XYZ Da Vinci Mini 3D Printer – Attempting to Bring 3D Printing to the Masses

The XYZ Da Vinci Mini 3D Printer has an expected price point that may be favorable to individuals who want to start learning how to get all the advantages of 3D printing without having to hurt their bank account too much. This unit is a smaller and more affordable version of the company’s own Da Vinci Junior 3D Printer. XYZ even claims that the Mini is designed for the home market and has been made to fit on most regular desks.

XYZ Da Vinci Mini 3D Printer - Attempting to Bring 3D Printing to the Masses

The XYZ Da Vinci Mini 3D Printer Aims to Bring More People in the 3D Printing World

The size of the XYZ Da Vinci Mini 3D Printer is about 30-percent smaller than the Junior. It may still sound big but when you compare it to other 3D printers already out in the market, such as the Formlabs Form 2 or the UP Mini 2, the Mini’s dimensions are, in fact, mini.

The Da Vinci Mini 3D Printer is easily one of those 3D printers that can easily find a comfortable place in just about anybody’s home. Still, do not immediately judge its smaller size as it packs a reasonable list of features, especially when it comes to connectivity. It has Wi-Fi and an array of USB ports.

This 3D printer uses the more common and more affordable FDM, or fused deposition modeling, type of 3D printing. For those who are new to the whole 3D printing technology, there is a more expensive yet more futuristic type of printing called SLA, or stereolithography. The latter is also a messier option as compared to FDM.

Because it uses FDM, it is able to create objects by squirting layer upon layer of hot plastic. For comparison’s sake, SLA 3D printers shoots lasers at liquid resin to create the items. Also, even though it is smaller than the Da Vinci Junior, it still retains the 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9-inch maximum print sizes as with its older brother.

However, print quality was seen to be subpar as compared to higher-end models. However, for its price point, the printed objects are decent enough. There weren’t any noticeable density disparities or blemishes on the printed items, at least for those who have seen it in action during its demo at CES 2016.

Set to become one of the most affordable 3D printers in the market, the XYZ Da Vinci Mini 3D Printer does impress in not only with its price tag but also for its size and performance.


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