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Categories > 3D Printers > Zeepro > ZeePro Zim 3D Printer-Silver

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Some cool features, some proprietary lockdowns
Pros: Nice solid frame. Nice looking machine. Prints decently when dialed in (though has a very difficult time with some models). Some aspects of the web interface are nice, like being able to check on a print from anywhere on your phone or at work. Leveling system is easy to use. Lighted platform is nice, and camera view and time lapse feature can be handy.

Great customer support.

Wifi is nice.
Cons: Proprietary software implementation and is clunky at times. The slicer is extremely slow, and often crashes while trying to slice. Using an external package like Simplify 3D is not supported. Some features that would be nice are entirely missing, like being able to lower the platform to apply glue stick/tape once the model is selected.

Web UI camera view doesn't work on Android devices. We tried a Google Nexus 10 and an HTC one, running the latest Android versions for those devices. Didn't seem to work on our ipad 2 either, though it did work on an iphone 5s. Sometimes doesn't work in Chrome, but usually does work in Chromium and Firefox. Take away is they haven't worked out the kinks yet and software is a work in progress.

On the hardware side, the dual extruder is a mixed bag. It doesn't print very cleanly when using more than one color because the ooze from one extruder sweeps over the plastic just left by the second extruder and leaves discolorations. It also snags prints if the nozzles are not perfectly leveled with each other (mine were not from the factory, but I've since adjusted them fairly well). PLA that often curves up on an overhang also snags on the second extruder. For these reasons, I often opt for a single extruder when printing, the quality is better. There is also a bug where the extruders get mixed up between left and right that can lead to other issues.

The cartridge system is problematic. It locks you into Zeepro filament cartridges. The capacity of the cartridges isn't that much, and they are priced higher than alternative filament available. Also we experienced cartridge jams more than once. The cartridge design is weak where it makes contact with a lower extruder feed stepper. I do not believe the cartridges could withstand repeated removal and replacement without cracking in this area. If they crack or weaken, the ability for the lower stepper to feed filament is compromised. I've noticed the cartridge management often gets jammed when loading or unloading, requiring manually heating the nozzle and removing the filament. Do not expect to change colors on a whim. I believe this is partially due to the weak cartridge design causing the lower feed stepper to make inadequate contact with filament, causing it to slip and subsequent jamming.

There is no automatic bed leveling (but the manual 3 screw system isn't too bad).

It appears the Zim requires network connectivity to be used. There is no direct USB connection. There is an ethernet jack on the back, and Wifi.
Other Thoughts: This printer could be nice once some of the software issues are resolved. Inability to use a 3rd party slicer software, like Simplify 3D, is the single biggest drawback to this machine at the moment. Secondary to this is the proprietary cartridge system with weak feed mechanism.

Also it's a bit pricey when considering some of the excellent alternatives out there, equal or lesser in price. While admittedly, these don't have the some of the fancy features of Zim, in the end the ability to slice and print is what should distinguish 3D printers, and this is where Zim falls short compared to the others.
Reviewed By:Globule,12/14/2014 7:48:47 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > 3D Printers > Zeepro > Zeepro ZIM Black 3D Printer

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 looks great BUT...
Pros: This printer has a really nice design from the outside and also the technical side seems to be really good - unfortunately the software isn't that good...
Cons: On the software side this printer is so limited you really can't operate it properly.
The internal sofware has a built in slicer and there is no way of uploading your own gcode. It's incredibly slow (under 30 seconds slice time for a small model on Slic3r, more than 5 minutes on ZIM).

The proprietary cartridges can NOT be refilled as they're tagged with RFID: so no cheap PLA or ABS, you have to buy their cartridges for 3,3x the price of standard filament.
Other Thoughts: If the ZIM will ever be open to upload own gcodes and you can operate it with standard filament: buy it, but I guess there are perfect 3D printers here which fullfill your needs for a 3D printer much more than this 3D printer from Zeepro.

