The XYZPrinting PLA Filament/Material is designed with an integrated chip in their spools. They communicate with the 3D printer telling him how much material is left. In addition, the proprietary filament has the right size for the respective 3D printer(s).
Advantages of the filament
You can select a savings subscription model on Amazon directly from the seller, after which XYZprinting sends a filament spool at predetermined intervals to you. The intervals betwenn 1 to 6 months, which makes a constant purchase of the material superfluous.
The other aspect is the chip being a curse and at least a planned blessing at the same time. The company claims this is a clever solution because their 3D printers detect when there is no material left. The down side is that filament is unnecessarily wasted as the 3D printer stops using the filament even if there is something left. Instead of informing the user ahead of time and using up all the material, Da Vinci printers just stop. Therefore, there is always a bit of filament left over and the “advantage” becomes a disadvantage.
Disadvantage of the material
As described, the XYZPrinting PLA Filament/Material not only costs more money but does not use the entire filament spool. Therefore, a part of the material always remains unused which results in additional costs and a waste of raw filament.
In addition, there are some reports that the thickness of the material is not exactly at 1.75mm. Therefore, it sometimes results in errors as the inconsistency clogs the printing nozzle. These can only be isolated cases and customers are actually protected when using XYZprinting products. In such cases, a good customer support stands ready to solve your issues.
Why do I need the material for my XYZprinting 3D printer?
The company tries to attract customers with cheap 3D printers below 500 €. This lower revenue is then regained in the long term by selling the more expensive XYZPrinting PLA Filament/Material. Thus, the manufacturer creates constant sales and higher profits than by the mere sale of open system 3D printers. For the user this results in being dependent on the distribution and prices of the company XYZprinting. The only alternative is to hack the chip system which allows the use of other providers. However, this is not that simple and the warranty becomes void.
Conclusion for the XYZPrinting PLA Filament/Material
Whether it’s the XYZprinting Da Vinci Junior (Jr.), Da Vinci Mini, Da Vinci 1.0, Da Vinci AiO, or Da Vinci Pro, everyone needs the proprietary filament with the integrated chip from XYZprinting. We definitely recommend considering 3D printer from other manufacturers in case you think about hacking the chip system. There are many other models in that price ranger that offer a open material system for their device. Other suppliers usually have cheaper and better materials than the XYZPrinting PLA Filament/Material.