The TEVO Tornado comes to you as a nearly finished 3D printer in our review. Here, the frame is formed here by an aluminum frame and the electronics are hidden in a housing.
The TEVO Tornado is a clone of the Creality CR-10, which is still a bit larger than the one tested here.
The printer comes with a permanent printing plate and can theoretically be assembled and put into operation in a few simple steps. So, let’s see the main specs of TEVO Tornado 3D printer.
TEVO Tornado: Specifications
|Size of the printer:||56.00 x 60.00 x 62.00 cm|
|Construction volume:||30 x 30 x 40cm|
|Filament diameter:||1.75 mm|
|Print speed:||10 - 150mm/s|
|Connector Type:||SD card,USB|
|Product weight:||13.0 kg|
TEVO Tornado: Desing and Appearance
When you open the package you expect the printer, which is divided into only 2 parts. Add to this the power supply and the board in the housing with the wiring of the printer.
As mentioned earlier, the frame of the TEVO Tornado 3D printer is made of aluminum in our analisis.
You do not need any other tools to build the printer as they are included with the set.
The design of the TEVO printer should theoretically be fast because not many steps are necessary and you do not have to do more than to assemble and fix two components and to wire the electronics.
For the construction and operation of the TEVO Tornado printer, you should provide sufficient space, because the printer has a large footprint and the control of the printer needs more space.
In addition to the printer, the set includes several screws and wrenches. You will also find a microSD card with instructions and test objects.
The printer also comes with illustrated instructions that explain the assembly quite well. However, the guide has a weakness: it is not complete.
For example, there is no indication as to how the hose connecting the extruder and the nozzle of the printer is mounted.
TEVO Tornado: Calibration and First Prints
Before use, you must calibrate the printer and adjust the heating bed. In order to set the heating bed properly, you must first preheat the printer via the menu (Prepare -> Preheat PLA) and then set to the start position (Position -> Home All) and switch off the fixation of the print head menu (Control -> Disable Steppers).
In the next step, you have to adjust the distance between the printhead and the corners of the heating bed via the adjusting screws so that an A4 paper barely fits between the printhead and the heating bed.
Some users of the TEVO Tornado speak here of a vibration of the sheet on the basis of which they could carry out the adjustment.
Of course, you can also use other test objects or let the testing be the same. It’s just a suggestion, especially if you have not had any experience printing 3D objects.
Attachment of the test models you can quickly see if there is an error. This is the case if the edges are out of focus, the dimensions are not correct (very good on the cube measurable) or many individual threads are visible.
TEVO Tornado: Preparing models for Printing
On the supplied SD card is an outdated version of the program, which you should not use. Use the latest version of ultimaker.com for your prints.
Of course, if you prefer working with another program, you can also use it. The main thing at the end is to get a GCODE to feed the printer with information.
With Cura, you can open the .stl files of Thingiverse and make your settings for printing. You can then transfer the prepared file in the .gcode format to the printer and start printing there.
The printer’s TEVO Tornado settings also depend on the choice of the filament. Depending on which filament you use, the temperatures to be set differ from the extruder (ie the print head) and the heating bed.
So it came in very delicate models to a so-called stringing, ie a threading between individual parts of the model, whereby their otherwise smooth surface was uneven.
In any case, you must note that the filament you have chosen has a diameter of 1.75 mm. Apart from PLA, PETG and ABS are also suitable as materials, with ABS working at higher heating bed temperatures and, moreover, releasing irritating vapors when heated.
Depending on which filament you choose, your printed model has different properties.
Thus, ABS withstands higher temperatures and is more resilient than PLA, but PLA is food-safe and can be safely used for contact with food or drinks.
TEVO Tornado: Processing Printer
The printer is quite neatly processed. So the frame is really very stable and gives the printer a good basis for a nice print image.
Unfortunately, the almost finished construction also causes some difficulties. My model had to struggle with some tension, which made the pressure bed in the middle higher than at the corners.
This made leveling the printer incredibly difficult until I realized at some point that this problem could be caused by the Y-axis. By loosening the Y-axis this problem could be solved.
Very nice is the idea of TEVO to add a permanent pressure plate. The prints adhere very firmly to the printing plate, so the sense of the printing plate is fulfilled.
Of course, this will not last forever and has even passed in my stress tests when one of the models part out could not be replaced by the permanent pressure plate.
As a result, the nozzle seems to perform quieter movements, which is also reflected in the printed image.
I have the feeling that TEVO copying the CR-10 has done a lot of rights, but also a lot wrong. So you will find unnecessary tension or badly screwed nozzles on the hot end, which one would have avoided the self-construction.
Because of all these little problems I did not spend too much time building the printer but had to spend several hours with a bug analysis and troubleshooting afterward.
TEVO Tornado: Print image and Printing process
After the criticism of the workmanship sometimes something good: The print of the printer can be really proud.
After calibration, troubleshooting and other settings I was finally able to print and was able to achieve really nice print results.
Partly I had to reduce the print speed in Cura because my printer is on a slippery surface and fast prints generate a lot of vibration.
As can be seen in the pictures, the models have a high degree of detail and even fine details can be seen.
Here it would be useful to rethink the print settings and maybe work with another filament.
TEVO Tornado: Conclusions and Reviews
With the purchase of a TEVO Tornado, you get a good 3D printer, which delivers very good print images and delivers consistently reliable quality as for our review.
However, this assumes that you take the necessary time to eliminate processing errors and troubleshoot and fix problems.
The processing errors and calibration difficulties have been quite annoying and could have been better solved.
So a more detailed guide would have saved a lot of frustration. It would also not have been tragic to have to assemble a few more screws and avoid unnecessary tensions that ultimately only caused work.
All in all, I am satisfied with the TEVO Tornado 3D printer, although I am really convinced of the print results.
TEVO Tornado: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
As for the price? At this moment, you can buy a TEVO Tornado 3D printer at an attractive price for only $299.99 at a 35% OFF discount.
This is a really good and high-quality 3D printer for beginners and has a good quality of printing figures.