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Magicfirm ZYYX

By Matt Stultz / Mar 31, 2016

Magicfirm ZYYX

[Editor’s Note: Magicfirm has replaced the ZYYX model discussed here with a new machine; the company says it addresses the problems we note below. Look for our review in the near future]

This Swedish Replicator clone produces great prints in most of our tests and comes with some exciting new add-ons not found in other clones. With these upgrades, the ZYYX is attempting to push desktop 3D printing along — but is it too much too soon?

In addition to a fully enclosed build area, the ZYYX uses an exhaust fan with a carbon filter to reduce fumes. This is most useful when printing in ABS, but unfortunately, ABS also requires a heated bed to prevent curling, and the ZYYX lacks that.

SENSE-ATIVE

Bed leveling is a nonissue, with an integrated sensor and scripts. Three notches in the bed allow the print nozzle to descend past it, so that the button used to detect the print surface can come in contact with the bed without needing to move it during printing. This button has a secondary function as well: It detects if a print is too high and needs to be paused, avoiding print failure due to excessive curling. This is great in theory, but this implementation has problems. Prints with minor curling often set off the sensor, causing constant delays. After too many pauses, I disabled the sensor — thankfully just a matter of unplugging the cable to the switch — and this allowed for a successful print.

FILAMENT DETECTION

A filament sensor situated between the filament spool and the print head on the ZYYX detects jams and will also pause the printer. This is a great time- and material-saving feature; during my testing, a print paused due to a twisted filament spool. Turns out a narrow feed tube leading from the sensor to the print head was causing some excessive friction and a failure to extrude fully. Removing the tube completely fixed this issue.

CONCLUSION

Overall, the ZYYX is a well-rounded machine that, combined with its high-end slicer, Simplify3D, produces nice, large prints. Hopefully with a few tweaks, the team can get the issues around the extra sensors worked out and take this machine to the next level.

Specs
ZYYX magicfirm.com
Manufacturer:Magicfirm
Price As Tested:$2,077
Build Volume:270×230×195mm
Bed Style:Unheated glass with custom plastic coating
Filament Size:1.75mm
Open Filament?:Yes
Temperature Control?:Yes, tool head, 240°C max
Print Untethered?:Yes (SD card)
Onboard Controls?:Yes (LCD with control buttons)
Host/Slicer Software:Simplify3D
OS:Linux, Mac, Windows
Firmware:Open, Sailfish
Open Software?:No
Open Hardware?:No
Maximum Decibels:51.2

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Why To Buy

The enclosed chamber and fume filtering are nice additions, and the extra sensors not only level the bed but can detect loose or over-curling prints and filament jams.

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Pro Tips

If you experience repeated print pauses because the system improperly detects failing prints, you can unplug the sensor. Just make sure you plug it back in before starting the next print, or your head will crash when auto-leveling.

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