Monoprice has decided to launch its unique FDM double extruder 3D printer which is excellent and easy to set up if you follow the included user’s manual. It is a shame that the printer does not come fully assembled, however there is only one thing that needs to be put in place, the double extruder. Some users claim to be a difficult installation as the enclosed frame makes the installation of the dual extruder on the rails difficult. Once it is assembled, the filament is loaded inside of the cabinet and driven through the extruder. Finally, the printing bed needs to be manually levelled before start printing but using the assisted level function this is done in less than 5 minutes.
The printer comes with:
The Monoprice 230 Inventor is an FDM/FFF (Fused Deposition Modeling) printer with a cartesian x-y-z motion mechanism that uses 5 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 the z-axis, and two more are used to extrude the filament through the two hot ends.
The printer comes fully enclosed with a dark-grey plastic that hides all the interior mechanisms. There is one ventilation grill on each side of the printer. And two convection fans placed on the back. Additionally, it also includes a built-in camera that allows the user to monitor the print. At the front of the printer, there is a transparent door that provides full access to the print bed. Finally, on the top there is one more aperture that allows us to install the dual extruder, conduct maintenance and insert filament into the extruders. This aperture is covered with a matching-size lid that makes the printer fully enclosed.
The maximum print volume is 5.52 Liters (230 x 150 x 160 mm). That is big enough to handle most of the printing objects found in Mito3D with any type of filament, since the print bed is heated up to 115 ºC.
The MP 230 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 the lower-right corner takes its place to navigate through the printing interface.
The print can be started from three different sources: SD card, USB or Wi-Fi connection. The printing files are generated by MP FlashPrint slicing software but you can use Cura and other slicing software too.
The Monoprice fully enclosed 230 has plenty of features. The most visible feature is the sturdy and enclosed frame that provides a completely controlled environment for the printer, free from dust, moisture, and debris in the air.
An on-board camera is also installed inside the printer. This works with a different Wi-Fi network than the Wi-Fi printing option. This will allow the user to monitor the printer from any place in the world. However, Wi-Fi connectivity is not very fast and the camera quality is poor.
The most notorious feature is the dual extruder that allows you to print with different materials or to alternate the print-nozzle to ensure that filament does not run-out on a long print. However, this has a negative point. The dual extruder uses individual stepper motors multiplying by two the inertia on the rails that can lead to a decrease in print quality.
The final feature to be mentioned, is the print resume function that resumes the print at the left point where the power was interrupted. This will never ruin any of your prints due to a power outage.
Regarding the print performance, the Monoprice 230 with dual extruder only stands out for its high reliability during printing. The printer is consistent while running the print thanks to the closed chamber, but it tends to require a bed recalibration after a few prints. On the other hand, it produces good prints, but not good enough for a printer of this price. Great thing though, is the dual color prints you can achieve!
Users cannot exactly define what type of market this printer fits on. Beginner users could be an option since the printer is reliable and consistent. They also like that it comes almost pre-assembled so you can start printing straight away. On the other hand, beginner users can find the assisted bed levelling of a dual extruder system and the continuous recalibration difficult and frustrating.
Amateur 3D enthusiasts love the dual extruder feature. It is an extra feature that compensates the continuous recalibration hassle. However, tinkerer users might find the printer expensive as it does not provide such great prints and new upgrades are very difficult to install due to the poor accessibility.
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