Monoprice MP Fully Enclose 150 Inventor II

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer
Monoprice MP
Technology
FDM/FFF
Layer height (mm)
0.1
Print Volume (L)
2.94
Print Volume (mm)
150x140x140mm
Mechanism
Cartesian XYZ
Max.Print Speed (mm/s)
150.00
Nº Nozzles
1
Nozzle Size (mm)
0.4
Max.Bed Temp (ºC)
-
Max.Extruder Temp (ºC)
240
Feeder System
Direct
Filament Size (mm)
1.75
Print Material
PLA
Connectivity
USB Flash Drive, Wi-Fi®, USB Cable
FEATURES
Pre-Assembled
Yes
Filament Sensor
Yes
Enclose
Yes
Power Interrupt
Yes
Autolevel
No
Camera
No
ESTIMATED PRICE
200 $

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Unboxing & setup

The Monoprice MP 150 Inventor II is the perfect example of a plug-and-play 3D printer, it even comes calibrated from the factory. Basically, all you need to do is to take the printer out of the box, load the filament, plug the printer and start printing straightaway. In some cases, print bed calibration is required, but it is done in less than 5 minutes with the assisted levelling function. 

The printer comes with:

  • MP 150 Inventor II 3D printer
  • AC Power adapter
  • Power cable
  • Screwdriver
  • Unclogging tool
  • Allen wrench
  • Package grease
  • Wrench
  • USB cable
  • USB sticker
  • Glue stick
  • Spool filament
  • User’s manual
Design and build quality

The Monoprice 150 Inventor II is an FDM/FFF (Fused Deposition Modeling) printer with a cartesian x-y-z motion mechanism that uses 4 stepper motors: two of them are used to move the extruder in x-axis and y-axis. One more is used to move the print bed up/down on z-axes and one more is used to extrude the filament through the hot end.

The Monoprice 150 Inventor II is a clone of the original FlashForge Inventor II so everything will be pretty much identical to the FF Inventor II. 

The Monoprice MP150 Inventor II is one of the few 3D printers at this price range that comes fully enclosed. A transparent front door is used to provide access to the print bed and give visibility to the print. Additionally the front door has an open/close sensor that can pause the printing when the door is opened preventing temperature fluctuations. A transparent lid is located on top of the printer. It gives access to the hot end and the rest of the mechanisms that require maintenance.

The maximum print volume is 2.94 Liters (150 x 140 x 140 mm). That is big enough to handle most of the printing objects found in Mito3D. However, the print bed is not heated and advanced materials cannot be printed. Basically the Monoprice MP 150 Inventor II is designed for PLA filament only.

The back side of the printer hides and holds the filament which is driven through the filament sensor to the direct extruder. It is important to note here that the pocket where the spool filament is placed can only fit a maximum spool of 0.5 Kg so be careful when you purchase your filament or it won't fit!

Firmware & Interface

The MP 150 interface is user-friendly and very simple to use. Monoprice has removed the physical button to navigate through the different menus and options. Instead, a touchscreen located on top takes its place to navigate through the printing interface.

The print can be started from three different sources: Internal memory of 8GB, USB or Wi-Fi connection. The Wi-Fi option is very reliable and smart as it stores and buffers the file on the internal memory to ensure no information is lost.  The print files are generated by MP FlashPrint slicing software mainly but you can use Cura and other slicer softwares too.

Special features/Add-ons

The Monoprice fully enclosed 150 Inventor II has plenty of special features worth taking a closer look. The most notorious is the sturdy and enclosed frame that provides a completely controlled environment for the printer, free from dust, moisture, and debris in the air. 

The door sensor is another extra feature of this 3D printer that makes each print safer and more stable in regards to temperature control.

The run-out sensor is very convenient to prevent material waste and wasted prints. It is placed on the rear pocket of the printer where the filament is hidden to keep it dry and free from dust and moisture.

Monoprice claims to have one of the quietest 3D printers on the market. The enclosed frame hides all the stepper motors and isolates temperature as well as noise. 

The MP 150 also includes 8GB of internal memory that allows the user to load the next print remotely or store it and print them whenever they wish. 

Advantages & Disadvantages
PROS
  • Fully assembled and calibrated.
  • Fully enclosed frame.
  • Affordable.
  • Door sensor.
  • Run-out filament sensor.
  • Touchscreen interface.
  • Very reliable and consistent prints.
  • Enclosed spool holder.
CONS
  • Small touchscreen.
  • Manual assisted bed levelling.
  • Poor maintenance accessibility.
  • Spool filament up to 5 Kg.
  • Just able to print PLA filament.
  • Not heated print bed.
Print Performance

Regarding the print performance, we can say that the 150 Inventor II is perfect in terms of consistency and reliability, this printer is mainly designed for educational and beginner users. The minimum printing layer of 100 microns (0.1mm) helps to achieve clean and smooth surfaces. However, we do not have to forget that this is a low-cost 3D printer and the final result is not as good and fast as more expensive printers. Besides that, it only allows PLA printing since the print bed is not heated.

Conclusion

If you are a beginner user or you are willing to buy an educational and affordable 3D printer, this is one of the best you can get on the market. It includes tons of extra features, the print performance is very consistent and reliable. On the other hand, tinkerer users can even hate this printer due to the poor accessibility to components such as the extruder or printing bed. As mentioned, this is a perfect example of plug and print 3D printer designed for a specific audience. 

Best Upgrades

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Printer Manual
Check Print Manual of Monoprice MP Fully Enclose 150 Inventor II https://downloads.monoprice.com/files/manuals/30525_Manual_181012.pdf
19/01/2021

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