It was about a year ago that Winbo Smart Tech Co., Ltd. introduced its affordable Super Helper and Super Helper 3-in-1 3D printers. Over the past year, the printers have gone on to be extremely popular, making waves everywhere from trade shows to the classroom. With all the attention the Super Helper has gotten, it’s easy to forget that Winbo has an extensive line of other 3D printers, as well. Many of them are on the large-scale side, and that’s the case with the company’s newest release, the Dragon(L)4 3D printer.
Winbo has two other Dragon 3D printers – the smallest, the Dragon(S), is still pretty sizable with a build area of 458 x 305 x 508 mm, while the Dragon(XL) is large enough to 3D print furniture. The Dragon(L)4 is right in the middle, with a build area of 620 x 458 x 610 mm. Like the Super Helper 3-in-1, it’s a multifunctional machine as well, with laser cutting and laser engraving capabilities.
The Dragon line of 3D printers is known for being fast, and the (L)4 is no exception, with a print speed of up to about 100 mm/s. It’s capable of printing with several different materials, including PLA, ABS, TPU, TPE, and PEGT. It’s built of solid, stable metal and is fully enclosed for stable temperature and safety. A built-in battery allows for continuous printing even after loss of power; if power is cut off, the printer will continue for five to ten minutes. Once power is restored, the battery will recharge.
The Dragon(L)4 is user-friendly, with a seven-inch full-color touchscreen and a newly designed interface. It even comes equipped with loudspeakers so you can listen to tutorials or music if you choose. The 3D printer features an offline printing mode via USB; there’s no need to be connected to a computer and the machine will save designs once the USB has been removed. There’s also Wi-Fi connectivity so you can browse and download 3D printable models directly from your 3D printer.
Remote monitoring allows you to check your print status and keep an eye on your print job from wherever you are, which is one of the most valuable features a 3D printer can have nowadays. No one wants to sit by the printer for the entire time it’s printing, but it can save you a lot of stress, time and money to be able to be aware if something is going wrong. The Dragon(L)4 has a nice energy-saving feature, too – it shuts down automatically after printing has completed. It also has air filtration to keep hazardous fumes and nasty smells from getting into your environment.
Safety was clearly a priority for Winbo when designing the (L)4 – in addition to the filtration, there’s also a leakage switch that cuts off power in case of a short. There’s also an emergency stop button that you can press if something goes terribly wrong, avoiding damage to your printer. A dual-feeding feature makes it fast and easy to change materials.
According to Winbo, the Dragon(L)4 lends itself well to a variety of applications, including product research and development, art, DIY, architecture, manufacturing and education. The (L)4 combines impressive size and professional printing capabilities with ease of use, making it an appealing machine for people at all levels of 3D printing expertise. The laser cutter and laser engraver are a nice touch, too.
Winbo is a versatile company with a broad range of 3D printers, from simple, small desktop machines like the Super Helper to its huge six- and nine-unit 3D printers. The Dragon(L)R is the latest in what has become a large collection of printers for every need. Winbo’s newest 3D printer is available from its web store, retailing for $7,999.
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