For quite some time, a new 3D printer made its way into the vast 3D printing world. The DEMU 3D Printer Mini is similar to devices like the M3D Micro or UP!Mini. Only disadvantages are the less noble design (compared to the micro) and the fewer functionality (UP!Mini). In return, the 3D printer offers a very low price which is around $200 at the time of our review.
- Plug n Play finished 3D printer
- Print volume of 110 x 110 x 125mm
- 1 x PLA filament coil
- Power Cable
The DEMU 3D Printer Mini does not need a detailed start-up description because it is a very simple plug-n-play machine (not a DIY kit). For some users, the only difficulty seems to be calibration of the printing platform, as there is no fully automated solution here.
The open filament mount on the back of the 3D printer makes it easy to use a wide range of spool sizes and thicknesses. The filament spools are easy to attach to the hook and insert the material through a nozzle into the printhead.
The DEMU 3D Printer Mini uses, in our opinion, the most suitable filament for small machines which is PLA. Compared to ABS, PLA curves much less due to the special material features. Due to this difference in materials, 3D printers generally use heated printing platforms for ABS that drive up the cost of devices. Therefore, small 3D printers such as the DEMU 3D Printer Mini primarily work with PLA.
Despite the lower material curvature compared to ABS, difficulties still arise depending on the situation. Especially a very cool environment and slight temperature fluctuations by e.g. wind lead to distortions on the edges. In the worst case, this results in misprints that require a complete reprint. To prevent this, the controversial sprays, so-called mouse ears and (our favorite) the blue tape help reduce this effect.
The DEMU 3D printer Mini uses the slicer software “Cura” by Ultimaker. The Cura software is a classic and free slicer program for 3D printers. It allows various types of operations, functions and views of an object on a very simple and user-friendly interface. Cura is perfect for printing on small devices like the DEMU 3D Printer Mini. If you still want a more professional or alternative slicers, you can look at the different options on our slicer comparison chart.
Advantages & Disadvantages
- Simple user interface and operation
- Low price
- Nice & playful design
- Small print volume of 11x11x12.5 cm
- Only PLA — no ABS
- Mostly constructed from plastic
The small price and proper features of the DEMU 3D printer Mini make the device stand out from other small print volume models. Also, the openness to materials is a big plus, considering that many competing products rely on proprietary filament.
We can recommend this fully assembled 3D printer for an unbeatable price of just under $200. It is perfect for beginners and tech fans as an entry level device or a gadget for your home. The device is ideal as a small gadget for the home to meet your “geeky image” and to get to know the technology.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via the comment section below or the contact form.
Have fun printing! 😉