MakerBot Replicator Mini Review Results
Today, we review the MakerBot’s Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. MakerBot is one of the pioneering companies in the field of 3D printers and are also the force behind the website: Thingiverse.com which has the largest collection of 3D Printer designs on the web.
MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer Review Basics
The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer weights about 18 lbs. (8 kg), and has exterior dimensions of 11.6 x 12.2 x 15.0 inches (295 x 310 x 381 mm).
The MakerBot Replicator Mini prints using PLA filament through a 0.4mm extruder nozzle. It has a printing resolution of 200 microns. The MakerBot Replicator Mini, has a print area of 3.9 x 3.9 x 4.9 inches (100 x 100 x 125 mm), and a total usable build volume of 76 cubic inches (1.25 L).
MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer Pros
The MaketBot Replicator Mini is impressive in terms of its construction. It is a fully enclosed 3D Printer. The print is visible from four sides. The design of the printer is aesthetic and appears futuristic. It is made up of PC ABS with powder coated steel reinforcements. The body is strong and sturdy. The printer is compact enough to fit easily on your desk.
Remote Monitoring Capability
The MakerBot Replicator Mini has a built-in onboard camera with 320 x 240 resolution. This camera is accessible through your desktop PC as well as mobile apps. The Wi-Fi connectivity allows seamless connection with the printer. It also has a smart extruder which pauses if it runs out of filament and sends an alert to your desktop PC and mobile applications.
MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer Cons
Single Filament Type Compatibility
The MakerBot Replicator Mini is compatible with PLA only. PLA is an environmentally friendly, bio-degradable plastic. But PLA alone cannot fulfill many of the requirements of designs such as flexibility. In addition to PLA, support for one more filament type such as ABS would be preferable.
Low Build Volume
The MakerBot Replicator Mini’s build volume of 1.25L is low. Lower than most of the available printers. Though parts can be put together after individually printing them, too many parts would bring down the strength of the larger object as a whole once constructed. A larger build volume would make this 3D printer more appealing.
MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer Review Verdict
The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D desktop printer is a fully enclosed and a well-built desktop 3D printer. It is very compact and suits areas where space is a limited. If you are new to 3D Printing or if you are looking for an addition of a smaller printer then the Makerbot Replicator Mini could be the right printer for you!