In the review of the 3D printer Alfawise U20 was quite an alternative to the Creality3D CR-10.
With its large construction volume of 300 x 300 x 400 mm, the Alfawise U20 is among the 3D printers with the largest kit currently available in the market for less than $300.
Also, the Alfawise U20 drops the price again clearly. In the present test, we present the U20, report on setup and first printing test and show all advantages and disadvantages of the device.
At the beginning of 2018, the Alfawise U20 was presented with a 3D printer, which attracted our attention primarily because of its construction volume of 300 x 300 x 400 mm.
Visually it resembles the well-known and popular Creality3D CR-10 and CR-10S 3D printer.
And in terms of price and performance, both devices are similar, with the Alfawise U20 offers more volume at a cheaper price.
On the other hand, the Creality3D CR-10 has proven itself among makers, enjoys an excellent reputation and users can access a large community of help and tips.
Whether the Alfawise U20 is the better alternative to the CR-10, a look at its performance, its advantages and disadvantages and how well the kit can be assembled. All this information can be found in the following review of Alfawise U20.
Alfawise U20: Specifications
|Size of the printer:||39.50 x 57.50 x 61.20 cm|
|Construction volume:||30 x 30 x 40cm|
|Frame material:||Aluminum Alloy|
|Filament diameter:||1.75 mm|
|Supporting material:||ABS,Carbon Fiber,PLA,TPU|
|Print speed:||20 - 150mm/s|
|Connector Type:||SD card,USB|
|Product weight:||13.0 kg|
Alfawise U20: Design and Appearance
The Alfawise U20 DIY 3D printer in the analisis is delivered as a kit but is already pre-assembled in large parts.
The manufacturer advertises that the model is set up within five minutes (“5 minutes Done!”).
Admittedly, we did not make it in this short period of time, but we were very excited about how fast the 3D printer is ready for use.
The separate components only have to be plugged together and screwed together. The power supply itself is already equipped with the appropriate cables, these are only stuck in the appropriate connections.
Surely, some will have wondered about the brand name Alfawise, they brought this but usually with other items from the GearBest range in combination. Alfawise is a private label of GearBest.
The 3D printer is probably produced by another manufacturer. Some suspect that it comes from the same production halls as the Creality CR-10. Unfortunately, we can not say whether this is true.
In this case, the stepper is not on the X-axis but is mounted separately. This results in a significantly lower weight on the X-axis, which relieves it of strain.
At the same time, a higher printing speed is achieved. A second Z-axis stepper provides greater stability. In the otherwise approximately comparable Creality CR-10S this second stepper is not available.
If the filament is used up, a “filament run-out protection” prevents further printing. If there is a power failure, the “resume printing function” enables further printing at the same point.
Alfawise U20: Printing process
Before we could start the first print attempt, we had to rework the printing surface a bit. We decided on the first print for PLA filament and printed the well-known little boat.
The surface of the object was very smooth. Then we ventured on to some more small objects.
Again, the Alfawise U10 made DIY 3D printers without major problems.
Meanwhile, we have tested the device for a few days and are – especially with this price-performance ratio and the large volume of construction – very satisfied.
Alfawise U20: Features
Fast setup: The biggest advantages of the Alfawise U20 in the test are, among other things, that the model is delivered pre-assembled in large parts. The setup does not take several hours – like some other 3D printer kits – but is done in less than an hour. Even for inexperienced 3D printer users.
Large installation space: Of course, this model also stands out from the competition with its possible construction volume of 30 x 30 x 40 centimeters.
Reasonable price: Although there is a model with the HE3D H500 3D printer, which allows a similar volume of construction as the Alfawise, the first is also much more expensive.
Glass plate as a printing bed: Another advantage is that the 3D printer is equipped with a precisely fitting glass plate, which is used as a printing bed. Two aluminum profiles with roller guide ensure the stability of the heated pressure bed.
Alfawise U20: Conclusions and Reviews
In our review of the Alfawise U20 can certainly be an alternative to the Creality CR-10S and the Creality3D CR-10, as it has, for example, a larger possible construction volume and works just as precisely.
Not only the aluminum alloy of the frame, but the entire structure ensures a higher value of the device.
Those who do not want to spend too much time building their new 3D printer should definitely include the Alfawise U20 in the shortlist.
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Alfawise U20: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
As you might guess, this is a budget version of the 3D printer, and really it has a lower price than its older brother Alfawise U10. At the moment you can already buy an Alfawise U20 printer at a good and cheap price for only $279.99 from 15 to 22 Oct. with use coupon: AlfawiseU20GB.