The Mini Monoprice Mini
To teach myself modeling and 3D printing I've started working on a 1/3 ischz scale model of my Monoprice Select Mini (MPSM); my first printer that I just recently bought and am loving the hell out of! (March 2017)
I started making this miniature to eventually use in a little stop motion video* I wanted to create to help sell my first 3D modeled-and-printed product, but to my surprise and joy those sold out even before I I finished this little printer, so no need for speed on the stop motion tip all of a sudden. although I couldn't resist making the little video loop you see up top.
*so no, it doesn't actually work. I thought this was obvious, but several people have asked me this question or where disappointed it didn't, so don't say I didn't tell you :)
I wanted to finish the model nonetheless, so I can still learn from it (which I did. a lot), maybe make that video for a second series and also give back to this community, as I've already had just as much joy of Thingiverse as of the printer itself.
Please feel free to print your own Minnie Monoprice and play with her, but do NOT use her for commercial purposes. She's not like that!
If you made one please share, I would love to see it! Also, if you've modded it, as you might have done with your real MPSM, please show me. It would be great to see different personalized Minis, as that is another thing I love about 3D printing; not one machine seems to be the same.
So far my mods also included in the scale model are:
-robin7331's MPSM Extruder Baseplate v1 (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2029972)
-robin7331's MPSM Extruder Arm v1 (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2030554)
-Makify1's MP Select Mini Slip-On Fan Guard (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2043464)
-CreativeTools's Universal Filament Filter and Lubricator (https://www.myminifactory.com/object/2821)
-a custom knob and LEGO spinner (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2147594) that I designed myself. They are my first ever mod and the first ever thingie I shared in the verse
-part of Sloop45's Lea Top Bust (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:642870) as the printed part in the stop motion video loop.
Since I'm new to this and I just got my MPSM, I will very probably add more mods and upgrades to my real life machine. As I do, I intend to also mod and upgrade this miniature version.
While I go along and finish working on this model I'll also post pictures and videos of the process and progress on mostly my Instagram (@baschz) and some on my Twitter (@baschz as well) account, using the hashtag #minimonoprice. If you're interested :)
I'd love to hear what you think of it so far!
STILL TO DO, FIX AND IDEAS
-Improve the main tower slots
-Add a (version with a) real size microSD slot in the printer's base (for the video)
-Double check and tweak all tolerances
-Print and test everything in colour
UPDATES SO FAR
3/27/2017 Added a layer of blue painter's tape to the heated bed! (See pictures). Tell your printer to pause at height 0.13125mm and switch from blue to silver or which colours you want your bed and tape to be. Since I print on tape myself it even copied the structure. Pretty happy about this little proof of concept.
P.S. print without a brim or even a skirt, since the second layer (and on) will cover those lines partly. Or do like I did (when I realized what was happening just in time :)); swiftly peel the skirt off the print bed during the colour switch.
3/27/2017 Improved and uploaded the LEGO Spinner. It has some very crisp built-in easily snapable supports now.
3/28/2017 Since I've added tape to the heated bed, I might just as well add a whole roll, for when I need more :) The roll in the pictures is printed on 0.13 in Colorfabb Sky Blue PLA and Colorfabb Woodfill and has almost the exact colours.