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3D Gence Double P255 3D Printer In-Depth Review

April 7, 2021
8.2Expert Score
3D Gence Double P255 3D printer

The 3D Gence Double P255 3D printer is based on FFF 3D printing technology which known to produce less accurate models compared to other types of printing technology.

Affordability
6
Quality
9
Speed
7
Capability
9
Practicality
9
User Expectations
9
PROS
  • Enclosed print chamber.
  • Material flow control system.
  • Enclosure.
  • Open material base.
  • Dual swappable hotends.
  • Autocalibration.
  • Water-soluble support.
CONS
  • Clogging and oozing are the two main problems reported with the printer.

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  • Specification
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Model

DOUBLE P255

Manufacturer

3DGence

Price Range

$ 2499

Release date

2018

Country

Poland

Availability

Available

Classification

Professional

Technology

Extrusion (FFF- FDM…)

Material

ABS, Other plastics, PLA

Filament diameter

1.75 mm 0.07 in

OS compatibility

Mac OS, Microsoft Windows

Generic material

Yes

XY accuracy

0.006 mm 0 in

Max. build size

190 × 255 × 195 mm 7.48 × 10.04 × 7.68 in

Max. build volume

9.45 L

Min. layer thickness

0.02 mm 0.001 in

Dimensions

635 × 564 × 563 mm 25 × 22.2 × 22.17 in

Weight

26 kg 57.32 lb

Nozzle diameter(s)

0.4 mm 0.02 in

Power input

220–230 V ~2 |6 A 50–60 Hz

Heated print bed

Yes

Heated build chamber

No

Automatic calibration

Yes

Closed frame

Yes

Dual extruder

Yes

Independent Dual Extruder

No

Full color

No

LCD screen

No

Touchscreen

Yes

On-board camera

No

Mobile app

No

3D scanners

No

CNC mill

No

Electronics 3D printing

No

Laser engraving

No

Conveyor belt

No

Air filter

No

Pellet extruder

No

USB

Yes

Wifi

No

Bluetooth

No

SD card

Yes

Ethernet

No

3D Gence is a company that has three other printers apart from this one to their name.

The company is also into providing 3D services to its clients, as well as filaments, and accessories of the printers.

3DGence Double P255 3D Printer

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We are going to present in-depth information to you about the Gence Double P255 printer.

Features

Below mentioned is the name of features which makes the printer stand out in the market and the explanation that leads you to derive why the printer stands out when kept with the printers which fall in the same price range.

When comparing it with its competitors in the market, this section would help you see exactly, which one contains why and which one is priced more than the other.

So, if you do not find a reason for the same, you can reject it and accept the one that looks more logical to you.

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Water-soluble support

The 3D Gence P255 printer enables 3D printing from materials that are water-soluble, like BVOH. This allows removing of parts or functional prototypes without problems.

Because of this solution dealing with printed materials such as HIPS or other breakaway materials is possible without being dealt with them manually.

These features of the printer let you remove the supports, but not mechanically which can cause damage to the printout.

The BVOH support material introduces the possibility of rinsing the support material from the platform and leaving it in a perfect form.

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The best effect of this complete scenario i.e. dissolving a support material can be achieved with warm water.

Also, at the same time, it should be taken into account how the temperature of the water should not be a threat to the building material.

It is observed that water heated up to 50 degrees Celsius helps remove supports from the printout much faster than water at other temperatures.

The ultrasonic filter such as BVOH filaments helps in expediting the whole process and ensuring that it will dissolve in not more than minutes.

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Autocalibration

This printer is equipped with sensors that the 3D printer scans the heatbed and stores the map of points. And then the device detects any surface irregularities.

Whereas the measurement of the height of the head above the heatbed of the printer is done automatically.

Adhesion between the printouts and the surface which is a very well-known problem is eliminated by using this feature of the printer.

Also, autocalibration helps in speeding up the complete print process when you are up with batch production.

So, not only the print adhesion is better which leads to a higher-quality part or functional prototype, but also the print time required to print that part or functional prototype takes less time in printers equipped with this feature, than those which are not.

Dual swappable hoteends and open base materials

As the new 3D Gence P255 comes with dual swappable hotends, 3D printing with multi-materials at the same time is possible on it.

In addition to this, the 3D Gence uses proprietary hotends that guarantee high-quality parts and functional prototypes that are 3D printed from models and support material.

You can also swap out hotend quickly without needing any tools.

The company, 3D Gence claims to have a research and development wing that dedicatedly works by giving a significant amount of time for testing materials that are requested by customers and developing material profiles that are known to extend the range of printing options that is otherwise limitedly available.

Enclosure and Material flow constant system

For ensuring that temperature is stable during the complete printing process, the 3D Gence comes with an enclosure.

Not only does this improve the quality and dimensional accuracy of the 3D printed parts or functional prototypes, but also it uses the dedicated enclosure to reach steady temperatures with printing materials such as ABS, PP, and Polymide Copa.

The printer’s extrusion quality measurement system comes with automatic error detection, which enables constant supervision over the quality of each printout.

3D Gence P255 automatically pauses the printout when there will be a shortage of material in the feeding system and notify you.

So, there will be lesser chances of you to run out of the material in between the printing process. And in case it happens, your work till then would not go in vain.

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Specifications

3DGence Double P255 specsCredit: 3dgence.com

The 3D Gence P255 is based on FFF 3D printing technology which offers its users a build volume of 190 mm * 255 mm * 195 mm.

Wherein the minimum layer height visible on the parts or functional prototypes printed by the printer is 20 micrometers.

