A few days ago the courier service brought a small package into the house with nothing less than the XYZprinting daVinci 1.0 Pro 3in1 3D printer . I had asked for the same a few months ago, as the 3in1 concept had made me very curious. So now he had finally arrived and is facing the test here.
The daVinci 1.0 Pro 3in1 is a 3D printer with an integrated scanner and optionally available laser engraver. The latter should also arrive at me the days. The range of functions of this printer is not exactly small anyway and is therefore split into several articles like the Dremel 3D printer test . So this post is about unboxing, installing and the 3D scanner.
As can be seen in the photo above, the monster of the box and outer packaging had to be opened to get to the noble piece of technology. No savings were made on transport locks!
Now a “place” had to be found for the printer. It is really important that the surface is as stable and wobble-free as possible. Due to the dimensions, the 3in1 had to take a seat in our hallway. The printer has a flap behind on the left, behind which there is a power connection and a USB connection. The 3in1 also works with WiFi connections. However, this must be set up in advance via USB.
Regarding the processing itself, I can say that there are plastic panels everywhere. The cables inside are usually bundled again and sheathed with cables. The door on the front is held in place by magnets and sensors have also been installed that detect when the door is opened, for example when a pressure is applied.
On the front there is an illuminated display, along with arrow keys for navigating through the menu. The display can be set to German and shows the most important information in a few simple steps.
Install the software included on the CD and the driver once under Windows / OSX and then the SCAN app can be started. Logically, a short calibration of the scanner is recommended here.
For the calibration and scanning process, the pressure plate is moved all the way up, clearing the way for the turntable below. Then an enclosed box with a diamond pattern is placed in the middle of the scanner surface and then the printer scans with the laser. The process is quick and takes a few minutes. No further steps need to be taken here. The software does the actual fine tuning.
Now of course a couple of volunteers had to come here so that the 3D scanner could be tried out. A flip, an anti-stress manikin and a DECT phone should be the test objects. Different surfaces as possible. Light, dark and with a pattern (crocheted flip). During the actual scanning process, the curvature of the red laser beam is recorded and converted into a 3D object by the computer. In a fast run it looks like this:
For this process, the printer must be connected to the PC, as this takes over the main work and the rendering of the scanned object.
Before the actual scanning process, you can set on the computer whether you want to read in to auto, light, dark or normal. Depending on the object used, the accuracy is better. So basically like a kind of ISO setting for cameras. In the software, such a scanning process looks like this, for example:
When the process is finished, the object is calculated and then an information page about the scanned product is output. Here you will find information about the height, length, width and volume, as well as the complete time required. On average, my test products totaled roughly 10 minutes. A little more than half for the actual scanning process and then (depending on the power of the computer) for the rendering process. In my case, I used the Macbook 2015 for this.
As a result, I am unfortunately rather disappointed with the quality of the scanned objects. Regardless of whether I had scanned a light, dark or fabric or plastic product – I always had to struggle with large holes and yet also some inaccuracy.
Simply insert it, scan it and then print it directly without really extensive post-processing is probably not (yet) possible. It is possible to have the surface “rounded” (smooth). But this usually only leads to even more rounded results with even fewer details. I’m a little disappointed here, as the hardware in such a printer could actually have been ideally matched to one another.
In a following report I will then go into more detail on the actual printing of objects and, if it still occurs, on the laser or engraving. The 3in1 still has the chance to make up for a somewhat bad start with these features. Stay tuned!