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JGAurora A5 3D Printer: Review the Facts Here!

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by Anatol Locker
Mar 1, 2018

In late 2017, Chinese 3D printer manufacturer JGAurora released its new model, the A5, to the market. It differs in many ways from its smaller brother, the A3. Review the facts of the JGAurora A5 3D printer here.

The A5 offers a totally new design and even different features from the smaller and cheaper JGAurora A3. The machine is one of the many medium-sized FDM 3D printers for small budgets – but with some interesting twists.

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Please note that this is not a proper JGAurora A5 review, as All3DP’s editorial team hasn’t taken an in-depth look at the printer yet. But can provide you with insights on the specifications and opinions from the 3D printing community.

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JGAurora A5

The JGAurora A5 is a Chinese low-cost 3D printer is capable of handling nearly all materials and offers a big print bed.

JGAurora A5 3D Printer: Review the Facts Review the Specs

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The specifications of the JGAurora A5 3D printer read similar to most other low-cost 3D printers.

  • Technology: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), single extruder
  • Build Volume: 305 x 305 x 320 mm
  • Layer Resolution: 0.1-0.3 mm
  • Connectivity: USB
  • Printing Speed: up to 150 mm/s (80 mm/s recommended)
  • Filament diameter: 1.75 (Bowden drive)
  • Nozzle/Filament Diameter: 0.4 mm / 1.75 mm
  • Operational Extruder Temperature: max 260C
  • Operational Heatbed Temperature: max 100C
  • Heated Bed: Yes
  • Supported Filaments: PLA, ABS, PETG, HIPS, Wood
  • Input rating: 110V/220V AC, 50/60Hz
  • Printer Dimensions: 536 x 480 x 235 mm

Please be advised that these specifications are subject to chance.

JGAurora A5 3D Printer: Review the Facts What Special about the JGAurora A5 3D Printer?

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The JGAurora A5 is a big machine – if you want to add it to your workshop, you’ll definitely need to clear some space. The printer itself is capable of producing prints as big as 305 x 305 x 320 mm, which puts it in the range of the popular Creality CR-10 (300 x 300 x 400 mm, in-depth review here).

The JGAurora A5 3D printer comes partially assembled. All you have to do is to mount the Z-Axis to the base part, set up the spool holder, make sure set the machine to the proper voltage for your country. The whole process shouldn’t take longer than 1 hour.

Having done that, you attach the spool holder and feed the filament in the Bowden extruder. Beginners should start 3D printing with the PLA provided in the box, as it is easier to handle than notoriously difficult materials like ABS or Nylon. The hotend, by the way, is an E3D V6 hotend clone with a custom heatsink.

The heat bed (the manufacturer calls it “Black Diamond Glass Heated platform”) is a glass plate with some additional coating, comparable to the Anycubic Ultrabase. Before you start the first prints on the JGAurora A5 3D printer, you have to level the bed. The printer software will help you by moving the nozzle to the bed’s edges, but you still have to calibrate the bed manually by turning screws.

Models can be loaded via a USB stick. Alternatively, you can hook up the machine to a computer and print directly from there. Even if there’s a Wifi option in the printer menu, it is clearly not working and also not advertised to do so. Also, there’s no SD card slot available.

When it comes to slicing, the manufacturer recommends Cura. For the right settings, please follow this informative thread on Thingiverse.

There are two interesting features on the JGAurora A5 3D printer that you don‘t find in most printers.

  1. Filament out detection: Every time the filament runs out, the printer stops and emits a loud warning signal.
  2. Power recovery: Not only the Prusa i3 MK3 offers this great feature. The JGAurora A5 3D printer can handle power outages and, according to Maker’s Muse, the printer handles this perfectly. When reconnected to a power line, the printer heats up the hotend and continues without any problems.

JGAurora A5 3D Printer: Review the Facts Issues with the JGAurora 3D Printer

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Most people buying a printer under $500 will know that they will have to spend considerable time tweaking settings and even replacing inferior parts. As said, this is no JGAurora A5 3D printer review. But we’ve gathered some information that clearly shows that this 3D printer is no exception and will not automatically work out of the box.

Here are some issues the 3D printing community had with the JGAurora A5 3D printer:

  • The printer comes with a steel sheet CNC-milled metal frame and a metal base, which makes it sturdy. Some customers still complain the tolerances for the Z-axis are way too wide, resulting in Z-axis shifts. Also, Maker’s Muse found the Z-axis to be very inaccurate due to mechanical problems,
  • Also, some components of the JGAurora A5 are 3D printed. In complain the 3D printed parts were broken during transport, but after contacting the company directly, they were sent spare parts or even the STL file for printing them out on another printer.

JGAurora A5 3D Printer: Review the Facts Where to buy the JGAurora A5 3D Printer

You can order the JGAurora A5 3D Printer from most popular online stores. Currently, the price range for the JGAurora lies around 350 to 550 US Dollars.

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JGAurora A5

The JGAurora A5 is a Chinese low-cost 3D printer is capable of handling nearly all materials and offers a big print bed.

You can reach JGAurora on their English / Chinese homepage. If you have questions regarding the 3D printer, you can apply for the JGAurora A5 Facebook group or check the support section at their website.

This concludes our “JGAurora A5 3D Printer: Review the Facts” article. If you have any comment, please feel free to add them to the comments.

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