(I own 3 3D printers by the way...)
Reviewed By:N/A,12/13/2014 5:18:31 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > 3D Printers > XYZprinting > XYZprinting daVinci 1.0 3D Printer

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Great Printer - Everything else about it SUCKS!
Pros: Easy to use and good looking unit. When it works (or rather, when the SOFTWARE works), it works very well. But, therein lies the rub - You cannot use it without the insanely buggy and slow proprietary software.
Cons: The proprietary software performs like a stoned High Shooler's beginning programming project. 15-20 min range on brand new 8 core system. Seriously!

Brand new cartridges are not recognized, or are declared COUNTERFEIT and rejected by the XYZ Print software. Out of my 6 cartridges *3* of them are afflicted. Cannot fix, cannot return, cannot refill. If you think you are getting a deal on this printer, think again!
Other Thoughts: There was such potential here, if only XYZ would pull their heads out from their collective nethers. Give this company another 5 years to get the stuff together and they'll corner the market - too bad they won't last that long.
Reviewed By:N/A,12/13/2014 12:16:29 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
This user purchased this item from Newegg

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Categories > 3D Printers > Zeepro > ZeePro Zim 3D Printer-Silver

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 nice design but closed system
Pros: This printer has a really nice design from the outside and also the technical side seems to be really good - unfortunately the software isn't that good...
Cons: On the software side this printer is so limited you really can't operate it properly.
The internal sofware has a built in slicer and there is no way of uploading your own gcode. It's incredibly slow (under 30 seconds slice time for a small model on Slic3r, more than 5 minutes on ZIM).

The proprietary cartridges can NOT be refilled as they're tagged with RFID: so no cheap PLA or ABS, you have to buy their cartridges for 3,3x the price of standard filament.
Other Thoughts: If the ZIM will ever be open to upload own gcodes and you can operate it with standard filament: buy it, but I guess there are perfect 3D printers here which fullfill your needs for a 3D printer much more than this 3D printer from Zeepro.

(I own 3 3D printers by the way...)
Reviewed By:ML,12/12/2014 4:08:26 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > 3D Printers > XYZprinting > XYZprinting daVinci 1.0 3D Printer

Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3Rating + 3 Decent. You WILL work off the difference
Pros: Okay price for a 3D printer.
Support is expanding in the 3D printer space
There's hope that this printer will be mainstream and is priced to do just that.
Cons: Buggy
Requires a lot of tuning
SW is a dog
Proprietary (EXPENSIVE) filament
Application is buggy, low performing
Not ready for the market it is priced into
Company finds ways to keep this unit remain proprietary
Slow to do anything related to calibrating the unit.
Calibration steps are not very intuitive, prone to random failures,
Low quality adjustment hardware yields very inconsistent results
LCD panel randomly fails, restored when power cycled
Other Thoughts: This printer is about $100 too expensive for what it is out of the box.
Tech support has responded fairly quickly. However they recite poorly written documentation.
Every problem you see when doing research happened to my unit out of the box.
If you are very technically minded with a decent ability to approach the problems that this printer will present to you; you will have some success.
Things to prepare for:
Print table alignment does not have a means to offset the height. This will cause the nozzle to be so close to the table that the feed mechanism will click, loudly. This clicking is the result of jamming filament against the glass and causing the plastic hardware that drives the filament to skip. Failure to adjust out of this will lead to failure of the mechanism.

If you do not adjust the build table down, the nozzle will get gummed up. This will cause failures when calibrating the build table.Continuing the print failure and conditions that will lead to failure of the extrusion mechanism.

This reads like a harsh review. In many ways it is. However, if you are willing to make the time to learn, deal with contacting tech support for a new printer and are able to comprehend some fine details on your own with your own research; you'll be rewarded with a decent performing printer. It is not a consistent performer, so good notes and organized approach to troubleshooting things will help.
There are well documented workarounds for the proprietary software and filament cartridges, All of them will be explored.

