The Snapmaker 2.0 is a 3D printer that has been designed to be easy to use, with a simple and intuitive interface. It is a reliable printer that can produce high-quality prints, and it is also affordable. In this Snapmaker 2.0 Review, we look at this device and its capabilities.
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Snapmaker 2.0 A350 Review
- 3D printer materials: LA, ABS, PETG, TPU
- 3D printer nozzle temperature: 275 degrees Celsius
- 3D printer bed temperature: 110 degrees Celsius / 100 degrees Celsius / 80 degrees Celsius
- 3D printer layer resolution: 0.05mm – 0.3mm
- Laser power: 1600mW
- Laser type: Diode
- Laser wavelength: 450nm
- Laser materials: Wood, leather, plastic, fabric, paper, non-transparent acrylic, and more
- CNC spindle speed: 6,000 – 12,000 RPM
- CNC shank Diameter: 0.5mm – 6.35mm
- CNC materials: Wood, acrylic, PCB, carbon fiber sheet, jade, and more
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, USB-A, USB flash drive
- Software: Snapmaker Luban (other 3D printing slicers work too)
- Frame: Aluminum alloy extrusion
Pros and Cons
- Hardware that is well-built and slick
- Large work areas (the Snapmaker 2.0 a350 model) are more useful than ever.
- Extras for a thoughtful quality of life
- Frustrating workflow
- Undeveloped CNC carving/cutting technology is native to the United States
- It is so loud! The linear modules sound horrible.
According to online estimates, the Snapmaker 2.0 can be assembled in 60-80 minutes. I was initially skeptical. Such a complicated machine can’t take so long. This is the same time as most FDM kits that are relatively inexpensive and come preassembled.
It was amazing to me how precise that time frame was. The entire Snapmaker 2.0 took about an hour, using both the instructions in the booklet and the Snapmaker’s YouTube tutorial.
The experience was pleasant, even though it took some time. Beautiful boxes are used to ship the parts. Each cardboard container is clearly labeled with a design that shows which features are inside.
They are also beautifully wrapped with care. Every screw of different sizes is marked to ensure you don’t get lost or confused.
The assembly process was made as simple and enjoyable as possible. Even the screwdriver you use to construct the machine feels like a lot more work. Each step of the assembly process is a unique experience.
The assembly of the Snapmaker was completed in about an hour. This does not include the body of the enclosure. (Read on to learn more about the enclosure addon).
If you want to change the 3D printer’s firmware, you will need to spend more time fitting your CNC or laser module. You will need to spend more time setting up the 4-axis rotary attachment for CNC turning or laser engraving.
3D printers and laser cutters, and CNC machines often arrive in pieces with instructions that explain how everything should be put together.
SnapMaker is no exception. This machine has a higher quality than the typical flatpack printer when printing. Although assembly is necessary, it takes only around 20 minutes and clear instructions.
The Snapmaker 2.0 is built around a solid H frame. The device looks very smart as it forms, thanks to the metal columns that contain all electronics and movable parts.
The SnapMaker’s design and manufacturing stand out as it is being built. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen 3D printer-wise. Every part is made from machined metal. No expense was spared in the finishing and anodizing.
Everything is bolted into a solid metal base that supports the entire machine. The H frame is solid and sturdy, with the tool head mounted on the cross beam and the build platform below.
You can switch from a 3D printer to another medium by unbolting the tool head, building the platform, and replacing it with the tool head and corresponding plate you want to use.
Everything goes through a control box. The machine immediately picks up any swap of the platform or head once it’s switched on. SnapMaker Luban software and the touch screen interface instantly switch once connected. This is dependent on which tool head you have.
Although the swap between one tool head and the other takes some time, the build platform and tool change process can take five to ten minutes.
The calibration process can take up to a minute. However, it is pretty straightforward and straightforward for both the laser engraving and CNC, although it is a little slow.
The Snapmaker 2.0 machine is a three-in-one, with three sets of features. However, some parts are the same across all configurations.
First, the machine feels more robust and more stable than any other 3D printers or laser cutting machines I have seen.
After swapping tools once or twice and doing the calibration several times, the process will be pretty straightforward. SnapMaker has created some fantastic videos that show how each mode is set up and calibrated.
SnapMaker Luban software is available for Mac, Linux, and PC. It is incredibly well-thought-out and ensures that everything runs smoothly.
The interface and Luban are the same across all three tooling options.
Other features are also consistent throughout the modular design.
The machine can be connected via USB or WiFi. The wireless connection works seamlessly with Luban software.
