The whole notion of a device that prints objects might seem complicated to any novice who wants to get into 3D printing; however, the Da Vinci 1.0 really makes setup and operation as simple as possible. The Da Vinci 1.0 comes pre built, pre-calibrated, and only needs to be plugged into the wall to start printing. Directions are provided for everything from replacing the filament to calibrating the platform, and they are so simple I would say a tech savvy ten-year-old could operate the printer.
The Da Vinci 1.0 is also very solid; the printer's simple, straightforward design makes it a good contender for reliability and longevity. All of the parts it uses were easily locatable on the web, and if you ever need to replace something it should be quite simple to source the part on your own. The one big downside is its use of proprietary cartridge and software, but there are many ways around that if you want to hack the machine.
If you prefer not to hack the printer, there are some benefits to using the cartridge. For example, the counter is a nice feature that lets you know how much filament will be used, so it would be easy to calculate the cost if you wanted to sell something you printed. I also thought the bundled software was pretty good for a $499 printer. The product has been out for a while now, and XYZprinting seems to have straightened out many of the bugs I read about before buying the printer.
The GE jet engine model came out really nice, and with a bit of polishing and sanding, it could look even better, but it isn't hard on the eyes as it is. The test print came out pretty nice, and I was surprised at some of the things the Da Vinci can print without issue. 3D printing isn't always perfect, sometimes prints go bad, but I found that as long as I prepped the bed correctly with the glue stick, my prints came out well without issue.
I have used this printer exclusively for three months now, and from my previous experience with 3D printers, I will say that the one thing the Da Vinci isn't up to par with is printing speed. It will print most everything well, but it will do it a bit slower than other printers. When I was looking to buy a printer, I was surprised at the size of the platform on the Da Vinci supplies. The platform is quite large for the price of the printer.
I have heard some say that if the Da Vinci was open source like some other printers, it would be almost perfect for its price; however, I don't think XYZprinting could sell this printer for $499 without the attached proprietary filament. What you save in the upfront cost of the printer, you pay for with the cartridge over time, but this model is typical of printers. When you buy a paper printer, you usually end up having to buy ink just for that printer, and I think we will see this model continue as 3D printing becomes more mainstream.
Microcenter carries many colors of the Da Vinci filament, and while it is more expensive, you always get the filament that should work best for your printer. In my opinion, the Da Vinci 1.0 is as close as you can get to an affordable consumer printer. The printer's ease of use, performance, and package easily compete with much more pricey competitors. If you are looking to dabble in the world of 3D printers, and don't want to drop a lot of cash, the Da Vinci 1.0 could be the perfect fit for you.
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.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||90%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
The Bottom Line: XYZprinting's Da Vinci 1.0 3D printer brings 3D printing to a whole new level with features of much more expensive models, and a design that looks as cool as it functions - at $499.99, it's an excellent buy.
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