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Update August 2015 XYZ 3D Printer

Update August 2015 XYZ 3D Printer

By Timothy Coyle

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It's been a copule of weeks since I got the Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer from XYZprinting and I wanted to give an update and show some of the 3D prints I have made.

3D Printed Ring

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This was a pretty simple print for the 3D printer. I had a cad designer friend make a simple ring in TinkerCad and then I printed the ring. It came out pretty nice. Next I would like to send this ring to a 3D printer service that can print in metal.

3D Printed Oven Knob

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For a more complicated part I had my cad friend create an oven knob that would fit my kitchen stove and she did a great job making this part. Initially we had the insertion hole sticking out of knob and that was difficult for the printer to print. We did try adding supports/baffles/etc but it just wouldn't print right so finally we changed the design and then the print was much easier.

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It's a little hard to tell but I did sand and apply some special finish material to the knob to try and get rid of the lines commonly seen on 3D printed parts. The finishing material I used was XTC-3D (pretty inexpensive) and basically you apply and let it set and it fills in the "gaps" in the 3D printed part. It's a home version of commercial vapor finishing is what I read people saying. It is difficult to apply an even coat but if you look close you can see the left side of the knob looks better than the right. I think with a couple of coats and sanding I could get a very polished finish. I would probably only want to do this on special finished pieces as it does take a lot of extra time to do this but if you are doing figures or something that you will display it will add a whole level to it.

Lessons Learned So Far

First I'm still happy with my 3D printer purchase. The Davinci is a solid 3D printer and has all the features I think you need for prototyping. The built-in slicer software is not that great and quite a few people upload their own firmware and slicer software to overcome this. There are also some commerical options you can get where you don't have to change the firmware. Depending on the complexity of your 3D parts this may or may not be an issue for you. The other thing is doing the finish work on your printed part - there's a lot to it but for some pieces I think it will be worth it. More updates to come!


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