The UP Mini 3D desktop printer is built with an all-metal enclosure and uses 1.75mm ABS or PLA filament.

This printer had a vertical resolution of 200 to 400 microns (0.20 to 0.40 mm), which is good for such a small desktop 3D printer.

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My UP Mini 3D Printer Review – Desktop 3D Printer

UP Mini 3D Printer Review - Desktop 3D Printer

UP Mini 3D Printer Review – Desktop 3D Printer

This printer has a build volume of around 1.7 litres – 4.75 x 4.75 x 4.75 inches /120 x 120 x 120 mm (H x W x D). The included printer management software runs on a Windows or Mac OS X computers and reads STL files generated by your preferred CAD software. To start printing, connect it to your PC via the provided USB cable.

The all-metal enclosure guards against room drafts. This helps to minimize temperature fluctuations, and helps reduce operational noise and odor.

Thermal Stability

To ensure thermal stability, the build platform heats to 51.4C. A perforated cell board is held to the platform by full-side mounting channels for a secure fabrication base. Solid metal guide rails and precision slide bearings help ensure precise movement. The belt-driven stepper motors meet the appropriate NEMA standard.

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Quality Enclosure

My primary reason for choosing this 3D printer was a combination of quality and the enclosure which gives a semi-environmentally protected print area. I have been having a blast printing various items and this  unit provides out of the box printing from something that looks like it could be a coffee machine!

Centering the Print Table

There seems to be no way that you can center the print table. For some reason, my print table is off center on the X-axis which means it prints too close to the front. This results in some larger models curling. To correct this, I have to manually move the heating table back to center during the table height calibration process. Once that is set, printing models works fine.

Product Registration

Note that registering this product is a bit of a hassle. Don't register through pp3dp.com (which the box says), but rather register it through up3dusa.com. The up3dusa.com site actually has a registration link under the support tab. It also contains links to the 3D test print bunny and the manual, software, and Windows drivers.

I Love this Printer!

I love this printer! This printer does not usually make the top ten in any magazine or review… but this printer is literally an out-of-the box setup (which is what I wanted). The design is very modern (looks like a kitchen appliance), and the enclosed chamber seems to keep the ambient temperature stable, thereby increasing good prints.

Minimum Resolution

Since I have been printing for the past two weeks, trying to print tiny, detailed objects will not yield good results since the minimum extruder print size is 2mm.

The best way to determine whether your object is printable, is to consider the smallest feature. If it's 5mm or less, you probably won't get decent results. Large objects however, print superbly!

Specifications

  • Printing material: ABS or PLA
  • Vertical (Z-axis) resolution: 200, 250, 300, 350, 400 microns (0.20, 0.25, 0.30, 0.35, 0.40 mm)
  • Build speed: 10-100 cm3/h
  • Build volume: 4.75 x 4.75 x 4.75 inches/120 x 120 x 120 mm (H x W x D)
  • Printer weight: 5 kg (11 lb)
  • Printer size: 14 x 9.5 x 13.25 inches/350 x 240 x 350 mm (H x W x D)
  • Power requirements: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz, 200W
  • Input format: STL
  • Operating systems supported: Windows XP/Vista/7, Mac OS X

What's in the Box?

  • UP Mini 3D Printer
  • Extrude head
  • ABS spool
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter (20 V)
  • Filament Tube
  • Screws
  • Perforated cell board
  • Tool kit: pen knives (2); tweezers; hex wrench; hand shovel; pliers; gloves; nozzle wrench

UP Mini 3D Desktop Printer in Action!

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