BEEVERYCREATIVE BEETHEFIRST 3D printer test and review

1.283,45 inkl. Mwst.

The BEEVERYCREATIVE BEETHEFIRST 3D printer is an elegantly designed 3D printer that is easy to set up and operate. It offers an excellent print quality, but its price is relatively high especially since similar products are cheaper and often offer more functionality.

Description

The BEETHEFIRST 3D print­er con­sists of a metal/acrylic hous­ing which gives it a sleek and min­i­mal­is­tic look. The sta­ble hous­ing sup­ports the qual­i­tive results dur­ing the print­ing process and pro­vides an out-of-the-box ful­ly-assem­bled solu­tion. The max­i­mum res­o­lu­tion is 50 microns allow­ing for very fine print­ing lay­ers and 3D objects. In addi­tion, the device can be eas­i­ly trans­port­ed due to the han­dle on top of the device.

Package contents:

  • FDM 3D print­er with one print­head
  • Print plat­form with a vol­ume of 19x13.5x12.5 cm
  • 1 x 1.75mm fil­a­ment spool
  • Fil­a­ment-hold­er
  • USB cable
  • Blue tape
  • Spat­u­la
  • Pow­er cable
  • Oper­a­tions man­u­al

Getting started

In most cas­es, set­ting up the BEETHEFIRST 3D print­er is very easy and straight­for­ward. The print­er man­u­al will guide you through the instal­la­tion of the Beesoft soft­ware from Beev­erycre­ative. First plug in the pow­er and insert the USB cable. Then cov­er the print plat­form with the sup­plied Blue Tape to pro­tect the print­ing bed and attach the plat­form to the 3D print­er. The mag­nets keep the print board in place. Final­ly, attach the spool hold­er inside the print­er and con­nect the fil­a­ment spool to the print­head.

Before your first print the typ­i­cal cal­i­bra­tion is required like with oth­er devices. This sets the cor­rect dis­tance of the print heads extrud­er noz­zle to the print­ing plat­form of the BEETHEFIRST 3D print­er. The last step is to fol­low the instruc­tions on the screen to turn the two screws on the print board which may take 2–3 attempts first, but once set will last a long time.

Slicer

The printer’s Beesoft print­ing soft­ware is avail­able for PC, Mac and Lin­ux and is rel­a­tive­ly advanced. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the BEETHEFIRST 3D print­er shows short­com­ings with the data trans­fer for Win­dows via the USB cable. Despite this, the print­ing process works per­fect­ly fine as soon as the set­ting is com­plet­ed.

Fur­ther­more, oper­at­ing the soft­ware is very sim­ple as you can upload object files from a pic­ture gallery which pro­vides a hand­ful of pre-installed object files or from your own col­lec­tion as well as online. As soon as you press “Print” you get to the menu in which res­o­lu­tion, den­si­ty, sup­ports and oth­er options are set. Then save the file in the Bee-file for­mat with the pre­de­fined res­o­lu­tions and para­me­ters. Final­ly, the print­head auto­mat­i­cal­ly heats up and the print­ing process starts – enjoy 😉

Filament (3D printing material)

The BEETHEFIRST 3D print­er is designed for poly­lac­tic acid (PLA) fil­a­ment which is the mar­ket stan­dard with ABS fil­a­ment. The com­pat­i­ble fil­a­ment spools are designed to fit with­in the hous­ing of the device. Due to the unusu­al size and shape you can only use the man­u­fac­tur­ers spools. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the com­pa­ny fol­lows a strat­e­gy sim­i­lar to XYZPrint­ing with pro­pri­etary mate­r­i­al also famous­ly known from the Apples ecosys­tem forc­ing you to use their prod­ucts. Although the cost per fil­a­ment weight can­not accu­rate­ly be com­pared, but on aver­age it is more expen­sive than with alter­na­tive mate­ri­als from oth­er man­u­fac­tur­ers on the mar­ket.

Once the soft­ware has boot­ed, instruc­tions are acces­si­ble in the main­te­nance menu to load the fil­a­ment. Then pull the fil­a­ment string through the plas­tic tube until it reach­es the print head and can­not move any fur­ther. A key is used to pull in the mate­r­i­al and bring the 3D print­er into the required start­ing posi­tion for the first print­ing. This may sound dif­fi­cult at first, but it is much eas­i­er than expect­ed due to the good instruc­tions.

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Advantages & disadvantages

Advantages:

  • Beau­ti­ful and slim design
  • Ful­ly-assem­bled out-of-the box device
  • Good print­ing results with an high res­o­lu­tion
  • Large print vol­ume of 190x135x125 mm

Disadvantage:

  • Price-per­for­mance ratio
  • Pro­pri­etary fil­a­ment
  • Soft­ware par­tial­ly crash­es on Win­dows

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About BEEVERYCREATIVE

The man­u­fac­tur­er of the BEETHEFIRST 3D print­er is from Pro­tu­gal and defines a clear mis­sion for the­or com­pa­ny:

We want to shape the shift in 3D print­ing and believe that 3D print­ing will change the par­a­digm of mass pro­duc­tion and bring it clos­er to the con­sumer. We regard per­son­al cre­ative expres­sion as a way into the future. Unlike any eco­nom­ic the­o­ry that has left us no room in recent years to breathe cre­ativ­i­ty and inspire inno­va­tion in oth­er ways and forms. ”

Conclusion for the BEETHEFIRST 3D printer

With the nec­es­sary bud­get on hand, the BEETHEFIRST 3D print­er is worth con­sid­er­ing. If you have the spare mon­ey left and want to go for the upgrade, then have a look at the slight­ly bet­ter BEETHEFIRST +. The BEETHEFIRST 3D print­er is a com­pact and ele­gant device pro­vid­ing an excel­lent print qual­i­ty with high res­o­lu­tion results so that you almost can’t see the print­ing lay­ers. While there are still some soft­ware issues with Win­dows, it is not the most impor­tant cri­te­ria as you can switch to anoth­er slicer soft­ware any­time. The device fits very well inside class­rooms, your own home or design stu­dio.

If you want to have the 3D print­er in spite of the pro­pri­etary fil­a­ment and have the nec­es­sary bud­get, we can advise to con­sid­er it, but still have a look at alter­na­tives first. For those who are unsure, we rec­om­mend com­par­ing oth­er and sim­i­lar prod­ucts on our web­site. If you have any ques­tions or com­ments, feel free to con­tact us via the com­ment sec­tion or our con­tact form.

You can read more reviews and buy the BEETHEFIRST 3D print­er on Ama­zon »

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