da Vinci 1.0 Pro is a good 3D printer that are kinda affordable. It is very similar to the Da Vinci 1.0 in more than an aspect, but it allows for the use of 3rd party filament, which is a huge improvement on its own. The bed leveling feature makes the process much easier. And the laser engraver is a nice addition in case you plan to use da Vinci 1.0 Pro to design products. Bear in mind that you need to be a bit tech savvy to fix some of the problems that you may face with this printer.
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- Allows you to use first party filament. Something that the other Da Vinci 3D printers I reviewed. This will save you the cost that can pile up from having to use XYZPrinting filament.
- Relatively easy to use for its price, especially for a 3D printer beginner
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- Has Open Source Filament: the first XYZ 3D printer that allows 3rd party 1.75mm ABS and PLA filaments.
- New Aluminum Print Bed:- Which provides a more even heat distribution compared to common glass print bed & allows a higher level of prints.
- New Innovative Calibration System: newly designed, frustration-free sensors and knobs ensure each print is perfectly calibrated
- Wi-Fi LAN Connectivity:- send print jobs directly from your Windows or Mac computer, or the XYZ app.
- Printing bed size:- 7.8-inch X 7.8-inch X 7.8-inch
- Printing accuracy (layer height):- 100-400 microns.
- Supported filament types:- ABS/PLA
- Printing bed size:- 7.8-inch X 7.8-inch X 7.8-inch
- Compatible with both Windows & Mac OS X
- Filament Diameter:- 1.75 mm
- Nozzle Diameter:- 0.4 mm
When it comes to looks, da Vinci 1.0 Pro looks very similar to the Da Vinci 1.0 (reviewed here). But it has a beautiful casing with a little green LCD screen on the top of it. And unlike the original Da Vinci, the front door close with magnets, which is a good improvement. The front door allows you to see your prints while they are being done, along with the led light inside the box.
Another thing that are different in da Vinci 1.0 Pro compared to Da Vinci 1.0 is that the extruder is a bouden type, where part of the extruder, called the stepper motor, is mounted away from the hot end. That can be good or bad, it is good because it reduce the moving parts weight of the extruder, which can helps the printer to print faster. But it can make printing with certain filament types harder.
The enclosed design of da Vinci 1.0 Pro can add to safety in case you have children or something. It will also help you with printing with ABS filament type, and to contain any possible smell that may come from it.
To send the files to da Vinci 1.0 Pro to print, you have 3 options:- You can send them via USB, or to print them directly from SD Card. You can also send the file through your Wi-Fi wireless network. Having wireless connectivity in your 3D printer is very convenient, as you can leave the printer in one room, and send prints from somewhere, either to avoid listening to any possible noise your 3D printer may make, or to share it with many peoples in your house or workshop. But I advice you not to leave it print alone at first, as you may face a few issues with your prints at first.
da Vinci 1.0 Pro comes pre-assembled, which means there is no assembly process needed, something that is common with 3D printing kits. But despite that, you still need to be somewhat tech-savvy to fix some of the problems that you may face when you get started with it.
One of the things you need to do to ensure that your prints come out well is to calibrate the printing bed to make sure it is leveled. The user manual may tell you not to do that, as printers like that tend to come calibrated out of the box. But chances that the calibration got ruined during shipping. In case your 3D printer was actually calibrated, then there won’t be much for you to do anyway, and it will save you the trouble of getting failed prints from unleveled prints.
da Vinci 1.0 Pro comes with an auto-calibration helper. After you run the process, the printer heats the printing bed, then measures how the printing bed leveling by taking measures from 4 points. And then it tells you to turn one of the 3 knobs at the bottom of it in a certain way. After that, the printer repeats the process, and keeps telling you to adjust the bed until the bed leveling succeeds.
da Vinci 1.0 Pro can create prints in 100 micron layer height, which is a standard in many 3D printers nowadays, it can also make prints up to 400 micron. The smaller the layer height is, the more accurate & smooth the print will come out.
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This iteration of Da Vinci 1.0 features a new aluminum printing bed, Which spread heat evenly across its surface. Since it is important for 3D prints to stick to the printing bed for the print to succeed, you will likely need to apply some glue on the surface for that. The aluminum printing bed size is 7.8-inch X 7.8-inch X 7.8-inch, which allows you to create objects of good size.
Let’s talk about filaments, unlike the other Da Vinci 3D printers I reviewed, you are not limited with printing with the proprietary filament from XYZPrinting. Using proprietary filament can cost you a lot in the long run, but you can use that in case you are comfortable with it. Especially with how it is easy to load. To use 3rd party filament, which comes in spools, you will need to get yourself a spool holder or something. Or you can either get one from Amazon or print your own from Thingiverse.
da Vinci 1.0 Pro can print with both common 3D filament types, ABS & PLA. Since its extruder can be heated up to 240°C, you can use other materials too. But these two are the ones most guaranteed to work. For your test print, da Vinci 1.0 Pro comes with 300g of filament, which is enough to test your printer & get it to work. In case you are not familiar with filament types, I will give you an introduction about them. Something I do in all my 3D printers reviews.
Filament is the material 3D printers use to print the objects they create. Think of it as similar to ink in regular printers. PLA filament is environmentally-friendly filament, it is made of corn starch, which is why it smell nice when heated & melt. It also melts in lower temperature than ABS, something that makes it unsuitable to printing objects to place outdoor. ABS filament, on the other hand, is capable to withstand outdoor temperature, as it melts on higher temperature. But this also means it requires 3D printers to be equipped with a heated printing bed to be able to print with it (da Vinci 1.0 Pro has that). It is worth to note that for some people, ABS smells bad when heated & melted. Also, PLA is more flexible than ABS.
da Vinci 1.0 Pro has a nifty optional add-on for engraving on various types of materials. Like wood, leather or cardboard. Which adds to the value you get from your Da Vinci Pro. To use the engraver, you remove the extruder and install the extruder in its place. The engraving is done via XYZEngraving software.
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da Vinci 1.0 Pro comes bundled with XYZWare for Pro software, which is more advanced than XYZWare that comes with the other Da Vinci printers I reviewed. XYZWare for Pro enables you to adjust multiple printer settings such as speed, print support, infill, retraction and the extruder & printing head temperature.
As far as I know, using da Vinci 1.0 Pro with another software directly is not possible.
For its price, da Vinci 1.0 Pro provides good features & ease of use. The fact you can use 3rd party filament made it a more appealing option. The slight improvements, like the magnetic door or the red casing. To the bigger features like the optional engraver, making it one of the best medium-cost 3D printers I reviewed so far. And at the end, I totally recommend da Vinci 1.0 Pro over the Da Vinci 1.0.
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