Monoprice's printer makes 3D printing more affordable

Monoprice introduces affordable 3D printer
By Chuong H Nguyen on 4 Jun 2014 05:09 pm
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Monoprice is entering the 3D printing market in a big way with a printer that's small on price. Dubbed the Product 1161, Monoprice's printer costs just $1199 and comes with two spools of PLA filaments. In fact, the printer can print using ABS, PLA, and PVA filaments.

"This 3D printer features a dual extrusion head, which allows for two color print jobs," the product's description reads. "It can use 1.75mm ABS, PLA, and PVA filaments and supports layer thicknesses from 0.1 ~ 0.5 mm. The extruder can be heated to 250°C and the metal heating plate can be heated to 120°C. It prints at a rate of 24cc per hour."

For comparison, Makerbot's Replicator Desktop 3D Printer costs over twice as much as the Monoprice unit for $2899, though Makerbot has a smaller Replicator printer that costs just $1375.

Monoprice usually makes high quality electronic accessories, like cables, at an affordable price and we would expect that the Product 1161 3D printer will be made with quality as well.

Are you in the market for a 3D printer, and if so is this Monoprice unit tempting your wallet? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Monoprice via TechCrunch

4 comments

mwm

How do you figure they make 3d printing more affordable? It looks like a replicator clone, and yeah, it's cheaper than the original. But FlashForge's replicator clone is cheaper still. If you want affordable, give up the second extruder, and you can get assembled printers - with twice the build volume, even - for $500 or so.

KermEd

The 500 dollar printers... well let's just say you get what you pay for with them. I know mine prints like a 500 dollar unit out of the box ;).

They are hobbiest printers. To keep those running you will need to learn how ramps works - and a lot of fixing and tweaking just to get an OK print. And you'll do a lot of self upgrades.

Higher quality commercial printers (commercial as in sold as a cookie cutter solution not commercial as in LG manufacturing with them) typically retail 1500 -> 2500. High cost. But higher grade. You get better prints (better extruder and two of them for example).

It should say, to your point, higher quality printer that is mote affordable. There are solid 500 dollar 3D printers. Heck you can move to 199, but you won't get a dual pair of high quality extruders. And you can expect to have to do a lot if work and upgrades yourself to get an 'eh... ok' print going.

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mwm

I'm not convinced that this is a more affordable higher quality printer. How much better is this than the FlashForge, which is another replicator clone, only the cost is under $1000.

Are there any 3d printers that don't require careful calibration and constant attention to get a quality print? Reviews of the replicator and it's clones indicate they have that requirement. I'd expect commercial (as in LG uses them for engineering prototypes) to have a contract for regular maintenance available, if not required.

KarmaEcrivain94

1199$?? Cheap?! Reminds me of the "low-cost" iPhone 5C...