A Great Easy to Use 3D Printer
I understand there are people visiting my website who are well aware of the world of 3D printing. But, I also know that some of you (like I was) are little shall we say, skeptical because it’s all new to you. This is why I have done my best to add as many reviews as I can that range from the more complex to the simplest.
Essentially, 3D printers all do the same thing and that’s allow you to produce various items you might want for a creative project or for the more technically minded, prototype parts. However, in this review which is all about the UP! Mini 3D Desktop Printer I aim to let you know that this type of printing isn’t just more affordable than it used to be, but it’s not difficult to learn either.
So, on with the review!
Design and Set-Up
I happen to think this is a very neat looking printer. The main dimensions are 14 inches x 9.5 x 13.25 so it really is a true desktop printer. However, considering it will only print items that are no larger than 4.75 inches all round it’s probably best suited to people who are looking to make smaller things such as a toy, maybe a handy gadget for the kitchen or parts for a model you’re building.
It’s enclosed in a metal casing which helps to reduce noise when the printer is in use and stops temperatures from fluctuating (anyone who has had a printer like this before will know temperature changes can affect the end result and not in a good way)! The casing also helps to stop odor which can be annoying to some people. Oh, and the build platform won’t get any hotter than just over 51 degrees C which helps with thermal stability.
Set-up is actually very easy and there is little needed in the way of technical knowledge so this 3D printer is a good idea for people who are buying a machine like this for the first time or are a bit wary of the technology, but want to try it.
Software and Materials
This 3D printer will print using both ABS and PLA thermoplastic filament however, you should bear in mind you will only receive one spool of ABS included with the price. When you do buy additional materials for this model, it’s best to make sure they’re no thicker than 1.75mm or the results won’t be as good as they should be.
Management software is also included which can be run from a Windows based PC or MAC OS X but I have heard reports that a MAC might struggle with some of the files, which incidentally are STL or Standard Tessellation Language. Do also bear in mind that these files are generated using CAD software which (as with the PLA) isn’t included with the price.
Other Features worth Mentioning
When I researched this 3D printer in a little more detail I noticed it only comes with one print head, so initially I thought you can only print in one color. However you can pause printing part way through your design and change the filament. This is worth knowing if you don’t want to spend more on a printer like this that has two print heads, but for more complex designs it will be somewhat of a learning curve when timing a pause in the print.
Another little feature I think deserves a mention is the fact that once the file has been sent from computer to printer, you can disconnect the USB cable provided and leave the printer to do the rest.
I think this is a great little 3D printer that will allow you to create all sorts of different items and the price won’t make you fall off your chair either! If you’re interested in finding out more, take a look at my favorite online retailer, Amazon.