Snapmaker 2.0 First-Look Latest 2021 Review
Snapmaker 2.0 allows you to print almost anything for your creative projects: from common applications to objects with specific mechanical properties, such as toughness, durability, and flexibility. It can do it all
About the Snapmaker 2.0
Snapmaker 2.0, the modular 3-in-1 3D printers that unlock your full creative potential, from 3D printing to laser engraving, cutting, and CNC carving.
Snapmaker is smarter, faster, larger, and more powerful than ever before. It is a new generation of 3-in-1 3D printers that come with everything you need
It is ideal for beginners who are just getting started, hobbyists who prefer more customized options, as well as engineers and designers who want to print large objects or accurate parts with outstanding print quality
Now you can make many kinds of beautiful and artistic creations using laser engraving and cutting.
It’s common for 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC machines to arrive in bits with a sheet of instructions telling you how it should all go together.
The SnapMaker is no different in that respect. However, when it comes to quality, this machine is well above that of the usual flatpack printer.
Assembly is required, but it is minimal and only takes around 20 minutes with incredibly clear instructions.
The machine is designed around a solid H frame. Each metal column contains all the electronics and movable parts internally, which makes the machine look very smart as it takes shape.
Being a three-in-one machine, there are three sets of features, although some of those features are consistent across all configurations.
Firstly once constructed the machine has a full metal build and feels more reliable and robust than other 3D printers or laser cutters that I’ve looked at.
Once you’ve swapped tools once or twice and run through the calibration a few times, you’ll find the process pretty easy.
Luban and the interface are consistent across the three different tooling options.
Other features are consistent across the modular design.
Connection to the machine can be made through USB or WiFi, and the wireless connection is solid and integrates seamlessly with the Luban software.
The 3D printing tool head is the first to try and with a build area of 320 x 350 x 330mm the SnapMaker provides plenty of space and puts this alongside many of the larger more expensive 3D printers.
Layer resolution is good but not exceptional at between 50-300 microns, but it can reach temperatures of up to 275ºC, which gives excellent flexibility when it comes to material choice.
It’s good to see SnapMaker has opted for a standard 0.4mm nozzle which is suitable for all standard materials such as PLA, ABS, TPU, Wooded PLA and more.
The Luban software can accept the STL and OBJ model formats which give plenty of flexibility.
Like the 3D print tool head, the laser cutter is well specified for the size of the machine with a 1600mW 450nm laser Diode which falls into the Class 4 safety class.
This power of the laser is more than enough to cut or etch into materials such as wood, leather, plastic, fabric, paper and non-transparent acrylic.
Files are all handled through the SnapMaker Luban software which will support SVG, JOEG, PNG, JPG, BMP and DXF files.
The initial set-upset-up process takes around half an hour to an hour and involves unpacking and assembling all the components.
Construction is straight forward, and the instructions and online video tutorials make the entire process completely trouble-free.
The SnapMaker 2.0 connects to the SnapMaker Luban software through either USB or WiFi, and throughout this test, I used the WiFi connection.
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