Snapmaker 2.0 Review: Features, Specs, Design, Set-up, Verdict

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Snapmaker 2.0 Review

The SnapMaker 2.0 is a machine that has gained a huge following of excited makers since its announcement. Read our detailed review.

Pros
  • Smooth, well-made hardware
  • With a huge workspace, it is handier than ever (A350 model)
  • Extras for a better quality of life that are well-thought-out.
Cons
  • Workflow that is inconvenient
  • CNC carving and cutting are undeveloped natively.
  • It's deafeningly loud, especially the linear modules.
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Overview

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Snapmaker 2.0 Review: The Snapmaker has received the most funding of any 3D printing product in the history of Kickstarter. So why make a second Snapmaker model when the first was so successful? Have they been able to improve their machine in any way?


In many areas, the new edition is actually a significant upgrade over the previous one. It gives absolute delight to users, and then fixes some of the flaws in the previous Snapmaker model. It didn’t get rid of what people liked about the earlier version. Snapmaker 2.0, for example, is still a modular gadget and yet more than that.

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Getting to Know the Snapmaker 2.0

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Snapmaker 2.0 is primarily a powerful 3D printer.  Even though the printer is quite remarkable, it targets amateurs and beginners.

The Snapmaker 2.0 is a laser etching and cutting equipment in addition to just a 3D printer. Unlike standard 3D printers, it comes with a variety of replaceable modules. It allows for quick and dramatic changes in the device’s function and form. 

Akin to replacing a game in a gaming console or switching a camera lens, there is more potential in what the printer can do for the user. For example, the laser allows one to create a wide range of attractive creative works through engraving and style cutting. Furthermore, the device’s CNC carving section allows one to create incredibly exact 3D and 2.5D models swiftly.

The Snapmaker 2.0 is designed in a modular manner, allowing customers to alter or update the machine as required. It is more like an ecosystem of distinct modules that deploys in conjunction to increase creative ability. Many 3D printers are for expansion, but only a handful are for adaptability.

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Variations of Snapmaker

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The A150, A250, and A350 are the three different Snapmaker 2.0 models. They’re effectively the same type, with variation in the size of the workspace supported. The smallest around 6.2″ squared, the middle sized around 9″ squared, and the most expansive one approximately 12.9″ squared.

One may have various enclosures, hand wheels, lights and, an emergency pause button. The supplied controller handles most of this, as well as allowing one to access an IP camera through a Wi-Fi connection.

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Quality of Construction

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Just by looking at it, the 3D printer is built to last and simple to put together. However, it will require some assembly. Fortunately, the all-metal construction will handle constant movement. It is because of the usage of high-strength metals in each module and significant components.

Both the power adapter and control boards are made of aluminum alloy casing. This benefits not just in terms of durability and reduction in weight, but also aids in dissipating heat. To enhance the capacity to bear loads, the POM rollers are all made of metallic construction.

All of this is achievable thanks to aluminum alloys with aerospace level grading, manufacture with precision. This helps in maintaining balance and thus keeping the production process under check. The Snapmaker 2.0’s ruggedness isn’t just for show and also gives better performance. 

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Sturdy Design

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Laser cutters, 3D printers, and CNC equipment frequently come in pieces with a sheet of instructions explaining how to put it all together.

In this regard, Snapmaker is no exception. Nonetheless, this equipment outperforms the average flatpack printer in terms of quality. There is some assembly involved, but it is not much and takes not more than 20 minutes with proper instructions.

The device is built on a sturdy H frame. Underneath, each metal column houses all of the electronics and moveable elements. It gives the machine a very neat appearance as it forms.

The Snapmaker’s design and production shine out as it’s being built. It is a cut above everything else in terms of 3D printers. Everything is machined out of metal, and the finish and anodizing are of the highest quality.

The complete device is put together on a robust metal foundation. With the tooltip on the cross beam and the construction platform underneath, the H frame is big and sturdy. 

