MONO is a smart 3D printer with a 7-inch touchscreen


This sleek 3D printer boasts a 7″ LCD touchcreen with a user-friendly interface.


While some 3D printers go for a much simpler, ‘less is more’ approach, one Berlin-based startup has taken another route with their lightweight, desktop machine. Mono Industries has introduced a sleek device equipped with a user-friendly, seven-inch touchscreen that puts all the printing options right at your fingertips.

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MONO features a build volume of 16cm x 16cm x 16cm and a built-in webcam so that you can stream the printing process directly to a browser. Although no PC is necessary to control the machine, you can still take advantage of the remote interface to monitor the print status and pause a job. As a standalone gadget, you can print from internal storage, an SD card, DropBox, Google Drive and other cloud platforms. With MONO, you can also define your own macros for bed leveling and filament change, and then store them for later use.

A nice trait about MONO is its user-friendly interface that enables you to visualize Gcodes and simulate a 3D print. In other words, a model is painted layer by layer revealing exactly how the printing process should take place. Each layer is highlighted in a different color to demonstrate how the layers will overlap. A side and front view are both shown as well. Ultimately, the idea here is that you can check out how your print should turn out before it occurs, making it easier to detect errors and fix them instead of wasting filament.

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Weighing in at approximately 17 pounds and measuring just 32cm x 32cm x 32cm in size, MONO won’t be taking up too much room on your desktop or workbench. And who can forget its sleek thermoformed acrylglass housing which will surely make it a welcomed addition to any home or Makerspace.

Sound like a 3D printer you’d like to have? Head over to MONO’s Kickstarter campaign, where the team is currently seeking $13,611. Delivery is slated for February 2016.

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