FWIW, dual extruder helps a lot if you need to print dissolvable supports.
I generally don't prefer Makerware as Repetier and RepG have a number of options that allow you compensate for many of the individual/unique issues that 3D printers generally have. Plus Makerbots are not very well built themselves I have had to upgrade many of the parts via opensource on my Rep 2X just so that it doesn't disintegrate into uselessness.

Dissolvable filament is a pain to work with unless you have very clean builds without out many intricate parts as it gets gummy and annoying to remove. Regular support works better in most cases and if the support parameters are correctly controlled they are next to perfect.
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I generally don't prefer Makerware as Repetier and RepG have a number of options that allow you compensate for many of the individual/unique issues that 3D printers generally have.
Like I said, "if you don't mind futzing with the software...."

Meanwhile, Makerware has WORKED fine for all of my prints.

Only things I wish it had, is control of the bed temp by layer and fill percentage by print area.

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Plus Makerbots are not very well built themselves I have had to upgrade many of the parts via opensource on my Rep 2X just so that it doesn't disintegrate into uselessness.
So far, the only thing I've upgraded on my Monoprice FFCX is an all metal hot end. And Mbots come with that. I have to wonder if that Maker Select has one.

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Dissolvable filament is a pain to work with unless you have very clean builds without out many intricate parts as it gets gummy and annoying to remove. Regular support works better in most cases and if the support parameters are correctly controlled they are next to perfect.
Try printing flexible filament with "regular supports."
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How about because its Thursday? Works for me.
Perfect.
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can anyone give me a reason to buy one of these?
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can anyone give me a reason to buy one of these?
This is SD where we buy first and ask questions later.
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can anyone give me a reason to buy one of these?
Quote from TicklePicklePerfect View Post :
How about because its Thursday? Works for me.
^ I believe it's Thursday.
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