The XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D Printer is a stereolithography (SLA) resin printer enabling the print of more detailed objects than mainstream FDM printers can do. Comparable SLA models cost much more like the Form Labs Form 1+ compared to the XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D printer.
The Nobel 1.0 produces great results even on complicated 3D objects like jewelry, engineering models or others. But there are some compromises like that the device is much slower than other SLA printers, supports only a limited selection of materials and has errors when the objects become too detailed.
- XYZprinting’s first stereolithography 3D printer
- Print volume of 12.8x12.8x20 cm
- XYZware software
- 1 x bottle with resin material as a stater kit
- 1 x scraper
- Cleaning container with gloves and cleaning material
- Power cable
- Operations manual
There is a larger number of steps for installing the XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D printer than it is the case with FDM printers. After unpacking and turning on the device you have to wait 10 minutes while the Nobel 1.0 performs a test. Then lower the print bed before attaching the four screws that hold the print bed in place.
Next, start the resin bottle and connect it to the tubes’ auto fill mechanism. None of these steps are difficult, but they involve a lot of time: it took about an hour before we could print the first test. This is twice as long as an FDM printer, but about the same as other SLA printers because they are more complex than FDM printers.
Printing process and slicer
The Nobel 1.0 can print from a connected PC or USB stick. Frustratingly, there is no USB port on the front which is why you need to access the back of the XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D printer. You should avoid moving the resin container to avoid spilling the material. Therefore, we recommend to use the 3D printer via a USB connected PC with the XYZWareNobel software. The software is only available for Windows while Mac owners are left out.
The slicer is easy to use with all the basic functions on the left side of the software. With XYZWareNobel models can only be exported in the market standard STL format. You can move, scale and export the files to a USB drive for printing. The software also controls the printing process and displays basic information such as the remaining print time and resin remaining.
After removing the object from the print bed, wash it with alcohol to remove any residual resin. XYZ contains a scraper, plastic tub and gloves for this purpose, but no alcohol. This is no issue as it is easy to find standard bottles of alcohol from the drugstore, just pay attention to buy it with more than 75 percent alcohol. After 10 minutes of washing and drying, the print is completed.
Resin as material/filament
The XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D printer only works with resins from the manufacturer which is their strategy even for FDM Printers. These are sold in 500 ml bottles in two-packs and are not cheap, although it is less expensive than the for the Form1 + resin and the bottles last a fairly long time.
The bottles in which these materials come have a NFC label on the bottom that the printer reads to verify and track the amount of residual resin. As explained, this prevents the manufacturer from using resins from other manufacturers.
Advantages & disadvantages
- Produces fine and clean prints
- Small 3D objects better than with FDM printers
- Easy to set up for a SLA 3D printer
- The printing process runs smoothly with qualitative results
- Prints showed slight stratifications
- Some fine objects had minor errors
- Slower than other SLA printers
- No Mac software support
Conclusion for the XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D printer
The Nobel 1.0 brings resin SLA printing to a new price level that can compete with mid-priced FDM printers. In addition, the devices offer the advantages of different materials and clean prints. The XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D printer does a good job, but large 3D prints are slower than with competing printers. In addition, the machine fights with some datails on objects that cause no problems with other models such as the Formlabs Form 1+. Still, the XYZprinting Nobel 1.0 3D printer is an important step forward in massively enhancing and pricing SLA printing for the mass market.