Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel
Despite its low price, the Monoprice Voxel 3D printer has a lot to offer home users. In exchange for a low price, you get a 3D printer that can print PLA and ABS filament in equal quality while also offering a decent-sized fully enclosed build chamber.
Nonetheless, there are some shortcomings in the MP Voxel: Its firmware is buggy, and the software is, well, so-so. Even so, this MP Voxel printer provides good printing quality, and our reviewer thinks it is one of the top budget models you can buy.
Monoprice Voxel review: Design
A simple, dark design, enclosed in black plastic, distinguishes the MP Voxel from other models. The enclosure is covered with clear panels that can be pulled off to access the print area and mechanism.
For a total volume of approximately 329 cubic inches, the print measures 6.9 inches wide by 6.9 inches high. Objects up to that size can be handled just fine.
Printing materials such as ABS become much easier and more reliable when the print base is heated. The MP Voxel’s print bed slides out completely, making it easy to remove prints; it is also bendable, which makes lifting prints easier.
Controls for the printer are provided through a small LCD touch screen on the front. Most of them are easy to use. However, the small, on-screen keyboard makes entering things like a WPA key a bit awkward. The MP Voxel does not need to be used for much after it is connected to the Polar Cloud service, so this isn’t a big deal.
Monoprice Voxel: Setup and controls
Plug-and-play is the most prominent feature of the MP Voxel printer. All you had to do was unbox it, plug it in, load filament, and you were ready to print. However, there are some issues with the process. After updating the firmware, I still couldn’t access my wireless network. Unfortunately, I was not able to figure out why and used wired ethernet instead, which seemed to work fine.
The printed filament can also be loaded easily. During printing, the filament reel feeds into a tube inside the printer body, and the filament enters the printhead and the body. This tube feeds the filament into the printhead automatically after it is loaded into it.
Voxel printers also work with the Polar Cloud, a free online service that allows you to monitor and control the printer from any web-connected device. You can also view the print in progress on your phone or tablet via Polar Cloud’s built-in camera. It is by far the easiest way to use this printer and was very simple to use.
After joining Polar Cloud, you can upload and create 3D models using the simple editor. Once prepared for printing, these models can be sent directly to the printer from the web; no PC is needed. To control the printer over USB or your local network, you can download and run the MP Flashpoint software, available for Windows and Mac.
A 3D model can be loaded, edited, and then exported to the printer or saved to a file with this software. Though our tests found that this software was somewhat prone to crashes, they didn’t seem to be random.
Monoprice Voxel review: Print speed
For the draft and normal print quality, we found that the MP Voxel was a fast printer, printing our Thinker test in between 3.5 hours and 5 hours and 21 minutes.
The Lulzbot Taz Mini 2 printer took about the same amount of time to produce a 4.5-inch tall print, which is comparable to more expensive printers like the Lulzbot Taz Mini 2.
It is also much faster than XYZprinting’s DaVinci Nano, which takes more than seven hours to print the same thing. In addition to the Monoprice Voxel, the Polaroid PlaySmart 3D is faster and usually more expensive.
Monoprice Voxel review: Print quality
MP Voxel produced excellent prints. With great detail and a smooth, natural curve and surface, our Thinker model looks great. In the draft mode, there were some glitches that looked like random bumps on the surface of the print. In the Standard Model of Polar Cloud software, however, these were much less obvious. This produced a much cleaner, smoother print.
We also successfully tested a set of gears, and they fit together and screwed together nicely. A little trimming was needed to remove stray filament whiskers.
|heated print bed.||Lackluster software|
|Easy to use with cloud software||Wi-Fi connection problems|
Monoprice Voxel review: Final verdict
At the moment, the Monoprice Voxel represents a sweet spot in 3D printing, offering a lot of features, excellent print quality, and fast printing for a reasonable price.
Although it costs more than some entry-level printers at around $400, it’s still cheaper than the Polaroid PlaySmart. It is easier and cheaper to print using the heated print bed when you use the MP Voxel than with less expensive printers for novices.
In light of this, the Voxel MP is a great choice for casual users who are interested in 3D printing, as well as for schools and small offices that require a printer that several people can use at once.