Tronxy X5SA Pro Review

The Tronxy X5SA Pro is a budget 3D printer that is marketed as a good balance for medium to professional makers. But does it really perform? Read our Tronxy X5SA Pro review to find out about the specs, print speed, performance, and quality of print of the budget 3D printer.

TRONXY X5SA Pro Review

After my moderate experience a while back with the Tronxy X5S, I stopped testing Tronxy 3D printers for the time being. However, I recently decided to give the Tronxy’s X5SA Pro a try.

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From the specs, the printer looks very promising. For instance, in addition to the CoreXY construction, common features such as a stepper driver, touchscreen, and a reasonable mainboard are built into the printer.

In this Tronxy X5SA Pro review, I’ll provide my experience with testing the 3D printer.

Let’s get started.

Tronxy X5SA Pro Specs

General Specs

Technology FDM
Manufacturer Tronxy
Model X5SA Pro
Assembly Semi-assembled
Frame Aluminum and Sheet Metal

3D Printing Properties

Print Size 330 x 330 x 400 mm
Print Speed 20-150 mm/s (recommended: 60 mm/s)
Print Thickness 0.1-0.4 mm
Positioning Accuracy 0.0125 mm (X/Y), 0.02 mm (Z)
Nozzle Size 0.4 mm
Materials PLA, ABS, PETG, PC, HIPS, PVC, Exotics
Max. Nozzle Temperature 260 ℃
Max. Bed Temperature
Connectivity USB, SD card

Software Requirements

Slicing Software Tronxy slicer (recommended, not required)
File Format STL, OBJ, DAE, AMF, G-code
Operating Software Repetier-Host / Cura
Operating System Windows / MacOS / Linux

Power

Power Input 110V / 220V AC, 50 / 60Hz
Power Output 24V / 360W

Physical Dimensions & Weight

Machine Size 580 x 645 x 660 mm
Package Size 580 x 645 x 660 mm
Machine Weight 14.5 kg
Package Weight 16.5 kg

Tronxy X5SA Features Highlights

    • Print space: 330 x 330 x 400 mm (comparison, Creality3D CR-10 V2 : 300 x 300 x 400 mm)
    • 1.75mm filament for 0.4mm nozzle
    • Must be completely assembled (= not pre-assembled!)
    • Extras:
      • 32bit ARM mainboard (for faster printing)
      • 24V power pack or circuit
      • Touchscreen, stepper driver, sophisticated cable management (?)

We have the TRONXY X5S, the earlier version of the X5SA Pro in our lab. However, the printer did not even make it to a test report. We found the quality of the unit to be too low for what we have in the market.

So, what does the TRONXY X5SA Pro has to offer?

CoreXY vs. “Prusa i3” Structure

Almost every 3D printer made in China gets its inspiration from the Prusa i3 from the RepRap project.

What the Prusa i3-inspired printers have in common is that their print head only moves on the X-axis (“left-right”) and Z-axis (“up and down”). On the other hand, the heating bed only moves backwards or forwards on the Y-axis during 3D printing.

And this is where the problem is: the heating bed moves a lot with each print layer – the Z-axis moves 0.X mm higher for each two-dimensional print layer. This mass of the print bed has to be accelerated and decelerated in hundreds of layers, and this has a negative impact on the printing speed and/or the quality of print.

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In comparison: With the Prusa i3 design, the hotbed is moved a lot at all times.

The CoreXY solves this problem with a completely different structure.

Here, the print head moves on the busy X and Y axes and the heating bed is moved down by the previously sliced layer height after the completion of a layer. Only the much lighter print head needs to be moved.

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The heating bed is only moved from top to bottom.

Given all the problems with Prusa i3 models, why are we still printing with them?

There are various reasons for this:

  1. The structure is more complex. With most 3D printers from China that follow the Prusa i3 structure, you only have to screw the base and the structure. That is all.
  2. CoreXY 3D printers take up a little more space (e.g. Tronxy X5SA: 580 x 645 x 660 mm)
  3. The interaction of the axes is a little more difficult. There is no direct, linear relationship (Cartesian).
  4. The long distances of the toothed belts can also make the print image poor.
  5. The Bowden extruder, which has established itself and the print image of the i3 models, has become really good.

In summary, the little hype about the CoreXY has faded a bit.

Now, let’s go back to our Tronxy X5SA Pro 3D printer review.

