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If you want to have an interesting, original and innovative present for someone this Christmas you might want to consider going for a 3D Printer – an affordable one that can offer a good start and to help see if the person gets into the technology before going any further ans pending more for a more advanced device. The most affordable 3D printers on the market are the various DIY kits that you need to assemble yourself, but that could turn out to be a bit of a challenge for most people, so if you are going with a 3D printer for a present you should chose one that is fully assembled and ready to be used. That is unless the person receiving the present is not into DIY and loves not only to play with the latest technology and gadgets, but actually loves assembling and disassembling the hardware as well to know how things are working. The Da Vinci 1.0 3D printer by XYZprinting is one interesting and affordable solution that is ready to be used that you can consider as a good gift for Christmas with a price $499 USD.
Da Vinci 1.0 3D printer specifications:
– Technology: FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication)
– Maximum Build Volume (WxHxD): 7.8W x 7.8H x 7.8D inch (20x20x20cm)
– Print Head: Single Nozzle, 0.4mm diameter
– Filament Supported: ABS and PLA with diameter 1.75 mm
– Display: 2.6″ FSTN LCM
– Connectivity: USB 2.0
– Software: XYZWare supporting .stl and XYZ Format
– Product Dimension (WxHxD): 18.4 x 20 x 22 inch (46.8 x 51 x 55.8 cm)
Aside from the da Vinci 1.0 3D printer that has a single extruder, XYZprinting also makes a dual extruder model called da Vinci 2.0 Duo as well as a single extruder version with a built-in 3D scanning functionality – the da Vinci 1.0 AiO. The two other versions are available for a slightly higher price, but they are intended more for people that are not new, but already have some experience with 3D printing and want to get more functionality so the standard version of da Vinci 1.0 3D printer is pretty much great as a Christmas gift for a first 3D printer.
The German RepRap has an interesting deal if you want to have a 3D printer for someone as a Christmas gift this holiday and you are based in Europe. Their NEO X-mas edition 3D printer kit comes with a great package at the attractive price of 698.99 EUR. With the NEO Christmas edition you ll get a ready-to-print NEO 3D printer plus LED lighting and 100 grams PLA 1.75 mm filament each in gold, silver and transparent. A 3D Printer is the ideal Christmas gift for everybody who is keen on new technology: early adopters, hobbyists, men, women and children. With the NEO 3D Printer you are able to print your own toys, spare parts, decoration for Christmas and other occasions or every-day tools. And the good price of the device sure makes it an interesting option for a gift to get someone started in the world of 3D printing, before deciding to go for a more serious solution for 3D printing or not. This 3D printer is designed for smaller prints and comes at a good price for a first 3D printer, so it is good even if you want to have it for yourself if you are interested in 3D printing and do not want to spend too much for your first device.
– Printer dimensions (w/h/d): 330 x 330 x 330 mm
– Maximum printed size: (X/Y/Z) 150 x 150 x 150 mm
– Filament support: PLA, 1.75mm
– Extruder nozzle size: 0.5 mm
– Maximum print resolution: 0.1 mm
– Printer Technology: FFF
– Delivery: Fully-assembled
– Voltage: 110/230V AC
– Power consumption: ca. 50W
– Weight: ca. 6kg
The 3D printers using FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) also known as FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) is the most affordable technology for 3D printing at the moment, but the extrusion of thermoplastic material does have its limitations as well as some advantages. The most significant disadvantage that makes some people start looking to make the next step is the level of detail that the FDM/FFF printers offer, so the next step is normally to go for a 3D printer using Stereolithography (SLA) – a 3D printing technology used for producing 3D models layer by layer by curing a photo-reactive resin with a DLP or UV laser. You should be aware of the fact that the SLA 3D printing hardware is more expensive and also the resin used for building the 3D printed models is also more expensive than what you are using with an FDM/FFF 3D printer. The detail level and durability of the printed materials is usually significantly higher, but the materials you can choose from as not as much as you have in the form of various thermoplastic that can be extruded with an FDM/FFF 3D printer.
If you have decided to move from an FDM/FFF 3D printer to an SLA 3D printer, or just get another 3D printer to extend your creative options, then your first step should probably be to check out the FormLabs Form 1+. It is a pretty affordable 3D printer using stereolithography technology to build 3D models with a layer resolution of up to 25 microns – 0.025 mm or 4 times better than what the usual best layer height offered by most plastic extrusion 3D printers. The drawback that the Form 1+ printer has is that the printable object size is smaller than what most FDM/FFF 3D printers offer even the most basic ones, so you will not be able to print very big models, unless of course you break them down to segments. The build volume you have available with the Form 1+ 3D printer is 125×125×165 mm and the printer does use support material where needed that is automatically generated and should be easily removable when the print is ready. One thing that people used to print with on plastic extrusion 3D printers – the leveling of the build plate is not needed, meaning less problems with unusable prints. The Form 1+ complete package will cost you $3299 USD and 1 liter of resin used by the printer is being sold of $149 USD. We are already considering getting a Form 1+ 3D printer for next year to accompany our MakerBot Replicator 2 FDM 3D printer in order to be able to start experimenting with SLA 3D printing.