To switch from a 3D printer to another media one has to follow a simple procedure. Unbolt the tool head and build a platform, replacing it by the tool head and matching plate for the new medium.

Because the control box controls everything, any changes to the head or platform are immediately recognized. Once connected, the touchscreen display and the Luban software become available for calibration. The tool head then determines its usage.

The tool head changeover does not happen instantly. The tool and build platform change take around five to ten minutes, followed by the calibration procedure. But everything is very simple and straightforward, albeit consuming some time for the CNC and laser.

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Salient Features

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Because this 3D printer is a three-in-one system, there are mainly three types of features. Though, some of them are applicable across all setup configurations.

For starters, once built, the device has a complete metal construction. It seems more dependable and durable than other laser cutters and 3D printers in this space.

After one has switched the tools a few times, run the calibration tests, the remaining process is quiet simple. Snapmaker has given some excellent instruction videos that demonstrate how each of the different modes is set up and calibrated.

The Snapmaker Luban application is available for PC, Mac, and Linux, also ensures that everything gets linked and functions well. The interface and the Lubam software is the same across all three options for tooling.

Other aspects of the modular structure are constant. The device connects through Wi-Fi or USB. The wireless connection is reliable and integrates easily with the Luban application.

To examine models, calibrate, select options, and open saved files, a 5-inch (720x1280px) touch screen on the machine is very useful. The touch screen is a valuable enhancement to the machine’s usefulness.

This touchscreen device has a Quad-Core A7 CPU @ 1.1GHz and Android OS. A valuable feature in all modes is power loss recovery, which allows the Snapmaker to restart a task if the power goes out.

a. Specifications of 3D printer

The printer’s tool head has a build space of 320mm x 350mm x 330mm, which is substantial, putting it on par with several bigger, more costly 3D printers.

Resolution of Layer is adequate but not extraordinary at 50-300 microns, yet it can achieve temperatures of up to 275°C. It provides great material flexibility.

Snapmaker has chosen a nozzle with a standard size of 0.4mm, one that is compatible with all standard materials like ABS, PLA, Wooded PLA, TPU and others.

The Luban program supports the OBJ and STL file formats for models, providing a great deal of freedom.

b. Specifications of Laser Cutter

The laser cutter, like the printer tool head, is very well with the machine’s size, with a laser Diode of 1600mW 450nm, that falls under the Class 4 safety rating.

The laser has adequate power to cut or etch through leather, wood, cloth, plastic, paper, and acrylic of non-transparent type.

All files are processed using the Snapmaker Luban software, which supports PNG, BMP, SVG, JPG, JOEG, and DXF formats.

A camera that comes as a component of the laser cutter is crucial. It allows one to verify the size of the material one is utilizing for the design before starting to cut.

Snapmaker 2.0 Engraving
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c. CNC features

The CNC is the last tool head; it functions like the drill head and accepts drill bits of CNC. These drill bits offer a shank size of 0.5-6.35mm and a speed range of 6000-12,000 rpm. For its size, this is surprisingly well equipped.

A variety of materials including carbon fiber sheet, wood, jade, acrylic, and others is used.

There are several tools that can convert image formats into the needed file type. One can first load in other file formats and alter the parameters within the Luban software application to get .cnc and .nc files.

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Set-up overview

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To get started, the set-up procedure comprising of unpacking and assembling all the components, takes between 30 minutes to an hour.

The construction is simple, and the setup guide as also internet video lessons help the whole procedure go smoothly.

Because of the design and quality of the parts, there is very low chance of any in the process. Once the user has turned on the machine and positioned the heated bed and the print tool, they are ready to start.

The 3D printer connects to the Luban application software via Wi-Fi or USB. It is straightforward to set up the machine and use the touchscreen display interface. Having done this, the 3D printer connects to the Wi-Fi network.

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Tool Head Calibration

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Calibrating the tool head does not take more than a few minutes. The guided procedure, is similar to most other 3D printers. After 10 minutes it is completed and the system is ready.

