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Promoted 04-25-2016 by Corwin at 04:25 PM View Original Post
Monoprice via eBay has Maker Select 3D Printer v2 on Sale for $309.99. Shipping is free. Thanks KevinP9439

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Very nice price for this entry level 3D printer. It can be used with compatible software, such as Cura, Repetier, or Simplify 3D and has a 1-year warranty. A 2GB microSD card preloaded with printable 3D models out of the box and a sample PLA filament are also included. See forum thread for tips and discussion. -Corwin

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Edited April 25, 2016 at 10:34 AM by cricket702
After one problem with the acrylic 3d i3 prusa coming broken in the mail, the Maker select has finally dropped to the $309 price. Probably one of the best 3D printers you can get for the price in terms of usability, upgrades, and a huge community support. Also comes with a 1 year warranty which is nice to have.

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This was the reason I did not buy the Maker Select and instead went with the Wanhao Duplicator i3 v2. I chatted (only way to contact them) with support and the person I spoke to did not seem to know much,

what's the difference between the v1 and v2? no idea.
has the issue with the crimp that breaks been addressed? no idea.
Has the grounding issue with the mainboard been fixed. no idea and so on.

When I asked the same questions of Wanhao I had answers immediately and as promised all were already addressed.

i'm not throwing shade at the printer it's self. the prusa i3 is a good printer, and not throwing shade at monoprice, I could have talked to a newbie support rep. But I wanted to feel very comfortable knowing I had support and Wanhao USA has direct support (again by chat) but they are very good and I had good experience with them both before and after purchase.

The main thing you want is support, be that manufacturer or forum. My first 3d printer [portabee3dprinter.com]looked awesome and had amazing features (fold up portable, self levelling) but when i had problems I could only chat with them at 2 in the morning, and when i needed parts (under warranty) they just stopped responding. I finally gave it away before I bought this one. there were no support forums there wasn't anyone on the web who had fixes for what i couldn't figure out. it was maddening.

not exactly, this is lower priced because it is an older version. The latest Wanhao is v2.1 and i'm not even sure if the MS v2 is at all similar to the wanhao dup i3 v2.



but, but, but, this one can enhance any hobby you have.


there are cheaper if you want to assemble yourself and don't want a warranty. but my guess is that they will likely go up in price because of more features like dual extruders and such.



this is a version of the wanhao duplicator i3 so here are some places that i haunt to learn

https://groups.google.com/forum/m...printer-3d <-- look for posts by jetguy, he is, in my humble opinion the smartest on the board

collection of tips and mods to make the printer better
http://3dprinterwiki.info/wiki/wa...icator-i3/

printable upgrades (note some are not for the i3/maker select read first, don't print first LMAO)
http://www.thingiverse.com/search...Hao+i3&sa=


i think
you can go down to 50 but i usually run at 160. just due to the time involved. unless you are doing a small part it is going to take forever. for instance the turtle [thingiverse.com]you see sitting on top of my printer takes 13 hrs at 160 and 40 hrs at 50


others have had the idea, not specific to this printer http://www.dildo-generator.com/3d...s/library/

depends on the material (it can print many) i would say from $20 - $70 for quality filament and for printing wood, ceramic, brick, bronze and the other special filaments the price does go up. other than filament there really are not any "consumables" you will probably want to get some lubricant for the moving parts and that's about it.
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Please put price in title
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I bit on this a couple weeks ago at this price. It's a good little printer but you get what you pay for. If you dont mind tinkering and trial and error it has the potential to print in really great quality. Setup is a breeze and I had my first print going within 45 minutes of opening the box.
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I bit on this a couple weeks ago at this price. It's a good little printer but you get what you pay for. If you dont mind tinkering and trial and error it has the potential to print in really great quality. Setup is a breeze and I had my first print going within 45 minutes of opening the box.
I think the same goes with all 3d printers these days. You should go into the hobby with patience and time!
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why no love? last time this got tons of thumbs up. I snagged one this go around.
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I got one last time, highly recommended!
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Quote from KevinP9439 View Post :
After one problem with the acrylic 3d i3 prusa coming broken in the mail, the Maker select has finally dropped to the $309 price. Probably one of the best 3D printers you can get for the price in terms of usability, upgrades, and a huge community support. Also comes with a 1 year warranty which is nice to have.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Maker-Sel...Swo6lWKX2H
My pruisa acrylic (aka Monoprice Architect) also failed but after a few months of ownership. Note that even with the warranty, its a difficult road. My extruder thermocouple failed to register, but it took over 2 months and 10-15 chats to troubleshoot, get a part in the mail (with no instructions on how to replace it), replace it but no luck, then battling monoprice to get the RMA (took 2+ weeks), then eventually emailing their CEO to get them to send me a prepaid return label. Hopefully the maker select experience will be better. I paid $350 new via the monoprice website...I wonder if they'll price match to their eBay store...
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how are the filament/consumables price wise for this brand?
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how are the filament/consumables price wise for this brand?

