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Review: Tronxy X5SA – The courage to crafting

At the moment, especially Prusa-Style 3D-printer, like the Ender 3, are particularly popular as they are usually easily installed und can be quickly put into operation. In addition, there are 3D-printer which work differently. While Prusa-Style printer are moving the bed towards Y direction there is also for example the CoreCY principle. Herby, the heating bed moves on the Z-Axis while the print head moves on the X- and Y-Axis. The advantage of this is that less mass has to be moved in direction Y, so that a higher speed and a stronger acceleration is possible. The Tronxy X5SA, which Banggood send us for testing, function in accordance with this principle. We built up the printed and made the first test prints.

Scope of supply

– Tronxy 3D-printer Kit
– SD card with the instruction and software for the WiFi mode
– Tools for the installation

Installation
The installation of the Tronxy X5SA is definitely more difficult that the one of the Ender 3. The Tronxy is delivered with more individual parts and the very least is already installed. An instruction as PDF file can be found on the supplied SD card which covers most of the installation steps. Nevertheless, it is beneficial if you have already installed a 3D-printer before or have a good understanding of mechanics in general. The installation took us around 8 hours. For us, the extruder was not correctly pre-assembled, but a disassembly and a reassemble helped, so that it would again promote material. The frame of the Tronxy X5SA is composed of 2020 and 2040 aluminium profiles. Thereby the frame gets stable and makes a good impression. During the installation, the X-Carriage has been problematic as this one wiggles a bit mote on the profile, but this can be fixed quite good though a self-printed mod. During the installation, it has been striking that the cables for the heating bed are quite thin. Moreover, a mosfed is not installed and the entire burden goes through the board, at this point, in regard of the fire safety Tronxy should urgently do some improvements. We directly added a mosfet to our printer. Apart from that, the installation is relatively long, but also without any bigger problems.

The first impression

After installing the printer, it was time for the first testprint and it was noticeable that the printing bed is not completely straight. This makes the levelling even through auto-bed-leveling sensor quite difficult. We also ordered a coated glass printing plate from Tronxy, which should be straight, so that the printer can be levelled more easily. The touch display of the Tronxy X5SA represents the colours very well and responds quickly and precisely to the entries. The Z-offset can be adjusted through the menu in order to level the printer. The menu navigation is easy and thought out, but unfortunately the WiFi module did not work for us, so that we could not test it. In general, Tronxy offers great potential for improvements, as some aspects of the printer have not been optimally solved from Tronxy. Our first improvement was the conversion to a MKS Sbase with a Smoothieware as firmware as well as the instalment of a mosfets to reduce the load from the board and to make the printer fireproof. Therefore, the cables which belong to the heating bed will be exchanged for some with a wider diameter in the next step.

Who should by this printer?

The Tonxy X5SA is a lot, but not a first timer user device, the installation and the repairing require basic knowledge about 3D-printers and electronic, otherwise you would not have a safe device for your household. At this point it is important to mention, that the 3D-printer ideally should never be running unattended. Therefore, the Tronxy is for advanced users who enjoy some crafting and repairing. Then you can have a good printer with the Tronxy, which has huge potential for improvements. Who enjoys improving the printer step by step and has problem that it could take a bit longer until the printer functions will have a good next project with the Tronxy X5SA. In our next article we will describe more in detail the printing result after changing the mainboard and will have a closer look on the printer quality.

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