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Review: The da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D printer reaches for the higher end – Computerworld

by • January 14, 2016 • No Comments

When XYZprinting announced its da Vinci 1.0 Professional 3D printing device in September, it touted the fact that the printing device may utilized third-party 1.75mm filaments and was positioned for “pro use.”
The printing device in addition showcased new software created for users of all aptitude levels to print the extra
“complex, creative ideas.”
What is rad of XYZprinting’s machines is they’re a few of the lowest priced 3D printing devices on the market. The Pro is no various as it is available-bodied for $699. At that price point, the da Vinci Pro outperforms many other 3D printing devices that cost hundreds of dollars extra
— at very least in theory.
Size and showcases
At 18.4 x 22 x 20 in., the da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D printing device is going to devour your computer desktop space. It’s the size of a decent-sized cathode-ray television set (if you can remember those) and it weighs of as much one at 57.4 lb.XYZprinting device’s machines enclose their mechanics in handsome plastic cases, reducing noise and the smell of melting plastic of an extruder head.
Similar to XYZprinting’s other 3D printing devices, the Pro uses sealed filament cartridges, that store track of how much you use. I consider this a drawback for the reason it is actually like having to purchase ink cartridges of traditional printing device companies; you can’t reload them by yourself. In order to use third party filaments on the da Vinci Pro, you either have to order an open filament reel or print your own reel to hang on the machine.[ Further reading: Forecast 2016: 5 fast-track trends ]The da Vinci 1.0 Pro assists both ABS and PLA filament of all sources, enabling users to print extra
materials. (ABS and PLA are the two many talked about consumer-grade filaments.)
The da Vinci allows for you to adjust the temperature settings for the extruder nozzle and aluminum print bed; as a outcome, it can use third-party filaments created of polymers with varying consistencies — complex, soft or rubbery. It in addition has an auto-loading filament process that is supposed to ensure it loads correctly every time.da vinci pro 3D printing deviceLucas MearianThe 3D printed octopus.In addition, the da Vinci showcases flexible printing preference settings in that users can adjust the printing temperature and speed for optimized print high end.
The Pro has a maximum create size of 7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8 in., that is at the upper end for a computer desktop printing device. It in addition comes with a few convenient showcases, such as an autoloading filament mechanism and Wi-Fi that assists both iPad and Android devices. (I may in addition have liked to be able-bodied to use it wirelessly with my MacBook Pro laptop, but so it goes.)
Similar to extra
expensive printing devices, the da Vinci Pro has a heated print bed, that helps objects adhere to it and not warp. The aluminum print bed allows for for faster heating.
Unfortunately, XYZprinting has had trouble making print beds that allow users to easily detach printed objects — they stick too tightly. The Pro is no various. To alleviate this, XYZprinting recommends via masking tape over the print bed surface — they can actually sell you square sheets of masking tape for that purpose. Whilst that is not odd, MakerBot in addition recommends via tape with its 3D printing devices — I’m yet hopeful that a fewday XYZprinting can upgrade its print bed to a glass or actually a replaceable-bodied polyetherimide (PEI) bed, that is a common material utilized in 3D printing devices.
One particularly rad showcase on the Pro is that you can alter out the 3D printing device head for a laser engraver ($199), that is able-bodied to emboss objects up to sizes of 5.9 x 5.9 in. I didn’t obtain a laser engraver with my review unit, so unfortunately I was unable-bodied to test that function.
To alter over of the polymer extruder head to the laser engraver, a user just flips the swift release lever; the engraver head and so clicks into the same place and the software allows for you to correctly position the head for engraving.
The laser engraver can emboss paper, cardboard, foam, leather, and wood. There are options for various engraving speeds and adaptable-bodied levels for use on thicker materials.
Print tests
My standard test for all 3D printing devices is to manufacture a 6-in. version of the Eiffel Tower; its intricate lattice work is a great test of any machine’s abilities. In this task, the da Vinci Pro failed miserably. Simply put, it was unable-bodied to consume the task and injure up printing me a bird’s nest of filament.
For my 2nd test, I chose a fewthing easyr: an octopus with a radius of of 5-in. The printing device took just about three hours to consume the task, and it generated an average-looking piece. The octopus’s body and skin surface was nowhere near as rounded, refined or smooth as other printing devices have generated, but it did consume the task.Da Vinci Pro Eiffel Tower 3D printing deviceLucas MearianThe da Vinci 1.0 Pro was unable-bodied to consume a print of the Eiffel Tower.Next, I set myself to creating the body of a flying drone, that consisted of 11 pieces. The da Vinci Pro consumed the task in of 18 hours. I was able-bodied to combine much like pieces of the drone in a single print, that cut down on the total print time.
