It is nice to take a break from the crazy amount of Ender 3 clones that are out there on the market. Today we are going to be taking a look at the TronXY XY-3, which is based off the ever popular Cr-10 3D printer.
Here is a quick overview of the specs:
Build Volume: 310mm x 310mm x 330mm
Output Voltage: 12V
Hotend: PTFE Lined (Not All-Metal)
Material Compatibility: PLA, ABS (if enclosed), Flexibles, PET-G (below 250)
Interface: Touch Screen
Connectivity: USB or Micro SD card
Power Outage Recovery
Filament Runout Sensor
Magnetic Removable Build Plate
Now that we have that out of the way, let us take a look into what machine setup is like. This machine came packaged well with no missing or damaged parts. Although this should be expected, I have had to many instances where this is not the case so it does need to be noted. The machine is semi assembled and I was up and running in about 30 minutes. The only things needed is to connect the frames, plug in appropriate cables and mount a few small brackets. This printer only came with a small piece of PLA, so you will want to order a roll of filament when you purchase this machine. One thing that blew me away was that they included a complete spare hotend. These lower cost machines rarely give you spare parts, so to have a complete replacement hotend was a huge plus.
The XY-3 3D Printer uses manual bed leveling so I grabbed a sheet of paper and quickly leveled the printer. I then grabbed some black PLA that I had, and began to print one of the test files that came on the Micro SD card. It was a lucky cat piggy bank which had been sliced at a very high resolution. If I had to guess, I would say it was at a .15 layer height or 150 microns. I was very impressed with this first print. With the magnetic build plate it was very easy to remove the print with minimal effort on my part.
After this first print, I loaded up some of MatterHackers red Build Series PLA and began to print an awesome model of Deadpool that I found over on My Mini Factory. I created a very basic profile in Cura and overall just used Cura’s default PLA profile. I scaled the model up a bit and sliced it at a .2 layer height with a speed of about 50mm/s. This print took somewhere around 35 hours to print but boy did it turn out amazing. I was very excited to remove this print from the bed and place it on my shelf.
After this print, I decided I wanted to play around with my Mosaic Palette 2 on this printer. I removed the filament runout sensor since this is not a feature I find myself needing and modeled a very simple adapter that would allow me to plug the Palette into this printer. For those interested, I did upload the file to Thingiverse as well. I then began a print of a two colored panda that I found on Thingiverse. Overall, it was looking good until it got to the last 20% of the print. There was clearly some issue with calibration (this was on the Palette and not the printer) and the top of the Panda had random splices all over him. During the removal of this print, I noticed that the bed was starting to become damaged in one section. As much as I love removable build plates, the ones that come with these machines are quite cheap and do not last long. I ended up replacing the magnetic build plate with a mirror tile that I had laying around. I recommend ordering glass online or picking up a mirror tile from your local hardware store.
Next, I wanted to do a very large print. There is a very cool model of a 9 tailed demon fox that I have seen on My Mini Factory that I had tried printing in the past with errors. I scaled the model up and began printing. This was about a 50ish hour print at .2 layer resolution and turned out insane. Definitely one of the more awesome prints I have done as well as longest print I have done on an FDM printer in quite some time. From my testing, this machine can definitely print PLA beautifully. The layer cooling fan on this machine seems to do a pretty adequate job of cooling the prints.
I wanted to see if this printer would be able to do PET-G as well so I loaded it up with some Translucent Green PET-G that I have had for a while. I did a quick vase mode vase that turned out very nice. That was until I removed it from the bed which ripped the bottom of the vase off. I then went ahead and sliced a model of the Repkord Raptor and printed this model out. I was very pleased with the end result. There was very little stringing which is always a plus when printing in PET-G.
My experience with this machine has been a very pleasant one. I love the touch screen interface and that all of the electronics are hidden in this small box with an exhaust fan to help with heat. I also love the aluminum frame making this machine very rigid. It does not have quite the height of the Cr-10 machine, but for me a 1 ft cubed machine is perfect and more than sufficient for any thing I will be needing. I also like that it does not have a huge box sitting next to it like the Cr-10 machines as space is a concern for me.
If you are looking to add another printer to your lineup or looking to onboard your first printer, the TronXY XY-3 at just above $300 is a very solid machine.
To find out more or purchase one for yourself follow the link here.