Small and affordable, the Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini is a 3D printer produced by the Chinese Wanhao manufacturer. It is a smaller version of the Duplicator i3. Despite its low price tag, the machine ships already assembled and delivers decent print quality. It is a reliable and compact device that fits almost any desk and benchtop. The small build volume makes it ideal for hobbyists.
Wanhao i3 Mini is entirely produced in-house. It is composed of CNC-machined steel components and features a firm Z-axis system for greater stability and precision.
This personal FDM 3D printer has been used to print a wide variety of models. Read the review to learn more.
For example, a user 3D printed a glowing T-rex skeleton. The parts look quite detailed and smooth.
This Terminator T-800 pen holder is another example of the i3 Mini printing capability.
The Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini can print at 100 microns. The surface of the finished models is not as smooth as you get with the more expensive printers, but is more than enough for home use. Made of powder-coated black steel, the printer is enough stable to produce reliable prints.
This 3DBenchy print test looks quite detailed and defined. You can even see some of the letters placed on the bottom.
Equipped with a 0.4 mm nozzle, the Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini offers the right balance between print speed and detail.
The print head runs on rods with linear bearings. Thus, it can reach a good print speed.
Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini is optimized for printing with PLA-type materials.
The MK10 extruder comes with a fan. By cooling the model down, it reduces warping, stringing and, generally, makes for higher quality prints. It can heat up to 260°C and prints at up to 70 mm/s.
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The Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini prints with any type of 1.75 mm filament.
The build area is 4.7 x 5.3 x 3.9 inches (120 x 135 x 100 mm). It lets you print small models with a decent level of detail. The below-pictured heart is an example.
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Larger models can be printed in parts and then glued.
The printer features a space-saving, integrated LCD display with a turning knob. It enables easy navigation and operation.
The device also includes USB and SD ports. You can transfer your files to the printer via a computer or an SD card.
The printer is compatible with the Cura software and works with 3D models in the most common formats (STL, OBJ, DAE, and AMF). The software is available for either Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. Linux users will have to install a virtual machine or other software.
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Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini comes with a cantilever, all-black design.
The printer dimensions are 15.2 x 17.1 x 13 inches (385 x 435 x 330mm). It only weighs 15.4 lb (7kg). The spool holder is mounted on the right side of the printer.
The price of the Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini is $231.00, which is reasonable considering its functionality and printing capability.