If the Da Vinci 1.0 Aio is any indication, the truism that you can’t be everything to everyone has its proof in technology as well as in human relations. Those of us who’ve fought with all-in-one printer-scanner-copier-fax machines have already widely reached this conclusion. Most perform at least one function admirably, and more than one poorly or not at all, which is certainly true of the Da Vinci 1.0 Aio.
The timing of its release pits the Da Vinci 1.0 Aio against open-source early bird the Aio Robotics Zeus Aio. While the Zeus Aio’s open systems can be quickly and endlessly upgraded with help from the open source community, user feedback on the Da Vinci 1.0 Aio must percolate more slowly through Xyzprinting’s product review and update cycle. When things go wrong, as they inevitably do, or adaptations are needed, the Da Vinci 1.0 Aio has a lot to lose, a situation made worse by its creators’ less than stellar customer service record.
The Da Vinci 1.0 Aio has a few things going for it, starting with ease of use and a low price-point that make it accessible to those want to learn more about 3D printing but might not otherwise have anything to do with such complex and expensive technology. It’s not exactly the fastest machine of its kind, nor the slowest, and print quality is good enough. Accuracy and consistency are not the Da Vinci 1.0 Aio’s strong suits, though; the bundled software leaves much to be desired; and when it comes to scanning, all bets are off. Reactions to the scanner’s functionality range from “Meh” to righteous indignation, and Xyzprinting’s inept — if not appalling — tech support and customer service are frequent topics of discussion among users trying to sort out technical difficulties.
3D printing is still in its infancy. The best machines come with plenty of problems, and even the most expensive ones often spend as much time being tinkered with as they do making stuff. What tends to separate winners from losers is the extent to which they do what they’re supposed to do. If bargain-basement 3D printing for beginners were all the Da Vinci 1.0 Aio purported to do, there’d be no question of its value. But delivering on the promise to do so much by doing rather little, and a mediocre job of it at that, earns Xyzprinting’s all-in-one device the ignominious title of “expensive paperweight” in the eyes of many a frustrated maker.
The Da Vinci 1.0 AiO 3D Printer worked well in my testing, both as a printer and a scanner.
It would be nice if there was a way to keep the bed hot while calibrating/rechecking/calibrating. Calibration takes a bunch of slight turns and rechecking.
I found the scanning technology to be a blunt instrument often incapable of reproducing objects accurately.
This printer is easy to setup and use.
Requires a special cartridge [with a chip] that tells the printer how much filament is left in the cartridge and . . . prevents you from refilling the cartridge on your own.
Maybe good printer for beginner but not easy to use...
Plate may need leveling, loose connections may need tightened and calibrations often need adjusting. While the spools are expensive, the cartridge is easy to load.