The da Vinci Personal 3D Printer

By on September 4th, 2013 in printer


There’s very few details available about the XYZPrinting da Vinci F1.0 3D printer, made by the team of Taiwan-based Kinpo Electronics and Cal-Comp Electronics, subsidiaries of the Kinpo Group. 
We do know that the device will sell for only USD$499, one the absolute lowest-priced filament-driven personal 3D printers available today. 
The new machine will be on display in Taiwanese stores this month and pre-orders are being accepted online. 
Kinpo’s business plan is extremely aggressive: they hope to sell one MILLION da Vinci’s over the next three years. To put this in perspective, we believe the entire all-time sales from all manufacturers of personal 3D printers to be in the 100,000-200,000 range. 
Kinpo will not achieve their targets unless they significantly change their marketing approach. The website, for example, is perhaps the most confusing and non-informative 3D printer site we’ve ever seen. There is almost no practical information, other than these facts: 
  • It comes in yellow or orange
  • There are 15 colors of ABS plastic available
  • It weighs 22kg and is 46.8 x 51.0 x 55.8 cm in size
That’s it. There is no other data, aside from the image above. We can’t tell from the website: 
  • If it’s pre-assembled or a kit
  • What software is supplied or what type of computer is required
  • Whether PLA filament is usable
  • If there is a heated platform or not
  • The machine’s speed and print resolution
  • The build volume
There’s really nothing there to compare with other manufacturer’s offerings, other than price. Shopping will be difficult.
We recommend caution. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!