CNET First Look
The XYZPrinting Da Vinci Jr. 3D printer is not junior at allAccording to CNET's Dong Ngo, this 3D printer is misnamed -- it's huge, the kind of huge he approves of.
Hi guys, Demos here. And this is the Da Vinci Jr 3D Printer from XYZ Printing. Now, junior for two reasons. Number one, it is small. You better believe me because, it looks kinda big here, but trust me, on the inside. It is small. But secondly because it is the least expensive on the market right now, costing just $350. Now, that's a huge deal because most other 3D printing. Printer costs up to thousands of dollars, and actually do not have anything better to offer than this one. Broken. Let's go back to the small part, because I know we've been hanging on it. Well, despite how big it is, on the inside, the printer has a very modest print platform, and can print the object as big as 5.9 inches in one dimension. Now this is 5.9 inches. It's small, isn't it? Basically with this printer here, you can print the Hulk as big as this. And that is my main complaint about this printer here. It cannot print large 3D object Of course you can always print small pieces and then glue it together to make a larger one. But that's a different story. And speaking of glue, or the lack of which, that is my second and minor complaint about this printer here. The print platform is very slippery. And the printer comes with three pieces of this. That tape right here to cover it, to create friction to hold the object being built from moving around. But it didn't work very well, my testing, and, sometimes, the object actually would slide. Causing the print to fail, like this one right here. You can see that. Or even this one right here, can call this a print. And turned out it's quite easy to fix. I just lay a thin layer of glue on top of the print platform, and that would fix it. Now note that the glue here is not included. As I happened to have some handy. But you can always get your own. Like other 3D printer from XYZ Printing, the Junior here uses XYZ proprietary filament spools. Now the spool here look like any other spool. But it come with a chip on the inside And communicate with the printer using near-field communication, or NFC. Basically the spool tells the printer what kind of filament it is, how much left, and what color it is so we don't have to manually input the information. So it makes your life Easier. The bad news is you cannot buy cheaper third-party generic filament to use this printer. Basically, each of the spool has enough filament for you to print about half a dozen of these Or maybe ten of these Groot's here. What I like the most about the printer here is it is very easy to use. Out of the box, it requires no calibration. Which means it works just like any other inkjet or laser printer. You can print directly from a computer using very easy to use XYZ-ware software. You can also print from an SD card using the screen here, with these navigation buttons. Now, for more on this one here, check out my full review on cnet.com. Basically, this compact small printer here is a. Huge deal in 3D printing. The kind of huge that I can relate to and approve. And that's because I'm Dale Moore and this has been the first look at the WNC Junior 3D Printer from XYZ printing.