INFO @ A GLANCE
NAME: MONOPRICE MINI DELTA 3D Printer
PRICE: $159.99 (U.S. DOLLAR)
BUILD SIZE: 110 X 110 X 120mm
In my December update post, I mentioned that I had recently become the owner of a Monoprice Mini Delta 3-D printer. I have since had time to use this budget 3-D printer and I’m happy to say that I am not overly disappointed, though it does have a fair amount of flaws.
Before I dive too far into this post, I think it is worth noting that I have zero experience with both, 3-D modeling and 3-D printing. I am learning all of this on the fly. As I go through my story\review, I will be providing links to the resources that I used to get the ball rolling with this printer.
WHY DID I WANT A 3D-PRINTER?
I would like to start at the very beginning of my journey into the world of 3-D printing by telling you how I got started down this obsessive path. Here in Atlanta, Georgia an event takes place each year during the month of May called Momocon. This is a huge, multi-genre event in the heart of the city that focuses on American and Japanese animation, video games, board games, and most importantly to my story, cosplay.
Full disclosure, I knew nothing about this event before 2018. I tend to be more of an introvert so these types of social events have often eluded the narrative of my life. A few months before Momocon 2018, a good friend informed me that I was “going to go to Momocon with him regardless if I wanted to or not”. I protested initially, but my friend mentioned the one thing that he knew would change my mind, Halo.
Of all the fandoms in existence, Halo is the fandom that I fanboy over the hardest. The reason for this obsessive fandom is deserving of its own blog post, regardless, my friend knew exactly what to say to get me to the event. Having attended the event before, he promised me that I would see plenty of Halo cosplayers at Momocon. I was sold. Fast forward a bit to May 2018 and there I was at Momocon 2018 on the hunt for the Halo cosplayers. Below, you can see a few of the photos from my visit.
While I did have a blast at Momocon, something was missing that really bothered me. I didn’t see one Halo cosplayer the whole time I was in attendance. Admittedly, this is a HUGE venue. The Georgia World Congress Center has a 1.4 million square ft floor plan, so it’s not entirely inconceivable that I just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I left the event just slightly let down, but not uninspired. I got the idea in my head that instead of hoping to see someone cosplay as the Master Chief, I could do the cosplaying myself.
A few months went by and I still had this idea of cosplay in my head, which for me is usually a sign that I’m not going to let something go until I go through with it. I spent a good part of the Summer researching how to build cosplay armor and discovered a lot of great YouTube Channels. KaumiCosplay, Yaya Han, Punished Props Academy, Angelegend, and I Like To Make Stuff are all Youtubers that have provided great content and invaluable tools in learning to craft foam armor and props.
While I was able to experiment and make some small bits and pieces, I simply have not had the time, or space for my Spartan Armor build. With Holloween fast approaching, I decided to do the sensible thing and pay way too much money for a costume.
The “Disguise Men’s Halo Master Chief Ultra Prestige Costume“, as it is called, is amazing in a lot of ways but is far from perfect. This costume will be receiving its own blog post in the near future, so I’m not going to go into lots of details here. The main take away is that I did wear this costume at a large, public function and it was an instant success with the crowd. I would guesstimate that I posed for 50 – 70 photos that night. Unfortunately, I was the center of attention and did not receive a single photo from the event to share with you here. Even If I did have a photo on hand, you still wouldn’t be able to see how miserable I was wearing this thing. I was drenched in sweat on a cool October afternoon. The visor was near impossible to see through and I literally had to rely on the sounds of peoples voices calling for photos to know where to look. it was not easy to be out in this thing at all.
So what does any of this have to do with a tiny 3-D Printer?
After the event, I again started looking for ways to improve upon this costume and\or create my own from scratch. I recalled seeing a video where Bob from “I Like To Make Stuff” 3D printed a Storm Trooper helmet. This video was likely my launch point for getting into 3D-printing. I began researching 3D-Printers and was setting my sites on a Prusa I3. This printer had great reviews and enough workspace for me to print nearly anything, even if it needed to be printed in sections and glued together later.
I also had another idea unrelated to cosplay where I would 3D model, print, and sell gaming related memorabilia, such as life-size copies of Majora’s Mask, Halo assault rifles, the love cube from Portal. Unfortunately, selling these items I learned is totally illegal, though that doesn’t stop most people.
Of course, I informed my wife of my intention to
waste spend money on this project of mine. She, as always, was indifferent. My plan was to get through the holidays and make my purchase after New Years Day. Unfortunately, my wonderful wife took my informing her of my intent to spend money on a 3D Printer as a sign that I wanted her to get me a 3D Printer for Christmas even though my exact words were “Do not buy me anything for Christmas…”.
My wife and I are extremely different when it comes to Technology. That’s a nice way of saying that she is not tech savvy at all. I love her to death, but the woman worries when she has to send an email. Knowing this bit of info, you can imagine the horror and awkwardness that I felt when she told me that she had gotten me a gift. I knew it would be a 3D-Printer and I knew it would not be the one I was researching. I was not wrong.
What I ended up with was a 3D Printer that was a third of the printing capacity that I required. Being that this was a gift, I could not complain, nor could I return it. My Wife made her best effort to impress me with this little guy and I will do my best to put her intentions to good use. I still intend to get a larger printer in the near future, but you can expect to see a Part Two coming soon where I do a proper review on this printer.
Thanks for your time.