GIANTARM: Who are they, where did they come from, and is their entry-level 3D printer, the Mecreator 2, worth your time? Today's GIANTARM 3D Printer Mecreator 2 review takes a hard look at this affordable 3D printer to uncover more about the brand and their products.
GIANTARM 3D Printer Mecreator 2 Review Basics
The first thing we discovered while researching this printer’s origins was that the GIANTARM Mecreator 2 is a rebranding of Geeetech’s printer of the same name. What’s more, GIANTARM is simply a branch of Geeetech’s, which they used to collaborate for the Geetech GIANTARM DP200. Maybe Geeetech is rebranding this machine under GIANTARM in an effort to gain authority for their new branch.
With that mystery solved we can move on to this machine’s specs. The GIANTARM Mecreator 2 comes with a modest 6.3 x 6.3 x 6.3-inch build area that’s suitable for most hobbyists and beginners. A semi-enclosed frame helps regulate temperature a bit for more dependable prints, but doesn’t work as well as a full enclosure. Print at sprite speeds between 60-80mm/s with a range of filaments including the staples, ABS and PLA. The extruder reaches max temps of 240°C, so you need to upgrade to an all metal hot end for filaments like nylon that extrude at 250°C+. A heated aluminum print bed keeps models adhered dependably and heats up to 110°C.
The Mecreator 2’s print precision is fair, capable of printing at layers from 50-200 microns. Best results come from models printed at 100 microns or higher, when warping and loose strings are less likely to effect the outcome. Enjoy untethered connectivity via USB drive or SD card.
GIANTARM 3D Printer Mecreator 2 Review Pros
Metal frames are always a good sign when shopping for a 3D printer. Metal frames stand up better to the constant motion of 3D printing better than their plastic counterparts. Other components, like stainless steel axis rods, are also built to last. You’ll know your new Mecreator 2 is in prime working order, too, since every unit comes with a test print performed at the factory before shipping. It’s rare to find such sturdy construction in a printer this cheap, leading us to our next big Pro.
No, this 3D printer doesn’t have automatic bed leveling. And yes, the Mecreator 2’s display looks like an original Game Boy screen. This printer may not have the most modern features, but when it comes to overall precision, consistency, and construction the Mecreator 2 is an unbeatable bargain. Considering the heated print bed and mid-temp extruder alone, this printer already blows away most competition in it’s price range..
GIANTARM 3D Printer Mecreator 2 Review Cons
Although true for many 3D printers, the Mecreator 2 is very loud during operation. This printer is too loud to sleep, watch TV, or chat around. With this in mind, be sure to put this printer somewhere out of the way like a garage or guest room.
Small Build Space
The Mecreator 2’s 6.3 x 6.3 x 6.3-inch build space is a sort of “Goldilocks” zone for beginners. It’s not as restrictive as the tiny 5in³ build areas found in mini 3D printers, but you won’t have the freedom of a standard 8 x 8 x 8-inch space. In short, we wish the Mecreator 2 had a few more inches for users to experiment with larger models.
GIANTARM 3D Printer Mecreator 2 Review Verdict
It’s difficult to fault this machine considering its price. Well-built with quality components and capable of printing at high resolutions in multiple filaments, the Mecreator 2 is a great choice for shoppers on a budget. Despite this printer’s limited build space and loud operating noise, you won’t find better performance or dependability at this price. Whether this is your first 3D printer or an addition to your growing collection, the GIANTARM Mecreator 2 is a smart buy.