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CoreXY 3D printers are somewhat more complex in terms of mechanics (and structure).

For the sake of completeness: There are of course other types, such as B. the H-Bot construction (very similar to the CoreXY) or Delta printer.

However, in summary, there is simply no such thing as the best construction method. Each type of construction has its own advantages and disadvantages.

TRONXY X5SA Pro Overview

The Tronxy X5SA has an installation space of 330 x 330 x 400 mm, which is slightly above average. The popular Creality3D CR-10 V2 and the Artillery Sidewinder X1 both have a build volume of 300 x 300 x 400 mm. On the other hand, the popular Creality3D Ender-3 print area is just 220 x 220 x 250 mm.

The X5SA’s large build volume is neither an advantage nor a disadvantage. Instead, the size of models you will be regularly printing should help you know whether the large build volume is beneficial.

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Removable “print bed”. Unfortunately, it is not magnetic.

According to the graphics in the Tronxy X5SA manual, the print bed should be removable. I’m assuming that a film, as is so often the case, was fixed with appropriate clamps (see below).

The printer comes with the expected accessories for assembly.

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TRONXY X5SA Pro: Accessories are average.

Unfortunately, as is so often the case, there is not enough filament (see screenshot). Therefore, if you order this printer, make sure you also buy some filament spools (see the best PLA filament we recommend).

Other features such as B. the auto-level sensor, the filament sensor and the power failure feature largely depend on the firmware integration.

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Filament sensor: now also standard.
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TRONXY X5SA Pro CoreXY: Autolevel Sensor – Will It Be Good?

The cable management looks better than some of the others from the outside. Ribbon cables, chain links (check here for the Ender-3 ) – at 24V – that can work.

The 32-bit mainboard is fast enough for a decent GCODE throughput and thus high printing speeds.

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TRONXY X5SA Pro: More features

A3.5 inch touchscreen is now also standard.

Tronxy X5SA Pro Upgrades

The Tronxy X5SA Pro offers a variety of upgrade options to enhance its capabilities and performance. Here are some popular choices:

  • Dual Extruder Kit: This upgrade allows you to print with two different colors or materials simultaneously, expanding your design and printing possibilities. Tronxy offers a dedicated “2E” series upgrade kit for this purpose.
  • Direct Drive Extruder: This upgrade replaces the stock Bowden extruder with a direct drive system, improving filament control and reducing retraction distance, leading to potentially sharper prints and better performance with flexible filaments.
  • Klipper Firmware: Klipper is an open-source firmware known for its high performance and smooth motion control. Tronxy offers dedicated Klipper firmware upgrade kits for the X5SA Pro, potentially improving print quality and speed.
  • Laser Module: This add-on allows you to engrave designs or markings onto various materials, expanding the functionalities of your X5SA Pro beyond 3D printing.
  • Other Upgrades: Additional options include ball screw upgrades for smoother Z-axis movement, improved hotend and nozzle options for specific printing needs, and a larger bed surface for accommodating larger prints.

Important Note: Before starting any upgrades, ensure compatibility with your specific X5SA Pro model and firmware version. Consult the official Tronxy website or contact their support for guidance and recommendations.

Tronxy X5SA Pro Firmware

The Tronxy X5SA Pro comes pre-installed with its own proprietary firmware. However, the manufacturer also offers alternative firmware options:

  • Official Tronxy Firmware: You can download the latest official firmware from the Tronxy website. Make sure to choose the version compatible with your specific X5SA Pro model and printer size (400mm or 500mm). Upgrading firmware can potentially improve bug fixes, introduce new features, or optimize performance, but it’s crucial to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to avoid any issues.
  • Klipper Firmware: lipper is a popular alternative firmware known for its advanced features and customization options. Tronxy offers dedicated Klipper firmware upgrade kits that require additional hardware and involve a more involved installation process. While potentially offering more control and performance gains, Klipper requires a steeper learning curve and may not be suitable for everyone.

Remember, upgrading firmware can be risky and potentially break your printer if not done correctly. Always back up your existing firmware before making any changes, and proceed with caution. If you’re unsure about the process, seek help from experienced users.

Conclusion

The Tronxy X5SA is not revolutionary but does the job really well.

Long story short: I had my doubts about the Tronxy X5SA Pro, but curiosity prevailed – I ordered it from 3DPrintersBay.

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