It takes a bit longer to reposition the CNC tool heads and the laser cutter. But the hardware is simple to replace. One needs to simply unbolt and disconnect as needed and then do the calibration.

The Laser and CNC tool heads need a long time to calibrate. Especially the CNC because there are a few extra steps to go through owing to sizes, material densities, and heights. Despite this, the calibration processes are the same as for other devices.

In general, setting up and switching between tools is a simple process. But each swap takes 20-30 minutes to fully set up and calibrate.

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Ikea effect

As per the “Ikea effect,” people appreciate something more if they build it together personally rather than buying it ready-made. Snapmaker has nailed the balance between readymade components and user contributions. The final assembly is not tough, but neither is it easy. It requires an hour for basic assembly (including unboxing!) and another 10 to 15 minutes for conversion for the various uses.

All aluminum surfaces are nicely anodized and rather sturdy. This is quite evident on the bulky, die-cast base plate, that is also torsion-resistant The Snapmaker doesn’t have 3D-printed plastic components or raw sawn metal profiles. It is in no comparison to AliExpress’s low-cost equipment.

The enclosed linear motion modules are outstanding. The guide is covered using an adjustable, stainless steel strip, preventing dust and debris from entering. Inside are the stepper motors and limit switches. Cabling is restricted to a few simple to install specialty cables.

It is mandatory to download the control software Snapmaker Luban 3.80 for software installation. Snapmaker Luban is an all-in-one G-code player, slicer, and CAM application. With all of these responsibilities, it appears to be a little overburdened.

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Printing on Snapmaker

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The heated print bed is installed with 22 screws (which felt excessive) for 3D printer operation. The filament print head for 1.75 mm filament is kept in place by four extra screws. The inbuilt distance sensor allows for very rapid pressure bed leveling over 20 points. Only the last calibration point must be done by hand; a paper sheet for distance measuring.

The print bed takes around five minutes to heat up, and printing is simple with Snapmaker Luban. The default settings did not yield record-breaking print times. But the results were immediately convincing. 

The slightly coarse surface quality at 0.16mm was acceptable except for small iterations. The Snapmaker generates immaculate surfaces on the “fine” option, but increase in printing time. It doubles because the layer thickness has been halved to 0.08mm.

The material is supplied directly to the print head from the spool. Unfortunately, this has unintended consequences. Causing individual turns of filament to fly off the spool and become tangled during the initial “zero runs.” This avoids with a simple wire loop installed at an appropriate location.

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Laser Module

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Instead of the feeble 200mW laser, a 1.6W diode is used. This permits engraving in a quarter of the time. 

Expect nothing less than miracles – even 2mm thin plywood needs two passes to cut well.  But for cardboard or foil stencils, the performance is adequate. Furthermore, transparent materials cannot be cut or engraved with blue laser light. A CO2 laser is a must for cutting color-less Plexiglas.

The built-in camera on the laser module is a unique feature that allows one to precisely position the work piece. For example, to make an engraving on a specific location. After removing the tool head, the firmware utilizes the camera to swiftly alter the focus. In WLAN mode, the camera is only used for placement. One must first take a “snapshot” of one’s work piece, import it into Snapmaker Luban, and then position your design as needed.

The print bed must be replaced with a laser platform consisting of black anodized, four ribbed aluminum panels. This will diffuse and absorb the laser beam penetrating the work piece, during laser operation. 


To operate the Class 4 laser, one has to wear the protective goggles that came with the equipment. The laser is brilliant even if not close (if wearing no glasses), and errant rays can result in serious eye injury.

