The XYZprinting Da Vinci Jr is quite easily the best entry level 3D Printer on the market today. It's priced at well under $500 and offers a fantastic entry into the world of 3D Printing. The Da Vinci Jr has been designed and manufactured by XYZprinting meaning that you know you're going to buy a quality 3D Printer that has been tried and tested to perform at it's best. Unlike many other cheap 3D printers that we have tested over the years, the Jr. actually performs as a 3d printer and whilst the print volume might be quite small, it's perfect to design and build those iphone covers that so many of the new breed of 3d printers seems to be building these days.
XYZprinting Da Vinci Jr. 3D Printer Review
For a 3D printer, this is extremely affordable, and the quality isn’t compromised too much by the price. It has a relatively small build platform of 5.9”x5.9”x5.9”, but given the price, that’s really not bad at all – some much more expensive printers have a build platform of a similar volume.
It’s also very easy to set up and use, so that, along with the price point, makes it a truly fantastic choice for a printing newbie. The setup process is a breeze compared to many other 3D printers, and it’s practically ready to use right out of the box. It also doesn’t require any manual calibration, which is one of the things that can often deter and confuse newbies. Assembly is super easy and should take you around ten minutes if you’re able to follow a clear and simple step-by-step guide. After that, you’re good and ready to print!
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Where this 3d printer is unfortunately limited, is the filament that it uses. Firstly, it only uses PLA filament however this is usually fine given that it has been designed for children and therefore only allowing them to use PLA filament is not a bad thing. The key problem is that it can only be used with Da Vinci filaments, which can be quite costly. Though this makes the materials a little expensive, this is offset by the relative low cost of the printer itself, so it isn’t – or shouldn’t be – a deal breaker.
It also is only able to print in one colour at any given time. Other flaws include the fact that the print bed is not removable and it isn’t heated, which can sometimes make your prints stick to the print bed. This won’t always happen when you create a print job, but it is worth bearing in mind. The machine itself is also quite bulky given its low print volume, but it is lightweight, so that doesn’t need to be too much of a consideration.
Now, onto the printing itself… the software is very easy to use and the LCD screen makes things easy and understandable. There are many interesting pre-set shapes and prints you can build, along with creating your own. At first, it can be a little difficult to get a good, complete print, and things can stick to the print bed.
But once you’ve got to grips with the process and you can understand how it works, it creates some surprisingly good prints for the price point at a decent speed. Yes, these don’t have the detail of top-of-the-range printers, but the output with this printer is very good value for money. The printer can print at a resolution of between 100-400 Microns, however unlike other printers that can also print at similar resolution, the Jr. is much slower at doing the job. Again this is not a problem as it's likely that you're not going to be printing any high density, larger projects.
Overall the XYZprinting Da Vinci Jr. 3D Printer does come with its limitations, and it doesn’t have the biggest print capacity, however it's a fantastic value for money printer that can offer you an entrance into 3D printing. If you’re looking for something of decent quality at a low cost you really won’t find much better than this. It’ll save you some time and some money, and get you printing some impressive stuff.