3D Printing

About:

My second 3D printer, the Monoprice Maker Ultimate, has been absolutely awesome.  It is essentially a Monoprice branded Wanhao Duplicator 6 printer.  It just works.  Simply.  Which is what I want after having my first printer, a SeeMeCNC Rostock Max V2 (although it wasn’t factory assembled and Evan, my Dad, and me built it in the garage).  The firmware is great, super simple to use, easily guides you through bed leveling, changing filament, etc.  I have tried a few custom firmwares, but am currently using the latest version of the Wanhao D6 firmware (3.2.1) customized for the Monoprice with a mod to allow it to print up to 320 Celcius.  Also using the latest version of the Wanhao Cura software for slicing and editing files.

Mods:

Resources:

Issues & Solutions:

  • STOPPED: BROKEN X OR Y SWITCH! Error Message
    • If you start receiving this error message, most likely your relay on the X/Y switch has failed.  You need to bypass the relay.  I have had to do this recently (10/2017) and it works!
    • D6_Bypass_relay – PDF Instructions from Wanhao showing how to do this.
  • If you get any other generic error message, be sure to take off the bottom plate and check ALL cable connections!  And check connection on ribbon cable to extruder top.

Wiki for 3D Printer Wanhao Duplicator 6 and Monoprice Maker Ultimate 

This FAQ page is backed up from the original link here:

http://www.printer3d.one/en/wanhao-duplicator-6-monoprice-maker-ultimate-tips-improvements/

ALL CONTENT IS FROM THE ORIGINAL CREATOR I TAKE NO CREDIT FOR THIS INFORMATION!

This tips and improvements are not necessary to use your printer. They are proposed for the enhancement and for people who like DiY and play with their toy.

SUMMARY

A. IMPROVE THE QUALITY PRINT
B. FOR COMFORT AND DURABILITY
C. FOR NOISE REDUCTION
D. FIRMWARE FOR D6 AND MMU
E. HOW TO FLASH THE FIRMWARE
F. ALL SPARE PARTS FOR MMU & D6
G. IP CAMERA MONITORING
H. BIG THINGIVERSE COLLECTION
I. INSTALL OCTOPRINT ON D6
J. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A. IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF PRINT

1 / For quality print (mainly with PLA and compatible filaments)
Replacement of fan duct / blower duct. They exist 2 types of designs :
Picture Name / Ref / ID US WORLD Link UK Link FR Link
Best fans 40x40x15mm Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX US/WORLD Link UK Link FR Link
Best fans 50x50x15mm 24V DC Brushless Blower 0.15A US/WORLD Link UK Link FR Link

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Change for an all Metal Hotend with SLOTTED Cooling Block for Duplicator 6
Picture Name / Ref / ID US WORLD Link UK Link FR Link
all Metal Hotend with SLOTTED Cooling Block for Duplicator 6 Micro Swiss US/WORLD Link UK Link FR Link

Optionally, If you want to print at high temperatures with exotics filaments change your hotend for an kit Micro Swiss (if your print primarily PLA at 220° max you don’t need this kit).

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Change for Bondtech BMG extruder – Wanhao Duplicator 6

Picture Name / Ref / ID US WORLD Link UK Link FR Link
Bondtech BMG extruder – Wanhao Duplicator 6 (more info$105 + free shipping US/WORLD Link
EU Link FR Link
Ebay

How to step-by-step: http://www.printer3d.one/en/bondtech-bmg-extruder-upgrade-wanhao-duplicator-6-monoprice-maker-ultimate/

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Use a glass plate (panel) tempered glass or borosilicate glass
Picture Name / Ref / ID US WORLD Link UK Link FR Link
Tempered glass plate panel for 3D printer 215x215x3mm (mine & lower price) US/WORLD Link UK Link FR Link
borosilicate glass plate panel for 3D printer 220x220x4mm (perfect fit with bed) US/WORLD Link   FR Link
borosilicate glass plate panel for 3D printer 220x220x3mm (perfect fit with bed) US/WORLD Link   FR Link

A glass plate on the build plate is an easy solution for a perfect first layer. Simply unclip the plate and pass 5min fridge, the piece comes off alone

Work with mini “swiss clips” or standard Q Connect 24mm Foldback Clip (glass height max 4mm to preserve temp conduction with bed and glass)

Link for swiss clips : http://amzn.to/2xLnqQm

Link for Q Connect 24mm Foldback Clip : https://www.amazon.com/Connect-24mm-Foldback-Clip-Pack/dp/B001J8G6Q4

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Add silicon boot on nozzle to reduce and stabilize temp° inside

Make your silicon boot : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1817230
If you can’t do make boot, you can use this High Temperature Flue Tape
https://www.amazon.com/3M-High-Temperature-Flue-15-Foot/dp/B00004Z4DS/

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Add a filament holder

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1692477
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1645945

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Add a new spool holder depend of space available on desk

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2055814
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1619675
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1590264

