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XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer Review

By: Steven Bassiri | 3D Printers in Maker & DIY | Posted: Nov 20, 2014 3:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: XYZprinting

Printer Operation and Testing

 

For testing the printer, I picked a challenging model from GE, as well as a 3D object testing template that will push the printer to its limits.

 

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First, I wanted to show off a print that came out excellent the first time. The GE Build Your Own Jet Engine is a series of 14 STL files that produces parts for a model GE jet engine.

 

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Not all of the pieces could fit on the bed. The total print time was around 18 hours.

 

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The finished product came out really great, with the exception of the base that didn't fully stick to the platform because I didn't clean and re-apply the glue stick. I didn't sand anything down, and I didn't polish the model; I only used some acetone to melt some pieces together in lieu of glue.

 

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All of the pieces came together with precision, and it spins freely. I printed this at 0.2mm resolution; you will see the difference between 0.1mm and 0.2mm below with our very hard test print.

 

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This is the 0.2mm test print, and you can see that I didn't use any rafts or supports, which is why the overhang doesn't have a nice top section. This print takes about 2.5 hours to complete. It prints three walls with different thicknesses, circular holes, balls, overhangs, and a wall with voids. Nearly everything came out very well, with the exception of the overhang print at the top, and the single layer middle wall.

 

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I printed this test print twice, once at 0.2mm, and again at 0.1mm to see the difference. The resolution at 0.1mm is much better; here you can see all four holes, while on the 0.2mm you can barely see the tiniest.

 

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While there will always be layering, it is less noticeable with the 0.1mm. However, the overhangs are a bit better at 0.2mm since the layer is a bit thicker.

 

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The 0.2mm print overhang screws up towards the top since I didn't add any supports. I accidently broke off the top of the 0.1mm, and I had to cancel the print before it printed its 5th overhang.

 

PSA: Don't stick your hand in there while the printer is on to see if it's sturdy.

 

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The difference is negligible between the thicker walls in 0.1mm and 0.2mm; however, the thinner walls are much better at 0.1mm. I don't think you will ever print single layer walls like the middle wall in the picture.

 

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The ball is really where the difference between 0.1mm and 0.2mm is apparent; the resolution at 0.1mm really helps with making a nice ball.

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