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Affordable 3D printer for fun

da Vinci Mini is a compact and productive 3D printer that anybody can use. Weighing around 10kg, it measures just 39×33.5×36cm3 with a 15×15×15cm3 print bed. Its price, less than $300, makes it even more attractive for designers, small-business product development teams, hobbyists, learners, casual home users and, even kids.

With a single-button print capability, da Vinci Mini is as easy to use as any normal desktop 2D printer. LEDs of different colours indicate the printer status, such as standby, printing and errors. The functionality is controlled through a PC, to which the printer is connected through USB or Wi-Fi. The printer has on-board memory. So once you have uploaded the print designs, you can unplug the computer or move it out of the wireless home network without the printing getting interrupted. Wi-Fi connectivity allows sharing of the printer by multiple users.

The software’s slicing precision and computing efficiency shorten the preparation time required before printing. Although the printing speed is slower than costlier 3D printers, it is pretty fast for a sub-$300 model. The printer is eco-friendly and safe for use by the entire family as the filaments are made using polylactic acid (PLA) plastics derived from corn starch, and are guaranteed to be free of heavy metals and di-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate or DEHP. However, some users complain that da Vinci Mini works only with XYZ’s filaments and no other generic brands.

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Company: XYZprinting; Country: United States of America;

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da Vinci Mini is an affordable, compact and easy-to-use 3D printer (Image courtesy: XYZprinting)
da Vinci Mini is an affordable, compact and easy-to-use 3D printer (Image courtesy: XYZprinting)

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