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Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini

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The Duplicator i3 Mini is an excellent entry-level machine for beginners who want to learn 3D printing - Great features at an extremely affordable price.

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3D printing is such an exciting technology that, over the past few years, has finally become accessible to non-professionals and hobbyists. However, since the technology is still relatively early in development, not everyone can justify the cost of some of the higher-end 3D Printer models. This is why we have made it our mission to source a quality entry-level printer – The Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini – for hobbyists and Makers who want to try their hand at 3D Printing, without having to invest more than they’re comfortable with.

The Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini comes almost entirely assembled, with very little tinkering or assembly required. From taking it out of the box, all you have to do to get it ready to print is to screw the spool holder onto the side of the machine, and then follow the simple on-board guide to levelling the bed with the tension springs on each corner. After these simple steps, the printer will be ready to accept G-code files and fabricate almost any 3D model that you can imagine, from basic items like drinks coasters and decorations, all the way through to complex jewellery and 3D art.

Despite the extremely affordable price, the Duplicator i3 Mini comes with a surprising amount of features to help improve print quality and the overall printing experience. One of our favourite features is the tiny footprint this machine has allowing it to be used almost anywhere and with its easy-to-use interface and a build volume of 120x135x100mm making it ideal for beginners who want to learn about 3D printing, as well as for school or university workshops to help students get a head-start in modern desktop fabrication technologies.

As an extra benefit, the Wanhao i3 Mini also includes a small spool of sample filament, so that you can experiment and test out various print settings before investing in a whole 1kg roll.


Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini  -  Technical Specifications:

  • Printing Technology


  • Build Volume

– 120 x 135 x 100mm

  • Chassis Size (Desk Space Required)

– 300 x 382 x 370mm

  • Filament Diameter Compatibility

– 1.75mm

  • Extruder Style

– Bowden Style

  • Stock Nozzle

0.4mm E3D Nozzle (3mm Input)

  • Stock Hotend Assembly

– Custom E3D V6 3mm Hotend

  • Maximum Hotend Temperature

– 260°C

  • Print Platform Style

– Non-Heated / Wanhao Adhesive Sheet

  • Printing Speed (Stable)

– 30mm/s

  • Printing Speed (Max)

– 80mm/s

  • Layer Height (Resolution)

– 0.1 to 0.4mm

  • Motherboard / Primary Controller

– i3 Mini V1.1 Control Board

  • User Interface

– Onboard LCD with Rotary Encoder

  • Slicing Software Compatibility

– Cura / Simplify3D / Slic3r / Repetier Host               

  • File Format Compatibility


  • File Transfer Method

– SD Card / USB

  • Bed Levelling System

– Manual

  • Filament Quick-Change Function

– Manual

  • Chassis Materials

– Black Powder-Coated Steel

  • Included Slicing Software

– Wanhao Cura (Custom Wanhao Edition)

  • Included 3D Printing Filament

– 200g Spool of PLA

  • Distinct Features

– Excellent Beginner 3D Printer

  • Weight (Printer)

– 7kg

  • Weight (Package)

– 10kg

  • Operating Voltage

– 24V DC

  • Power Supply Input

– 100V/240V AC, 50/60Hz

  • Power Supply Output

– 24V 2A 50W | LRS-50-24


Typical Applications for the Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini: 

The Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini is the ultimate 3D printer for students and beginners who want to try out 3D printing before investing in a higher-end model. It is an excellent entry-level printer that is simple to operate, making it great for learning about STL files and G-Code, proper 3D printer software and settings, as well as the capabilities of modern desktop fabrication technologies. And while it may not have all of the fancy features like the Wanhao Duplicator 6, or the massive build volume of the Creality CR-10 S5, it is ideal for applications like:

  • Equipping a design or technology classroom with a desktop fabricator for kids or university students to utilise and learn from.
  • Installing a personal fabricator within a workshop or office to rapidly build 3D designs and prototypes before moving onto large-scale manufacturing.
  • Buying a basic 3D printer for a tech-minded individual, so that they can learn about desktop fabrication and discover their passion for 3D Making before investing in a high-end model.

The reason why we recommend these 3D Printers for students, kids or anyone who is eager to learn about 3D fabrication is because they strike the perfect balance between reliable 3D printing capabilities and ease-of-use. In fact, as long as you can follow basic instructions and are capable of doing a bit of research online, you will definitely be able to start designing and printing your own 3D objects within about 15 minutes of opening the box.


Here to show off some of the cool features, as well as some amazing prints using PLA, WoodFill and the new Sparkle filament, is our man Matt Cavanagh, AKA @RogueCode, with another excellent unboxing and review video on the Wanhao Duplicator i3 Mini:



Great service!

I purchased an i3 mini during the Black Friday sale. It's my second i3 mini - a solid little machine! Rather than offer a review of the printer, I'd like to comment that the service received from DIY Electronics was excellent. My printer arrived on Monday morning from across the country and was very well packaged. They had taken the time to properly wrap the box including extras, and this seems like something that could've have been skimped on by lesser companies during such a busy sale period. Many thanks... very happy!

  • 3 out of 3 people found this review useful.

Awesome little machine

Ordered mine on tuesday, arrived on wednesday, and was printing 20 minutes later. The machine is pretty fool proof, but like anything complex, required some tweaking. Amazing little machine.

  • 4 out of 4 people found this review useful.

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Wanhao have been supplying 3D Printers internationally since as early as 2012, and have rapidly garnered a world-renowned reputation for quality machines, parts and components. After originally banding together as a group of friends and purchasing a Makerbot Thing-O-Matic, they created their own “Duplicator 1” 3D Printer, which was essentially a replica of the Thing-O-Matic, with slight modifications and alterations to make it better suit typical users.

Wanhao’s strengths have always stemmed from the fact that they are both 3D Makers and 3D Printer Manufacturers, which allows them to understand the needs of the end user when developing new models or upgrades. It is the same reason why they always make sure to stock spares of all of the different parts and components, because they believe that you should never have to buy an entirely new printer if one part breaks, and should instead be able to simply replace whichever part is broken.

There are few 3D Printing manufacturers with as much experience and reputation as Wanhao, which is why we have chosen them as one of our top suppliers here at DIYElectronics. Not only do they continue to bring out exciting new models and upgrades for existing models, but they also align with our own company culture and values by proactively supplying all of the spare parts that customers might need – so that you, as an end user, never have to source spares or alternatives if you have problems with faulty or broken parts throughout the lifespan of your 3D Printer.