The da Vinci Personal 3D 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. 
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