3D printers are now becoming very affordable for home use, and so here is our review of the da Vinci Jr. 1.0w 3D Printer from XYZPrinting.
Now upgraded with WiFi connectivity, the da Vinci Jr. 1.0w allows anyone to wirelessly send 3D files from their Windows and Mac computers to their 3D printer from anywhere in their local area network.
The da Vinci Jr. 1.0w uses non-toxic, biodegradable PLA in easy-to-install filament spools so that you don’t waste anything with your prints. With the da Vinci Jr. 1.0w’s compact design only consumes 75 watts of power, making it an effortlessly green 3D printer.
With its fully enclosed design and non-heated print bed, the da Vinci Jr.w is perfect for kids of all ages as well as first time 3D printer users. The 2nd Generation Auto-calibration system ensures that the print bed and extruder are always at the appropriate level for perfect prints, while the WiFi connectivity allows for print jobs can be sent from anywhere in your home and in the classroom.
What’s in the box?
The box contains the printer, some filament, cables, power supply, a quick guide, some tools, and an SD card with software and example templates on.
A Closer Look
The da Vinci Jr. has a robust build size of 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches and a resolution of 100 to 400 microns! Its design allows for the inclusion of an auto-feeding filament system which takes the PLA filament to the extruder to ensure that the filament is loaded properly and is ready to print.
The da Vinci Jr. 1.0w uses an intuitive 9-point calibration detection system that determines the distance between the extruder and the print bed. After it finishes detection, it adjusts the extruder accordingly to ensure that you have the best possible prints!
The da Vinci Jr.w features a fluid, press-and-release extruder which makes for an easy extruder replacement or cleaning experience. Simply open up your 3D printer, press the release button, and the replacement or cleaning process can be done within few seconds.
Using the da Vinci Jr
When you are ready to print somethings you can either print directly from the SD card or you can connected your laptop via WiFi or cable and use the software.
During the printing process you can view the status on the LCD.
And here it is printing something.
And here is the finished print, which is one of the examples on the SD card.
I’ve been wanting to have a go at a 3D printer for a while now and so jumped at the chance to test out the da Vinci Jr.
The box is large, fairly heavy and well packaged – the printer itself is very well package and protected, so make sure you remove all the packaging materials, cardboard and tapes before you start to put the printer together.
Doing all of that, and putting the printer together ready for it’s first use it very straightforward and the guide that comes with the printer has detailed steps and images so that you can easily follow them and get everything ready.
One of the comments I have heard a lot in the past in regards to 3D printers is that calibrating them can be a pain. This is definitely not the case here – press a couple of buttons and sit back whilst the printer does all the work for you.
Once you are ready to print you can either print someone from the SD card or from your computer. Depending on the complexity of the object you want to print, it might take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, so make sure you are patient.
One thing you need to make sure you do is prepare the object you want to print correctly. I made the initial mistake of just downloading some 3D templates and trying to print them without doing anything else and they failed horribly. This was completely down to me and once I realise where I went wrong I was printing properly.
XYZPrinting provide a lot of training videos to help you get to grips with everything, so if you are not sure about something just check out one of the videos and you will be back on your way in no time at all.
The da Vinci Jr is a very easy to use and great piece of kit and is a very affordable introduction to the world of home 3D printing.
You can buy the da Vinci Jr. 1.0w 3D printer now for under £300.