Mingda Magician Max 3D Printer Review
- Build volume: 320 x 320 x 400mm
- Memory: SD card
- Nozzle size: 0.4mm (replaceable)
- Bed: Glass
- Software: CURA
- Materials: PLA, PETG, ASA, ABS, Flex
The Mingda Magician Max is part of a new wave of 3D printers that offer a high-quality, out-of-the-box solution that anyone can use. The size and volume of features crammed in for the price make the Mingda Magician Max stand out.
The Magician Max first of all offers easy initial assembly and setup, huge build platform and build area, one-click leveling, dual gear direct drive extruder with wide material compatibility , fast print speed, automatic filament detection and quiet printing.
Given this volume of features, you would usually expect a much higher price. However, the company has managed to balance things out with cheaper materials used for construction.
There’s nothing too unusual about the design of the Mingda Magician Max; the company essentially went with the usual bolt-on frame design on a fully enclosed base. Currently a number of printers follow this style as it simply helps to keep the electronics tidy and leaves a minimum of mechanics on the screen.
When the machine arrives, a little assembly is needed for the vertical frame and some wires need to be put in place. Luckily, the instructions are extremely clear, and even for a complete novice the assembly process should be too difficult.
Once assembled, the machine looks very neat, with the power outlet conveniently placed on the side, a touchscreen control panel, USB port and SD card slot on the front.
There are also two neat additions to the design that have absolutely no impact on the functionality of the machine but are excellent. The first are two SD card slots so you can keep a spare SD card ready when you need it. Another feature is a small hidden cavity where you can store tools.
The rest of the design is consistent with most other 3D printers, with a plastic carry handle, spool holder, all-in-one hot end, and extruder.
The only thing we would say about the design is that while the build is solid, the base and some parts feel a little plastic. For example, the handle used to carry the printer is fine but feels a little cheap, and the finish around the power outlet, tool compartment, and base was a little flimsy.
When you look at the printer, you can see that it is a printer designed to keep working; there’s no room for tinkering, tweaking or upgrading, and while that may put some people off, it makes it an ideal choice for anyone new to 3D printing, modelers and craftsmen.
The size of the Mingda Magician Max instantly stands out, with its impressively large size once the machine is built. The machine offers a print size of 320 x 320 x 400 mm.
Like many recent machines, much of the heavy set-up has been done for you, and after unboxing there are a few bolts and wires that need to be screwed in and plugged into place.
Even leveling the bed is a simple process with just one click of the touchscreen doing the work. While the machine is equipped with a filament run-out detection sensor, the 1.75mm filament must be manually fed into the two gears of the direct-drive extruder. This extruder offers excellent compatibility with a wide variety of materials, with gears firmly gripping the filament and pushing it through the system.
The tool head is equipped with a fine 0.4 mm nozzle that can reach a temperature of 260°C, which is sufficient to handle most standard materials, including PLA, ABS, PETG and the TPU. Another nice touch here is that the nozzle is the standard thread size and can be replaced when it wears out or if you want to replace it with a hardened variety. Average print speeds are between 60-80mm per second, although this can be pushed to an impressive 90mm/s.
An increasingly common feature that we see on 3D printers is the LCD screen; this allows you to adjust printer settings and access printouts from an SD card or USB drive. The user interface is simple yet extremely easy to understand and navigate.
Assembling the Mingda Magician Max takes no more than 10 minutes and it’s one of the easiest printers I’ve assembled. Power on and the machine fires up, then it’s a push of the click leveling, and the printer should be ready to print.
In reality, as the first layer was printed, a small Z-axis adjustment was needed to get the filament to adhere securely to the glass bed. It only took a few 5 x 5 test grids to get the values to spot.
Next, we started with the provided test print, then some Benchy 3D prints; again I found a little tweaking needed with the belts needing tension to stop the ripple effect on the outer print wall.
The retraction also required adjustment as thin stringing was apparent. It took a while to fully tune the machine, initial impressions were good, but the prints looked outstanding after tuning.
The Mingda Magician Max is a very impressive machine despite some of its cheaper build features. Unfortunately, the plasticity of some builds is the reward for a printer that comes in at this price, this size, and with such a decent feature set.
Switching to Benchy 3D testing and stress proved an easy print at all settings; there was a small issue at first with the belt tension, but once corrected the sidewall defect was quickly resolved.
Let’s take the Autodesk/Kickstart 3D benchmark, and the results are impressive.
Dimensional accuracy – score of 5
Target 25 = X: error 24.84 mm / 0.16 mm | Y: 24.84mm / 0.16mm error
Target 20 = X: error 20 mm / 0. mm | Y: 19.87mm / 0.13mm error
Target 15 = X: 15 mm / 0 mm error | Y: 14.86mm / 0.14mm error
Target 10 = X: error 10.07 mm / 0.07 mm | Y: 9.87mm / 0.13mm error
Target 5 = X: error 5.11 mm / 0.11 mm | Y: 4.89mm / 0.11mm error
X average error = 0.068
Y Mean Error = 0.134
Average X&Y error = 0.101
Fine flow control – rating of 2.5
Fine negative functions – score of 4
Overhang – score 5
Bridging – score of 5
XY Resonance – score of 2.5
Z axis alignment – score of 2.5
Adding the totals gives a final score of 26.5 out of 30.
Let’s start with what’s not so good. The build quality is slightly cheap and plastic, and on our review sample a few screws in the power jack were loose to the point that if we hadn’t tightened them they would have fallen out.
And while print speeds are fast, there’s a wait for the system to warm up – for some prints it took upwards of five to ten minutes.
However, when it comes to the overall build of the machine, everything is well laid out and solid; it’s just that some of the aesthetics are a little rough around the edges.
Once the machine is assembled, the setup process is extremely quick, and once the first test prints are complete and a little adjustment to the belt tension, height, and Z-axis retraction is performed, the actual print quality is exceptional.
For a printer of this size and price, we weren’t expecting the print quality it produced; this is comparable to much more expensive printers.
The Mingda Magician Max, however, is a machine that does what it does. It was not designed to be improved, modified or adapted beyond what it is, and for some people this will be restrictive. However, with the growing market for people who want to print with a solid 3D printer, this hits the mark.
The size of the Max version is large, and the print quality and reliability are excellent. If you’re looking for a cheap 3D printer with a big build volume, you really can’t go wrong with the Mingda Magician Max.