Vancouver-based Tinkerine Studios, one rather little fish in the increasingly crowded 3D printing pond, made some mighty big splashes for a small fry with its award-winning Ditto and Litto machines. The Ditto Pro, an update to the original Ditto, has followed suit by earning acclaim from Make Magazine, among others, for its overall performance, print quality, intuitive bespoke software, and ease of use.
Other praiseworthy characteristics include the Ditto Pro’s exceptional print speed, customizable quality settings, and multiplatform compatibility. Three-point build plate adjustment streamlines leveling, and the quick-swap extruder simplifies filament reloading. Designed with students and schools in mind, the open C-shaped frame allows users to observe work in progress, and automatic temperature adjustment helps ensure build consistency. It’s also just a smart-looking desktop device, with aluminum composite construction that’s lightweight enough to be moved about the classroom, and rugged enough to withstand educational use and abuse.
While there’s plenty to admire in the Ditto Pro, it’s still swimming upstream in treacherous waters. By all accounts, the documentation could use beefing up, and a frustratingly imprecise control knob on the LCD module makes some users want to throw it back out to sea. The limitation of only working with PLA contributes to the Ditto Pro’s simplicity and ease of use, but anyone looking for the opportunity to learn and grow with the machine may find this constraint distasteful.
Sizing the Ditto Pro up against competitors, it fares pretty well. Affordability and strong alliances with educators help it loom large alongside bigger fish Makerbot and illustrious amphibian Leapfrog. Smaller fries like Tiertime’s Up! Mini may come more cheaply but lack the Ditto Pro’s learner-friendly robustness and educator rapport.
With so many fish in the rapid prototyping sea, fingerlings like the Ditto Pro can easily end up lost among all the other sardines out there. Finding a comfortable niche in the maker food chain has served Tinkerine well so far, but if evolution favors the tinkerer gene in 3D printing, the manufacturer may have to live up to its name by shifting to more open systems that help the Ditto Pro to rapidly adapt, survive, and thrive in an environment that sees all too many nascent species go extinct.
I love this 3D Printer! Easy to use, great quality, and love the sleek design.
The device can print any color of filament, although it can only print one color at a time...appeared comparable to other similarly sized printers on the market.
Great-looking machine with print performance to match...probably best for the user willing to get a little more involved in the care and feeding of the system — a tinkerer.
For a desktop 3D printer, the Ditto Pro is well made, easy to use and has incredible print quality.
Great graphics with really good picture quality . . . The price on the printers is a little more than others but it's worth it. . . . Ink is more expensive and harder to find.