It comes with two print heads so you can print with two materials at the same time, or if you wish, printing with the same material is also possible in two different ways to expedite the whole process.

The nozzle diameter of the printer is 0.4 mm whereas the filament diameter is 1.75 mm.

The maximum temperature that the print head of this printer can withstand is 270 degrees Celsius. While the maximum build plate temperature is 160 degrees Celsius.

You can 3D print materials like PLA, PP, PA, ABS, and TPU. The support materials recommended with this 3D printer are water-soluble materials such as BVOH and HIPS.

The external dimensions of the printer are 550 mm * 460 mm * 640 mm, and the printer weighs 32 kilograms. The external chassis of the printer is made of ABS material.

The build surface of the material is made of a heated ceramic plate. The positioning XY resolution of the printer is 0.006 mm whereas the positioning Z-axis resolution of the printer is 0.0004 mm.

The recommended working temperature range of the printer is from 15 to 32 degrees Celsius and the storage temperature range is from 0 to 32 degrees Celsius.

For making the printer work you need the power of 230 Volts AC. The maximum power that the printer can withdraw is 600 Watts.

Connection with the printer can be established by a USB drive and an SD card. For safety, the printer is equipped with material flow control sensors.

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Price

As per the online store price on the website of its manufacturer the printer is available for $3581.13 inclusive of all taxes.

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First Impression

3DGence Double P255 3D Printer impressionCredit: 3dgence.com

One glance over the printer and even the one who does not it is a 3D printer can say this machine has something to do with manufacturing.

The white and black color makes up for the body, while the print chamber part is kept transparent, perhaps letting the user monitor the printing process from outside if wished to.

There is a display screen on the right bottom of the body of the printer. The transparent glass that covers the print chamber can be removed after the printing of part or functional prototype is completed.

This allows for easy post-processing of parts or functional prototypes printed in the printer.

The build plate of the printer is visible from outside, it is fixed on a stand, above which there is the nozzle system of the printer that moves up after printing of a layer, according to the design of the part or functional prototype you wish to print with the printer.

There is an arrangement of holding your filament spool on the left side of the printer as seen from the first picture as soon as you land on the webpage dedicated to the printer on its manufacturer’s website.

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Setup

Although there is not much information about how the printer is shipped to you, it should come pretty much assembled like other FDM desktop 3D printers.

All you will have to do is check the calibration of the printer and bed leveling. It is also advisable for you to read the instruction manual of the printer.

There is also the database of this printer available online on its website which you can refer to, before starting to print using this printer.

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Printing Type/Cost

As mentioned in the Specifications section of the printer, it is based on FFF 3D printing technology.

Fused Filament Fabrication is known to produce less accurate models compared to other types of printing technology.

Having stated that, the parts or functional prototypes produced using this technology tend to be more robust and durable as they are not photosensitive.

Due to its functionality and ease of use, the printers based on this technology are the most common type for home printing.

Stating about the printing cost per part or functional prototype, using this printer, tends to be generally cheaper than other 3D print technologies that involve laser sources and electron beams, etc.

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Print Quality

3DGence Double P255 print qualityCredit: prirevo.at

To give you a glimpse of the print quality of this printer, the company has mentioned a section on the webpage dedicated to this printer on its website.

The section is called case studies. Wherein the first case study mentioned belongs to the medical industry. It is the 3D print of the anatomical model of the skull.

The second case study is the creation of a life-size 3D model of the manifold using the 3D printing technology.

Followed by a 3D printout of the architectural mock-up. And lastly, we have a 3D printed prototype of a steering knuckle for a racing car.

All of these models’ print quality deduces that the printer is able to achieve dimensional accuracy even while manufacturing the most intricate parts or functional prototypes.

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Software

3DGence Slicer 4.0Credit: 3dprintingcenter.ne

The name of the software recommended by the company for slicing files with the printer is 3D Gence Slicer 4.0.

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Customer Service

Clicking on the Support tab or the Contact tab on the website of the 3D printer manufacture reveals in front of you the ways in which you can reach out to the company, also revealing you the ways in which the company is interested to serve its customers.

Clicking on the former option, you will be revealed to eight different options starting with FAQs, ending with Documents.

In between, there are Useful terms, Manuals, Video, Software, Materials, and Report a problem option.

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Parameters Influencing Buying Decision

Points that we want you to remember which comparing one printer with the other when you are out in the market and are buying, are mentioned below in brief. They are a summary of the complete article.

3D Printer cost: Compared with the printers that offer the same types of features, three thousand dollars is an affordable price for this 3D printer.

3D Print quality: As mentioned above the parts and functional prototypes of this printer are used in various industries and tend to have dimensional accuracies.

3D Print speed: Although there is no information mentioned on the company’s website about this printer, you can assume this printer to have a standard FFF 3D printer’s printing speed which tends to be around 100 millimeters per second, which is the industry average.

3D Printer capability: Printing with various materials is possible on this printer, it is not limited to the company made filaments.

3D Printer Practicality: The ability of this printer to print with water-soluble materials is what makes it practically stand out in the list of other printers that fall in the same price range.

3D Printer User expectations: Users that do not mind spending a little more for getting a build volume, with water-soluble parts allowing them to manufacture parts and functional prototypes with intricate designs can expect the printer to not disappoint them.

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The Verdict

You would have to think of the long-term while buying this 3D printer. And if you have short term goals, you are likely to reject this printer simply seeing its price.

Especially if you are a beginner in this field, look for advice from your seniors, and understand each feature properly.

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