In this write-up, we're looking at the MakerBot Replicator Mini+ 3D Printer Review which forms part of MakerBot's all new and improved 2017 3D Printers. Whilst the mini was actually released to the market in late 2016, it has been designed over the last few years and comes with over 380,000 hours of testing to make sure that it's a top quality printer that will impress the market. The Mini+ is the smallest 3d printer in the Markebot range and has been designed as a desktop printer that can be used at home or as a 3d printer for those that are looking to get into the 3d printing world. Yes it's a slight gimmick, but we love the fact that you can pair the printer with the MakerBot mobile software meaning that you can leave it printing and whilst still being able to the percentage complete all from the comfort of your mobile.
MakerBot Replicator Mini+ 3D Printer Review
MakerBot Replicator Mini+ is a good option for newbies or if you’re short on space. It has a decent print quality and it’s pretty user-friendly, but the print size is a very small 3.9”x4.9”x4.9”, so if you’re looking for bigger prints, this certainly isn’t the one for you. For a mini machine, it’s pretty sturdy, and comes with a trusty and reliable rigid frame. It’s open-framed, but still holds itself together well. It’s somewhat noisy during the printing process, more so than many other mini printers, but not obnoxiously so.
Setup is quite simple, and the bed levels itself, so you don’t have to go through the nightmare of the process on your own. The single extruder determines for itself how far it is from the print bed, and the printer does the rest itself. The extruder is easy to install and replace, and it pauses printing when it’s out of filament, which means you don’t have to restart your print – a feature which doesn’t exist in many other printers on the market. The setup of the extruder and filament is very easy, so even newcomers to the game should have no problems getting going.
Because of its size, there is no LCD screen with this one, but it’s still very easy to use. That said, if you’re seeking versatility, this one isn’t for you. It runs exclusively from PLA filament, so you can’t print from any other type or style of material. You can connect this one up via wifi and through USB, both from smartphone and computer, so you have plenty of options. It’s very easy to run this both via your phone and your computer, so if you’re looking for simplicity, this is a good option.
If you want something where you can just plug, play and print, this is where you can find it. It also has the nifty addition of a camera in the machine, so you can watch your print as it’s being constructed – it’s little touches like this that can make 3D printing very fun, especially if you’re a casual or a beginner who’s just looking to make fun shapes and builds.
The print quality is very good with completed prints, but it is worth noting that the machine produces many misprints. Although this is more reliable than some other options on the market, it’s not the most consistent by any means. The filaments can jam on occasion, and sometimes the layering is a little off. Although these problems are fixable, they can be somewhat frustrating. That said, when the prints come out, they look sleek, with good shape, and they are of solid build. Once printed, your builds shouldn’t fall apart.
Overall, if you’re looking for something small for beginners where there’s not much setup involved, this one is a decent option. It’s not going to satiate experts, and the build area is very small, but for its price, the MakerBot replicator Mini 3D Printer is a great 3D Printer.