You can use anything on this printer, I personally like Hatchbox from Amazon.
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You can use anything on this printer, I personally like Hatchbox from Amazon.
I agree. See the listing for specific polymers. PLA and ABS are the main two polymers. It takes 1.75mm diameter filament (don't buy the 3mm!). Most options/best value is on 1kg reels (2.2lb) unless you are buying in bulk. Stick with a brand like Hatchbox or another well reviewed brand (just make sure the reviews are fake). Seems that you'll get bad product when you start to go below the ~$20/kg mark (fillers like calcium carbonate and whatnot that will junk up your extruder, your print, and your plate).
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My pruisa acrylic (aka Monoprice Architect) also failed but after a few months of ownership. Note that even with the warranty, its a difficult road. My extruder thermocouple failed to register, but it took over 2 months and 10-15 chats to troubleshoot, get a part in the mail (with no instructions on how to replace it), replace it but no luck, then battling monoprice to get the RMA (took 2+ weeks), then eventually emailing their CEO to get them to send me a prepaid return label. Hopefully the maker select experience will be better. I paid $350 new via the monoprice website...I wonder if they'll price match to their eBay store...
I don't know about the price matching, but this is a printer that is hard-pressed to beat at this price point. Two of the main reasons I bought this one is the build volume and material you can use with it. You can check out some of the reddit forums to see the quality this can print at with some upgrades. Are there better printers? Absolutely, but you're going to pay a hefty price for that upgrade. For anyone wanting to get into 3D printing this is probably the best to start with or get the Wanhao i3 orginal which this is based off off.
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My pruisa acrylic (aka Monoprice Architect) also failed but after a few months of ownership. Note that even with the warranty, its a difficult road. My extruder thermocouple failed to register, but it took over 2 months and 10-15 chats to troubleshoot, get a part in the mail (with no instructions on how to replace it), replace it but no luck, then battling monoprice to get the RMA (took 2+ weeks), then eventually emailing their CEO to get them to send me a prepaid return label. Hopefully the maker select experience will be better. I paid $350 new via the monoprice website...I wonder if they'll price match to their eBay store...
They won't price match their own ebay store I tried doing that already.
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I don't know about the price matching, but this is a printer that is hard-pressed to beat at this price point. Two of the main reasons I bought this one is the build volume and material you can use with it. You can check out some of the reddit forums to see the quality this can print at with some upgrades. Are there better printers? Absolutely, but you're going to pay a hefty price for that upgrade. For anyone wanting to get into 3D printing this is probably the best to start with or get the Wanhao i3 orginal which this is based off off.
This is the EXACT printer as the Wanhao i3, just relabeled. Some people even saw some Wanhao labeling on some of the component bags. $309 vs $399 for the same printer is a no-brainer.
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I don't know about the price matching, but this is a printer that is hard-pressed to beat at this price point. Two of the main reasons I bought this one is the build volume and material you can use with it. You can check out some of the reddit forums to see the quality this can print at with some upgrades. Are there better printers? Absolutely, but you're going to pay a hefty price for that upgrade. For anyone wanting to get into 3D printing this is probably the best to start with or get the Wanhao i3 orginal which this is based off off.
Kevin,

Thanks for your comments. I think you are confused -we actually agree. I've already logged 96+ hours of print time in the few weeks I've had the Select. Monoprice actually refunded me for the busted Maker Architect. Even after the previous horrible customer experience I went and bought the Select as a 1 year warranty is better than no warranty. There are certainly better printers but not at this price point. To clarify, I paid $350 for it from the monoprice website a few weeks ago, and I was curious if they'd price match to their own eBay store. Make sense? EDIT - STEye clarified that they wont. Its still worth it at the normal price of $350.

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They won't price match their own ebay store I tried doing that already.
This is the EXACT printer as the Wanhao i3, just relabeled. Some people even saw some Wanhao labeling on some of the component bags. $309 vs $399 for the same printer is a no-brainer.
Awesome thanks for saving me the step of checking ! :-D
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Thanks guys for the replies regarding the consumables! Smilie

--rob
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