Hey guys! In this post I’m going to review the TEVO Michelangelo 3D printer. This is a small desktop 3D printer that comes fully assembled and costs approximately $200.
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This 3D printer was kindly sent to review from Gearbest and you can click the product card below to visit the product page.
The TEVO Michelangelo is a small desktop 3D printer. It comes really well packed with very thick foam to ensure that nothing comes broken.
Inside the package you’ll also get:
- Assembly manual
- Small tools to fix and adjust your 3D printer
- USB cable
- 4 rubber fett and 4 screws
- Dial knob for the LCD
- MicroSD card
- Power cord
Here’s some of the most relevant specifications of the TEVO Michelangelo 3D printer:
Max Print speed
Recommended Print Speed
No. from Extruders
Full Aluminum Frame
Standard 0.4mm (can be changed 0.3 / 0.2mm etc)
Pros of the TEVO Michelangelo 3D Printer
The printer comes fully assembled.
All you need to do is screw four rubber feet under the printer, attach the dial knob for the LCD screen and the printer is ready.
This 3D printer is an all-in-one piece. There’s no loose power supply. Everything goes inside the aluminium box at the base of the printer. The printing volume is 150 by 150 by 150 millimeters, so it doesn’t occupy much space.
The TEVO Michelangelo 3D printer has a full aluminium frame for more resistance and durability. It is very sturdy and all the materials feel really high quality. Additionally, it comes with a dual cooling fan system. You can print offline with a full size SD card or via USB connected to your computer.
Cons of the TEVO Michelangelo 3D Printer
There’s some cons about this printer, but not real deal breakers.
The 3D printer doesn’t come with a spool holder. However, you can easily build your own spool holder or get one. I’ve 3D printed a spool holder and it works quite well.
Here’s the design for the spool holder: Filament Spool Holder.
Because this is a quite large part I’ve printed it using my other 3D printer, the Creality3D CR-10.
Another con of this printer is that it doesn’t come with a heated bed. So, you may experience some issues regarding bad plate adhesion and get some warping defects. However, there are some ways to increase plate adhesion. For example, you can use painter’s tape and soluble glue or add a raft to the print, as it allows printed objects to stick to the platform better.
We’ve found a very good post on how to fix warping that you might found useful: How to fix warping.
Due to the lack of an heated bed, the recommended printing materials are only PLA and TPU filament.
Testing the 3D Printer
After getting the printer out of the box, and following the fine tuning and the build plate adjusting instructions on the assembly manual, I’ve started printing some parts.
Here are some of those parts.
Here’s the links to the parts:
- 3D benchy boat
- Solder spool holder
- Cabinet with drawers
- 18650 Li-Ion battery-holder
- Salmon skin test
In our opinion the printings came out really good, aside from small defects in some situations.
As mentioned previously, with this printer you definitely need to use some methods to increase plate adhesion. For example, I’ve 3D printer an holder for a lipo battery. This is the result when nothing was added to the build plate.
You can clearly see the warping effect. The following figure shows the result using painter’s tape and soluble glue on the bed. You can no longer see the warping effect.
Please note that I’m using the Slic3r simple mode print settings for PLA. Changing some of those settings might improve your printings.
Additionally, I could have gotten better prints if my filaments were properly stored. Moisture in your filaments can ruin your prints and and you’ll end up getting bad results. Here’s some solutions to get rid of moisture in your filaments:
You might also enjoy taking a look at the Top 11 Accessories and Supplies for 3D Printers that will make your prints better.
To wrap up, I’m really impressed with the TEVO Michelangelo 3D printer. It comes in an all-in-one piece, and it is small, so it can fit nicely in a small workbench. Additionally, it comes fully assembled, so you don’t have to struggle looking for instructions. All the materials are really high quality and the printings are really good.
In my opinion, this is an incredibly good 3D printer given its price and suitable for beginners. At the time of this review the TEVO Michelangelo 3D printer is being sold at Gearbest for approximately $200.
I also have other reviews about 3D printers. Make sure you check my review about the TEVO Tarantula and the Creality3D CR-10 3D printer. You may also want to take a look at other 3D printers with discount at Gearbest.
Thanks for reading.
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