This is my first 3D printer and last XYZ branded one. I am mostly happy with the printer when it works.

Do your homework and consider that this is not an item you can return when you have issues with it. At least not with this store.

If you go this route, enjoy the adventure.
Reviewed By:N/A,12/9/2014 4:15:33 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is average and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
This user purchased this item from Newegg

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Categories > 3D Printers > XYZprinting > XYZprinting daVinci 1.0 3D Printer

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Da vinci 1.0 3D printer
Pros: so the Pros are strictly the hardware. i picked this printer up while it was $400 ( $100 off promo code ) and you can not get more for your money even with building your own reprap. this has endstops, heated bed, and a full enclosure which are all just icing on the cake.
Cons: Software. XYZware is complete garbage along with there firmware. as long as you get a printer that prints, doesn't have to print good, but at least prints you can make it amazing.
Other Thoughts: Loading repitier firmware onto the printer fixes all of the cons. using repitier host, and firmware, and slic3r you get much much better prints, and you dont have to use XYZ's mediocre filament you can buy some good stuff, and your not limited to just ABS. im soon even putting on a E3D V6 hotend because someone designed a mount on thingiverse to mount one very easily, meaning you can print ninja flex and nylon with that.
Reviewed By:Brennan,12/8/2014 4:25:22 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 week to 1 month.
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Categories > 3D Printers > XYZprinting > XYZprinting daVinci 1.0 3D Printer

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Trust me...read this before you buy
Pros: Cheap
Cons: Very limited (required to use the XYZ Printing software) unless you want to replace the firmware on the board with custom firmware not made for the printer and tweak to get it to work.

Some of the most terrible customer service I have ever experienced. Every single person in Chinese. They all have the same answer...when something goes wrong with the printer they want you to: Send a description of the problem. Send a picture. Send a video. Then they call you (even if it is clearly a broken part), and want to walk you through steps. After that, they either want you to pay shipping to return the entire printer for service, or they want you to disassemble the printer, remove the broken part...pay to ship it back, and then wait for them to verify it is really broken, then wait for them to ship a new part...then you have to wait to receive the new part...then you have to replace the part.

That said...I have no problem replacing or removing parts...what I do have an issue with is that I have had this printer for 70 some days, and it has been down for almost 20 of those days because of 1st a defective extruder motor, and now the glass bed decided to crack because of an obvious defect. So, after dealing with their customer service several times...I removed the broken glass, and sent it back. Now the post office (priority mail) seems to have misplaced the package I shipped with the glass, so XYZPrinting is refusing to send my replacement until the old glass gets there. This is the kind of company you are buying from. Honestly, stay away. I built my first 3D printer. It is still working after 7 months. This thing has had NOTHING but issues. Save yourself some time, and get something from a company with ACTUAL customer service. Honestly one of the single most frustrating ownership experiences of my entire life.
Other Thoughts: If anything breaks...XYZPrinting makes it almost impossible to get things replaced through the warranty. They are making it tough, I am sure, so that people will just give up and not hold them to honoring the warranty. If you are buying this printer because you intend to use it then trust me, things on it will wear out, and break down and you will need replacements. When they do...this company will put you through hell before you will get a replacement. I will never purchase anything from these people again.
Reviewed By:SecOpsFed82,12/6/2014 4:03:21 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
This user purchased this item from Newegg

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Categories > 3D Printers > XYZprinting > XYZprinting daVinci 1.0 AiO 3D Printer/Scanner

Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4Rating + 4 Fun New Toy!
Pros: After calibration, the prints are amazing (on the highest quality resolution). You can still see and feel the layers, but the prints look great, for a printer in this price range.

Setup/unpacking was easy.

Most of the included instructions were easy to follow.

