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Monoprice MP i3 3D Printer with SD card and Filament @ Ebay $99

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Seems like a great deal for those looking to get into 3d printing. Ebay sent me a $10 coupon which brought this to 89.99. YMMV on the coupon. Check your app.


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Newb here, is this big enough to print a Google WiFi wall mount such as this? https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2285305
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Newb here, is this big enough to print a Google WiFi wall mount such as this? https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2285305
For the model you linked, it is big enough. I attached the preview from Simplify3D.

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Newb here, is this big enough to print a Google WiFi wall mount such as this? https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2285305
This printer gives you a Maximum Printable Area of 120 x 135 x 100 mm. The thing you want to print is 76.2 x 76.2 x 76.2 mm.

So I would say yes, it can handle that. As for quality, I do not own this printer so I cannot comment.
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will this do basic prints for me to make Gladiator garage hooks? I don't need perfection, i just need stability and not having to reprint every 3rd time. or is this thing so shitty that it will constantly be off and never accurate?
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is this an ultra budget version of the monoprice mini 3d printer? like a black friday special built to be the cheapest thing in town? I'd spend a bit more and go for an Ender3 personally, but I could see a use case for these if they are reliable enough and you wanted 10 of them to print cookie cutters or something that doesn't require a heated bed or much precision.

If you really like this form factor, Monoprice has their Mini V2 with heated bed for only $25 more open box.
https://www.monoprice.com/product...1&format=2
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Monoprice's official eBay storefront offers its MP i3 Fully Assembled 3D Printer for $99.99 shipped.Normally $190 from Amazon and Monoprice direct.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Monopric...2243455532
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Bought this a few months ago for $105 on an eBay daily deal. Really happy with it as my first entry into the 3D print market. It's a rebranded Wanhao i3 mini [wanhao3dprinter.com]; also can be found under the name PowerSpec i3 mini. Did a test and it can print the whole 120x135x100mm as advertised, but near as I can tell it only prints via SD card (USB is only for firmware updates). PLA filament only. Haven't hacked it other than tinkering with Ultimaker settings and adding a filament guide [thingiverse.com], but I've been thinking of trying this mod to extend the bed size. [thingiverse.com]

Did have to unclog the nozzle before I could print anything. If you run into the same issue, don't bother with that little drill bit! Too fragile. Use the metal rod to unclog the nozzle from the top. YouTube guide here [youtube.com].

Have fun!
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Buy the Creality Ender 3 when Ebay has 20% off. Got mine for $126 shipped. The Ender 3 has a much larger print area and printed well for me right out of the box.
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Buy the Creality Ender 3 when Ebay has 20% off. Got mine for $126 shipped. The Ender 3 has a much larger print area and printed well for me right out of the box.
thanks for the recommendation. can you let me know when i can get it for $126 from a reliable seller? thanks Stick Out Tongue
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Buy the Creality Ender 3 when Ebay has 20% off. Got mine for $126 shipped. The Ender 3 has a much larger print area and printed well for me right out of the box.
From what seller? Official channels show $200...
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Buy the Creality Ender 3 when Ebay has 20% off. Got mine for $126 shipped. The Ender 3 has a much larger print area and printed well for me right out of the box.
Am also curious how you got it for $126 with 20% off. Lowest I've seen it is 180 but that was without any coupons
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Do I need some type of software to print 3d toys?
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Any suggestions for a source for the PLA filament?
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Do I need some type of software to print 3d toys?
There are lots of free designs and models out there to print. Start at thingiverse.com

You can design your own 3d models as well with a CAD program. Tinkercad.com can get you started and is a web-based program.

Once you get a 3d model (either your own or somebody elses) than you load it into a slicer program. Monoprice printers come with the software executable on the SD card. In this case it's a free program called CURA. CURA slices the model into layers and turns it into g-code. G-code is the "language" that the printer speaks and informs the printer where to go and what to do along the way.

In other words, you won't need to buy anything if you don't want to. With that there are other choices to be had and some of those may have a price of entry. HTH
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