Add PTFE Teflon Tube for 1.75 Filament
https://www.amazon.com/Teflon-Bowden-Filament-2-0mm-4-0mm/dp/B01CUPV90M

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Add optionally an induction probe for auto-leveling

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2081168

Picture Name / Ref / ID US WORLD Link    
Recommanded 12mm induction probe for D6 & MMU WORLD Link    
18mm induction probe (reduce print surface) for D6 & MMU WORLD Link    

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2 / For quality print with ABS and similar filaments:
Add cover and door to stabilize temperature°
Picture Name / Ref / ID US WORLD Link UK Link FR Link
Full enclosure door side cover for MMU & D6. I ordered mine 72 € on 3D Prima (Europe) but is out of stock. WORLD Link / US Link UK Link FR/EU Link

Note: Cover/full enclosure it isn’t useful with PLA

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B. IMPROVE COMFORT AND DURABILITY

Add taller feet allowing greater airflow below the printer

Ribbon holder / cable holder

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C.  FOR NOISE REDUCTION

Add dampers on motors for or noise reduction “Astrosyn MY17RMDAMP Nema 17 damper” https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2121738

Video tutorial : 

Replace cheap mainboard fan (under the printer)

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D. Firmware for Wanhao Duplicator 6 and Monoprice Maker Ultimate

Updating the firmware for Wanhao Duplicator 6 and Monoprice Maker Ultimate.

I use the first version of Wanhao Duplicator 6 (ordered on May 2016 on Aliexpress). I don’t know if there are a real difference between my printer, new series and Monoprice Maker Ultimate.

There are currently 6 stable firmwares:

Firmware Version Description Link
Official Wanhao Duplicator 6 Version 3.01 DEV This firmware is based on old Marlin version, with an easy interface, 1 click SD print. By Wanhao Dev (Official) https://github.com/garychen99/Duplicator-6-firmware-version-3.1/blob/master/Marlin-wanhaoD6_V3.01.rar
MOD of official Wanhao Duplicator 6 Version 3.2.1 This firmware is based Official Duplicator 6 firmware 3.01 DEV, with some display corrections and add for max temp°. By Monzilla 3D https://www.facebook.com/groups/470637449795481/669832693209288
MOD of official Monoprice Maker Ultimate (MMU) Version 3.2.1 This firmware is based Official Duplicator 6 firmware 3.01 DEV, with some display corrections and add for max temp°. By Monzilla 3D https://www.facebook.com/groups/470637449795481/669832693209288
MK4duo for Duplicator 6 Version 4.3.2 Stable It is derivated from Marlin by Italian team. It have a online configurator for personnal custon firmware! (for advanced user). http://marlinkimbra.it/configurator/v4_3_2/firmware_configurator.php
Port of MARLIN 1.1.0 RC8 for Wanhao D6 Version 5.0 (RM) Based on Marlin 1.1.0 RC8. For print improvment and expert settings. By Rob Mendon https://www.facebook.com/groups/printer3d.one/431905170544280/

 https://github.com/dot-bob/Marlin-Duplicator-6

MARLIN 1.1.5 for Wanhao D6 Version 1.1.x (1.1.5 on 4 october 17) Most recent Marlin for your printer. You can custum it easy  probe, max temp… By Rob Mendon https://github.com/dot-bob/Marlin-Duplicator-6/releases
MARLIN 1.1.5 for Monoprice Maker Ultimate (MMU) Version 1.1.x (1.1.5 on 09/27/17) Most recent Marlin for your printer. You can costum it easy  probe, max temp… By Rob Mendon https://github.com/dot-bob/Marlin/tree/MMU
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E. How to Flash Firmware

You can flash the firware directly in Cura (with compiled .hex), or with Xloader (with compiled .hex) or in Arduino software (.ino file)

Read this usefull link : http://www.printer3d.one/en/tutorial-install-firmware-marlin-1-1-3d-printer-wanhao-duplicator-6/

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F. Spare Parts for Monoprice Maker Ultimate & Wanhao D6

Click the image link to go to parts page, or this URL:

http://www.printer3d.one/en/buy-all-spare-parts-3d-printer-monoprice-maker-ultimate-wanhao-duplicator-6/

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G. Free IP Camera with USB Webcam for Monitoring Prints

Read full guide here : http://www.printer3d.one/en/free-ip-camera-monitoring-3d-printer-usb-webcam/

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H. Collection on Thingiverse for D6/MMU Parts

Click the image link to go to Thingiverse page, or this URL:

https://www.thingiverse.com/Printer3D_One/collections/wanhao-duplicator-6-d6-amp-monoprice-maker-ultimate-printed-parts-and-improvements

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I. Installing Octoprint to Manage Printing

http://www.printer3d.one/en/install-octoprint-raspberry-pi-windows-mac-control-wanhao-duplicator-6-monoprice-maker-ultimate/

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J. FAQ on Wanhao D6 & MMU

Click the image link to go to the FAQ page, or this URL:

http://www.printer3d.one/en/frequently-asked-questions-faq-wanhao-duplicator-6-monoprice-maker-ultimate/

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