Priced at just $649, the new da Vinci 2.0 3D printer from Taiwan-based XYZprinting is set to ship in mid-April, a company executive said on Monday.
The Taiwanese firm plans to add a new production line for its entry-level 3D printers. "Our current production capacity cannot keep up with strong customer demand," said Gary Shu, senior manager of market development division at XYZprinting on the International Symposium on Additive Manufacturing, held at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taipei.
The second-generation da Vinci 2.0 printer will ship to the United States, China, Japan and Europe in the second quarter of the year, said Gary Shu, senior manager of market development division at XYZprinting.
Shu said that with a new production line, the company will be able to roll out 10,000 3D printers each month. XYZprinting plans to launch 4 or 5 new FDM 3D printers in the third quarter of this year, focusing on monochrome, color, and some extra functions. According to Shu, XYZprinting is developing new models that print on new materials rather than the commonly-used Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic.
As an "affordable and approachable 3D printing" device, XYZprinting's first 3D printer, the $499 da Vinci 1.0, caused quite a stir at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year. The da Vinci 1.0 is fully enclosed and utilizes proprietary filament cartridges. Filament can be automatically fed in when user inputs the filament into certain guided position. The da Vinci 1.0 features automatic print-bed calibration and material feeding, automatic print-head cleaning movement and temperature adjustment. It has a build area of 200 x 200 x 200 mm (7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8 inch) which is large enough for the most items you need to print.
The new da Vinci 2.0 model features dual extrusion heads that allow the user to print multi-colored objects with ease. The build volume is a little smaller at 150 x 200 x 200 mm (5.9 x 7.8 x 7.8 inch). Each printer houses a 0.4mm nozzle. XYZprinting says the printer can achieve a resolution of up to 100 microns per layer, same as the da Vinci 1.0.
XYZprinting's third model, the da Vinci 2.1 has all the features da Vinci 2.0 has, with extra cloud database access, Wi-Fi connectivity, 5-inch color touch panel, multi language display and remote control via mobile app. The da Vinci 2.1 retails for $999, with cartridge spools of filament costing $28.
According to Gary Shu, the company is also working on projects to bring 3D printers to local schools and universities. He expects that 3D printer market will explode in 2 or 3 years and the prices will drop to 499-599 U.S. dollars.
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Richard wrote at 8/29/2014 3:45:01 AM:
John, what about printing in PLA? I have tried ABS on a Replicator 2 with poor results. It does not surprise me that the Da Vinci also has trouble with it. Given that the Da Vinci has a heated bed, I think it would print ABS *better* than the Replicator 2...
Bob wrote at 7/12/2014 9:02:28 PM:
Thanks for the warning & pics guys!
will wrote at 4/1/2014 9:54:07 PM:
But they are in the sweet spot for the consumer. When a manufacturer that comes out first with that bot that is consumer and industrial print quality and below 800.00 dollars they will own the market. The rest will just dry up and go away. That's what I believe they hope to achieve.
2robotguy wrote at 3/7/2014 4:25:03 AM:
So I have had a reprap Mendel for 4 years now and decided to order one of these machines. Can't beat 500$ for an xzy and nothing else it is a nice size plateform . From what I have read it uses slic3r under the hood. It seems as they need to tweak their firmware for better prints, and add a fan to the carriage.
Wan Ping wrote at 3/4/2014 2:22:05 PM:
I expected at least quality of reprap prints (reprap is opensource they can learn a lot from it before they try to sell consumer printer) ok I don't need this machine to fly but to have quality at least in same level as open reprap software and hardware it is shame and it cannot be called consumer product if this offering this crap output (I do not compare it to industrial printers or hi-end printers I only compare it to reprap from which I goodly know output and rr output is acceptable). RepRap can be build even for $500 USD. Same price level but XYZ is far behind. As reprap user I can personally call design team of this XYZ as morons because they created horrible wobble on the Z stage, but this is one of many hidden 'gifts' in this printer.
Javi wrote at 3/4/2014 12:18:51 PM:
Seriously.. I don't think the $500 -600 is sustainable for a company, of course, unless it is located in China/Taiwan. And I think this would be clearly 1 step forward and 2 steps behind... having 3D printers being mass produced is a basic contradiction.
Wan Ping wrote at 3/4/2014 7:19:52 AM:
Crappy printer - I got a chance to test it and it is years behind reprap quality and 100 years behind professional printers, such of bad quality I saw last time 2 years ago with uncalibrated reprap. It is cheat not 3D printer. And with such of ugly design (I saw it in reality) better if they concentrate on selling non-working refrigerators.
3dbleh wrote at 3/3/2014 8:28:50 PM:
There is nothing revolutionary here. Add a lot of injection molded parts into the equation + chipped filament and any RepRap kit looks even better.
John wrote at 3/3/2014 7:30:54 PM:
I would like to warn everyone before buying this printer. The print quality is very poor! Even not large print of ABS was break;( When removing the support the whole model will be damaged, it is practically not impossible ... ABS is a very poor quality. Some pictures: http://i58.tinypic.com/amryoo.jpg http://i57.tinypic.com/1070yvr.jpg http://i62.tinypic.com/2mgjzg2.jpg http://i58.tinypic.com/317jj84.jpg http://i57.tinypic.com/8vydk6.jpg