Da Vinci Jr. 1.0W Analysis: Can a 3D Printer Be Economic?

In the market there are many printers 3D for nearly all tastes and pockets. As we love everything to do with 3D printing from time to time we tested some model to bring you our impressions (never better said). In this case we have chosen to go to an economical printer and see what offers. We assume a priori that as entry model will have to make some concessions, but we will probably bring us any surprise.

The 3D printer we are going to discuss today is the Da Vinci Jr. 1.0W, a XYZprinting printer that we can acquire for less than 380 euros and has many things to offer for that price.

Specifications

  • Printer (WxDxH) dimensions: 42 x 43 x 38 cm
  • Packing dimensions: 54.7 x 58.1 x 47.5 cm
  • Packing gross weight: 15 kg
  • Volume maximum of printing (WxDxH): 15x15x15cm
  • Configuration deresolucion of layers: thin 0.1 mm (100 microns), standard 0, 2mm (200 microns), fast 0, 3mm (300 microns), Ultra-rapida 0, 4mm (400 microns)
  • Printer head: simple extruder
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm
  • Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
  • Filament material: PLA
  • Screen: 2.6 “FSTN LCM
  • Language: Multi language
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, SD card
  • Software: XYZware, Windows 7 or higher (for PC), Mac OSX 10.8 or higher (for Mac)
  • File types: .stl, XYZ Format (. 3w)
  • Da Vinci Jr. 1.0W, unpacking and first impressions

The Da Vinci Jr. 1.0W has come directly packed in the carton. The surprise is that the size of the printer is quite large (42 x 43 x 38 cm), especially if we take into account the maximum volume of printing, which is 15 x 15 x 15 cm.

The box we find a spatula to remove the printed pieces and remnants and a brush (to clean the extruder), as well as transformer power, a USB cable and printed manual in foils, as well as a roll of tape of bodywork type that used to cover furniture when painting. Subsequently have provided us some stickers of the size of the bed and roll extra material.

The printer includes an SD card with the software and some models already configured to print. It is a borrowed printer and that we have not released us, the SD card had already inserted in the printer. The printer with Wi-Fi connectivity so probably the option of SD card, although it is a possibility, probably will not be widely used.

To configure the wireless connection should connect it by USB, turn it on and press an icon that has a square and which is located in the bottom right of the window. In it we will see the printers that we have connected, and until we do not select our does not appear the option to configure the wireless connection. Something not too obvious and that has led me to having to resort to the instruction manual.

The Da Vinci Jr. 1.0W prints only on PLA, so can not choose which material print. And in the case of the revision, it already came with a roll of print installed, by what I can not tell you how easy or difficult is starting to point or how long it takes since we took her box until we print with a new printer. Yes I can tell you that in less than 20 minutes already I was printing the first piece, so it is pretty good but with the “trick” of not having to load the material.

We are going with the printer. Which have left us has a box in translucent blue and a front without security system door, something that is not necessarily bad, while every printer manufactured in plastic housing. In the sidebar we find in the bottom input power, usb port and power button.

The printing roll goes on the inside of the housing, one of the reasons why the printer size grows. Although curiously guide the tube carrying the material to the extruder comes out of the box, we imagine that it is that the curve is broader and that there are no problems of jam, but there is something weird if I ask my opinion.

Although the Da Vinci Jr. 1.0W is not an expensive printer, has an auto intelligent calibration system

The printing surface is glass, surface that we cover using the supplied adhesive or masking tape to ensure the clamping of the workpiece during printing. I have seen on the internet that others printed directly on the glass, but the truth is that print on the adhesive, or in his absence by the masking tape has clear advantages. Thus, the cleaning the surface is better, and we also don’t have to worry about removing it to eliminate waste.

The adhesion is also very good, and when printing with PLA we don’t need either the bed is hot to ensure that the piece is printed well. That Yes, sometimes the adhesion is so high that will cost us even separate piece of adhesive.

The printer has a screen and a few buttons on your right to perform basic maintenance tasks or to select the printing if you do it from the SD card. All information is in Spanish and the truth is that it is simple and easy to use and manage through the menus with buttons. The central button we find a scannable code for mobile that leads to the website of the printer.

Da Vinci Jr. 1.0W, printing tests

Although the Da Vinci Jr. 1.0W is not an expensive printer, with a auto intelligent calibration system allowing print form requires their works without the need to carry out a tedious manual calibration. The extruder has a button that releases it quickly if we need to clean it, so the maintenance options are pretty good.

Although some trap and come pre-installed with the material, we have succeeded launch the first impression in less than 30 minutes. The first tests carried out to maximum quality have yielded very good results as you can see in the pictures, above all to be a printer of its price. We use the roll of yellow PLA reel that came pre-installed.

The printer makes noise despite being closed, so you won’t want to install it in a place of the House where it can disturb. The filter to prevent odors works reasonably well and it is not worrying as other printers we tested. For both aspects can come great connectivity Wi-Fi, and can place the printer somewhere in the House that does not bother and well ventilated.

One of the aspects to improve is clearly the software. There are things that have appeared us in English, others in Italian, Spanish and others in Spanish. The Wi-Fi configuration has not been nothing intuitive, and at times during the printing process has been halted the sending of data by Wi-Fi. Apart from this we have not had problems to handle it and select quality options.

We have loaded the black material to see how it was done, and the truth is that it was really simple. We just went to the display menu to release the material, we have withdrawn the roll and, with the help of a screwdriver, we have installed the white core that you can see in the images, core to includes an NFC tag and that serves so that the printer is configured automatically. A good detail but that it more expensive something consumables as then we will see.

Gets the hour long lasting print. For this reason we have selected this Thingiverse bear and we scaled it to 1.44%. We sent it to be printed with the highest quality parameters and look forward to a few hours. The result has been good despite the complexity of the piece and, although there are minor flaws, I think that they would be normal in any other printer due to the chosen piece.

Da Vinci Jr. 1.0W, the perception of Xataka Smart Home

Xataka Smart Home have analyzed a few 3D printers at different prices and, if remember correctly, the Da Vinci Jr. 1.0W is the most economical of all models tested. That doesn’t mean anything, we have that see what value gives us and what we can get for our money.

380 euros will have a printer, although it could improve their relationship size / maximum volume of manufacture, has a good usability, offering a screen with information from which we can configure and prepare the part manufacturing.

The possibility of print from the SD card included both by Wi-Fi or USB also will appeal to many users, allowing you to place the printer in a place where noise is not a problem and also to prevent fumes from printing. The print quality is good for its price.

The downsides are that It only supports printing in PLA de XYZprinting, not being able to use third party material. This implies that the configuration of the material is simple thanks to the use of NFC tags, but more expensive the price of prints since such material of 600 grams roll costs around 30 euros.

Software is also somewhat improved, is not polished and there are options and messages that appear in Italian, English and Spanish, which disfigures a little use of the printer. All are facing economical printer, which It will allow us to enter the world of 3D with certain warranty printers and, if you are not going to make intensive use of it because the material is more expensive that other printers, can be an option to consider.

We thank XYZprinting have we lent a printer for your test. You can see the politics of relationships with companies here.

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