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The Monoprice Dual Extrusion 3D printer is a frustratingly fun and expensive toyCNET editor Dong Ngo demonstrates his expertise in 3D printing using the Monoprice Dual Extrusion and...whipped cream, lots of it!
[MUSIC] Hi guys, **** Ngo here, and this is the Dual Extrusion 3D printer from Monoprice. But before we get to it, let's find out quickly about 3D printing. It's quite simple. Now here is my second cup of coffee for the day, it's not very good. But no worry. I have this right here. And, take a look. Voila. [UNKNOWN] it's better now but most importantly I just printed a 3D object on top of the cup. Now this same idea with this printer is of course a lot more complicated. The printer has a printer head right here. It come with a dual extruder. Now that mean you can work with two material at the same time. Now at the back here there are two spool of pre-material called filaments black and white. They are also one of different color you can buy. This is basically easily melted, fast congeal plastic string. The string go through this tube right here into one of the extruders. Where it got heated and melts. And then comes out on the place below here called the built platform. Now as it's coming down, the printer has to move around and transform the 3D object underneath. Now that's how simple and 3D printing can be very time consuming and intimidating. Now the machine here, for example, look nice but it's not because it was put together, out of the box, you actually have to assemble part of it. Very similar to buying furniture from IKEA. Now the hardest part is the calibration or basically make the platform right here, the good platform to stay in a perfect position. Two things, number one have to be completely level. Number two, have to be just a little bit away from the printer head about not too far, not too close. Now you're going to use the control panel here, right here, would be navigation button to help with the calibration process. And there are three screws underneath the platform for you to adjust the height and the tilt. The second hard part is the software, it's very fragmented. The printer here use open source software and it require two pieces. First is the [UNKNOWN] which is the print software. And a second is Python. Now you have to install those separately and after they have to actually configure Replicator G to work with Python. Now once they're installed the Replicator G's actually very powerful software, it allows you to view [UNKNOWN] and print 3D objects. Now it takes a long time to print 3D objects. For example these Yoda guys right here. It takes an hour and a half to finish. Or this iPhone 4 case right here, two hours. Obviously the larger the object and the more complicated it is the longer it takes to print. The printer connects to the computer using the USB port in the back here but it also comes with an SD card slot. The card slot right here hidden inside actually allows you to print without a computer. That's very helpful because the print process can take hours and if you use a computer for the printing and the computer goes to sleep mode the print is a fail. Before I print something nice like these things here I have to go through a pile of fail. Right here. And this actually took hours. So, basically, for most of you, I think for now you should just stick with playing with the whip cream, but if you're up to the challenge of this emerging technology, the Motu Price is actually a really cool and fun machines to have. And I think it's worth the current price of 1200 dollars which is actually cheaper than some computing models. For more on the printer here check out my full review at CNET.com. By the way all these right here is art. 'Cause I made it. And that's because I'm **** Ngo and this has been a first look at the Dual Extrusion 3D printer from Monoprice. [MUSIC] And, you know? Mm, that's a pretty good. Next time I skip the coffee entirely. [MUSIC]