The da vinci jr is an easy to use 3D printer, perfect for beginners in the field and casual hobbyists. It uses the Fused Filament Fabrication technology to craft thermoplastics parts using filament feedstock. It features a build volume of 150 x 150 x 150 mm and supports both XYZware printing software and the auto-calibration system. It is one of the cheapest models available in the market and can be purchased from around $350 USD.
The printer is a plug and play device that doesn’t require any complex assembly. It can be started in a few minutes right after unboxing it, which is a huge relief to first-timers who may face difficulties with setting up other models. It’s also quite lightweight and can be easily moved around, which makes it an ideal choice for home and school use.
It has a front panel with a 2.6-inch, four-line resolution LCD display and six navigation buttons that can be used to manage the printer and initiate a print job without the need for a computer. The controls are well-organized and easy to navigate, making the da vinci jr a user friendly device even for those who have never had experience with desktop 3D printers.
The resolution of the da vinci jr isn’t impressive, but it’s still good enough to produce Lego blocks and simple figurines. Its resolution of 100 to 400 microns is comparable with the $2,900 Makerbot Replicator desktop printer. The device is also a safe printer, with an enclosed body that protects prying fingers from the hot end.