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Review: The da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D printer reaches for the higher end

Lucas Mearian | Jan. 18, 2016
XYZprinting's new device has some good features, but lacks the quality of a professional 3D printer.

The da Vinci 1.0 Pro is compatible with Windows 7 and above, Mac OS X 10.8 and above, and it comes with a one-year warranty, which is pretty typical.

Bottom line

XYZprinting markets the da Vinci Pro as a high-performance printer, "perfect for designers, engineers, architects, and anyone looking for a user-friendly 3D printer that can print objects at a high volume, professional degree."

But the Pro falls short in print quality. It's not that the quality is bad, but it's not up to "professional" standards. For example, the dozen or so parts that made up the drone body fit together quite nicely, but the skin of the main drone compartment had uneven thicknesses, which made it frail in some areas. With a bit of pressure, my finger would have punched right through one side, while another side was quite sturdy.

da Vinci Pro 3D printer 
The completed drone contained 11 pieces and was quite serviceable. The parts snapped together tightly and I had every confidence that once propellers and controllers were added, it would have flown. Credit: Lucas Mearian

Admittedly, however, many of my models based on .STL object files came out quite good on the da Vinci Pro, though their surfaces were more coarse and ridged than other, more expensive printers I've reviewed.

That said, the Pro's resolution of 100 microns (0.1 millimeters) is average for desktop printer. In contrast, my favorite fused filament fabrication 3D printer to date is the Lulzbot Mini, which offers a resolution down 50 microns or .05 mm and its model builds were spot on every time. However, the Lulzbot Mini carries a hefty retail price of $1,250. So you're getting what you pay for.

Overall, I think the da Vinci 1.0 Pro falls well short of being a "professional grade" 3D printer. For that, I would expect higher quality prints, the ability to see each layer of a model in the CAD software to ensure print quality and better overall resolution.

It's hard to fault a printer that costs $699 for not measuring up to the quality of printers that cost twice as much. However, if given the choice, I'd likely spend more to get a higher quality machine, or simply accept that this printer remains in the beginner, consumer category while offering a larger print bed than lower-priced machines as well as some additional features.

 

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