Technology is an ever-advancing animal. When another road or type of creation has been found, it appears as though it won’t be long until it explodes. The arrival of 3D printing during the 90s is the ideal case of this as it has developed in its productivity, utilization of materials, and capacity to make various things, and on a lot bigger scope.
The Tevo Tornado has extraordinary notoriety in the market. It is known to have high ratings in print quality, build quality, and affordability.
You won’t get a vibe of how 3D printers are assembled if you buy the Tornado, but you do get an easy assembly. The tall standing part of the frame that also contains the X-axis rail, carriage, hot end, and belt and the Tevo Titan extruder goes together with the AC heating bed with its cabling.
At that point, you set up the base unit with its Y-axis and carriage, stepper motor, and belt with its control and power unit. It only sounds complicated because there are a lot of parts, but for the most part, they are already attached where they need to be and you’re just putting the large chunks together.
Nonetheless, the process won’t be completely painless. One thing that appears as though it would be helpful is the labeled packages of screws and attachment paraphernalia. But that gets frustrating when you realize that nothing corresponds to these labels, either on the printer itself or in the instructions, so it will take you extra time and frustration to figure out what is supposed to be used where.
Also, several of the cables are too short to comfortably reach their plugs, which while technically letting you get everything together have the real potential to become a problem sooner rather than later when you start printing in earnest.
This printer is easy to assemble and requires a minimum of tools. Some Allen wrenches and a sharpened scrapper are encompassed. The printer comes with a pre-tested print and a spare sheet of build tack.
The files included on the SD card are basic. Some of the printer parts are in Gcode format and stl. It comes with a copy of Free Repetier Host software, which is a little out-of-date but can still be helpful for some. The guide provides URLs for free software and includes the Tornado configuration for the Slic3r software, and the user manual is in a user-friendly pdf format.
The most vital feature of any printer, print quality, is exceptional with the Tevo. Once you have the filament type best suited to what you plan on printing figured out, you will get some very precise, clear, and perfect creations from your Tevo.
- Titan extruder is ideal for printing with a variety of filaments
- The aluminum frame is durable
- Assembly is a cinch
- Affordable price
- Can print larger items
- Quick heat-time
- Doesn’t come with a spool holder
- There is a slight warping on some surfaces
- Takes a long time to boot
The Tornado is a sure improvement over previous TEVO kits in both assembly ease and final product quality. It is valued at about the point of a low-end fully-assembled machine and does have some print quality problems to overcome, but it may be worth it for you for the enlarged printing area alone. But if you’re not specifically looking for a bigger printer that is still cheap, you may want to look elsewhere. It is available on banggood.com for US$319.00 only.