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RepRap

MendelMax

7.4 / 10
Starting at 
$1,395.00
Ideal for 
Intermediates

This Open Source RepRap 3D printer was designed by Maxbots in December 2011. This Kit utilizes 3D printed parts in production and has an improved and more rigid structure. Its successor is the MendelMax 2.

Kit / DIY

Owner ratings (9)

7.4 / 10
Print quality 
8.2
Ease of use 
5.8
Build quality 
7.8
Reliability 
7.1
Failure rate 
9.0
Customer service 
6.0
Community 
7.8
Running expenses 
6.7
Software 
8.0
Value 
7.6

Pros 
Build quality
Noise level
Heated platform
Community
Open source
Cons 
Design
Ease of use
Connectivity
Reliability

Specifications

Printer type 
FDM
Material 
ABS, PLA
Build volume 
25 x 31.5 x 19.7 cm
Min layer height 
100 microns
Max layer height 
320 microns
Extruder Head 
1, 2 (optional)
XY precision 
10 microns
Printing speed 
150 mm/s
Open source 
Hardware & software
Can you use 3rd party material? 
Yes
Heated platform 
Yes
On-printer controls 
Optional
Connectivity 
USB
Target audience 
intermediate
pro
Owner Reviews 
6.0 / 10

A decent 3d printer for someone who has had a low quality printer previously. However, it is also good for someone just getting into the hobby as long as you understand that instructions for building the printer are generic and only apply loosely to your actual build. This means you need to be confident with your mechanical abilities in order to build the printer and to get it running without any issues.

6.4 / 10

great build volume for small price

5.6 / 10

Our MendelMax 1.5 was our first 3D printer listed on 3D Hubs. We bought the kit, which at the time was MUCH more expensive than most kits are today in 2016. The kit is quite involved and can take a few days at least to fully assemble and configure. The value is not as great as compared to more recent printers, simply due to it's initial cost when we got it years ago. The printer has performed excellent and has stood the test of time within our studio. I would only recommend an involved printer kit in general, to those who are mechanically inclined, and not necessarily for the budget minded shopper.

6.4 / 10

Its is a very sturdy, solid design. If I had to pick one thing that bothers me it is the Misumi Dual Rail used and carriages used for the Y axis. It adds a small amount of potential shift while printing.

6.2 / 10

It's a real hard working horse for me. I used MendelMax every day for more than year and it still have a good quality but sometimes I have problems with extruder.