Price: $ 230
Here's what we like
- Easy to use
- Comes with 3D modeling software
- Compact and lightweight [1
Want to start 3D printing, but scared it's too complicated? Da Vinci Nano from XYZprinting makes it easy! And for just under $ 230, it's an affordable way to get started 3D printing, just wait for your prints.
It's not a bread maker!
Getting Nano set up is not difficult, but some assembly is necessary. The printer looks like a small bread maker and has about the same size as a large toaster, measuring 11 x 13 x 14 inches and weighing 10 pounds, the box itself is the printer, a transparent dome for the top, and a set of tools that include a scraper and some cleaning tools.
a piece of thin tube, called the Bowden tube, is also included, which allows the filament to flush tea lighter and minimizes paper jams. The filament is the plastic string that is fed into the heating element (called an extruder), melted and deposited layer by layer to build the object you are printing. Da Vinci Nano comes with a starter roll of this PLA plastic filament.
Three large band cushions also include. During setup, peel the backing of the pillow and use it on the removable glass plate. The build plate is where the object you print is created layer by layer from the molten filament.
Nano only accepts PLA, which is a biodegradable plastic. It is not as strong as the ABS plastic that some other 3D printers can use. This is because the plate is not heated, and ABS often becomes substantial when printed on an unheated pressure bed. Da Vinci Nano requires a proprietary filament that is only available from the supplier. The chip inside the bobbin hub keeps track of how much filament is left, which is useful. The disadvantage of XYZprinting filament is noticeably more expensive than generic brands. For example, a 600 gram coil with PLA XYZprinting filament is about $ 23. A 1KG coil of generic PLA is about $ 20 and gives you almost twice as much.
The building board is a small glass plate, and XYZprinting does not appear to offer replacements, so don't let it go! The measurement is 4.9 x 4.9 inches and it resembles the size of many other $ 500 3D printers. The tape you place on the building board is designed to give better adhesion to the object you are printing. The documentation warns that if the room is cooler than 77 degrees, it's probably a good idea to use a thin film of glue stick, such as Elmer's School Glue, on the tape. I used a glue stick and cleaned the building board afterwards.
Don't worry about just having the three tape plate bands that come with Nano. When they wear out (and they will), you can cover the plate with blue paint tape – I've had better results with the 3M mark than with generics.
Once you have covered the building plate, the rest of the assembly goes just as quickly. The Bowden tube is pushed into the back of the extruder, step through a hole in the coupled top and squeeze into the top of the feeder mechanism, at which point you must go online, register the printer, and download the software you need to use it.