The Alfawise U30S 3D printer comes on the market as a follow-up to the famous Alfawise U30, which was strongly inspired by the Creality CR-10S and its 220 x 220 x 250mm volume. The Chinese manufacturer does not revolutionize its range of 3D printers and remains on the same architecture as the U30 but by improving some interesting points and by reducing the printing volume. The feed passes under the tray to be integrated into the aluminium frame, Alfawise provides a real on top reel support compatible with small and large filament reels.
A single extruder to print layers of 100 microns minimum with a 0.4mm nozzle and 1.75mm diameter filament. Sensors allow a pause in the printing job in case of power failure or if the filament spool is empty. Filament type PLA, ABS, PVA, PP, TPU and even wood for a maximum extrusion temperature of 250°C and a bed that heats up to 100°C.
An 8GB microSD card is supplied with the U30S printer, which contains an assembly manual in English and a gcode file to test the printer. This SD card can therefore be used to print autonomously on the Alfawise, actions carried out from the touch screen of 2.8″ which equips the U30. A USB port also allows the printer to be connected to a computer to control it from Cura, Simplify3D or other software.
If we can think that the U30S is an evolution of the U30, it should rather be considered as a scale model since the printing volume falls to 220 x 220 x 250 mm. Sufficient for most cases, it also allows to display a more aggressive price for this 3D DIY printer which can be set up in 1 hour. By its characteristics, the U30S of Aflawise places itself in competition with the Ender 3 of Creality.
The Alfawise U30S is priced around $239.99, $80 less than the U20, with the main difference being the printing volume.
With the Alfawise U30S, we can see that the Chinese manufacturer has taken into account the comments of the community (except for the funny idea of having placed the micro SD card reader at the back of the machine).