Monoprice MP Mini SLA

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer
Monoprice MP
Technology
SLA/DLP
Layer height (mm)
0.025
Print Volume (L)
0.844
Print Volume (mm)
118x65x110 mm
Mechanism
Z-Axis
Max.Print Speed (mm/h)
20.00
XY Resolution
0.05
Light Source
LED array UV integrated light
Print Material
405nm UV Resin
Connectivity
Wi-Fi®, microSD™ card
FEATURES
Pre-Assembled
Yes
Enclose
Yes
Power Interrupt
No
Autolevel
Yes
Camera
No
XY-Resolution Control
No
ESTIMATED PRICE
187.49 $

FULL REVIEW "Monoprice MP Mini SLA"

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Unboxing & setup

As many SLA/DLP resin 3D printers, the Monoprice Mini SLA comes fully assembled and ready to start printing straightaway. It also comes with a full instruction manual that helps beginner users to set up the printer, pour the resin and calibrate the printing bed. Not many fancy setups are required since it even comes with an auto level bed system.

The printer comes with:

  • MP Mini SLA 3D printer
  • Micro SD card
  • Hex wrench
  • Bottle of sample UV resin
  • AC power adapter
  • AC power cord
  • User’s manual
Design and build quality

The Monoprice Mini SLA is an LCD SLA resin 3D printer with only a z-axis stepper motor that moves the printing bed up and down with the help of two sliding rods. The technology used is based on UV resin that is cured with an UV LED matrix array and shaped with an LCD display placed between the print bed and the UV LEDs. The printing resolution of 50 microns is achieved  thanks to the 2K LCD display and the z-axis stepper motor.

Regarding the design, the printer comes fully enclosed as all the SLA/DLP 3D printers due to the toxic gases produced while curing the resin. This also helps to conduct a more stable print. Given its price, the materials used for the build are not the best but it a pretty solid 3D printer capable to manage good prints. 

The maximum printing volume is 0.84 Litres (118 x 65 x 110 mm) which does not allow you to print big size models. Good thing about this printer is the overall size that allows you to place it next to your desk while you are working without any problem at all. 

Firmware & Interface

The Monoprice Mini SLA interface is user-friendly and very simple to use. Monoprice has already used this interface in other printers. The main difference with the other printers, is the slicing software used as it needs to be dedicated for SLA/DLP printing. The firmware navigation is done through 3 buttons and it allows the user to print from 2 sources: Wi-Fi or Micro SD card (Included in the box).

Special features/Add-ons

SLA/DLP 3D printers stand out for their high printing quality and precision and the Monoprice Mini SLA is not far from that. The high-quality prints are achieved thanks to the 2K LCD display and the distributed UV LEDs array. 

Another important attribute is the auto-level system implemented. It is rare to see an automated bed levelling system on an SLA 3D printer at this price but the Monoprice Mini SLA includes it and helps to avoid the hassle of bed calibration, especially for beginners. 

Finally, the magnetic print bed is also remarkable. It can be easily removed and put back to its position without affecting the calibration. When we are talking about 0.025mm resolution this is quite an important and convenient feature. 

Advantages & Disadvantages
PROS
  • High quality prints.
  • Small, compact and enclosed design.
  • Auto-level bed system.
  • Fully assembled from factory.
  • Magnetic and easy removable print bed.
CONS
  • Small print build volume.
  • Printing issues are common.
Print Performance

The print performance is one of the best characteristics of an SLA/DLP 3D printer. It is difficult to achieve such sharp edges and smooth surfaces on an FDM printer. The high resolution on the 2K LCD display helps to achieve very accurate and clean prints. However, not good reviews have been given by most of the users. Printing failures are very common to happen; in some cases, it does not even start printing and in other cases, it duplicates the image on the LCD display resulting in a fail print. 

Given its price, this is something that does not surprise us. You will need to familiarise yourself with the printer and its performance and live with the small problems a 3D printer of this price comes with.

Conclusion

The Monoprice Mini SLA is an average UV resin 3D printer with good features and good quality prints (when you manage to finish the print). It is considered a beginner 3D printer for those who want to start learning about this world. However, it becomes more like an advanced printer after a few prints when print failures start happening. The 3D printing community is crucial on your learning curve as it helps you to provide quick and easy solutions for these issues. Therefore, if you are a user that wants to buy a hassle-free SLA printer, you will be better off spending a bit more on an SLA printer that is better-designed and with less potential print failure percentage.

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Printer Manual
12/01/2021

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