I was impressed with the quality of the overall piece, though as I mentioned earlier, the body of the drone did have an uneven thickness. The drone was 17 in. in diameter and about 5 in. in height, so it was a substantial model. I didn't purchase the mechanics and controller needed to make it fly, but my purpose in building it was to show that it could be done.
The body of my drone. It was serviceable, but it printed with a skin that had uneven layers. As you can also see, some parts of the body failed to print to specifications, leaving filament speghetti protruding from parts. Credit: Lucas Mearian
Working with software
One of the attributes of the XZYware for Pro CAD software is the ability to easily manipulate objects along a virtual X, Y, Z axis prior to a print job. For example, the body of my drone -- a hexagon box -- would have required a lot of filler support material if printed open end down, but I was able to flip it in the CAD software to eliminate the need for any support material; this shortened the print job and made for a cleaner build.
The da Vinci Pro comes bundled with software that enables you to adjust multiple settings, such as speed, model rafts or support -- nothing new there.
The printer has a "retraction" setting, which allows you ton print objects without any streaking or smudges that occur when the extruder moves across the object being printed. Basically, it's supposed to ensure a glitch-free surface.
XYZprinting also upgraded its CAD and management software, XYZware for the Pro. The printer is supposed to sport a new calibration system that uses "specially designed knobs and detection software" to guide a user in the right direction. The knobs were simple enough, but perhaps my printer didn't ship with the new calibration system because I couldn't find anything intuitive or simple about recalibrating this machine.
Other printers have software that will walk you through either an initial calibration of the print bed or a recalibration through the use of automated software -- this machine does not.
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