I have a dream - a dream that one day I will be able to make whatever object I want. That day isn't here yet; however, the day has come where I can make whatever object I want out of plastic. The technology we have to thank for this ability to print solid objects is called "fuse filament fabrication," a seemingly simple process in which thin layers of material are placed on top of one another to create an object. This technology has been around for decades, but the advent of low-cost silicon, paired with an ever growing electronic hobby movement, has led to a world where anyone with a few hundred bucks burning a hole in their pocket can bring home a device capable of printing in three dimensions.
3D printers have become mainstream; you can even walk into a few stores like Microcenter or Home Depot and take one home the very same day, which is exactly what I did. However, the selection process and research was more exhaustive than it should have been because there was a lack of what I like to call "full standardized reviews." This led me on a long, yet enlightening journey through the blog and forum scene for 3D printers, and I finally made my purchase decision. I drove home with my Da Vinci 1.0 about three months ago, and since then I have put together what I think is a good standardized review structure for 3D printers. So, grab some popcorn, because this is going to be interesting.
At $500 USD, the XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 is aggressively priced, and offers an impressive list of specifications for its price. Like most 3D printers in the sub-$1000 range, the Da Vinci 1.0 can print down to a resolution of 100 microns, which is 0.1mm. The Da Vinci 1.0 also has a large print bed in comparison to other printers, and even some printers above the $1000 mark. At 7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8 inches (20cm =7.8inches), it can't print you an entire fake arm in one go, but it can print one in three to four smaller segments.
When we get to material, ABS is supported and it is my preferred printing material. What is interesting is that XYZprinting lists the Da Vinci 1.0 as PLA capable; however, I don't believe that is possible unless you hack the printer to turn off its bed heating, and bypass the proprietary filament requirements.
PRICING: You can find the XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D printer for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Da Vinci 1.0 retails for $499.99 at Amazon.
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