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What are people's experience with Monoprice refurbs? I really want a 3D printer, but not quite sure a refurb is a beginner unit.
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Cant tell if it comes with software. If it does, I will definitely bite.
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Kind of tempted. Been wanting a 3d printer for a while now.
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Cant tell if it comes with software. If it does, I will definitely bite.
All the software you need is available free online. Cura, ideamaker, etc
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What are people's experience with Monoprice refurbs? I really want a 3D printer, but not quite sure a refurb is a beginner unit.
Personally I'd recommend the tronxy xy-2 for $150 on amazon. It's more open source (I believe) so replacement parts are easier to come by, it's much larger, and it's more customizable.

The price for this one isn't bad at all but you'd likely outgrow it very soon.
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hummmm wouldn't know what the 3D print however.

Looks like Monoprice's official site is also selling an openbox for $100
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All the software you need is available free online. Cura, ideamaker, etc
Thanks! I was googling the software that is on the ebay listing and it showed $150.

I am not familiar with 3D printing at all what so ever. How steep is the learning curve as far as learning the overall and the software? I have no solidworks experience. I have an electrical background.
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can I print rifle lower receiver at home?
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can I print rifle lower receiver at home?
If your build volume is big enough I'm assuming you can
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How steep is the learning curve as far as learning the overall and the software? I have no solidworks experience. I have an electrical background.
The learning curve isn't so bad working with the basic settings on Cura. Just be sure the basic mechanical alignment of the printer is sound and operating smoothly. Slic3r is an alternative to Cura that works well. As you gain experience with settings Cura offers more options in advanced settings that can be quite a rabbit hole and feel like more of a learning cliff but they provide a precise control that is hard to achieve elsewhere.

For STL files you can get models at Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory or build your own with anything from Tinkercad to Blender.

I thought about getting one to use as a small format dedicated ABS printer and building an enclosure for it. Still on the fence for that because most of the ABS stuff I print would be larger than this build volume and PLA+/PETG filaments now get me 90% of what I want without he hassle of setting up the hot box.
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can I print rifle lower receiver at home?
Yessir
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Thanks! I was googling the software that is on the ebay listing and it showed $150.

I am not familiar with 3D printing at all what so ever. How steep is the learning curve as far as learning the overall and the software? I have no solidworks experience. I have an electrical background.
My kids draw and print stuff regularly. A person can make it as complicated or as simple as they want. Just start small, wrap your mind around how it all works and go from there. I'd still recommend a bigger printer but this definitely isn't a bad one to start with. Cruise Thingiverse and see how much stuff is already out there to print. It's a fun hobby that's useful in other hobbies. I personally wouldn't not have a printer now.
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This model was made to be cheap. There is no heated bed on this model as opposed to the monoprice mini 3d. Not sure about the other differences but I remember that. I have the monoprice mini.. good as a starter but quickly wanted something bigger/faster.
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My kids draw and print stuff regularly. A person can make it as complicated or as simple as they want. Just start small, wrap your mind around how it all works and go from there. I'd still recommend a bigger printer but this definitely isn't a bad one to start with. Cruise Thingiverse and see how much stuff is already out there to print. It's a fun hobby that's useful in other hobbies. I personally wouldn't not have a printer now.
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The learning curve isn't so bad working with the basic settings on Cura. Just be sure the basic mechanical alignment of the printer is sound and operating smoothly. Slic3r is an alternative to Cura that works well. As you gain experience with settings Cura offers more options in advanced settings that can be quite a rabbit hole and feel like more of a learning cliff but they provide a precise control that is hard to achieve elsewhere.

For STL files you can get models at Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory or build your own with anything from Tinkercad to Blender.

I thought about getting one to use as a small format dedicated ABS printer and building an enclosure for it. Still on the fence for that because most of the ABS stuff I print would be larger than this build volume and PLA+/PETG filaments now get me 90% of what I want without he hassle of setting up the hot box.
Thanks for the info! I guess I will play around with it and see how it goes. Print me some pokemon to start lol. And then maybe get into the harder stuff like anime figures...
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