JGAurora A5 3D Printer Review 2019 – is the JGAurora A5 3D Printer worth the money? Review of features, pricing, print quality and more.
I have used the JGAurora A3 model before, and was not satisfied with its print volume. Therefore, it came across as a pleasant surprise to note the large print volume of the A5 model. 3D printers are taking over the world by storm, as they allow people to create three dimensional objects. They are available in different price ranges, with the cheapest models being available at sub $100 prices. However, you should not expect a lot from such devices. However, this does not mean that you have to dent your bank balance to purchase a relatively good model that has features that both first time users as well as professionals seek. At $423.83, the JGAurora A5 3D printer has a lot of features. The manufacturers have considered the feedback of users of their previous model and have included a large build volume with this 3D printer. Apart from this, the A5 model boasts of new features such as a high definition full color touchscreen as well as power recovery. I am confident that you will opt for this 3D printer after going through my JGAurora A5 3D printer review.
Ensure that you have enough space to install the printer, which has the capability of producing prints as huge as 305mm x 305mm x 320mm. The generous build volume apart, I was fascinated with two other features in this printer, typically not found in other printers of this price range. The filament out detection is an awesome feature. The printer stops working the moment a filament runs out, and emits a loud warning noise. The power recovery option of this device is a blessing as effortlessly handles power outages. Once the power is restored, this device heats up the hotend and continues your printing job sans any problems.
Unpacking, assembling, and calibrating
This 3D printer is partially assembled. However, completing the construction process is extremely easy. You only have to connect its frame and base with the nuts and screws provided. I was able to complete the assembly process and powered up the device in less than 20 minutes. You have to calibrate this device before using it. This is quite straightforward considering that the gadget helps with the process by shifting the nozzle to the edges of the bed. Despite this, I had to turn the screw caps beneath the print platform’s corners of the print platform to successfully complete the calibration process. I was able to complete the procedure of assembling and calibrating the printer in less than an hour. The included manual contains a comprehensive description of the calibration process, and you should not face any problems.
Design and features
Boasting of a sleek and simple design, the metal frame of the JGAurora A5 3D Printer is light in weight. However, it is not as sturdy as I thought, because I could feel the frame bending while pushing the unlock button of the extruder button to load the filament. Considering its low price, I was pleasantly surprised by the high definition liquid crystal display touchscreen, which allows you to access several settings such as “heat,” “move,” “home,” and print. The heat option is awesome as it allowed me to pre-heat the print bed or extruder. This can be quite helpful when loading the filament or while speeding up the setup time, while I was preparing a 3D model for printing. The move option allowed me to move the extruder to different parts of the print area. I believe there is no need to explain the “home” and “print” options, as they are self-explanatory. This printer also includes an “extrude” setting for loading and unloading of filament. I could use the “fan” option for adjusting the speed of the fan. The “set” option permitted me to access in-depth control of the settings of the printer. The “more” option allowed me to access even more settings.
The BDG (black diamond heated glass) platform improves adhesion of the material and makes it easy to remove the completed 3D prints effortlessly; hence, I did not have to use masking tape. This printer has a print tolerance of .2, something that the majority of printers struggle with. I was delighted with the USB port of the printer. Most other 3D printers have a slot for SD cards, but inserting the card in the slot is a painful process. Thanks to the USB port, I can easily attach and SD card to the USB stick, included with the device, and attach it to the printer. The USB stick also contains an open source software, but I was not satisfied with it. I recommend that you download and use Craftware or Slic3r. This printer was able to print flawlessly on all of the filaments I tried.
• Number of nozzles: 1
• Filament diameter: 1.75mm
• Layer resolution: 0.1-0.3mm
• Accuracy: 0.2mm
• Build volume: 305mm x 305mm x 320mm
• Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
• Print speed: 10-150mm per second (80mm per second recommended)
• Hotbed temperature: Maximum 100ºC
• Nozzle temperature: 180 to 260ºC
• Printer weight: 13.8KG
• Printer size: 536mm x 480mm x 543mm
• Power: 300 watts
• Technology: Fused deposition modeling
• Connectivity: USB
• Supported filaments: Wood, HIPS, PETG, ABS, PLA
• Full metal construction
• Full color LCD touchscreen
• Filament run out sensor
• Easy to assemble
• USB stick
• Power off recovery
• Unsatisfactory black diamond bed
• Hard to work on
The JGAurora A5 3D Printer is an excellent printer considering its price. It easily beats other costlier printers hands down. Both the build quality and the print quality are excellent. The navigation and user interface are easy and simple to use. However, be careful while using the LED panel as pressing the option too firmly will result in an error. Combine this with its big build volume, the sturdy frame, and extremely accurate printing, and it becomes easy to understand why I rate this printer as the best in its price range.
What others are saying
“This is my first 3D printer and if you’re looking for an inexpensive first 3D printer this one should be your 1st choice.”
“I have no experience with 3D printers at all. Had it put together in about 10 minutes.”
Charles Stephenson received a Masters Degree in Engineering from MIT University. Charles has been working in the Industrial 3D Printing industry for over 5 years. Charles regularly contributes content to several 3D Printing websites including Pirate3D.com.