XYZprinting Announces New da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix, da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro and Nobel 1.0A 3D Printers; UV Curing Chamber
XYZprinting is a name that’s been coming up a lot lately. They have a large range of products including 3D printing pens, FDM & SLA desktop 3D printers, 3D scanners, SLS professional 3D printers and even robotics. This week, XYZ announced a number of new 3D printing products: the da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix, da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro, and Nobel 1.0A 3D printers and a UV Curing Chamber. They are exciting additions to XYZ’s lineup and are available at XYZprinting’s online store and Amazon.com.
Their most unique entry that will certainly be of interest to makers and professional designers is the da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix. The Mix brings multicolor printing to the da Vinci Jr. It doesn’t use dual extrusion though, not in the traditional sense anyway. The Mix employs a dual-feed single extruder. In short, there’s a single nozzle to a split hotend. Two filament colors can be fed into the machine at the same time and the filament meets at the tip where it is mixed together. This makes it possible to create a print that gradually changes color.Users can choose Multicolor Mode or Mixer Mode in XYZ’s slicer, XYZware. In Multicolor Mode, the user chooses the different colors to print the model, and the software sets them proportionally in varying tones. Mixer Mode splits color blocks according to height, with each block containing a single color or a set of graduated color blocks. In simpler terms, the Mix allows you to print in two distinct colors through a single nozzle, or to print a gradient between the colors. This means you can more than two colors, even though you are using just two spools of PLA. For example, if the Mix is loaded with yellow PLA and blue PLA, you not only can print in yellow or blue, you get green as well when you mix the two filaments.
The da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix is optimized to use XYZ PLA filament. The printer also features auto calibration and WiFi; you can print directly from a computer on your local area network, or use the XYZgallery App to print directly from Android and Apple devices. The max build volume of the da Vinci 2.0 Mix is 5.9″ x 5.9″ x 5.9″, resolution is 200 – 400 microns and max printing speed is up to 100mm/sec. The build chamber is fully enclosed, like the rest of the da Vinci Jr. line, The MSRP for the da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix is $449.85The da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro takes a different tack from the Mix. Built with professional users in mind, the Pro features an all-new aluminum heated print bed, which rapidly distributes heat evenly to decrease the chances of print warpage better than a glass bed.The printer is compatible with any third party filament. It uses an intuitive 9-point calibration detection system that accurately determines the distance between the extruder and the print bed. A new wind duct design channels cool air toward the print for smoother printing performance.
The Pro comes bundled the new XYZware Pro professional slicer program, which provides the user with an array of adjustable software settings, including changing nozzle and print bed temperatures, print speed, support and retraction settings. XYZware Pro is compatible with third party g-codes (Cura and Slic3r). Like the da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix, the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro has a max build volume of 5.9″ x 5.9″ x 5.9″. Resolution is from 100 – 400 microns. A 0.3mm diameter extruder is available as a separate purchase add-on, which provides a smoother print surface than the standard 0.4mm nozzle, and can print down to 50 microns. MSRP for the da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro is $449.95.
The Nobel 1.0A is XYZ’s newest professional SLA 3D printer. The enhanced Laser Scanning System can achieve 25 micron layer thickness and 130 micron X/Y-axis resolution. XYZ bills it as “one of the most competitive, user-friendly, cost-effective SLA 3D printers on the market.” The Nobel 1.0A monitors the printing process and displays the amount of resin remaining at any time, while the auto-filling resin system ensures that the proper amount of resin is available before every print. The printer is compatible with multi-colored acrylic resins, flexible resin and castable resin, which will be of particular interest to jewelry designers. Later in the year, XYZ plans to release a medical grade material. Build volume for the Nobel 1.0A is 5″ x 5″ x 7.8″ and the MSRP is $1999.95.
Lastly, the XYZprinting UV Curing Chamber is a quick-hardening, energy-efficient UV chamber designed to work with Nobel photosensitive, resin-based printers. The chamber is reflective and the 24 watt UV lamp cycles around the print every 30 seconds, ensuring a strong, consistent coating of UV light. Prints will still be sticky due to leftover un-cured resin after the treatment, and users are encouraged to submerge their print in a plastic container of rubbing alcohol or to leave the print out in the sun for a few hours. MSRP is $399.95.
“These additions to our 3D printing ecosystem provide consumers with a comprehensive range of products designed to meet every need,” says Simon Shen, CEO of XYZprinting and New Kinpo Group. “Whether it be personalization like the ability to print dual PLA filament colors with the da Vinci 2.0, or accuracy that professionals require for prototypes with the Da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro and Nobel 1.0A, or speed like the UV Curing Chamber brings to the post-printed process, users can look to XYZprinting to when they need to scale the capability of their 3D printing.”
Having seen the printers in the flesh and the prints that they created, I was pretty impressed, especially considering the price point. All these new product seem to be very affordable. I’m looking forward to testing the da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix, Nobel 1.0A and the UV Curing Chamber for review in the near future. What do you think? Do any of XYZ’s latest offerings appeal to you? Which ones? What do you plan to do with them? Please share with the community in the XYZprinting forum at 3DPB.com.
XYZprinting is exhibiting at Toy Fair 2017, Booth 4514 at Jacob Javitz Center Saturday, February 18th – Tuesday, February 21st. They will be showcasing the da Vinci miniMaker, the company’s first educational STEM and STEAM Toy 3D printer, the da Vinci 3D pen, and XYZrobot Diver, a programmable edutainment robot that will be available for demos alongside XYZprinting’s Educational and STEAM Curriculum packages.
Below are videos of the da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix and the resin casting process:
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