The printers exterior looks good, and the printer makes some really cool noises while printing.
Cons: If you are excited about the built in scanner, I would recommend looking elsewhere. The scanner has a hard time seeing anything. It scans once with each laser (2 lasers) and then stops scanning. the scans are not usable, by them selves.

The documentation you receive with the printer, stresses, that you should not calibrate the printer unless necessary... Calibration, can be a bit of a challenge (calibration instructions are minimal...). My printer should have been calibrated, before I wasted two print jobs, due to the print bed being out of alignment (due to shipping?).
Other Thoughts: The "included" cartridge, contains about half the filament, of the replacement cartridges.

The software that is included, does not include any editing programs. Although the included "XYZware" program will let you scale a printable object (change the size), before printing.

My rating's;
Technology 3D Printing: 5 stars
Technology 3D Scanning: 1 star
Ease of usability: 4 stars
Coolness Factor: "6" stars

average of 4 stars
Reviewed By:SHADE IN 2009,12/6/2014 1:36:05 AM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
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Categories > 3D Printers > Zeepro > ZeePro Zim 3D Printer-Silver

Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2Rating + 2 Proprietary and closed
Pros: Nice aluminum frame. When it can be made to print, it gives prints about on a par with a PrintrBot or a Replicator 1. Built in webcam and ethernet / wifi connectivity. Very responsive customer support.
Cons: Proprietary and locked down. You can import your own obj, stl but not your own gcode. You must use their slicer that is inside the printer itself.. It does not have enough RAM for larger prints ( such as can be made by Autodesk 123D Catch). .. Cartridges are not refillable and have an rfid chip inside to track usage... You have to buy Zeepro filament and cannot use cheaper filament or try out other types of filament like laywood or nylon unless zeepro decides to offer those. There is also no front control panel for immediate adjustment.. Entire control system is web based.
Other Thoughts: Would be a fantastic printer for $800, no vendor lock-in, and ability to use third party slicers on more powerful hardware.
Reviewed By:N/A,12/5/2014 9:11:51 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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Categories > 3D Printers > XYZprinting > XYZprinting daVinci 1.0 3D Printer

Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1Rating + 1 Do you feel lucky?
Pros: Got it on sale
Looks nice
You'll learn a lot using it
Pretty quick to get started
Cons: TLDR:
Flimsy
Poor tolerances
Poor quality materials
Shoddy workmanship
Basically nonexistent customer service
You'll learn a lot because it comes basically broken and customer service is useless

More detailed version:
Product arrived with minor mechanical problems. Tried contacting customer service to make sure I fixed it to their satisfaction for CYA/warranty purposes. This started a battle with their 'service' department that is still ongoing nearly four months later over broken parts, calibration, print quality, and print accuracy. Waiting on a third printer, support is unresponsive again.

The support number you can call appears to be a personal cell in Taiwan and the person who answers can only speak enough English to tell you to e-mail them.
Those responding to e-mails rarely read the full problem description and don't give answers that actually pertain to the problem.
They don't keep case notes or read the history attached to an e-mail, so you'll get the same nonsense several times.
Eventually you'll get escalated to someone that doesn't understand their product enough to help with basic problems.
A while after that, you might get escalated to a 3rd party on the West coast that still doesn't understand the product or basic geometry.
Repeatedly, and at all levels, it seems like their intention is to not understand your problem and delay helping you for another 24/48 hours.
Throughout this whole mess, you'll be treated like an idiot or a liar.
Trying to get a straight answer out of anyone is like pulling teeth.
You'll be paying lots in shipping sending the unit back for 'repairs'.
Other Thoughts: I was initially very excited for this product. The useless support, continued problems, and multiple returns have left me bewildered and frustrated.

I'm not sure who this is for. It's not plug and play, so it isn't for novices. It isn't for people with more time than money, because they would be better off starting with a repstrap.

Do yourself a favor, and stay away.
Reviewed By:Frustrated,12/5/2014 1:19:33 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is High and has owned this product 1 month to 1 year.
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