The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is the most portable model from the company to-date. For a 3D printer, the print area is small, but the quality of the printed products matches that of the company’s flagship model which is the Replicator Desktop 3D Printer.
The MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is an Ideal Choice for 3D Printing Beginners
Setup is easy for the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer and its accompanying software is user-friendly whether being run at a desktop or a mobile device. There are some glitches here and there as there might be some misprints from time to time, but these problems are easily resolvable.
This compact 3D printer measures in at 15 x 11.6 x 12.2-inches and has a weight of 18-pounds. It is built rigidly, and is open at the front, on the sides, and on the top. This permits easy access to the print bed inside and an equally easy process when it comes to viewing the prints in progress. There is also a camera in a portion of the upper corner which would let you monitor the print jobs by way of the desktop software or through a mobile device.
A nice touch of the Mini Compact 3D Printer is that it has a self-leveling print bed. This means that you no longer have to frequently calibrate the printer to make sure that the extruder will always have to be at the proper distance from the print bed. Said extruder will automatically detect how far it is away from the print bed and will adjust by itself as to how much distance is needed.
At best, the print quality of the printed objects will come out very good, and once again, it is on par with the company’s Replicator 3D Printer. There are several misprints that could happen, and in some cases there will be a filament jam error, but these can be resolved easily. For instance, like in the case of the filament jam error, users need to unload the filament, cut off any damaged portion, reload it, and then press the button found at the front of the printer and you should be able to resume production.
According to the company, the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer is geared towards educators. It is placed at a relatively low price point, which should be considering its size. This makes it a school budget-friendly device which delivers itself as a good platform for students who want to learn a thing or two about 3D printing.