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I have a Monoprice Select Mini V2. Picked it up a couple weeks back. I have to say, it has to be one of the most reliable, new-user friendly printers out there. My only complain is the build platform size (4.7" x 4.7" x 4.7") because it's not quite enough to do larger pieces, but for anything within those dimensions it's great. I wish Monoprice made one with a > 8" platform, because they've definitely sold me on their brand.

Edit: For anyone looking to get into 3D printing, the filament costs are crazy inexpensive. You can get a 1kg (2.2lb) roll of filament on Amazon for $13-15. You can get variety packs with ~25 colors and about 20 feet of each color for about $10, you just have to look for the stuff that's branded as more like 3d pen filament. Just be prepared for the print times - You can be looking at 30 minutes for a very simple, small print, or 21 hours for a cute little dragon that maxes out your build dimensions.
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I picked up a Maker Select Plus a few weeks ago on their last sale. Worth every penny. A lot of fun, tons to learn, and unlimited plastic crap to make. Smilie I would warn against the smaller printers, unless you truly only ever want to print really tiny things. Build area measurements for reference :

Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer v2 (120 x 120 x 120 mm)
Monoprice Maker Select 3D Printer v2 (200 x 200 x 180 mm)
Maker Select Plus (200 x 200 x 180 mm) (Apparently not included w/ this sale)
Monoprice Maker Ultimate 3D Printer MK11 DirectDrive Extruder (200 x 200 x 175 mm)
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Unless you are into figurines and stuff like that, the only useful thing I've personally seen was brackets to hold lightweight action cams and small drone parts. I even asked this question from a person who worked for a consumer 3d printer company at CES and she just mentioned cosplay stuff. FWIW, she didnt see enough value to have one at home... At CES, I also saw more advanced printers used for more real applications like custom wheels for open wheel track cars and device prototyping but these were professional systems that use laser sintering of metal or some fancy plastic powder - not the melt and poop plastic method of consumer printers.

In my experience, I used a 3d printer to make a bust of Jesus shift knob for my 24 hours of lemons racecar theme. It looked cool but I wasn't going to use it for the actual race.

If you want to check out a 3d printer, check out your local library. I know the Palo alto CA (near my office) and Boise ID (near a teammates house) had 3d printers you can reserve time on. your local library might have the same. If you find yourself constantly going to the library, buy a system. If not, you've learned something new and saved yourself a few hundred bucks.
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Thanks. I already own a printer but more 3d printing deals never hurt anyone. TU.
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I have a Monoprice Select Mini V2. Picked it up a couple weeks back. I have to say, it has to be one of the most reliable, new-user friendly printers out there. My only complain is the build platform size (4.7" x 4.7" x 4.7") because it's not quite enough to do larger pieces, but for anything within those dimensions it's great. I wish Monoprice made one with a > 8" platform, because they've definitely sold me on their brand.

Edit: For anyone looking to get into 3D printing, the filament costs are crazy inexpensive. You can get a 1kg (2.2lb) roll of filament on Amazon for $13-15. You can get variety packs with ~25 colors and about 20 feet of each color for about $10, you just have to look for the stuff that's branded as more like 3d pen filament. Just be prepared for the print times - You can be looking at 30 minutes for a very simple, small print, or 21 hours for a cute little dragon that maxes out your build dimensions.
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The select plus was on sale a month ago for $274.99 so the regular select for the same price isn't so great. This is the best price I have seen on the other ones though after watching for a while.

Anyone know if the ultimate is good for the price or are there better alternatives for that resolution etc? I might pull the trigger... decisions decisions...
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I picked up a Maker Select Plus a few weeks ago on their last sale. Worth every penny. A lot of fun, tons to learn, and unlimited plastic crap to make. Smilie I would warn against the smaller printers, unless you truly only ever want to print really tiny things. Build area measurements for reference :

Monoprice Select Mini 3D Printer v2 (120 x 120 x 120 mm)
Monoprice Maker Select 3D Printer v2 (200 x 200 x 180 mm)
Maker Select Plus (200 x 200 x 180 mm) (Apparently not included w/ this sale)
Monoprice Maker Ultimate 3D Printer MK11 DirectDrive Extruder (200 x 200 x 175 mm)
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I have an ender 2 and the 150x150x200 is not enough for my tastes. You're going to want something bigger right away guaranteed. I have my eyes on a CR-10 now with that huge print space.
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Maker select plus is $275 on ebay.
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I have the Ultimate and $499 for new is a crazy good deal for a plug-n-play 3d printer. Sure there are cheaper kits with larger foot prints but with the ultimate you can be printing in 30 minutes. The cheapest coupon price that I remember from the past for a "new" Ultimate was $549.
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I have tossed the idea of a 3D printer for awhile...can anything useful be made with these besides whatever plastics you can find in Dollar General?
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I have a Monoprice Select Mini V2. Picked it up a couple weeks back. I have to say, it has to be one of the most reliable, new-user friendly printers out there. My only complain is the build platform size (4.7" x 4.7" x 4.7") because it's not quite enough to do larger pieces, but for anything within those dimensions it's great. I wish Monoprice made one with a > 8" platform, because they've definitely sold me on their brand.

Edit: For anyone looking to get into 3D printing, the filament costs are crazy inexpensive. You can get a 1kg (2.2lb) roll of filament on Amazon for $13-15. You can get variety packs with ~25 colors and about 20 feet of each color for about $10, you just have to look for the stuff that's branded as more like 3d pen filament. Just be prepared for the print times - You can be looking at 30 minutes for a very simple, small print, or 21 hours for a cute little dragon that maxes out your build dimensions.
What do you use to get the .gcode files? I've got everything in .stl and haven't had a good gcode yet
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I use it mainly for prototyping and repairing small plastic pieces. Other than that it's cool to see your creation from modeling software in real life.
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What do you use to get the .gcode files? I've got everything in .stl and haven't had a good gcode yet
You have to use a slicer. Cura works well and free.
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We need more PLA deals. Is it me or has 3D printing really blown up the past 6 months?
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Would folks recommend the cr-10S assuming eventually a sub-$400 deal comes along (I am willing to wait) or the ultimate at the current $500?

Aside from more fiddling required with the cr-10S and a smaller build size are there any other advantages to the monoprice ultimate?

The ultimate claims 20 micron resolution which is the most obvious plus to it... it is unclear to me if that is realistic for it and if the cr-10s can go to the same resolution or not.
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