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Thinking about buying Mini 3D 3D printer from monoprice https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=15365 . It says to specifically use Cura software. Will i be able to print these two items on this from Thingiverse (toothpaste squeezer/page holder) on this printer? please advise..

Holder - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1503676/#files and squeezer https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:867811/#made . I run a series of technology camps for kids during the summer http://www.ladcommunicationstech.com/creative-teen.html

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Those models you link to are very simple I think any FDM printer would have no problem printing them.

you get what you pay for.  I did some quick looking for a friend a couple of weeks ago and it seems people are needing to mod MP printer this quite a bit and the standard complains are: extruder motor under powered, hot end jams a lot, and general fussyness. A good printer that works is a dream, a marginal printer that needs a lot of fussing to keep it running is a nightmare. hackaday.com has some nice mod articles about trying to make it print better.  https://hackaday.com/tag/mp-mini/ read the redit form to see what issues people are having. It's closed source too, so that is a bummer, usually try to avoid that. Check out some of those articles and reviews and ask yourself if you want to go through all that just to get good prints, OR if you want to spend more upfront for a better quality printer.

I run printers at a K-12 school and down time is the worst. Poorly built/designed printers require frequent re-calibration, un-jamming, and general fixing. I have sold (or am selling) all our printers that are not reliable. I've standardized on the UMO+ since its super reliable and consistent with a price point I can live with. Of course you could buy about 5 of those MP printers for the cost of one UMO+ kit, so maybe if 3 of the 5 are working at any one time you'll be fine. :-)

on the low cost end (2X the cost of the MP printer) is another printer that is open source and has good reviews (that I've been watching) is PrintrBot Play.


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You need to check the features of the printer before buying it. There are a lot articles present on the web that may help you select the right printer for you depending upon the application.

Choosing a 3D printer requires good knowledge as a wrong decision will through whole of your money in vain. If you are having good knowledge, then you can go for it otherwise I would suggest to take help from experts or read some posts to know more before making any decision.

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Hi I know this post is a few months old but I am new to 3d printing so I decided to get a Monoprice Select mini. I have nothing to compare it to but it is an amazing machine and I have been doing quite a lot of printing with it (see sample) and it is operating very well. Next I am planning on getting a Ultimaker Original + kit and after I build it I will make comparisons. http://danfenelon.com/3d-prints

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