The Good The XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D Printer works well for both a 3D printer and a 3D scanner. The machine has a large print platform, is ready to use right out of the box, and costs far less than competing devices.
The Bad The machine uses XYZprinting branded supplies, and you cannot change the threads when printing. The printing platform is not removable, which makes it difficult to clean.
The Bottom Line The affordable, reliable and easy-to-use XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D Printer is a big leap to make 3D printing accessible to the masses.
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For just $ 799, the XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D Printer is one of the most affordable 3D printers on a single extruder on the market. (Da Vinci is available in the UK for £ 649; pricing and availability for Australia will be announced later.) However, it is a full-featured machine that can create large 3D objects and also be used as a 3D scanner. During testing, it proved to be both reliable and easy to use.
However, there is one caveat. The 3D printer uses branded supplies that are relatively more expensive than those used by other 3D printers. The printer also has a few other minor drawbacks, including the non-removable print platform (which complicates cleaning the interior of the printer after work) and the fact that you cannot change threads when printing multiple print jobs.
But these are all small sacrifices for a great 3D printer at an extremely low price. If you are interested in or even interested in 3D printing, Da Vinci 1.0 AiO is a simple recommendation.
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|Price||—||$649 Amazon||$220 Walmart||$900 Walmart||—|
Pre-calibrated large print platform
Similar to the case of be3D DeeGreen costing $ 2000, the Da Vinci 1.0 AiO does not require much work to get it started and work.
The printer comes pre-assembled and pre-calibrated. All you have to do is unpack it to remove the many upholstery, ribbons and plastic hinges that protect the parts during transit. Although the process takes a long time, it will save a lot of work later.
Why? Because the printer is well packed for a reason: so that parts do not move during transit. This can lead to the need for recalibration – a process that can take much longer than unpacking. Calibration is an important process when you are sure that the entire surface of the print platform is at a constant and perfect distance from the printhead attachment. If you do not do this correctly, the printer will not be able to create an object that accurately displays the 3D model. If you need to manually calibrate, the Da Vinci print platform comes with three screws at the bottom. However, you hardly need to recalibrate it – I didn’t.
At 18.4 x 20.1 x 22 inches (46.8 x 51 x 55.8 cm), this printer is large enough for a single-extruder model (one that can only print in color at a time). The advantage of the large physical size of the Da Vinci is that it can accommodate a large print platform, and indeed it can create 3D objects up to 7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8 inches (approximately 20 x 20 x 20 cm), much more than is possible on DeeGreen. Below the print platform, there is another circular turntable platform for the printer scan feature. Da Vinci can scan objects up to 6 x 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 x 15 cm) in size.
Own thread cartridge
The only part that needs to be assembled before using the printer is the integrated ABS cartridge. Unlike other 3D printers that use open threaded coils, the Da Vinci spool is placed inside the cartridge. Like a laser toner cartridge, you insert it into the socket on the back of the printer ( 3D Systems Cube also used cartridge). At the bottom of the cartridge is a sensor contact port that allows the printer to automatically detect the presence of a thread, its type (ABS or PLA) and the amount left.
Letting the sensor tell the printer when you have a low thread level is more convenient than having to manually check the thread coil. However, you will need to purchase a whole new cartridge when it is empty; you can’t just add more threads to it. The $ 28 cartridge holds 600g (1.3lb) of thread. For comparison, be3D sells DeeGreen threads for $ 30 for each 750g (1.7lb) coil, and Monoprice sells its own $ 35 for 1kg (2.2lb) coil, and you can use Monoprice threads for 3D – be3D printers and vice versa. Note that XYZPrinting does not currently return used plastic cartridges for recycling. You will need to abandon them yourself.
Threads are raw materials for 3D printing, as are ink cartridges for inkjet printers. They come in many colors and are generally easy to melt, quickly configuring the plastic threads that feed through the printhead nozzles while printing. As for Da Vinci, each cartridge comes with a thread of thread that stands for you to grab and feed into the print head of the printer.
As for 3D printers, during the print job, the print head pulls the thread of thread, melts the plastic and squeezes it onto the platform under the nozzle. The platform descends gradually depending on the height, and the print head moves around depending on the width and shape of the object being built. As the extruded plastic piles on the top layer by layer, it quickly freezes and after a while will slowly form an object. This process is called fused deposition modeling (FDM), also known as fused filament fabrication (FFF). It is a state-of-the-art 3D printing technology that is used in all consumer 3D printers.
As a single extruder, Da Vinci can only work with one filament cartridge at a time, and the printer does not allow the cartridge to be replaced when printing. This means that you can only print printers of the same color using the printer. However, this is not a big deal because you can always draw an object after the task is completed.