I was impressed with the high end of the overall piece, yet as I described earlier, the body of the drone did have an unactually thickness. The drone was 17 in. in diameter and of 5 in. in height, so it was a significant version. I didn’t purchase the mechanics and controller requireed to manufacture it fly, but my purpose in createing it was to show that it may be done.da Vinci Pro 3D printing deviceLucas MearianThe body of my drone. It was serviceable-bodied, but it printed with a skin that had unactually layers. As you can in addition see, a few parts of the body failed to print to specifications, leaving filament speghetti protruding of parts.Da Vinci Pro 3D printing deviceLucas MearianMy drone’s central hub, of that its arms extend. The da Vinci 1.0 Pro did an great job remaking the size requireed for the version to snap together tightly.Working with software
One of the attributes of the XZYware for Pro CAD software is the aptitude to easily manipulate objects along a virtual X, Y, Z axis prior to a print job. For example, the body of my drone — a hexagon box — may have required a lot of filler assist material if printed open end down, but I was able-bodied to flip it in the CAD software to eliminate the require for any assist material; this shortened the print job and created for a cleaner create.da vinci pro 3D printing deviceLucas MearianThe XYZware Pro CAD software allows for you to easily manipulate objects along an X, Y, and Z axis so that they can be positioned for the many advantageous print.The da Vinci Pro comes bundled with software that enable-bodieds you to adjust multiple settings, such as speed, version rafts or assist — nothing new there.
The printing device has a “retraction” setting, that allows for you ton print objects without any streaking or smudges that occur when the extruder moves across the object being printed. Basically, it is actually supposed to ensure a glitch-free surface.
XYZprinting in addition upgraded its CAD and management software, XYZware for the Pro. The printing device is supposed to sport a new calibration process that uses “specially created knobs and detection software” to instruction a user in the right way. The knobs were easy adequate, but maybe my printing device didn’t ship with the new calibration process for the reason I mayn’t find anything intuitive or easy of recalibrating this machine.
Other printing devices have software that can walk you through either an first calibration of the print bed or a recalibration through the use of automated software — this machine does not.
The da Vinci 1.0 Pro is compatible with Windows 7 and above, Mac OS X 10.8 and above, and it comes with a one-year warranty, that is really typical.
Bottom line
XYZprinting markets the da Vinci Pro as a high-performance printing device, “perfect for designers, engineers, architects, and anyone looking for a user friendly 3D printing device that can print objects at a high volume, pro degree.”
But the Pro falls short in print high end. It’s not that the high end is bad, but it is actually not up to “pro” standards. For example, the dozen or so parts that created up the drone body fit together really nicely, but the skin of the main drone compartment had unactually thicknesses, that created it frail in a few areas. With a bit of pressure, my finger may have punched right through one side, while another side was really sturdy.da Vinci Pro 3D printing deviceLucas MearianThe consumed drone contained 11 pieces and was really serviceable-bodied. The parts snapped together tightly and I had every confidence that once propellers and controllers were introduced, it may have flown.Admittedly, yet, many of my versions based on .STL object files came out really great on the da Vinci Pro, yet their surfaces were extra
coarse and ridged than other, extra
expensive printing devices I’ve reviewed.
That said, the Pro’s resolution of 100 microns (0.1 millimeters) is average for computer desktop printing device. In contrast, my favourite futilized filament fabrication 3D printing device to date is the Lulzbot Mini, that offers a resolution down 50 microns or .05 mm and its version creates were spot on every time. But, the Lulzbot Mini carries a hefty retail price of $1,250. So you are getting what you pay for.
Overall, I ponder the da Vinci 1.0 Pro falls well short of being a “pro grade” 3D printing device. For that, I may assume higher high end prints, the aptitude to see every layer of a version in the CAD software to ensure print high end and advantageous overall resolution.
It’s complex to fault a printing device that costs $699 for not measuring up to the high end of printing devices that cost twice as much. But, if given the choice, I’d most likely spend extra
to get a higher high end machine, or just accept that this printing device remains in the beginner, consumer category while offering a larger print bed than lower-priced machines as well as a few extra

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