Not only is XYZprinting one of the most prolific 3D printer manufacturers in the industry, they’re also rapidly becoming one of the most widespread. No matter where you are in the United States, it’s not hard to find a retailer carrying one or more models from XYZprinting’s popular da Vinci line of 3D printers. If you stopped by any Barnes & Noble location earlier this month for the second annual Mini Maker Faire, you would have gotten the opportunity to see a live demo of the da Vinci Jr. 1.0w, the latest to be added to the bookseller’s stock of XYZ printers. Now you’ll be able to check out a few of XYZprinting’s other offerings at two more major retail chains: Best Buy and Toys”R”Us.
The da Vinci Mini 3D printer, officially released in September, is now available at 95 Best Buy locations across the United States. The lightweight, compact desktop printer has already been racking up awards in its first year of existence, and there’s a lot to like about it. Described as being ideal for both beginners and more experienced makers, the Mini features a sturdy aluminum print bed with a print volume of 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches, giving users a lot of flexibility in terms of what they can make, from toys to prototypes.
The $289.95 da Vinci Mini boasts several user-friendly features, such as wireless connectivity and an auto-calibration mechanism that automatically and accurately determines the distance between the nozzle and print bed for optimal print quality.
If you visit one of the 95 Best Buy locations currently displaying the da Vinci Mini, you can get a look at how well it prints, as it will be set up in continuous demo mode. You can also see some 3D printed examples and watch a quick promotional video while deciding whether you’d like to try it out for yourself.
Over at Toys”R”Us, the brightly colored da Vinci miniMaker fits right in with the other toys on the shelves – but it’s a lot more functional and educational than most. It’s the first 3D printer in the STEM toy category, according to XYZprinting, which developed it specifically for children and educators. Although it may be classified as a toy, its capabilities are right up there with those of the da Vinci Mini – it has the same 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9-inch build volume, auto-calibration feature and high resolution (up to 100 microns) print quality. At $249.95, it’s also highly affordable for both schools and families looking to introduce their kids to 3D printing.
“Both partnerships reflect XYZprinting’s dedication to ensuring 3D printing technology is attainable on a national scale,” said Simon Shen, CEO of XYZprinting and parent company New Kinpo Group. “Our mutually beneficial arrangements with Best Buy and Toys R Us not only draws new customers, but also brings valuable tools to the educators, designers, professionals and tech enthusiasts that want and need them the most.”
Both the da Vinci Mini and miniMaker print with safe, biodegradable PLA filament, and the entire printer line is compatible with XYZprinting’s growing educational ecosystem: the XYZ 3D Gallery, which contains over 4,500 3D models for free download; the company’s K-12 STEAM online curriculum exchange program, still in beta, where educators can download free curricula for use in the classroom; and XYZMaker, the beginner-friendly CAD software introduced by the company earlier this year.
Additionally, XYZprinting has announced its deals for the 2016 holiday season. There’s never been a better time to get your own 3D printer from this company! This holiday season, XYZprinting is offering a number of deals through major retailers, including Best Buy, Toys”R”Us, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Walmart, and more. Deals include:
- The da Vinci Mini available for $269.99 at Best Buy and other major retailers
- The da Vinci miniMaker at $229.95 at Toys”R”Us and other major retailers
- For a limited time only during Cyber Weekend, the da Vinci miniMaker will be on sale for $199.95 at Toys”R”Us, Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart
- XYZprinting will also have more 3D printers on sale, including the da Vinci Jr. 1.0, da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Wireless, and the open-source filament 3D printers, the da Vinci 1.0 Pro and the Pro 3-in-1 for $100 and $200 off, respectively