As competition heats up within the 3D printer market, manufacturers are finding themselves in a situation where they need to offer additional featuresmonoprice-4 in order to move merchandise off shelves. Whether it’s an ability to print in multiple materials, the addition of cameras so that users can monitor a print via the cloud, or dual extruders, the 3D printing market is ripe for any company able to cram the most features, into the best printer, at the best price.

A Rancho Cucamonga, California company called MonoPrice, known for their affordable, yet high quality electronics, has announced the launch of their first 3D printer today. The Monoprice Dual Extrusion ABS/PLA/PVA 3D Printer is priced at just $1,199, making it the cheapest available dual extrusion device on the market, according to the company.

“Monoprice is excited to offer high-quality 3D printing with dual color capability, along with a number of included extras and free shipping, at under $1,200 – a price level that is unheard of in the industry,” said Luke Grant, Monoprice’s Vice President of Marketing. “We are looking to have a major impact in the fast-growing field of 3D printing, and make this valuable technology more accessible to a wide range of consumers, businesses, schools, and researchers.”

This printer has the following specifications:

  • Extruder: MK-8 Dual Head with upgraded releasemonoprice-1
  • Build Volume: 8.9″ x 5.7″ x 5.9″ (225 x 145 x 150 mm)
  • Printing Material: 1.75mm ABS/PLA/PVA Filament
  • Layer Resolution: ±0.10mm
  • Positioning Precision: XY: 11 Microns (0.0004″), Z: 2.5 Microns (0.0001″)
  • Extruder Temperature: 0-250°C
  • Heating Plate Temperature: 0-120°C
  • Layer Thickness: 0.1 – 0.5mm
  • Nozzle Diameter: 0.40mm
  • Printing Speed: 24cc/hour
  • Operation: LCD Screen + 5 keys control
  • Printer Weight 28.7 lbs. (13kg)
  • Printer Dimensions 18.7″ x 12.7″ x 15.1″ (476 x 322 x 383 mm)

The printer will also come with two free spools of filament, a 4GB SD card, and a spare censor cable. The first machines will begin shipping on May 22nd. For discussion and further details about this device, check out the Monoprice 3D Printer Forum thread at 3DPB.com

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