Features of the Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D Printer
|Extruder||0.015-inch nozzle single extruder|
|Print platform||Heated print plate|
|Print Technology||Fused Filament Fabrication|
|Build volume||7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8 in (20 x 20 x 20 cm)|
|Layer thickness||0.4 / 0.3 / 0.2 / 0.1mm|
|Nozzle diameter||0.015 in. (0.4mm)|
|Print speed||3.54 in/s (90 mm/s)|
|Scan volume||6 x 6 x 6 in. (15 x 15 x 15 cm)|
|Printer control||2.6-inch LCD|
|Printable materials||Proprietary cartridge containing PLA or ABS filaments (600g each)|
|Power source||230 V / 120 W|
|External dimensions||18.4 x 20.1 x 22 in. (46.8 x 51 x 55.8 cm)|
|OS support||Windows 7 (and later), Mac OS 10.9 (or later)|
Simple software with no SD card slot
The Da Vinci front has a 2.6-inch LCD screen with six navigation buttons. You can use this screen and buttons to control the printer, including loading / unloading threads, calibration, viewing the printer status, and more. The back of the printer has a standard USB port for connecting to a computer using a standard USB 2.0 cable. Because the printer does not have an SD card slot, the only way to use it is through a computer.
The printer comes bundled with two programs called XYZWare (Windows and Mac) and XYZScan (so far for Windows only). Both applications are very easy to use with large explanatory buttons.
XYZWare is designed for 3D printing and allows you to perform standard settings, including resizing a 3D object (zoom); print quality is normal, good (default) or excellent; printing speed; fill level (hollow or solid) and the like. You can also add multiple 3D model files to one print job if they do not exceed the maximum print volume.
In my test, the Windows XYZWare version works much better than Mac software that has had several bugs, such as inconsistent status messages or accidental hang-ups when moving from one model to another. Although the problems are not too distracting, XYZ says it will continue to improve.
As for what to print, we have a huge collection of 3D models Thingiverse what you can use. You can also make your own using free software such as SketchUp or Autodesk 123D. Finally, in the case of Da Vinci, you can scan the object in a model file. Effectively, the machine can make copies of 3D objects 6 x 6 x 6 inches (15 x 15 x 15cm) or smaller.
Like XYZWare, XYZScan also worked well. To scan an object, simply run the software and select “Scan”, the machine will lift the print platform to identify the turntable scan platform below. This is where you place the object you want to convert to a 3D model. Then click Scan Now and All. The machine has two laser scanners, one on each side, which will scan the object when the platform rotates. Regardless of the size of the object, it took less than five minutes in my research to complete the scan.
XYZScan software provides scanning capabilities, including Auto (when the object color is determined automatically), dark and light. After scanning an object, you can touch it with several other options, including the level of surface smoothness and the level of detail. You can save the scan as a .das file that can be further edited, or as a printable .stl file. Once saved to .stl, which is the most popular open source file format for 3D models, the object cannot be edited further.
The Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D printer worked well in my testing, both as a printer and as a scanner.
As a printer, it worked fairly quickly. For example, the iPhone 5s case finished about an hour, which is a little faster than DeeGreen. The approximate running time of the printer displayed on the front LCD is still not working. For example, a lot of work took 19 hours, it turned out that only 10 were needed.
The printer also worked reliably and I did not encounter prints at all. However, it took much longer than DeeGreen to run the print job. The initiation process involves heating the nozzle and the printing platform (for another five minutes or so) and moving the platform to its original position. The platform moves incredibly slow, taking half a minute to travel just under 9 inches.
Note that you can only print from a computer (not an SD card), when a print job is sent to a printer that only takes a few minutes, even with a very large object, you can safely shut down the computer and the printer take care of the rest.
As for supplies, you can print far less than a DeeGreen coil from a Da Vinci cartridge. This is partly due to the fact that the XYZPrinting cartridge only holds 1.3 pounds of thread, while the Be3D coil holds 1.7 pounds. However, it may be that the cartridge sensor does not determine that the thread level remains correct. During testing, when the cartridge was reported empty, I opened it, and there was still a relatively large amount of thread left. Against this background, you can reprint many objects, including large objects, from a single cartridge.
As a scanner, Da Vinci also worked very well. In general, the scanned object is the same physical size as the original. However, it depends on the details. Objects with smooth surfaces tend to be more scanned than objects with many details, angles, or rough surfaces. This also applies to larger objects than smaller objects. In general, I would say that accuracy ranges from 90 to 99 percent.
Da Vinci is quieter than DeeGreen or any of the other 3D printers I’ve known. However, it makes noise, but it doesn’t sound like someone practices a saxophone, but at the same time tries to muffle the sound.
Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D Printer is full of pleasant surprises. First, the $ 799 price tag is far more affordable than many other 3D printers on the market, including smaller print platforms. Then there’s the fact that it’s also a 3D scanner. Finally, both its scanning and printing functions worked very well right out of the box.
However, the car is not perfect. My biggest concern is the fact that it uses branded consumables that are not only more expensive than other printers but also potentially give away a lot of junk.
If you can live with these factors, now it is best when it comes to 3D printing.