Monoprice has been in the 3D printer game for a while with a variety of printers and they have recently released the MP10 and the smaller MP10 mini. I received the MP10 mini to play around with and see how it works and so far I’ve been impressed 🙂

Features & Specifications

When you first look at the MP10 Mini it looks like most i3 style aluminum extrusion FDM printers. However, Monoprice took a different approach with the MP10 with some unique features and interesting design choices. 

The MP10 comes with a magnetic heated bed with a buildtak style surface. Even the hot end is held onto the X carriage by magnets and guide pins. The Z axis lead screw coupler is more of a spring than a traditional coupler, and the assited bed levelling sensor is built into the fan duct. It comes with a sensitive touchscreen display

Model 34438
Maximum Print Area 200 x 200 x 180 mm
Software Cura, KISSlicer, Simplify 3D, or any .gcode software
Connectivity Wi-Fi®, Micro USB, and microSD™ card (up to 8GB)
Filament Diameter 1.75mm
Supported Filament Types PLA, ABS, PETG, Nylon, Wood Fill, Metal Fill
Print Speed Up to 100mm/sec
Layer Thickness 50-300 microns
Max Hotend Temperature Up to 280°C
Max Print Bed Temperature Up to 110°C
Build Platform Heated, removable, and flexible steel plate
Assisted Bed Leveling Supported
Input Power 110~220 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Dimensions 15.7″ x 21.0″ x 15.7″ (400 x 533 x 400 mm)
Weight 20.9 lbs. (9.5 kg)

Assembly & First Prints

The assembly was a breeze to work through. There are very few steps and it went very smoothly following the instructions.

If I’m being 100% honest, I was VERY skeptical of the magnetic hotend design. The magnets are powerful, but I wasn’t sure if any movements would transfer through to the print. I was also skeptical of the actual hot end design. It is very unique and unlike other more traditional hot ends on the market. When I went to check out the PTFE coupling it provide me with some insight into a design choice I don’t agree with. Most hot ends on the market allow you to use a wrench to un-thread the PTFE coupling. I went to do that to inspect the inside of the hot end, however it was tight and wouldn’t un-thread. That’s when I saw that the threaded coupling with flats for wrench was actually held in place by a set screw. I think that if the intent is to use a set screw they should not use a traditional threaded PTFE coupling and I believe others will make the same mistake as me. All that being said, this is a PLA work horse!

To date I’ve only used PLA or Silk PLA, however the MP10 has yet to let me down. Print after print it just keeps going without issue

Initial Impression

I’ve only used this printer for PLA or Silk PLA but the prints have been high quality every time. I’ve been slicing them with my typical slicer profile for small i3 bowden printers like the Geeetech A10 or Creality Ender 3 and the prints have been exactly what I’ve expected. It can handle decent overhangs, but the bridging on the battery holder does show sagging in the middle. The non-traditional hasn’t seemed to affect the print quality on the MP10 like it has on their Mini SLA machine. The magnetic hot end hasn’t shown any signs of concern and the print surface has been a dream to work with. The prints adhere well and the flexible magnetic bed makes it so easy to remove. The touchscreen options are very limited and do not let you see to much with respect to settings but you can tune the temps and z offset. I’m going to continue to use this machine to see how it does, but so far I’ve been quite pleased.