Despite being one of the lowest priced 3D printers on the market, the XYZprinting Da Vinci Jr. 3D printer has the capacity to provide quality results in a timely manner. This printer is a well-designed and highly intuitive machine that is easy to use. Designed to be used by individuals who may not have a high level of expertise when it comes to 3D printers, the Da Vinci 3D printer does not require initial calibration before its first use, meaning that it is ready to use right out of the box.
Some Minor Limitations
This machine does have its limitations, which should be expected at such an affordable price. The current model is only compatible with XYZPrinting proprietary filament spools. Additionally, the printer is also limited in the size of the objects it is able to produce. The size and appearance of the Da Vinci 3D printer is not indicative of its production capacity. Its small build platform is what limits the size of the objects it can produce.
The Da Vinci 3D printer is designed for the person or company that is on a budget and does not need large extravagant objects. When compared to other 3D printers, which can range from $1,000 to $5,000, it lacks some of the functionality that many have come to expect from 3D printers, but this should be expected at such a discounted price. The higher-priced printers are more complex machines that are not always easy to use, while the Da Vinci is an open and use machine that will require very little tweaking, if any at all.
Up and Running in No Time
When I tested the Da Vinci 3D printer, I immediately discovered that is was basically a scaled down model of the Da Vinci 1.0 AiO. This latest version does not have the scanning option; however, it does have the capacity to print directly from an SD card, which was not available on the 1.0. From that point forward, everything else about this printer in strikingly similar to its predecessor, including print speed, software, setup process and quality.
What was most pleasing about the testing process was the fact that I was able to get the printer up and running in under 10 minutes, which includes the time it took to unbox it. Although the process was highly intuitive and straightforward, it may be slightly challenging for someone who has never used a 3D printer before; however, the printer comes with a well-illustrated step-by-step guide that will walk them through the process.
The only thing that will need to be done once the Da Vinci 3D printer is removed from the box is to install the filament, which is included, and plug it into an electrical outlet.
No Complex Initialization Processes
Generally, 3D printing requires calibration, which is basically an alignment process, which can be immensely challenging, due to the fact that the operator must ensure that the surface of the platform is consistently at the ideal distance from the print-head’s nozzle. When this calibration process is not performed correctly, it limits the accuracy through which 3D objects are produced. The vast majority of 3D printers manufactured today require manual calibration before use. This calibration process is the greatest obstacle that an individual will face when attempting to get up and running; however, the Da Vinci 3D printer allows the user to completely bypass this process.
Looking past the small build platform, this printer is highly-functional and should be considered to be a solid investment for an individual or business that will be taken on small 3D projects that will not require the production of oversized objects.