Here's our Zortrax M200 Pro 3D Printer Review which we think could quite possibly be the best value for money 3d printer across the market in 2017. We have reviewed it extensively over the last few months and quite simply love. Yes it's expensive and is probably at the top of the price point that we would recommend a 3d printer to our readers, but honestly we think it's worth it. What stops us making it the best 3d printer 2017 is that it was only released to the market in late 2016, meaning that we only got our hands on it in early 2017 and at the time of writing have really only tested it for a month.
The problem is that we have tested 3d printers for a month, loved it and highly recommend it to our readers in the past, only to find out that it's a complete dog. Needless to say, we're not planning to make this mistake again and therefore whilst we highly rate it, lets see what happens over the next couple of months of testing.
Zortrax M200 Pro 3D Printer Review
The Zortrax M200 is a fantastic 3D printer with many good features and design points, and although it isn’t the cheapest on the market, it’s really capable of some very good and very impressive prints. If you’re prioritising print quality over anything else, this will be a very good option for you. The Zortrax has been designed to print with most types filament but works best, as most do, ABS filaments. What's interesting is that it does not really work with PLA which whilst is a little strange, it's not something that concerns me. We also like the fact that you don't have to use Zortrax's own brand of filament given the printer works very well with cheaper filament brands from on the open market.
3D Printer Set-Up
The setup of the machine is fairly simple. It’s not the easiest build in the world, but you only have to install the filament, filament holder, build platform and some cables. These are all pretty easy to do and come with good instructions. The build quality is also fantastic with the Zortrax having the best part quality of any FDM printers on the market today. You know that you're buying a quality printer that has been designed with build quality in mind.
The software which comes with the machine is also easy to use – it’s simply, intelligently and logically laid out, and is super user-friendly. The LCD screen also makes things easy and simple, although it can on occasion be a little slow, and can lag behind what’s going in the printing process. The design of the interface isn’t as flashy as some on the market but that is a purely aesthetic consideration.
The printer has a build volume of 7.9” x 7.9” x 7.3” and has an auto-levelling build platform, which gladly removes the headache of having to level it yourself. What’s also quite nice about this printer is that, although it’s open-framed, it comes with optional side and front covers, which is great for those seeking the option of safety.
The build with this is enhanced by the technology of the building platform. Firstly, it has perforated holes in the base, which means that your models should pretty much never stick to the platform, which can so often be the case with other models on the market. The heated nature of the platform is also very reliable, which is good to hear if you’re on the hunt for something of top quality. It can take a little getting used to how the platform works, as it’s a slightly complicated mechanism, but once you’re accustomed to it, it’s a breeze.
What is annoying is that the printing bed takes ages to heat up. We have waited 15 minutes for the print bed to heat up to the correct temperature required for some types of filament.
The Zortrax can print at a resolution of up to 90 Microns which whilst not the highest resolution on the market, what's great is the speed that the printer prints at. Set the printer at 90 Microns and leave it to print. What usually takes 5-6 hours of printing with many other printers, now only takes two hours thanks to the speed that it prints at.
The prints themselves are brilliant, with fantastic shaping and no signs of layering. The finishing of the product is really great, and you’ll be impressed with how smooth and sharp your models can be. This is enhanced by the solid build of the model, so there’s no shaking or vibration when it embarks on a build.
On the performance note, the only real complaint is the nose that it makes when you turn up the speed. For an enclosed design, it does not half make a racket and not something that you would want next to your computer when you're trying to work.
Overall, you really won’t find any better print quality at this price point. The 3d printer does come with its flaws and it’s not absolutely perfect, but the finish of your builds is incredible and they’re so easy to remove from the platform.
We really like the fact that the Zortrax forum community is very much like the MakerGear community and therefore there is plenty of information on the internet with how to make any changes to your printer. We have not yet tested it, but i have heard good things about the Zortrax help line.
Whether you’re a newbie or a pro, this will impress you, and it’s not going to break the bank by anyone’s standards. This one really comes recommended.