Following on from our super popular original Mini Fabrikator comes the Mini Fabrikator V2 with a bunch of new features that will blow you away.
The first thing to notice about the Mini Fabrikator V2 is its rock-solid aluminium case, this may seem like overkill on a printer this size but it does offer a huge benefit in that a stable printer is an accurate printer and you simply won't find a more precise printer in this price range. The print detail on this machine is astounding and it is the same print after print after print.
Print quality isn't the only fantastic feature in this printer, it also has a heated 100mmx100mm print bed that will allow you to print in ABS and PETG, in fact most rigid filaments that require a heated bed will print well on the Mini Fabrikator V2. The bed also comes pre-prepared with a black PEI tape that not only ensures your first layer sticks everytime but does it many, many times over (it will eventually wear out so we do sell spares).
These features alone would make for a great value printer, but we wanted more, so we added three different methods of uploading gcode files:
- You can have a dedicated USB link to your computer
- You can upload directly from a microSD card
- You can upload files and control your printer directly via Wi-Fi and a web interface using Repetier Host
On top of all these great features the Mini Fabrikator comes at a price that makes it suitable for first timers, students or seasoned 3D printers who want a quality secondary printer for smaller jobs. Now remember this is a desktop mini printer so you aren't going to print a giant Saturn rocket replica on it, but it is a great size for all the little widgets and gadgets that make 3D printing fun and accessible for everyone.
For further information please see the manual in the Files tab.
The Mini Fabrikator V2 has taken a good thing and made it great!
- 100x100mm build volume
- Rock solid all aluminium construction
- Heated print bed
- PEI print surface
- USB, Wi-Fi or microSD interface
- Remote web interface access
- Print in PLA, ABS or PETG without modifications
Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm (0.015 in)
Positioning Precision: XY 11 microns (0.0004 in), Z 2.5 micron (0.0001 in)
Layer Resolution: 100 microns (0.0039 in)
Input Power: 100-240V, Max:80W
Mains plug: AU type
Nozzle heating: Max 250℃
Filaments: 1.75mm diameter PLA, ABS, PETG
Interface: Memory card, USB and wireless network
Build Surface: Heated aluminium bed with PEI coating
Supported File: STL, OBJ/G-Code
OS: Windows10, Mac OS X, Linux
Certificates: CE, ROHS, FCC, ISO 9001:2008
Product Dimensions: 172 x 183 x 270mm
Build Volume: 100 x 100 x 100mm
Shipping Box: 220 x 220 x 320mm
This is a great little printer for the price and foot print. The device is built mostly with laser cut aluminium or other sheet metals, this how they have brought the cost down. I can really see this sort of design hitting the mass markets.
To-date I have printed about 500g of PLA (black), rather happy with the results. This is my first 3d printer.
- Fast Setup -
The device is very fast to setup, open the box, remove the packing, plug the filament hose into the snap lock fitting and attach the filament holder, add the filament, level the bed, then printing within about 15 minutes.
- PLA -
It has good print quality for PLA, had very little issue at all. The default setting were good, just raised the extruder temperature to 210°C, and changed the setting in Repetier-host Cura-Engine to print 2 skirts to make sure the extruded filament was flowing correctly prior to printing the subject.
- ABS -
The last few days I have been trying to print with ABS (orange), but been having issues with a lack of adhesion to the print bed and inter-filament bonding. I think there is still hope, but need to play with the setting more. Would be good if someone could share their setting if they have got ABS to print successfully.
- PETG -
Just today I have tried PETG (Black), worked well with the PLA settings plus changing the extruder temperature to 250°C. The print quality seems as good as the PLA.
- Levelling the print bed -
I found best to heat the bed for 20 minutes at 50°C before levelling, and use a longer hex key so you don't need to get your hand right into the printer. I am going to try a flat ratchet hex key (ebay for about AU$15) to speed up the process. I find I need a re-level about every 5 prints, takes around 2 minutes. Tip: draw yourself a picture which way to turn the screws to up and down, so you don’t waste time turning the wrong way.
- Print bed materials –
The Polyetherimide sticker last a reasonable amount of time, I purchased a spare pack with the printer, it mostly degrades if you printer stops with the extruder in contact or if you try to level the print bed with a hot extruder. I will experiment in the future with Kapton tape over the top and adding thicker sheet of aluminium to keep the bed flatter for longer.
Things that could be improved, given the target market:
+ User manual really needs some expansion on how to maintain the printer.
+ The printer controller need upgrading, it frequently fails when printing from USB on jobs > 20 minutes - using Repetier host.
+ Configurations for Repetier-host to print with ABS and PETG; - PLA configuration is provided, and worked immediately.
+ A few LED's to light the stage so that you can see the print progress and clean up easily.The Fabrikator is my third printer. I purchased it due to its teeny little footprint so It could be sat on my desk right next to my computer. It prints reasonably well as a few of the Youtube videos have shown. For the price, the print quality is unmatched. There are some down sides though. The bed requires levelling on nearly every print, the thin alluminium plate is prone to warping and mine is actually bowed in the middle making leveling impossible. Ive already ordered a replacement, and at $12 to replace the bed, its a great price.
I recomend using the SD function and dont bother with the USB or Wifi connection, they have ruined a number of prints by dropping connection.
All in all, you get what you pay for and then some. Its a handy little device, but dont think your going to change the world with it. It works great for small prints and prototyping and is SO DAMN CHEAP! it will give you a good intro to 3D printing and how to maintain a machine.