Monoprice Cadet review

MP Cadet is an inexpensive desktop 3D printer manufactured by Monoprice. Monoprice is a 3D printer manufacturer based in the United States. The Monoprice MP Cadet uses extrusion 3D printing technology.

Monoprice has been involved in 3D printing for quite some time. It has several 3D printers for a wide range of users. Monoprice has just released the Monoprice Cadet 3D printer, which is suitable for beginners. “The best printer for beginners who are just starting their journey,” reads the description on Monoprice’s website. Read on to see how the Monoprice Cadet 3D printer performs for beginners because my 5-year-old daughter was the main tester of the printer. Wi-Fi connectivity, automatic bed leveling, and a removable magnetic bed are included! We’ll see if this will be a problem, but the fact that only one fan is used for both the heat sink and the part cooling fans is unsatisfactory.

To prevent curious hands from getting into the fans or touching the hot nozzles, we like that a safety cage is included in front of the hot tip. Both the dragon and the lucky cat on the micro SD card looked great once printed! The Monoprice Cadet printer started out printing great. We wanted my 5-year-old daughter to try it out because it seemed more suitable for beginners or children.

Design

The Monoprice Cadet printer has been designed with security in mind, which is made clear by all the various security features built into the printer. The first thing I noticed when we have looked at the Cadet is the large metal grill that runs the full width of the print volume and completely covers the hot end. This grill covers the hot end of the printer and prevents the user from accidentally touching the heated element, nozzle, or rotating fan located above the heat sink on the hot end.

It is a clever solution that allows Cadet to maintain an open print area while limiting access to the parts of the machine that should not be touched during operation. This safety feature alone can make this printer an attractive option for parents who want to encourage their children to get into 3D printing but have safety concerns due to moving parts and the heated nozzle.

Features

The Monoprice Cadet also has a sticker on the front panel warning users to keep their fingers away from the printer’s drive components.This is another potential area of risk for young users that is mitigated by the metal rack.

Unfortunately, due to the location of the metal rack, Monoprice has had to forgo the addition of a component cooling fan on the hot end, a component used to rapidly cool the material immediately after extrusion to keep sharp corners and sharp protrusions free of distortion. Although not absolutely necessary for printing, the absence of a part cooling fan can generally result in parts that have rough projections or sharp corners.

The Monoprice Cadet has an impressive level of attention to detail in the management of cables through the printer, with zippers that keep the cabling rigid at various points of movement. A custom splitter board on the back of the X gate provides connection to the control board for the hot end, bed leveling sensor and extruder. The wiring looks and feels sturdy and the ribbon cable is neatly tucked into the chassis to prevent it from accidentally coming loose.

Printing

The microSD card provided with Cadet contains three demo files: dragon.gcode, Fortune cat.gcode and Ear ring.gcode. The cat model was my first print, and after heating the nozzle and automatically calibrating the Z offset, the printer went to work to print the model. After about two hours, the Monoprice Cadet printer finished printing the model and moved the build platform to the front of the machine so it could be removed. The flexible building platform resembles a refrigerator magnet and also looks like a refrigerator magnet.

It is magnetic and has a strip of yellow tape placed on it to help the PLA plastic adhere to the otherwise cool and smooth surface. After taking it out of the printer, we gave it a light bend and the print immediately flew off. The raft peeled off easily and left me with a finished lucky cat model. The Fortune cat. code model offers organic curves, some protruding surfaces, and enough embossed details (whiskers, nose, etc.) to make it a good model to check the overall quality. The detail is sharp, all layers are evenly stacked and there is no underexposure or banding to indicate mechanical problems with the printer.

User Interface

The user interface of the Monoprice Cadet consists of a 2.4-inch monochrome LCD screen and an illuminated wheel for navigation. This combination seems a bit old-fashioned, but in the context of this printer, it provides enough information to be useful without being distracting.

During printing, the LCD screen displays pertinent information such as nozzle temperature, fan speed, elapsed time, and more. Interestingly enough, the Cadet’s power button is not on the printer, but on the power cord. Similar to a lamp cord, the power cord has a large switch that can turn the printer’s power on and off.

Setting

We’ve installed several filament-fed 3D printers, and as we recall, Monoprice Cadet holds the record for “Fastest time from unlocking to print” in less than 5 minutes. After you plug in the Cadet, the monochrome LCD screen prompts you to insert an SD card and then automatically heats the nozzle and prepares the hot tip for thread loading. After loading the filament, you are prompted to select a test print from three possible options. The printer then uses the built-in inductive auto leveling sensor to calibrate the build plate and begins printing.

The Monoprice Cadet has a spool holder built into the side of the machine and a side-mounted extruder, which means that once the spool was placed on the base, all we had to do was insert it into the Bowden-type gear extruder to start automatic loading. Due to the position of the spool holder, it was not possible to insert a standard 1 kg spool and we had to use a smaller 250 g mini spool in generic PLA. If you intend to use a specific brand or type of PLA yarn with the Cadet, make sure it is available in a 250 g spool, otherwise you will need to manufacture, print, or purchase an external spool holder.

Wireless Printing

One of the features that interested me about the Monoprice Cadet was the wireless print control made possible by the built-in ESP32 module. The Cadet is a bit peculiar in how it connects and requires a router with no more than 10 active connections and is not compatible with a 5 GHz network. In addition, the connection is managed through an application called “PoloPrint-Monoprice” (available on iOS and Android), which currently has a score of 1.9/5 on Apple’s App Store and several reviews indicate that it does not connect.

Unfortunately, we were unable to connect the printer to my wireless network via the PoloPrint-Monoprice app for iOS, and the printer failed to connect to my network. We tried several solutions (removing other devices from the network and trying another Wi-Fi network), but nothing seemed to work. We have contacted Monoprice to find a solution and will update this article if we can solve the problem.

Conclusion

Selling for less than $250, the Monoprice Cadet is a solidly built 3D printer that offers some unique features focused on safety and usability that make it an ideal first printer for novice users. If you are interested in a versatile printer with a larger build volume, the ability to print with materials at higher temperatures, and faster print speeds, we recommend the Creality Ender 3 Pro.

However, this printer has a very clear target market and manages to create a simple turnkey solution for new beginners and 3D printing enthusiasts. The quick setup, easy-to-use software, and simple drive system all contribute to this printer’s appeal for beginners, while the small and compact footprint allows this printer to be as close to portable as such a machine can be.

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Monoprice Cadet is a solidly built 3D printer that offers some unique features focused on safety and usability that make it an ideal first printer for novice users.Monoprice Cadet review