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    UP Mini Review

    UP Mini
    Small, low cost, beginner's 3D printer.
    Search forum for 'UP Mini' posts | Buy now on Amazon

    Up MiniPROS
    • High printing quality - No waves on vertical surfaces
    • Industrial quality - Folded metal sheets give it mechanical stability
    • Perforated and removable printer platform - ABS Glue, Blue Tape or Spray not required
    • Software is very easy to use
    • The printer is compact and has a very low weight
    • At the nozzle there is a little fan that helps to cool off small objects layer by layer
    • Magnetized nozzle that makes maintenance easier


    CONS
    • Small volume capacity compared to other printers on the market
    • Proprietary software and no compatibility with free software available
    • The software is easy to use but with limited CAM options
    • The printing area is all closed, but the filament spool remains outside, which can affect the plastic quality
    • Magnetized nozzle may impair the printer’s head calibration
    • There is no WiFi connection or SD Card access - the printer must be connected to the computer for every new job
    • Max resolution of 0.2 mm


    VERDICT
    The printer has a very small area compared to others on the market. Even the software is closed sourced, and there are no possibilities to control the printer over WiFi. An option is to install 3DprinterOS ion a RaspberryPi and control it over the network. The software is so simple that it leaves little possibility for an advanced user to tinker with the printer. However, there are hacks, such as Fix3DUp (https://github.com/ForsakenNGS/FixUp3D) which can solve problems such as the 0.2mm limitation and release the hidden functions of Up Mini 3D Printer.

    MANUFACTURER UP3D (UP3D.com)
    PRINTER TYPE FDM
    MATERIALS ABS, PLA
    BUILD VOLUME 12 x 12 x 12 cm
    MIN LAYER HEIGHT 200 microns
    MAX LAYER HEIGHT 350 microns
    EXTRUDER HEAD 1
    OPEN SOURCE No
    PROPIATRY MATERIAL Yes
    HEATED PLATFORM Yes
    FILAMENT DIAMETER 1.75
    CONNECTIVITY USB

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    #2
    Great review. Hits all of the highlights. How does it print?

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