[chbot] 3D printing

Nick Rout nick.rout at gmail.com
Thu Oct 12 23:48:55 BST 2017

On Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 5:44 PM, Andrew Errington <erringtona at gmail.com>

> Hello everyone,
> My 3D printer arrived today.  Now I can hang with the cool kids.
> For the longest time I have coveted this:
> https://hobbyking.com/en_us/catalogsearch/result/index/?
> dir=desc&order=price&q=Malyan+m200
> It is the Malyan M200, aka the Monoprice MP Select Mini.  It was announced
> to great excitement just over a year ago as the first actually decent 3D
> printer for less than 200 US dollars:
> https://hackaday.com/2016/06/13/review-monoprice-mp-select-
> mini-3d-printer/
> So, for the price it's pretty good, all things considered.  I was overseas
> when it was announced, and I didn't want to try and get one delivered to me
> there, nor did I want to carry it back to NZ when I eventually returned.
> I kept my eye on it at hobbyking, and another eye on the exchange rate.
> As you know, GST is not collected on imports if the GST amount is less than
> NZD 60, which equates to a shipment value of NZD 400 including shipping.
> Unfortunately, if you exceed this threshold you get some other fees tacked
> on too, approximately an additional hundred dollars.
> The shipping cost from Hong Kong is about USD 65, so all up it's right on
> the edge of being slightly over the limit, depending on the exchange rate.
> Lately the NZD has been quite strong so it was quite likely I would not be
> over the limit, but it's marginal.
> Last week I spotted it was on sale with about USD 50 discount.  I bought
> one on Friday and it arrived today.  At least if you're paying that much
> for shipping you actually get good service.  I bought the UK version to be
> sure it was capable of 240V operation, but I think all models are the same,
> just with a different figure-8 mains cable supplied.
> Out of the box you get five metres of PLA and a microSD card with a sample
> model (and the manual) on it.  They supply a small Allen key for you to
> check the bed is level, after which you load the filament and press print.
> Now I have joined the horde of 3D printer owners with no real need for
> one... but it's cool.
> Best wishes,
> Andrew

Hi Andrew, you are back in NZ then?

I have an actual use for a 3D printer to implement this:


I'll take a look at the Malyan/Monoproice.


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