Monoprice Select IIIP Plus - Best speed settings and speeding up prints

  • How do I speed up prints for the Monoprice Select IIIP Plus printer?



    The manual shows [Cura] examples of:




    • Print speed: 50mm/s

    • Travel Speed: 80mm/s

    • Bottom Layer Speed: 20mm/s

    • Infill Speed: 50mm/s

    • Outer shell speed: 15mm/s

    • Inner shell speed: 30mm/s



    However, this doesn’t line up with their advertisements online of a 150mm/s printing speed.



    Are there better settings to use, especially ones which can speed up printing time? Or are there any other measures which I can take in order to reduce printing time in general?


    What do you mean by "best"? Best for *what*? Print speed, or print quality? Or somewhere in the middle?

    Somewhere in the middle?

    @iAdjunct, your original question was very close to what would normally closed as "too opinionated". Therefore I made some slight changes to your question so that it has a more general application and is more objective. Good luck!

  • bgiv

    bgiv Correct answer

    4 years ago

    In my experience a print speed of 50-70mm/s is ideal. Even if you set the speed to 150mm/s the print head still changes directions often and rarely will have enough time to accelerate from 0->150 before changing direction again.



    Some more effective ways of speeding up prints is to adjust




    • Layer height

    • Infill percentage (15-25% for regular prints, more if they need to be more sound)

    • Supports

    • Number of shells, etc


    Thanks for your reply. (1) what speed is that? There are six different speeds... (2) how do I pick a good/better layer height?

    I’ve found that 20% fill and 2 shells (or whatever the default is) to be what I need for most things. Supports I decide on a case-by-case basis. The problem is that even relatively simple prints become 36-hour monstrosities (24 as estimated by Cura, which is *always* an under-estimate by a good margin)

    @iAdjunct, unfortunately, 3D-printing is a slow process in it's current state. Luckily, it's an automated process. :-) Is there anything of what you were wondering about that this answer does not address? If not, please mark it as the accepted answer.

    @iAdjunct, could you send an example to a 'simple' print that's taking longer than you expected? 36 hours is a very long print unless you're printing something huge.

    For the plus the layer height should be multiples of 0.04. How low you go depends on you preferences and the model. 0.12mm will give you fine detail but will be mind-numbingly slow. This article might be helpful.

    @iAdjunct there are 6 different speeds which are all for different processes. If you really want to go faster then you can change the speeds and see how it prints. Quality usually drops as the speed is increased.

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