It is finally time to review the JGAurora A5, a 3D printer that I got in about a month ago and was very excited to be able to review. The majority of the 3D printers that I get in are kit printers which are a ton of fun to assemble and upgrade but it was a very nice break from that to this pre-assemble 3D printer.
The JGAurora A5 3D printer has a build volume of 305mm x 305mm x 320mm which is about 50 percent bigger than most of my other current printers. The heated bed has a black diamond glass bed similar to that of the Anycubic i3 Mega that is fantastic for holding onto prints and popping them off easily when the print is done. The A5 uses a single Bowden Style Extruder that comes installed with your standard .4 nozzle and can print in a range of 180-240C
You can print via USB cable or from the supplied USB flash drive using the very nice color touch screen on the front of the printer. One very nice feature that this machine has is power failure protection, meaning if the power goes out in the middle of a huge print you can simply resume the print and it will pick up where it left off. (I only killed the power for a few minutes, if you have no power for many hours I am not sure how long the resume will work).
The printer came in a massive box (seriously it was huge) and pretty heavy. Everything was packaged very nicely and nothing was damaged upon shipping which is always great. I did notice one loose screw in the box but it ended up just being one of the bed leveling screws so I quickly twisted it back on when unpacking the base of the printer.
The JGAurora A5 comes in two pieces when you unbox it the base which has the bed/build surface, the touch screen interface, and the power supply along with the printers main board. The other piece is the main frame which contains the x and z axis with the extruder and hotend.
From unboxing to the point where it is ready to print there is something like 7 screws to install. Four screw will connect the two main parts of the printer to each other and 3 screws to secure the filament holder to the top part of the frame. The printer did come with a manual and it could have been because I was tired and live streaming but the little diagram did not make a whole lot of sense to me. However, since it is seriously only those 7 screws it it very easy to figure it out without the use of any sort of instructions.
Once the frame was together the next step was to level the large bed on the JGAurora A5 3D printer. The machine has a feature called semi auto bed leveling but after using it I am not sure if you can even all it that. If you use the touch screen menu under bed leveling there are 5 options that are top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right, and center. Choosing one of these options will move the nozzle to the selected location on the bed. You will then use an included sheet to level the bed just like you normally would on a printer. Having the 5 points built in does not actually save time in my opinion but I did use it because… why not?
After that I set off to print. I found two upgrades that I wanted to do one was for a better fan shroud and one was to fix a design issue that made cables from the bed rub cables from a stepper motor when printing. Well after I printed the part to move the cables out of the way I realized my machine did not have the cables where I had seen them in other videos, meaning they made a revision to my version of the printer. I still do plan on adding the fan shroud but at the time of making this video I have not done so yet.
Once I had successfully printed these prints I set out to test the total build volume. I printed a massive 50 hour print of a beautiful lighthouse that I ended up giving to my mom for her birthday. I was nervous and part of me thought the print would fail in one way or another, but I was wrong. The print turned out nearly perfect with only a bit of drooping on a few rocks where it could have used some support materials.
During my large print I tested out the filament runout sensor which worked extremely well. When unloading filament there is an unload button you simply press that will spit out all of the filament in the bowden tube. When you have put your new filament on the spool holder and are ready to feed it in you press the in arrow which will grab the filament and push it through to the hot end. When swapping filament the nozzle automatically moves to the front of the printer away from your print so that there is no plastic oozing down on you print which is a very nice feature.
For fun, I did a miniature print torture test on this machine to see how well it could handle very small prints. It did about as good as I expected and I think the prints I attempted to print may have been far to small. I did a miniature Rick from Rick and Morty which turned out better than I had expected. I then did a boat similar to a benchy but much more detailed and that was a disaster. The machine can print small no problem but microscopic is another story.
All in all I love this machine and think for the price of around $400 USD on Gearbest it is a steal. The build volume, rigidness, and little to no setup makes this an extreme contender to other machines like the CR-10 and the Anycubic Mega.
I try to give the good and the not so good for the machines I get in and so for this machine the only thing that I have not liked about this machine is the noise. The frame being mostly metal on the machine makes it very loud, the sound seems to echo off of the printer and is definitely louder than most of my other machines. Also the two tiny fans on the hotend are crazy loud, especially when the machine is first turning on. I am going to replace the stepper drivers with silent ones and try to make the fans quieter but out of the box they are noisy. This really is not the biggest of deals but when you are like me and your print lab is in your bedroom, a 50 hour print can turn into a fairly sleepless night.
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