Even though it is cheap, the Monoprice Voxel offers a lot to home users. With the low price, you’ll receive a 3D printer that prints PLA and ABS filament equally well as offering a neatly enclosed build chamber.
Even so, the MP Voxel has some shortcomings: its firmware is buggy, and its software is so-so. Still, this MP Voxel printer provides good printing quality, and our reviewer thinks it is one of the best budget models on the market.
Monoprice Voxel review: Design
The MP Voxel is distinguished from other models by its simple, dark design and black enclosure. Several clear panels cover the enclosure and can be removed to allow access to the print area and mechanism. With a height of 6.9 inches and a width of 6.9 inches, the print measures approximately 329 cubic inches. As long as the object is not larger than that, it can be handled.
When the print base is heated, printing materials such as ABS become easier and more reliable. The MP Voxel’s print bed slides completely out, making prints easy to remove; it is also bendable, making lifting prints easier.
On the front of the printer, you’ll find a small LCD touch screen that allows you to control the printer. Although most were easy to use, I had trouble entering things like a WPA key using the small, on-screen keyboard. After it is connected to Polar Cloud, the MP Voxel isn’t used that much, so this isn’t that big of an issue.
Monoprice Voxel: Setup and controls
The MP Voxel printer is most known for its plug-and-play capability. After unpacking, plugging in, and loading filament, you could begin printing. This process is not without problems, however. I was still unable to access my wireless network after updating the firmware. Unfortunately, I was unable to figure out why and switched to wired ethernet instead, which worked fine.
Also, filament printed on the printer is easily loaded. A tube inside the printer body contains the filament reel, which feeds the filament into the printhead and the body. Upon loading the filament into the tube, the filament is fed automatically into the printhead.
Polar Cloud allows you to monitor and control Voxel printers anywhere you have a web connection, which is free for anyone to use. Additionally, you can view the print in progress using the camera built into Polar Cloud. With this printer, it is the simplest way to use it and it was a breeze to use.
With Polar Cloud, users can upload 3D models and edit them with a simple editor. After the models have been prepared for printing, they can be sent directly from the web to the printer – no PC is required.
You can control the printer over USB or your local network by downloading and running MP Flashpoint software, which is available for Windows and MacThis software allows users to load 3D models, edit them, and export them to the printer or save them to a file.
With this software, a 3D model can be loaded, edited, and exported to a printer or saved to a file. While our tests revealed that this software was somewhat prone to crashes, the crashes did not seem random.
Monoprice Voxel review: Print speed
Our Thinker test was printed in between 3.5 hours and 5 hours and 21 minutes when printing at the draft quality and standard print quality on the MP Voxel.
It took about the same amount of time to print a 4.5-inch picture with the Lulzbot Taz Mini 2, which is similar to more expensive printers. DaVinci Nano, a printer from XYZ Printing that takes more than seven hours to print the same item, takes less than one hour to print. Aside from the Monoprice Voxel, the Polaroid PlaySmart 3D is often more expensive and faster.
Monoprice Voxel review: Print quality
Excellent prints were produced by MP Voxel. Our Thinker model features a great deal of detail along with a smooth, natural curve and surface. Some glitches appeared on the print as random bumps in the draft mode. Nevertheless, these were much less obvious in Polar Cloud software’s Standard Model. I was able to get a smoother, cleaner print this way.
In addition, a set of gears fitted together well and screwed together smoothly. We had to trim away a few filament whiskers.
|Heated print bed||Wi-Fi connection problems|
|Cloud-based software is easy to use||Lackluster software|
|The best printing possible|
With its excellent print quality, versatility, and fast printing speed, the Monoprice Voxel represents a sweet spot of 3D printing at the moment. Despite its higher cost than some entry-level printers at around $400, the Polaroid PlaySmart is still cheaper. When you use the MP Voxel printer, you can print more easily and more inexpensively with the heated print bed than if you used a less expensive printer.
The Voxel MP is, therefore, a good choice for casual 3D printer users, as well as for small offices and schools that need a printer that can be shared by several people.