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Curious about opinions on XYZprinting machines?

Discussion in '3D Printing' started by OTE_TheMissile, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. OTE_TheMissile

    OTE_TheMissile Alibre Super User

    For the past handful of years here at work, we've been using an XYZ da Vinci 1.0A to rapid prototype oddball machined parts being developed for new products so our shop "old guy" doesn't have to spend a whole day trying to whittle them out on our manual vertical mills. Management picked this particular model out, specifically because it was cheap (I think they told me they paid $400 for it?), and while it's far from fancy, it's served the company well.

    We're actually on our second one, the first one made successful prints straight out of the box - literally set it on my desk, removed the shipping fixtures, plugged it in, installed a cart of filament, and ran a sample print - and worked great for 2-3 years until something went haywire and it refused to power the heating element in the nozzle. After chatting with support the issue was tracked down to the printer's motherboard which would've required shipping it back for service, which would've cost more than the printer itself so that one got sacked and Management turned around & bought the one I have now. This one did need to have the print bed leveled before I could get it working and the X-axis had a sticky spot in the middle, but after spending an afternoon on the bed and running the printer with the screws for one of the X-axis rails cracked loose (thinking it might be very, very slightly bent), it's worked flawlessly and I haven't had to touch anything on it since. Failed prints are few and far between, and 99% of the time can usually be blamed on operator (me) error.

    Like I said, it's not fancy; very few user-serviceable parts, included software is basic and offers what I imagine are the bare essentials to operate a 3D printer, not a lot of snazzy materials to choose from (we've always used ABS. Flexible filament was attempted to make what would become a molded rubber part but I couldn't get it to properly feed through the nozzle), but considering we only need this thing to replace making machined prototypes and NOBODY here including myself has ANY prior experience using a 3D printer before, it's been a good experience. If anything, I wish Management would've bumped for the da Vinci 2.0 dual-filament model so I could use the water-soluble support material filament instead of having to sit down and chip it off myself with my knife. But, it gives me an excuse to sit at my desk and putter for 10-15min so I don't complain too much.

    Reason I'm making this thread is none of you guys ever seem to mention XYZ whenever I pop my head into this part of the forum. The things are dirt cheap, maybe not perfect build quality but plenty good enough for what they cost, and by my standards fairly idiot proof. I'm just curious about why they never seem to come up in conversation. I like it, but I literally know nothing else besides it, so maybe (probably) some of our more "3D printer enthusiast" members know something I don't?

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