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If you are looking to break into the new world of 3-D printing, look no further than the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 from the XYZ printing company. The model is compact and lightweight that makes it easily accessible and able to be stored on any surface in your home or office. Whether you use the device for business or recreational purposes, the device is a great model for those who are new or experienced to the practice of 3-D printing.
Whether you use the device for business or recreational purposes, the device is a great model for those who are new or experienced to the practice of 3-D printing.
Da Vinci Jr1.0 uses a non-toxic biodegradable PLA filament, that comes with a detector for warning users when they are near empty on filament. It has a new auto-loading filament system for a simple and convenient experience. The device also comes with a one touch fluid press-and-release extruder, that makes the cleaning and replacement a process that takes less than a minute. Most importantly, this devise is a low energy consumption product that only consumes 75 watts of power.
The print quality of the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 is practically state of the art, producing a layer thickness of 100-400 microns. The secret to its high print quality is the single-nozzle print head that is a simple but mechanically powerful device.
The device does not require any calibration that attribute’s to its overall durability.
The product is able to produce in a design environment of 5.9 inches in length, width, and height, that makes any small to medium size project a possibility with this low cost device. In comparison to the 3D systems cube 3 printer, it has a build environment only 0.1 inches smaller. The printer’s build-bed is not heated and non removable, however, this unit comes with three form-fitting bed tapes that are re-usable and can go over the top of the build platform when its being used. The build volume can contain projects with a file size of up to 4GB DRAM, which is more than enough memory to build most simple to intermediate projects.
The product comes with 4 build speeds; Fine at .1 mm, Standard at .2 mm, Speed at .3 mm, and Ultra-Fast at .4 mm. This flexibility of build speed allows for a wide range of projects that can be performed quick when necessary, or achieve a high level of detail. Many reviewers have raved about how this is one of the best-selling points of the product, for its versatility of various projects that can occur around the house or office.
As mentioned the build environment is a cubical 5.9 inches. The device itself can be measured at 16.54 x 16.93 x 14.96 inch, with a package dimension at 21.53 x 22.87 x 18.7 inch. The machine itself has a gross weight of about 33 pounds, which again makes it easy to move around, and store on any desk, shelf, or flat surface.
XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Features
The device comes with both OS support with Windows 7 as well as Mac OSX 10.8 for 64 bit and above. The Hardware Requirements for the device include X86 32/64-bit compatible PCs with 4GB+ DRAM but only 64-bit compatibility for a Mac Device. The device features a 2.6 inch FSTN Liquid Crystal display monitor, and provides connectivity via USB 2.0 or SD card. The device runs on its own company brand software XYZware with a file type extension .stl or .3w.
The device does not come with any major accessories. It does come with the necessary equipment including a power adapter and power cord, as well as a USB cable and SD card. It also comes with mechanical equipment needed for the print bed including guide tube, cleaning wire, bed tape, cleaning brush, scraper, a filament spool axis ring, and a bundled filament. The package will contain an owners’ manual that will provide how to use instructions, as well as necessary warranty information and contact information for customer service.
The best selling point for this device is the ease in general maintenance for the product. This product is truly a ready out of the box experience that is beneficial for the not so technical expert individuals who just want to start designing out of the box.
As mentioned earlier, one of the greatest benefits is the unnecessary need to calibrate the model due to the simplistic single nozzle print head.
While the device is relatively small compared to most 3Dprinters, the product is considered to be bulky compared to build volume that it operates under. While the build volume is around 200 cubic inches, the device itself is more than a cubic foot, which does not put it near the top of the line in terms of volume efficiency.
Because of its large size, the product comes in weighing at 33 pounds that while not heavy and still considered to be portable, is by far not one of the lightest compact 3D printing devices that are currently out in retail stores.
XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Consumer Rating
Most ratings have found this to be a favorable device given the range of 3D printers that are currently on the market. The ratings range anywhere from 3 out of 5 stars to a perfect 5 amongst numerous retail customer reviews. CNET’s consumer review has it at an 8.5 out of 10, giving it a 9 in design and setup as well as features that it comes with. Its performance was still given an 8, and the score was mainly dragged down by a 7 for service and support.
Overall the product has been found by consumer reports and customers to be a cheap product whose quality in features well exceeds its price, with an ease of use that targets the entry level 3D printing user. While the product may be out of reach for the 3D printing expert or commercial user, the advanced user may still find the product to be quite satisfactory given its size and features.
This product makes for a great addition to your home, office or classroom. This device will come with an optional 3 or 4-year manufacturer’s warranty. Overall, this is one of the cheapest 3D printers on the market but does not mean at the slightest you will get the cheapest in quality.