It’s time for another 3D printer match up, and today we’re going to be taking a look at how the MakerBot Replicator Mini and the MakerGear M2 square off. What does each of these two printers have to offer, and how do they compare? Keep reading to find out.
Mini vs M2 Printing Specifications
The MakerBot Replicator Mini has a build volume of about 75 cubic inches, distributed as dimensions of 3.9 x 3.9 x 4.9 inches. It features a 0.4mm nozzle, is compatible with 1.75 mm PLA filament, and prints with a 200-micron resolution.
The MakerGear M2 has a build volume of 640 cubic inches, distributed as dimensions of 8 x 10 x 8 inches. It features a 0.35 mm nozzle, and is designed to print using either 1.75 mm ABS and PLA filament. MakerGear recommends printing in a resolution range between 100 and 250 microns, but the M2 3D printer can reach resolutions as high as 10 microns.
MakerBot Replicator Mini Technology Features
The MakerBot Replicator Mini features on onboard camera, which streams images to the MakerBot phone app allowing you to monitor the progress of a print remotely.
The camera also snaps a shot of each completed print and adds it to the printer’s library for quick, visual reference when you’re browsing your local files.
The Mini is also equipped with the company’s Smart Extruder. Its magnetic connection makes it easy to remove and replace, and its integrated technology allows it to detect when you’re running low on filament. Once low filament is detected, you will receive a notification, and the extruder will pause your print. Once you refill the filament, you’ll be able to resume printing where you left off.
MakerGear M2 Construction Features
The MakerGear M2 rigid steel frame is finished with a black powder coating. It has precision-ground and polished steel shafting, and features CNC machined, anodized-aluminum axis mounts, precision x and y -axis linear rails, and 4-start lead screw and integrated NEMA 17 stepper motor for a sleek look and stable movement.
The M2 also features a 1.75 mm stepper Plastruder, which is crafted using the MakerGear GrooveMount and Ceramic HeatCore as well as a modular thermistor kit, rubber-coated fiberglass insulation, a 36 mm brass barrel, geared stepper motor with 5:1 gearing, and Bruthead filament drive with spring mounted bearing for consistent pressure.
Mini vs M2 Connectivity
With the MakerGear M2 you can send your files to print using a wired USB connection, and the MakerBot Replicator Mini offers the additional option of sending your printer-ready files via Wi-Fi.
MakerBot Replicator Mini vs MakerGear M2
Both the Makerbot Replicator and the MakerGear M2 have plenty to offer. If you’re looking for something easy to use, that has plug and play functionality, to try your had at 3D printing for the first time, take a closer look at the MakerBot Replicator Mini. And if you’re looking to get more polished, high-resolution prints from your printer, and you already have a bit of experience with 3D printers, perhaps the MakerGear M2 is worth further consideration.