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The assembly of a 3D Printer that is sold in a DIY kit format is usually an accessible and enjoyable process, even for those that aren't specially tech-savy. It is also an important learning experience for those that are interested in getting into the Maker movement and will probably move to more high-end printers in the future. The Play eliminates this experience, since it's only sold assembled. When it was released, the consumer could choose if he wanted to get it assembled or as a kit, but the lack of demand for the kit format drove it out of the market. See More
This printer is built with strong materials and well-designed parts, creating a sturdy, strong, final product that's more rigid than many of the bigger printers currently on the market. This is important because it decreases the chance of problems created by mechanical failures and incorrect alignments that can appear after some use. See More
A heated bed can be added to the Play with some tweaking, but this is a feature that it doesn't have by default. This means it's next to impossible (without the heated bed) to use ABS filaments here, which is unfortunate, since this a widely available filament material. See More
The Printrbot Play's printhead has a small cover that keeps the extruder hidden. As a printer that can be used by children, this design choice makes sure there are no accidents created by finger contact with hot, moving parts. It has the downside of also stopping us from seeing the object being printed, at least for the first few layers. See More
The assembly and calibration of a 3D Printer that is sold in a DIY kit format is usually an accessible and enjoyable process, even for those that aren't specially tech-savy. It is also an important learning experience for those that are interested in getting into the Maker movement and will probably move to more high-end printers in the future. This printer eliminates this experience, since it's comes assembled and fully calibrated. See More
Even if the quality and results are good for the offered specs, the specs themselves are low-end, so if the user becomes more demanding with the models he wants to print (size, materials, etc.) he may run into problems. In short, the beginner that evolves quickly may soon "grow out" of the Monoprice MP Select. See More
For a printer in this prince range, the final prints have very good quality. It's capable of printing models with resolutions as low as 100 microns (0.1mm) without any major issues. For well made models of 200 microns, the results are admirable, with no major issues during the printing process. However, it should be noted that printers in more expensive price ranges still offer a final result of much higher quality than the level offered here. See More
Unlike several other printers, that either come as DIY kits or as assembled printers that still need to be properly calibrated before printing models, this printer is shipped completely assembled and calibrated. While the assembly and calibration experience may be seen as a valuable learning experience for more experienced users, for those that are new to the 3D printing community, this can be a daunting and frustrating experience. The Monoprice Select Mini makes it possible to bypass this process without sacrificing affordability and quality, making it the perfect option for beginners. See More
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