The Snapmaker 2.0 machine has a touch screen that measures 5 inches (720x1280px). This can be used to select options and preview models. It can also be calibrated and opened stored files. The machine’s touch screen adds a lot of power and usability.
This touch screen runs on Android OS with a Quad-Core A7 CPU @1.1GHz.
The power loss recovery feature, which allows the SnapMaker to resume a job in the event of a power outage, is a valuable feature for all modes.
Features of a 3D printer
The SnapMaker 3D printer tool head is the first to be tested. It has a build area measuring 320 x 350x 330mm and can be used alongside more extensive, more expensive 3D printers.
The layer resolution of between 50 and 300 microns is acceptable but not exceptional. However, it can reach temperatures up to 275oC, which allows for great flexibility in material selection.
SnapMaker chose a standard 0.4mm tip compatible with all common materials, such as ABS, PLA, TPU, and Wooded PLA.
Luban software can accept both the STL- and OBJ-model formats, which gives it a lot of flexibility.
Laser cutter features
Like the 3D printer head, the laser cutter is precisely specified for the machine’s size. It uses a 1600mW laser diode at 450nm. This falls under the Class 4 safety classification.
The laser’s power is sufficient to cut and etch materials like wood, leather, plastic, fabric, or paper.
SnapMaker Luban software handles all files. It supports SVG, JPG, and PNG files.
The laser cutter tool head has a camera that allows you to compare the size of the material and the design before making cuts.
Features of CNC
The CNC is the final tool head. It is similar to a drill bit head but takes the CNC drill bits.
The CNC drill bits can be fitted into a shank measuring 0.5-6.35mm and offering 6000-12,000 RPM. This shank is extremely well-specs, just like the rest of this machine.
You can use various materials, including acrylic, carbon fiber sheet, jade, and many others.
File compatibility is.CNC or. NC. Many applications can convert image formats to the desired file type. We also found that Luban allows you to load other file formats and adjust parameters.
Snapmaker’s Luban software is a companion program for 3D printing software. It works with Snapmaker 2.0’s 3D Printer tool head and handles file preparation for the CNC, laser cutter, and laser module.
Once the software is started, click the application you wish to use. Then you can either import your Gcode or STL file to 3D print or any other file format compatible with the laser engraver or CNC parts like SVG, JPG, or BMP.
Snapmaker Luban, like Cura, is fast and fluid. It allows you to resize and perform other edits to STL files quickly. You can then export them to a USB or send them directly to your Snapmaker 3D Printer via WiFi.
Even with large models, we found that the slicing process was speedy. Luban has three print settings templates: Normal Print, Fast Print, and High-Quality Print. You can adjust each setting to suit your specific project needs and add any support you need if you require them.
When you turn on the printer for the first time, you will likely have already set up WiFi. From there, you can refresh your connections in software, connect to your Snapmaker and then send the file.
After you accept the file, the touchscreen will blink up, and you can choose whether to begin the project immediately or wait until later. The file is stored on your Snapmaker 3D printer.
Initial setup takes about half an hour and involves unpacking all components and assembling them.
The construction process is simple. Instructions and videos online make it easy.
Because of the quality and design of the parts, very few things could go wrong. Once the heated bed and 3D printer head have been installed, you can turn on the machine, and you’re nearly ready to go.
SnapMaker 2.0 can connect to SnapMaker Luban software via either WiFi or USB. I tested the WiFi connection throughout the test.
It was quick and easy to set up the machine using the touchscreen interface. Once it is connected, you can enjoy your wireless network.
Although the tool head calibration process takes only a few minutes to complete, it is easy. You’re good to go after this takes about 10 minutes.
The calibration of the Laser and CNC tool heads took some time, especially for the CNC because there were a few more processes due to differences in material density, heights, and sizes. The calibration steps for other machines are the same.
Although the process of setting up and changing between tools was straightforward, it took 20-30 minutes for each swap to be correctly calibrated and set up.
It isn’t easy to give a fair comparison with a product as versatile as the Zmorph Fab. Zmorph Fab is the closest machine to match. This fabrication device also uses laser cutting and CNC mill, and 3D printing.
It is almost as powerful as the Snapmaker 2.0, but it has a smaller build space and costs twice as much. The Zmorph was designed for hobbyists and small businesses.
However, if you wanted to purchase three machines at once, it would cost significantly more. The Snapmaker 2.0 would cost more than the 3D printer.
Snapmaker 2.0 Review: Conclusion
Overall, the Snapmaker 2.0 is an excellent 3D printer perfect for both beginners and experienced users. It is easy to set up and use and produces high-quality prints. We can not think of a better 3D printer that offers all the features that this one does at an affordable price. Byboe hopes that our guide can help you know if it is worth buying.