In this: Review the Facts, we take a look at the cheap DIY kit available for under $150. This 3D printer includes a 150 x 150 x 150 mm build area, aluminum frame, 0.4 mm nozzle, and a simple assembly process.
Nowadays, the desktop 3D printer market is deluged with a wide variety of options, from pricy professional-grade machines to inexpensive DIY kits. While the selection was much more limited just a few years back, makers can now find a suitable 3D printer regardless of their budget.
If you have less than $500–even $300– to spend on a new 3D printer, you’ll still have a wide selection to choose from. But very few 3D printers are as affordable as the Tronxy X1 3D printer, a petite DIY kit that cost under $150.
Inspired by the single-arm design made popular by the Printrbot Simple, the Tronxy X1 is a 3D printer for beginners or educational use. As one of the cheapest 3D printers you can buy, it has limited functionality, but also offers a great introduction to the world of 3D printing without putting a dent in your bank account.
Needless to say, the Tronxy X1 is becoming a well-known face on the budget 3D printer scene. Interested in learning more about this frugally sound FDM printer? Let’s review the facts surrounding the Tronxy X1 3D printer.
There are a few features that make the Tronxy X1 3D printer a viable option for consumers on a budget. However, the most enchanting perk of this 3D printer is the exceptionally low price tag. It can regularly be found on retail websites like GearBest and AliExpress for under $150.
This 3D printer is a DIY kit, but the simple single-arm design makes it easier to put together than other unassembled kits, such as the Anet A8. Although we haven’t had the opportunity to build the Tronxy X1 3D printer ourselves, the general consensus from user comments on GearBest is that its incredibly easy to assemble. Unlike many other cheap DIY kits, the Tronxy X1 is said to have impressively descriptive documentation.
There are some complaints about things like a wobble in the X-axis, but these issues seem easily solvable with a bit of tweaking and tightening.
With this inexpensive DIY kit, you get a sturdy aluminum frame, 150 x 150 x 150 mm build area, and 100 micron resolution. The X1 also has an external control box, which is where the SD Card slot is located.
As one of the cheapest DIY 3D printer kits on the market, the Tronxy X1 is becoming more and more popular for makers on a strict budget. But with that low price comes a few sacrifices.
The printer has no heated bed–making it difficult to print materials outside of PLA– no part cooling fan, and no auto-leveling function. In a video review from YouTuber Maker’s Muse, he alleviates the fan issue by setting up a desktop fan beside the printer. As you can see, the printer is quite limited in functionality, but if you get a bit creative you can maximize the potential of the Tronxy X1.
For less than $150, it’s not shocking that these features are missing, and the printer seems to deliver quality prints for the price point. If you want to invest more into improving the 3D printer over time, you can purchase and mount features like a heated bed and part cooling fan.
Now that we’ve gone through the main features of the Tronxy X1 3D printer, let’s check out the full list of specs.
The Tronxy X1 3D printer is available from a number of online retailers, namely GearBest, AliExpress, and Banggood. The price for this DIY kit can slightly fluctuate due to flash sales, but it should be easily found for under $150. Check out the Tronxy X1 price by clicking on the links below.
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