In this review we are going to test the Tronxy X5S – 500 3D printer. It is a device designed with a broad base of printing and that is prepared to work with a wide variety of materials. Of course it comes in a kit to assemble oneself, which significantly reduces its price, if we compare it with other models that leave the factory already assembled.
We must say that the Tronxy X5S – 500 is a 3D printer with a very good quality / price ratio, which updates and improves the Tronxy X3S. In addition, it has most of the technical characteristics that are required of a printer in its range. This Tronxy printer is based on a Cartesian design very similar to that of other 3D printing devices. The frames are made of aluminum, which gives the whole an excellent quality.
The box comes with different pieces, rods, a multitude of nuts and washers, etc. In saying, a kit with everything necessary to assemble it. If this is your first experience with this type of equipment, we already warned you that you will have to arm yourself with patience, because although the assembly is not complicated, it will require a few hours. Before getting down to work, it is a good idea to read carefully the manual that the manufacturer has attached and even give you a look at YouTube where we will find some very interesting videos, which will be very useful for you.
After about 3 or 4 hours of work (depending on how many hands you are each), we will be able to enjoy a 3D printer with a really solid assembly and good finishes. We remind you that in this type of printers, the extrusion head moves through the X and Z axes, while the Y axis takes care of the movements relative to the printing base. For the Tronxy X5S -500 two Z axes are used, which give greater stability to the prints.
We will also find an LCD screen located on the lower right side of the printer, firmly attached to the aluminum frame. On the display we will be informed during the printing of important aspects. At your side we have a wheel that will give us the opportunity to access the menu with all its functions. So we can modify parameters such as those related to speeds, temperatures, material flow and others.
We are facing a printer somewhat heavier than usual, with about 13 kilos. One of the things we like most is its generous printing area, which reaches 330 x 330 x 400 mm. With this base you will never lack space to print what you can think of.
According to the technical data sheet of this product, you can print with a maximum speed of 150 mm/s, although obviously it will depend on the type of material that we are using. On the other hand, the extruder is 1.75 mm and comes with a nozzle that has a diameter of 0.4 mm. It must be borne in mind that the extruder is capable of operating at temperatures that can vary from 170º to 275º C. This will allow us to work with a wide variety of filaments, such as ABS, HIPS, PC, PLA, PVC, wood… In addition, It has a capacity to print layers with a thickness between 0.1 and 0.4 mm.
With these characteristics, the final result will be of great precision and quality. By including an SD card slot, we will have the possibility to work offline, without having to depend on a computer. As for the supported files, the Tronxy X5S -500 can print objects in STL and Code G. Of course you will have to use some kind of program that is compatible with this class of files. For this particular model, you can use some specialized software such as Cura and Repetier-Host.
It is convenient previously to enter the web page of these programs and download both the profile of this 3D printer, as well as the materials that we will use. Normally each printer needs certain temperature and flow settings to obtain the most satisfactory results. A tip: start printing a simple object and go testing several configurations, to see which is best suited to the performance of the device.
It is a pity that we can not remotely control the Tronxy X5S-500. And is that this 3D printer is not equipped with WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity. Review that it can work both 110 V and 220 V. And also, it is compatible with Microsoft operating systems from Windows XP and also with Mac OS.