Monoprice MP Select Mini Pro

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer
Monoprice MP
Technology
FDM/FFF
Layer height (mm)
0.1
Print Volume (L)
1.728
Print Volume (mm)
120 x 120 x 120 mm
Mechanism
Cartesian XYZ
Max.Print Speed (mm/s)
100.00
Nº Nozzles
1
Nozzle Size (mm)
0.4
Max.Bed Temp (ºC)
60
Max.Extruder Temp (ºC)
280
Feeder System
bowden
Filament Size (mm)
1.75
Print Material
ABS, PLA, Wood Fill, Copper Fill, Steel Fill, Bronze Fill
Connectivity
Wi-Fi, USB, SD Card
FEATURES
Pre-Assembled
Yes
Filament Sensor
No
Enclose
No
Power Interrupt
No
Autolevel
Yes
Camera
No
ESTIMATED PRICE
222.5 $

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Unboxing & setup

Monoprice Select Mini Pro comes fully assembled from factory, it just requires to run the automatic bed levelling before printing. Basically, you can start printing straightaway after unboxing. Not even a switch button is required to power the printer after being plugged. Once it is powered, the interface is pretty intuitive to guide you through the final setup before printing such us filament loading and automatic bed levelling. Its small size makes the printer portable and quickly set-up at any place!

The printer comes with:

  • MP Select Mini Pro 3D printer
  • Filament Rack
  • AC Power adapter
  • AC Power cord
  • Micro USB cable
  • MicroSD card
  • Plastic bed scrapper
  • Sample PLA filament
Design and build quality

The Monoprice Select Mini Pro is mainly made of metal which makes the printer very heavy but very steady during printing. All the mechanisms (Stepper motors, gears and belts) are hidden behind the aluminium covers which provides a better looking compared to the its competitors and a silent motion. This also makes the printer more compact an easy to fit in any space on your desk.

The printing technology used for this printer is FDM/FFF with a cartesian x-y-z motion mechanism. It makes use of 4 stepper motors: one for the print bed y-axes, one for the extruder x-axes, other to control the height of the extruder and other to extrude the filament.

The heated bed comes with a printing mat that provides excellent adhesion for PLA, PETG and other difficult plastics such as ABS, flexible materials. However, the mat detaches very easily after a few prints. The aluminium print bed is magnetic and can be removed in order to remove printings easier and straightforward.

The hot end used is an all-metal E3D V6 clone with a bowden extrusion system. The maximum hot-end temperature is 280 C which makes excellent PLA printings and other advance materials such as ABS or PETG filaments. The Mono Price Mini Pro extruder system uses a single 30mm cooling fan that acts as a cooler for both heatsink of E3D V6 clone and the extruded filament. This can be dangerous as the fan can be stopped by the firmware causing clogging or other temperature issues during printing.

Firmware & Interface

The Monoprice Select Mini Pro uses a closed source and excellent firmware designed to work with all slicer software such as Cura or Simplify3D. The onboard colourful display is very easy to use providing setup guidance and printer status during printing.

The printing connectivity can be made through microSD, USB or Wi-Fi. However, Wi-Fi stream printing can be very slow to load a print.

Special features/Add-ons

The printer comes with an all-metal hot-end extruder. Although it is a clone of the E3D V6 extruder, it provides enough quality to achieve great prints and prevent clogging. 

The heated print bed is an excellent feature to boost print adhesion and prevent wrapping. It also comes with a printing mat which increases the adhesion for more difficult materials. Besides that, the magnetic print bed can be removed very easily, helping to clean and remove the printed object.

The new Mp Select Mini also comes with an auto levelling system, a key improvement compared to its little sister the Monoprice Select Mini V2 so print issues caused by bad print bed alignment are unlikely.

It is important to highlight that the 3D printer structure is pretty solid which will help to achieve high quality prints.

Advantages & Disadvantages
PROS
  • High quality for PLA filament.
  • Colorful and intuitive interface.
  • Compact and portable.
  • Heated print bed.
  • All-metal E3D V6 clone extruder.
  • Auto levelling system.
  • Magnetic removable aluminum print bed.
CONS
  • Difficult print for ABS or Flexible filament due to print bed temperature and Bowden extrusion system respectively.
  • Poor Wi-Fi connection.
  • Small print bed size.
  • Closed source firmware.
  • Single cooling fan for heatsink extruder and filament extruded.
Print Performance

Regarding the print quality, the Mini Pro really reproduces great 3D printed objects thanks to its sturdy frame and great extruder. Although the frame is very solid, some wobbling can be seen during printing as the x-axis is just hold from one side.

PLA filament is the best option if you want to get smooth surfaces, however it may struggle with more advanced materials due to the bowden system. Advanced users claim that to modify default retraction settings gives you better print performance so bear that in mind when experimenting with it.

Conclusion

Monoprice Select Mini Pro is an upgraded 3D printer with a heated and removable print bed and an automatic bed level function. It is an excellent printer for small models and PLA filaments. However, it can get short for high temperature materials due to the low print bed temperature. The firmware is excellent, intuitive and very easy to use, providing many printing options: USB, MicroSD and Wi-Fi. 

In general, the printer performance is great when compared to other printers in the same price range. Although it seems to be a plug & play 3D printer, it is not really designed for beginners as it requires experience and adjustments to achieve high quality results.

Best Upgrades

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Printer Manual
Check Print Manual of Monoprice MP Select Mini Pro https://downloads.monoprice.com/files/manuals/33012_Manual_UK_180724.pdf
30/06/2022

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