Product Review: XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0

  • Product Review: XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0
  • Product Review: XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0
  • Product Review: XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0
  • Product Review: XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0
  • Product Review: XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0
The Short Version

A solid choice for the casual hobbyist’s first foray into 3D printing. Inexpensive and ready to go, the Da Vinci 1.0 is a durable, reliable 3D printer with some nice features not found in other devices at this price point.

User applicability*

  • Best for Casual Hobbyists and Educators
  • Not appropriate for Enthusiasts, Semi-Professionals and Pragmatists

*See related article, What kind of 3D printer user are you?

We’re still in the early stages of the 3D printer market. For the user, that means headaches and annoyances come with the territory. It means you have to work harder than you should to get a device up and running and to get quality output. And it means that you’re paying more for that privilege than you will in say five years, when the market will be more mature.

It’s important to bear that in mind when evaluating any 3D printer, but it’s especially relevant when looking at the Da Vinci 1.0 from Taiwanese manufacturer XYZprinting. Are there annoyances and challenges? Yes, but at $500 it’s hard to complain.


PROS:
  • Excellent value for the price
  • Easy to get started, easy to use
  • Well-built and reliable
  • Some nice functionality for this price point

CONS:
  • Software functionality very basic
  • Uses higher cost proprietary filament cartridges
  • Tricky to calibrate


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Introduced in early 2014, the Da Vinci 1.0 was one of the first low-cost, fully assembled and ready-to-go 3D printers. It’s based on fused filament technology, which is par for the course in the low cost segment.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Da Vinci is that it’s a behemoth, bigger and heavier than most other models at this price point. So be sure you’ve got the space and someone with a strong back to put the fifty-plus pound machine in place.

While it may be bulky, it is a solidly built, durable machine, easy to set up and easy to use. For most users, the time from unpacking to creating your first test part is very fast relative to other 3D printers. Loading and replacing the filament cartridges is straightforward, although the proprietary cartridges do have some drawbacks we’ll cover later. The other benefit of the large size is that the print envelope (the maximum size piece that can be created) is larger than average at 20 x 20 x 20 cm (nearly 8 x 8 x 8 inches).

The default settings generally produce good parts. There are a number of different settings that the user can tweak, but unfortunately not much information about what effect each setting will have, so you’ll have to do some experimenting. Most users report being able to produce good quality pieces, although with some effort.

As you get deeper into use the Da Vinci, you’ll find some neat features that you wouldn’t expect in a $500 device. The print bed is heated, and the print area is fully enclosed, which helps to keep temperatures uniform. While many devices have small LCD displays, this one is more useful (and usable) than most, providing information like the compartment temperature and time to completion. The built-in lighting is also a nice touch.

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At the time of this writing, the Da Vinci has been in the market for nearly two years and has been a good seller. It has a solid track record as a reliable, durable machine, even for heavy users. Feedback on XYZprinting support is mixed, but there is a substantial community that will be helpful for newbies.

As mentioned, there are some annoyances. None of these are showstoppers, but it is good to be aware before you buy.

First, the included software, XYZware, provides basic slicing and conversion capabilities but falls short of the functionality needed by the average 3D hobbyist. You’ll want to download one of the free open source tools available, or better yet purchase a package like Simplify3D.

Second, calibrating the bed is a tricky business and will require some experimentation and learning to get it right. While the Da Vinci has a so-called “auto-calibrate” feature, it is anything but automatic and requires time and effort for manual adjustments. It’s nothing that can’t be overcome, but be prepared to invest time getting comfortable with this procedure if you want to consistently generate high quality results.

Finally, the Da Vinci uses XYZprinting’s own proprietary filament cartridges and enforces the use of these cartridges in the most recent firmware updates. For the light user this won’t be an issue. The cartridges are very easy to install and use, however you do pay a premium and are essentially locked in to buying from XYZware. Some users have been successful in modifying the device to use generic filament, but this is probably more effort than most casual users will want to undertake.

Conclusion

The Da Vinci 1.0 from XYZware is a solid 3D printer for the casual hobbyist. There are better choices for the serious 3D printing enthusiast, but if you’re just getting started the Da Vinci is a great choice due to its low price, reliability and ease of use.

Product Review: XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0
A solid choice for the casual hobbyist’s first foray into 3D printing. Inexpensive and ready to go, the Da Vinci 1.0 is a durable, reliable 3D printer with some nice features not found in other devices at this price point.
8 Total Score
XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0

A solid choice for the casual hobbyist’s first foray into 3D printing. Inexpensive and ready to go, the Da Vinci 1.0 is a durable, reliable 3D printer with some nice features not found in other devices at this price point.

Design & Functionality
7
Performance & Reliability
7.5
Ease of Setup/Ease of Use
9
Value
8.5
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XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer, Blue

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Features

  • 2014 CES Editors' Choice Award Winner-Most Affordable 3D Printer
  • Largest 475 cubic inch build volume - 7.8" x 7.8" x 7.8" (20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm)
  • The da Vinci 1.0 prints in two materials ABS and PLA
  • Free filament as the starter kit and Free 3D Gallery to download

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