Price: $ 230
Here's what we like
- Easy to use
- Comes with 3D modeling software [19659004Compactandlightweight Removable glass panel
And what we do not
- Initial installation and ongoing Use requires adult supervision
- Requires proprietary filament
- Mediocre documentation
You want to start 3D printing, but fear that it is too complicated? The da Vinci Nano from XYZprinting makes it easy! At just under $ 230, this is a cost-effective way to get started with 3D printing. Just expect to wait for your prints.
It is not a bread maker!
Setting up the Nano is not difficult, but some assembly work is required. The printer is similar to a small bread maker and is about the size of a large toaster. It measures 11 x 13 x 14 inches and weighs 10 pounds. The box contains the printer itself, a translucent dome for the top, and a set of tools containing a scraper and some cleaning tools.
A short piece of thin tubing, a so-called Bowden tube, is also included. This makes it easier to feed the filament and minimize jams. The filament is the plastic strand that is fed into the heating element (called extruder), melted and layered to build up the object to be printed. The da Vinci Nano comes with a starter spool made from this PLA plastic filament.
Also included are three large adhesive tape pads. During assembly, peel off the protective film from the pad and attach it to the removable glass mounting plate. On the building board, the object to be printed is produced layer by layer from the molten filament.
The Nano only accepts PLA, a biodegradable plastic. It is not as strong as the ABS plastic that other 3D printers can use. This is because the build plate is not heated and the ABS often warps significantly when printing on a non-heated print bed. The Da Vinci Nano requires a proprietary filament that is only available from the manufacturer. The chip in the reel hub records how much filament is left, which is helpful. The disadvantage is that the filament of XYZprinting is noticeably more expensive than generic brands. For example, a 600-gram spool PLA XYZprinting Filament costs about $ 23. A 1kg spool of generic PLA costs about $ 20 and is almost double that.
The building board is a small piece of glass, and XYZprinting does not seem to offer a replacement. So do not drop it. With its dimensions of 4.9 x 4.9 inches, it is similar in size to many other 3D printers under $ 500. The adhesive tape that you place on the building board provides better adhesion for the object to be printed. The documentation warns that if the room is cooler than 77 degrees it is probably a good idea to use a thin layer of glue stick, such as glue. Elmer's School Glue, apply to the tape. I used a glue stick and cleaned the building board afterwards.
Do not worry that you only have the three construction boards supplied with the nano. If they are (and will become) worn, you can cover the plate with blue painter's tape – I have achieved better results with the brand 3M than with generic drugs.
Once you have covered the build plate, the rest of the assembly goes just as fast of the extruder, screwed through a hole in the domed top and pressed into the top of the feed mechanism, at this point you need to go online, register the printer, and download the software you need to use it.