Here's our UP Mini 2 3D Printer Review which is the second generation of this fantastic mini 3D Printer. We first came across the UP Mini back in early 2015 when we reviewed the UP Mini first generation. If you want to read that review check it out here. This is the second generation of this printer series and has both a number of significant upgrades in features and performance and just about makes it into our best 3d printer under $500 range of 3D printers.
UP Mini 2 3D Printer Review
This mini 3D printer is a good option if you’re looking for a small entry level 3d printer that will not brake your wallet, whilst at the same time allow you to print some fantastic models. It has a modest build size of 4.7” x 4.7” x 4.7”, and is an option if you want something small and affordable. With a small print size, it’s not for everyone, but it’s pretty impressive for what it is.
What’s quite nice about this one is that, where most 3D printers look pretty functional, this one has a nice aesthetic, and looks good sitting in your home or office. The touch screen panel makes it easy to get things moving quickly, so you can get set up and get guided through the process swiftly and simply. If there’s one thing that this printer can definitely be praised for, it is indeed this software – if you’re looking for something that’s incredibly user-friendly, this might well be your best choice.
Touch Screen Design
The touch screen also looks good and gives lots of helpful information.What is also good with this one is that the nozzle height detection and adjustment is completely automatic, taking away the pesky problem that comes with so many other 3D printers. It also has a nice feature that pauses your print if there is a power failure.
With most printers, you would have to discard your current print and completely start again, but this one means that you don’t have the same problem, which is especially useful on a long or big print job. The print quality is also fantastic however whilst you can print with as high a resolution as 25 Microns, it advisable that you keep the micron level above 50 Microns otherwise it's very, very slow.
You don’t get layering or fuzzy edges, but what you do get is good quality prints the majority of the time. The models with this one are sharp, well-rounded and impressive, though they do take time. This isn’t the speediest machine, but if you’re willing to be patient in order to wait for a top-quality print, then there’s no doubt that this one is a good choice.
PLA and ABS Filament
This one connects via both wifi and USB, and uses PLA and ABS filaments. You can’t experiment with a wide range of filament types with this printer, but what you can handily do is use filaments created by other companies.
Often, printing company’s dictate that you can only use their filaments, but this isn’t the case here, which is a nice touch. The wifi connectivity can sometimes be a little problematic on occasion with this model, but that only seems to be a sporadic problem. Because this one is fully encased, it makes it a good option if safety is your priority, or if young people will be using it.
All in all, although this one has its limits and comes with a couple of flaws, the print quality is fantastic, the LCD screen is great, its very user-friendly and there are many features to like. Yes, the print size is pretty small, but if you want something safe, affordable, simple and capable of really great builds, then you can’t really find much better than this. For the right user, this comes completely recommended.