Sep 2, 2016 | By Andre

Affordable FDM based 3D printing on a large scale has been promised, and to a degree, delivered on at varying levels of success over the last few years. I remember very clearly when Bre Petits formally of Makerbot Industries talked about the potential of 3D printing big things when he introduced the first generation Replicator 3D printer.

At the time, the just under 9” print volume on its longest axis was a big deal but it wasn’t long before startups like re:3d came up with the their massive Gigabot 3D printers. From that point on Makerbot, Ultimaker, Raise 3D and all manner of Delta based 3D printers have strived for size above all else.

In continuing with that tradition, Italian 3D printer manufacturer Dynamo3D have recently released their hyper fast D3D One Pro (900 mm/sec travel speed and 400mm/sec print speed) that can print parts up to 16” tall and half that in the x/y axis. On top of that, their 3D printer is wifi ready, has a heated bed, smart pause-resume print capabilities and a very responsive intuitive touch screen.

But Is their effort into big scale desktop 3D printing really to be considered a next generation device? The answer, according to a very detailed (as always) video review by Thomas Sanladerer, is kind of-sort of.

Right off the bat, he notices similarities between the ever popular Ultimaker brand of 3D printers and even goes so far as calling it an Ultimaker clone due to the same kinematics for the x-y and z axis as the Ultimaker original. And while the rods, spindle drive and hot end are deemed to be “standard fare” that’s not to say there aren’t quality features found within the D3D One Pro.

Highlights include a very responsive and well thought out touch screen, a Bond Tech extruder, and clever levelling techniques (albeit in a manual manner). Also, the wifi enabled system has everything you might expect from a 3D print driver (although not as comprehensive as the popular Octoprint browser based systems).

Unfortunately, according to the above video review, the negatives might make the otherwise affordable 2,500 Euro price point not worth serious consideration. A loud stepper motor noise, closed source software and just decent 3D print quality (even at a slower setting) leave a lot to be desired.

Apparently the promised high speed 3D print capabilities made possible by the custom board are certainly possible on geometrically simple designs, but over swings, ripples, visible artifacts and infill poking through single wall prints means you'll get your print out quickly, it just might not look as great as you expect it to.

In the end, the reviewer thinks the 3D printer is just okay. It delivers on its promise of high speed and large 3D prints but not in any breakthrough capacity. The inconsistent heated bed and back-end software issues (discussed in the review) suggest a noble effort but not one that will revolutionize 3D printing in any way.

Of course, this is just one review and it’s difficult to determine everything from it. The tricky part is with a closed source system like this is that even if some of the drawbacks are software related, there will never be a community able to pick away to fine tune the work that needs to be done. All said, if you are in the market for a high-speed, large format 3D printer at an affordable price, you can’t be faulted for giving the Dynamo 3D OnePro a chance.



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Rajkumar wrote at 9/8/2016 5:18:00 AM:

Dual Nozzle arrangement is possible?

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