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    New to 3D printing, narrowed it down to two choices.

    Hi all,

    Like the title says I am just now getting into 3D printing and looking for my first printer. I have done a decent amount of digging through the forum and through other sources and have narrowed it down to either the XYZ DaVinci 1.0 Pro or the Robo 3D R1 +.

    This link should be a side-by-side comparison between the two.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/compar...veItem=1124861

    Does anyone have any suggestions for one or the other? Price wise they are very similar and capability wise they seem similar as well. I am leaning a little more towards the XYZ over the ROBO 3D, but just wanted some insight before I pull the trigger. Also, if you have a model you prefer over these two please let me know. I want to stay in the sub $1,000 price range.

    Thank you for any help!

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    Well, it looks like XYZ has resolved my hatred for proprietary filament spools (chips in the spools to prevent third party filaments), though they still have the system partially implemented.

    Beyond that I would simply choose the one with the larger build volume. The robo is self leveling, has external filament holder, larger build space, and seems to be compatible with more materials.

    I guess it would be up to the other guys here with more experience than I have (which is zero) to provide input on details specific to either. I assume you are ok with either price point though, having narrowed it down, but you do get what you pay for as they say.

    Plus I figured at least one reply would let you know you aren't being ignored.

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    Actually, to narrow it down to two with the Davinci being one of the two... If I narrowed it down to about a hundred it might be on the list but I wouldn't bet on it...

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but my impression of the davinci line is more of a plaything than a serious printer. Something you might introduce to kids in a classroom setting. The pro I am unfamiliar with, but the proprietary filament thing really rubs me the wrong way - even if they have changed that.

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    Thanks for the feedback. It seems like the consensus so far is to stay away from the XYZ machine. Is the Robo 3D R1 + a decent machine or is there something else in the sub $1,000 price range I should be looking at? I was drawn to these two machines due to their heated bed and size of the build space.

    Thanks again!

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    I am curious if anyone has any input on the robo. The large build volume seems like it would suit my personal needs, whereas the Trinus I backed and am waiting on is more suited towards my professional ones.

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    Where do you live ? If you're in the US you can definitely find better machines : I love my printrbot and I think lulzbot has a deserved good reputation.
    If you're in the UK... ask CA and he'll tell you to find a flashforge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LambdaFF View Post
    Where do you live ? If you're in the US you can definitely find better machines : I love my printrbot and I think lulzbot has a deserved good reputation.
    If you're in the UK... ask CA and he'll tell you to find a flashforge.
    I am in the U.S., what would you recommend?

    Thanks!

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    I love my printrbot. But people here would tell you as well to look at wanhaousa and lulzbot.

    Here's what I made with mine :
    http://3dprintboard.com/showthread.p...al-Plus-prints
    http://3dprintboard.com/showthread.p...etal-Plus-Mods

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    I highly suggest going for a Rep2 clone. The most respected one is the Flashforge Creator Pro, which is now $999, but there are a number of even cheaper and near identical options (WanHao Duplicator for example)

    These style of printers are extremely proven, have a huge install base, and are non-proprietary so they are inexpensive to maintain.

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