The XYZ Printing da Vinci Mini capitalizes enormously on two exciting trends in desktop 3D printing: ever decreasing prices and an ever increasing conception of the build area offered by "mini" printers. True, the Mini designation is a relative one, but the low price is incontrovertible - this author took a double take, and is not being paid by XYZPrinting to say that.
While the new low price is a record low for the da Vinci line, this is a brand that has always been known for delivering value at some of the lowest price points in desktop 3D printing today. Where da Vinci printers have long struggled is in consistency of their printing - to be expected at that end of the price pool, but no less a headache for disgruntled buyers of the past. Thankfully, XYZ Printing's output has scaled up with their competitiveness in this market, adding new features while shoring up functionality to modern standards. Onboard data storage makes it possible to plug in a USB drive, upload your CAD file, step away and let da Vinci take over - a new feature for this line of printers. Embedded Wi-Fi is also included for similar purposes, and is not only new to da Vinci, but exceedingly rare to find on a printer anywhere near this price. Furthermore, the claim to plug and play capacity made by XYZ Printing here is not far off base, with users reporting minimal performance issues and decent print quality to boot.
While the da Vinci Mini may not be the best choice for a printer in the business of dental molds or other high end applications, it is another compelling option for newcomers to the 3D printing scene - one of many to emerge in 2016. The state of 3D printing today is far less pulled by wild expectation, and seems to be settling comfortably into the spaces that it truly adds value. But for the budding builder eyeing the da Vinci Mini as their entry printer, such concerns are but a far-off bit of intrigue - a piece of tomorrow waiting to be built. Perhaps, in time, that growing individual will be the one building.
I am so pissed I am giving it another terrible review, I will continue to do so until it is working or this POS is out of my house. Very poor instructions.
Best purchase I have ever made. This 3D Printer is incredible! This is a very impressive little machine with a lot of potential to make almost anything you want.
Set to be one of the cheapest 3D printers on the market. While I only got to check out its printing chops briefly during my demo, it did impress me.
The da Vinci Mini produces average-to-high-quality printed objects with above-average resolution. It is one of the few I can heartily recommend for any beginner maker.
Had to do a restore point on my computer to undo all the damage it did to my PC's setup. Terrible software, sending mine back and buying a Flashforge Finder.
Once you get it set up, it's pretty easy to use, and the software works well enough. The quality of printing can be quite good, especially on excellent setting...
It was easy to use from the opening of the box and the service was great.