Cheap, sleek, and and ready to print right out of the box, the Monoprice Mini Delta promises a lot in a small package. We take a hard look at this printer to find out just who needs a tiny, portable 3D printer like this, and whether you should take the plunge. Find out what we uncover in today's Monoprice Mini Delta review.
Monoprice Mini Delta Review Basics
Most printers use the Cartesian printing method, featuring an extruder that moves along the X and Z axis while the print bed moves along the Y axis. Instead, the MP Mini Delta uses the Delta method. Three moving arms work together, moving along all axis while the print bed remains stationary.
Increased print speed is the main benefit to using a Delta 3D printer, and this is where the MP Mini Delta truly excels. Able to print at up to 150mm/s (and reliably up to 100mm/s), small models take a fraction of the time they would on larger cartesian models without sacrificing quality. That’s made even more impressive because the Mini Delta prints in resolutions as small as 50 microns. Build volume is, of course, mini, measuring just ø110 x 120mm, or about a 4.3” circumference by 4.7” tall cylinder.
The MP Mini Delta should satisfy most customers with its basic filament selection. Print with ABS, PLA, or PETG – the Mini Delta’s hotend reaches temperatures up to 260C. Connect through your choice of WiFi, USB, or micoSD when it’s time to print.
Monoprice Mini Delta Review Pros
3D printers under $200 exist, but are usually bare-bones Prusa clones without any user friendly features. The MP Mini Delta is a refreshing change, offering a 3D printer under $200 that doesn’t require a degree to operate. The Mini Delta is ready to print and fully constructed out of the box with simple instructions anyone can follow.
Speaking of the Mini Delta’s sturdy metal frame and better stability, this printer is also capable of achieving excellent precision. Considering its low price tag and blazing print speed, the Mini Delta accomplishes tight tolerances, smooth finishes, and pinpoint detail once properly calibrated.
Portability isn’t usually something we consider when looking at 3D printers, but maybe we should start! The 4lb MP Mini Delta, with its convenient carrying handle, is easy to pick this printer up and go. Once you get used to the idea, you’ll find all sorts of reasons to bring your 3D printer along, whether it’s to work, school, or a friend’s house. This surprisingly useful feature is rare even among other mini 3D printers.
Monoprice Mini Delta Review Cons
Not as User Friendly as Advertised
This may sound like the perfect 3D printer for beginners, but beginners should be aware of the Mini Delta’s quirks. First, users must find or make their own Cura profiles for this printer, as it’s unlisted. This is easy enough, but without a proper profile, models print incorrectly or fail altogether.
Other common complaints include the lack of an On/Off switch. This mysterious choice by Monoprice has users scratching their heads, forced to unplug the machine to turn it off. And, despite boasting mircoSD, USB, and WiFi connectivity, the only reliable method is through microSD card. Finally, new users are encouraged to seek instruction from online communities, since the included documentation is confusing and sometimes flat wrong.
Monoprice Mini Delta Review Verdict
Is the Monoprice Mini Delta worth the price? Absolutely. Is this the best 3D printer for beginners? Probably not. The Mini Delta’s low price tag may seem tempting to new hobbyists, but it’s not exactly the easiest machine to master. Instead, the Mini Delta fills a strange niche, intended more as a back-up printer or portable unit for those who already understand the basics of 3D printing. If you want a quick, precise, reliable backup for when your main printer goes down, the Mini Delta is right for you. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for your first 3D printer and don’t want to spend a bundle, we recommend the XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. for similar precision, build area, and price with a better user experience.