Wanhao Duplicator I3 V2 3D Printer Review 2019 – is the Wanhao Duplicator I3 V2 worth the money? Review of features, pricing, print quality and more.
The Wanhao Duplicator i3 V2 3D Printer is a dynamic machine that produces high quality results, regardless of the project.The V2 is the second generation of the Wanhao Duplicator I3. The frame is constructed of metal, making it very durable, and therefore, reliable. This printer has a larger than usual build volume, a dynamic z resolution of 100 microns, a heated bed and a nozzle with a temperature that goes as high as 260 degrees Celsius, which enables users to print various types of materials. Here is a complete overview of this printer.
There are actually 3 different printers to choose from, and this set of 3 unique 3D printers have many special features. One special feature is the fact that the printers arrive nearly fully assembled and can practically be used right out of the box. Many 3D printers require full assembly, which can be time-consuming and confusing. The manufacturer of these 3 models specifically created these 3 printers to arrive nearly fully assembled in order to make getting started faster and easier.
Pros and cons
As with any other product, this printer has pros and cons, which are listed below:
.Only requires 5% assembly and can begin using in under an hour
.Works with any slicer that exports gcode including Slic3r, Simplify3d and CURA
.Helpful and easy user base
.Sufficiently-sized build area
.Many upgrades and mods available
.High precision and speed
.Simple to operate
.Noisy power supply fan
.Many reports from consumers regarding poor workmanship
.Customer service isn’t great
.Running expenses can be pricey
What others are saying
There are many reviews on these amazing new printers, and many of them are positive. The characteristic that most users rave about is the price. For the price, most users state that the Duplicator is economical, especially when compared with others in the same class.
Some customers have complained about customer service either isn’t very friendly, lacks the proper knowledge in order to assist in the resolution of issues, and sometimes it’s simply difficult to get through to customer services because of the excessive wait time.
Some Wanhao Duplicator users have complained about minor issues that can be easily rectified if a user has a technical background. One user reviewed one of the printers and stated that many of the issues that are encountered with the Duplicator can be fixed, even without a certain level of expertise. The reviewer reported that any consumer experiencing problems with the functionality of their printer can visit the appropriate forum in order to obtain instructions from other users.
For the most part, most people who purchased the Wanhao Duplicator have been pleased with their investment, and some have even stated that they would purchase an identical printer in the future, if necessary.
An average of the reviews on this product is 3 stars out of 5, making it not the absolute best on the market, but definitely not the worst.
How this printer compares to other 3D models
When compared with other 3D models in the same class, as well as a mini and industrial size 3D printers, the Duplicator fares pretty well. Again, its affordable price tag versus the number of features is a huge plus for most consumers. The other 3D models that are the exact same size have similar ratings, although some have 4, and others nearly 5 stars. However, the 3D printer with higher ratings are often more expensive.
When compared with the mini printers, it was difficult to come to any conclusions. The smaller 3D printers are, of course, ideal for smaller projects, despite any features, but the Duplicator seemed like the perfect choice for anyone needing a full-size build area, without the full-size price.
The industrial size 3D printers cannot be compared with the Duplicator. Price, size, extreme durability and a much larger make the Duplicator nearly comparable to industrial models, but the price and overall size of the industrial models are obviously more expensive.
The Wanhao Duplicator comes in multiple versions, which allows buyers to choose the version with the best options to meet their needs. The least expensive version, the 2.1, ships free directly from the manufacturer and can be used for business or pleasure. Constructed of all aluminum, this high quality printer is durable, efficient and fully-assembled.
The next Wanhao Duplicator model in this group, the 2.0, is $140 more expensive than the least expensive model, but $10 cheaper than the model with the highest cost. This particular model is constructed of all aluminum as well. While upgrades are available with even the 2.1 model, this model includes many automatic upgrades. Not only can this save consumers money, but it can also make creating certain projects a lot easier.
Another difference in this particular model is the fact that there is an automatic bed leveler. In addition, there is a convenient restart button that enables the unit to resume operating after a power failure. The unit automatically goes to “pause” whenever power is lost, regardless of the reason, making finishing projects easier after a power outage.
The most expensive model, the 2, is excellent for newbies, because of the ease of learning to operate it. Beginners are able to start printing in 3D without having to experience a learning curve. This model is the original printer created in this class of printers, and it was created to perform optimally for an economical price. As with either of the other printers in this class, software upgrades are available to be purchased separately.
All in all, any of these 3 Wanhao Duplicator printers is an excellent choice for those with the desire to print in 3D. When attempting to choose from the 3, all prospective buyers have to do is determine which qualities and features are needed for their project and then compare the 3. Regardless of the model that is chosen, consumers are sure to get a high quality, durable, 3D printer for a price that won’t break the bank.
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.