I bought my Mankati printer about a month ago. The reasons for doing so was that I was looking for a reasonably priced printer that was able to printer somewhat larger volume prints and had the capability to print with two colors. After making a long list of available printers, the Mankati Fullscale XT seemed to fit the bill. It has been busy printing every day so I wanted to share some of my experiences.
First, the Mankati is a very solidly build printer, but I did have some startup problems.
The connectors on the stepper motors are very small and fragile. It is easy to break them. These were outsource by Mankati off course, but I would have like them to be a bit more solid.
Second, the spool holder on the back could have been placed apart somewhat more.
I’ve already had filament getting caught when using full 1 kg spools.
After about two weeks of printing I suddenly started to experiences severe offsets in my prints in the Y-axis. After searching and looking, I found one of the screws holding one of the drive wheels to the axis was lost. It was easily replaced, but nevertheless, it took me two days before I figured out what the problems was. This of course could have happened to any printer.
The printing bed with the attached heating platform is not 100% flat. This seems to be a common problem, but it makes calibrating your nozzle distance very important.
I would have liked the LCD display to have been a bit bigger to display more information and possibly in a different color. This is however a minor thing and not very important.
The push-turn knob works ok, but it the screw loosened itself recently so it had to be tightened again.
Although the printer can print at speeds up to 150 mm/s, I rarely go beyond 45 mm/s. Especially for small and detailed prints I often go down to 30 mm/s or even lower.
I also rarely print at 0.10 mm or smaller. It seems the quality of the print does not really increase with such small layers and does not justify the doubled printing time.
Other than this, the Mankati proved to be relatively problem free so far.
It seems it’s not a very popular printer but so far, I’ve found it to be very dependable.