3D Printing with Monoprice Maker Select V2
The goal of my series about the Monoprice Maker Select V2 is to show others to get into the exciting world of 3D printing. I don't claim to be an expert in the field but I hope that my efforts to become one will help others when they start their journey on this path. I would like to accomplish this by taking everyone along for the ride as I learn a new technique, tool, or method, I share them, mistakes and triumphs are all equally important.
The series covers everything from the moment I assembled the V2 to my first print, to how to use to CAD to export models to slicing programs and more! Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get the latest videos as soon as they come out!
Intro It’s been almost 2 years since I got my own V2 and I thought it was time to look back and review my stretch with this printer. For all of you peeps that have been watching since the beginning you’ll know we’ve had our ups and downs so I want to try and encapsulate…
In this episode, I want to focus on our filament supply, specifically how the filament gets from the spool to the print head.
This episode is going to be a little different from the rest because it’s going to focus on something that went horribly wrong with the V2 while working on what was going to be this episode.
If you’re looking to get the Maker Select V2 it’s a good idea to figure out just how much room you actually need.
In this episode we are going to look at another important mod that will help improve the quality of our prints. This time around we are going to focus on improving the cooling situation of the V2 by replacing the stock cooling fan and shroud with the Dii Cooler aftermarket fan kit and accompanying shroud that we will print.
In this episode I wanted to solve a practical problem with a custom model. While the problem isn’t one that most people will have the process and steps I can to resolve it can be applied to other problems.
While the Maker Select V2 is a good printer, out of the box it could use some help in the quality department, this is were some handy modifications can help the printer improve the final products. In the episode we will focus on the over all stability of the printer, as even minor vibrations can affect the final out come. Let’s get started!
Now that we have the basis for modeling and printing, it’s time to see what we can actually do. I thought a simple quick print would be best at first. What would be a good simple and quick model? A keyboard key cap of course. While simple it can prove how well or not a model can print and be used in a real world application.
In the second episode we take a look at how to get models from Google / Trimble SketchUp, my favorite and most used CAD program into files ready for 3D Printing. While you can’t do this directly there is a middle man program called Cura that with a few clicks gets you the GCode file we need to use in the Maker Select V2.
In the first episode of the series I dive right into assembling the Monoprice Maker Select V2 which is a fairly straight forward process with some need to carefully calibration. Once assembled we print our first model using one of the files included with printer. The results of which are surprising and impressive.