The Monoprice Maker is both cheap and reliable enough to be used in schools and museums, but those are exactly the same locations that need to take care of air quality, not to mention keep little hands from touching the very hot bits.
This all-acrylic enclosure kit is perfect for those situations because it improves air quality and protects little hands while allowing everything to get a good view of a print in progress.
This kit fits both the Monoprice Maker Select V1/V2 with it's external control box, AND the Monoprice Maker Select Plus, with the internal control panel.
Advantages of adding a 3DUPfitters enclosure:
Better quality prints because the ambient temperature is controlled
360 Views through the clear acrylic
More flexibility to print different types of filaments, including ABS
Optional fume filter or vent to the outside (both sold separately)
Thick 6mm acrylic doors and 3mm sides
The enclosure works by retaining the heat from the bed to bring the ambient temperature up high enough so that ABS and other filaments that expand when they cool are stabilized. Included is an optional fan; from there the air can be vented into the room, sent through an optional air filter (not included) or vented to the outside via a hose. (not included)
3D Print Your Own Connectors. Or Not.
A lot of customers prefer to print their own connector pieces themselves. We get it: you've got a great 3D printer, and it is itching to print things. No problem! The kit includes the STLs for all 3D printed parts. Typically it takes about 48 hours to print everything you'll need with a .4mm nozzle and .2mm layer height.
On the other hand, if you purchase the optional connector kit, all parts are 3D printed in the best quality American-made ABS. It not only will withstand the heat year after year, but it's also one of the most rigid plastics to add that will make the enclosure sturdier. We proudly use the best ABS filament you can buy from Atomic Filament in Indiana.
DON'T USE PLA!
If you still want to print your own parts, just remember that temperatures inside an enclosure will melt PLA, so you will get the best results with printing parts in a high-quality ABS, ASA, or Nylon. The catch-22 is you need an enclosure to print ABS! If you don't already have an enclosure, you can make do with PETG. Just keep in mind that PETG is more flexible and will make the entire enclosure less rigid than if you had used ABS.
Pro Quality American Made Acrylic
The panels are made in a factory in Ohio and cut on an American-built industrial laser, and then flat-packed for your assembly. All you need for assembly is just a hex wrench and a small Philips head screwdriver. (not included.)
Internal temperatures vary depending on the ambient room temperature outside the enclosure as well as where you measure the temperature. We use these enclosures to print both PLA and ABS daily, so rest assured the temperatures are "safe" to use.
The entry-level model has all 3mm acrylic and is a great option for the hobbyist on a budget.
6mm Front, 3mm Sides
The most popular model has a 6mm front and 3mm sides. The thicker front is a big improvement for the door.
6mm Front and Top, 3mm Sides
If you want to use 3Kg+ spools on top of the enclosure then the 6mm top upgrade is a must. This is the configuration we use in our print farm and it's also popular with libraries and schools that need a sturdier enclosure at a good price.
If you want to gain a couple of degrees of heat retention or intend to move your enclosure around a lot the 6mm all-around is the best you can buy.
The outside venting system will send potentially dangerous and definitely odorous fumes outside. We supply the fan and 4" dryer hose adapter, you get the rest of the parts from your local hardware store.