Da Vinci Pro 1.0
My first printer I bought is my XYZPrinting Da Vinci Pro.
I happened to be the first person in the world to receive this printer and when that happened I had a lot of problems with it that nobody could solve. I didn’t receive any help from the technical people at XYZPrinting because they even didn’t know about this ‘secret’ printer and it took 2 more weeks before the printer was announced to the public and I could start working with it.
I had a whole lot of things that I had to repair and tinker but I loved it. It is now a heavily modified machine with an E3Dv6 Original hot end, better stepper motors, a part cooling fan, build-in webcam and external controls and it’s a very good printer. I have a lot of content about this printer on my YouTube channel so if you want to know more about this machine, please look it up.
HyperTower (DIY double printer)
The HyperTower build started as a HyperCube, designed by Tech2C on Thingiverse.
This CoreXY printer is a great printer if you want to learn how to build a 3D printer for yourself. I love the quality of the machine and I have modded a lot of things to the machine. Now the frame houses 2 HyperCubes on top of each other that can print separately and are both controlled by a combination of an Arduino Mega 2560 with RAMPS 1.4 and a Raspberry Pi running AstroPrint software. This combination is great because now I can enter the printers menu’s from all over the world and control them over the Internet. I can monitor the machines with build in webcams and they have a safety build in so that the machines will turn off in case of something going wrong with them.
The two machines don’t interfere with each other, as suggested by many people who have seen the build on the Internet. Both printers can work at the same time without sacrificing quality on one or both of the machines.
Fabrikator Mini V2
The Fabrikator Mini V2 is my smallest 3D printer up to date. The printer has a decent quality for a printer that costs only less then 200 Euro’s and it is being controlled from Simplify3D, that I use to slice my files with. The printer has an external card slot, so I can save my Gcode to the MicroSD card and then the printer can print this file without being connected to a computer or the Internet. The machine also has WiFi and USB, so I can control it from where I like, using a Raspberry Pi with AstroPrint as a controller.
This printer at the moment has no security build in and can therefore not be used without me being home. I will make a security system for this printer so that it can be used without supervision in the near future. This will also include a webcam to check the printer remotely.
After I received this printer, at first I was thinking the build was going pretty fast and the printer has the looks of the Creality CR-10 but when connecting the pieces together, I soon found out this printer is not at all similar to the Creality. It’s got a smaller print bed, it’s not sturdy and it doesn’t have a very good print quality when you assembled the printer. Then I started tinkering the machine and after about 30 hours of designing, making and reordering things, I managed to make a very decent printer out of it. Now, when you see my printers in one of my video’s it’s very good possible you see the Anet E-10 working in the background and this can give you the idea I use this printer a lot, but that’s only after I build almost a new printer with the parts of the E-10.
Don’t be fooled by the looks, it’s not a very good printer. You can however make it a very good printer after some tinkering.
Anycubic I3 Mega
The Anycubic I3 Mega printer is just a decent, very reliable printer. I received this printer for a review from GearBest and after that I have been using it as my most favorite printer in my collection. It has a normal sized build platform of 22×22 centimeters with a height of 20 centimeters and it’s made out of a metal frame that is rock solid. The printer doesn’t have a seperate box for the controls because the controls are build in the base of the machine. The machine uses a touchscreen as the interface and it can print directly from SD card or it can be controlled from the USB interface.
The fact that this printer is so sturdy makes it my Nr.1 printer for production work. After it’s been calibrated, you never have to look after it again. Just send the STL to the printer over USB or put a card in the machine and select the STL you want to print and hit start. That’s really all you have to do to make this printer work for you. I am thinking about making my own printer farm to print small parts and I am most likely going to do this with this printer.
The Creality CR-10 and all of it’s siblings is known as a very good printer that combines a very low price with very detailed prints. The CR-10Mini is no exception in this as the printer gives you very detailed and nice looking prints for a spectacular low price. The build platform is just a little bigger then the platform of normal printers so it’s possible to print larger objects and also in the height this printer gives just that little bit more room for a larger print. All in all, I love this printer because of it’s bigger print size and it’s consistent high quality prints. I don’t like the seperate box for the controls, but I just have to deal with that.