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Technical Specifications

Let’s look at the different technical specifications of the Snapmaker 2.0:

General Specs

  • Build Frame: Aluminum alloys
  • Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi
  • Touchscreen: 5-inch LCD (TFT)
  • Software Applications: Snapmaker Luban, and third-party slicers
  • Supported OS: Windows, MacOS, and Linux
  • Power Rating: 320W

3D Printing Spec

Build Volume:

  • A150: 160mm x 160mm x 145 mm
  • A250: 230mm x 250mm x 235 mm
  • A350: 320mm x 350mm x 330 mm

Heated Bed:

  • A150: 110 °C
  • A250: 100 °C
  • A350: 80 °C

Layer Resolution: 50 – 300 microns

Nozzle Temperature: Up to 275 °C

Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 mm

Filament Materials: ABS, PLA, flexible filament, etc.

File Types: OBJ, STL.

Laser Engraving Specs

Work Space

  • A150: 160mm x 160 mm
  • A250: 230mm x 250 mm
  • A350: 320m x 350 mm

Laser Power Output: 1.6W

Wavelength: 450 nm

Safety Class: Class 4

Materials: Plastic, Leather, Wood, Fabric, Paper, Non-Transparent Acrylic, etc.

File Types: PNG, SVG, JPEG, etc.

CNC Specs

Work Space

  • A150: 160mm x 160mm x 90 mm
  • A250: 230mm x 250mm x 180 mm
  • A350: 320mm x 350mm x 275 mm

Shank Diameter: 0.5mm-6.35 mm (0.02-0.25 inches)

Spindle Speed: 6000-12,000 RPM

Materials: PCB, Acrylic, Wood, Carbon Fiber Sheet, Jade, etc.

File Types: .NC/.CNC.

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Final Verdict

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Where the Snapmaker Original was adequate, the Snapmaker 2.0 is an improvement on the original standard. Except it’s a lot bigger, with plenty of extra features to keep one working hard. 

There were, and continue to be, minor annoyances with it (be they Poor UI or Bugs), but the hardware is top-notch. 

The 3D printer is capable of handling any sort of demanding printing work, and still please the highly creative owner. One that is geared to deliver more without compromising on space.

Let’s look at the things that stand for and against the Snapmaker 2.0:

Pros

  • Smooth, well-made hardware
  • With a huge workspace, it is handier than ever (A350 model)
  • Extras for a better quality of life that are well-thought-out.

Cons

  • Workflow that is inconvenient
  • CNC carving and cutting are undeveloped natively.
  • It’s deafeningly loud, especially the linear modules.

Where the Snapmaker Original was adequate, the Snapmaker 2.0 improves it. Except it’s a lot bigger, with plenty of bells and whistles to keep you up at night. There were and still are some issues with it (bugs and bad UI choices, to name a few). But the hardware is top-notch. It is capable of handling whatever one throws at it.

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Is it possible to CNC metal with the Snapmaker 2.0?

Metal cannot be carved by the Snapmaker CNC caver. The laser engraver can’t either.

Is the Snapmaker 2.0capable of milling aluminum?

Metal cannot be carved by the Snapmaker CNC caver. The laser engraver can’t either. No, neither the Snapmaker 2.0 Laser Module nor the CNC Module can engrave or cut metal.

Can Snapmaker 2.0 laser engrave metal?

Snapmaker 2.0’s Laser and CNC Modules cannot engrave or cut metal.

What does the Snapmaker 2.0 come with?

The Snapmaker 2.0, which comes with everything one will need to get started on the maker journey: Module for linear printing. Module for 3D printing. Module for Laser Cutting (1600mW, Built-in Camera).

How thick can the Snapmaker 2.0 cut?

The Snapmaker 2.0 1600mW can cut through wood that is at least 2.5mm thick. Yet, keep in mind that this is still a low-power laser, so don’t anticipate miracles.

Can the Snapmaker 2.0 engrave glass?

Snapmaker 2.0’s Laser Module cannot cut or etch glass.

Can the Snapmaker 2.0 cut acrylic?

The CNC machining module transforms the Snapmaker 2.0 3-in-1 into a powerful machining machine that can carve or cut a variety of materials, including Acrylic.

How deep can the Snapmaker CNC cut?

The CNC can cut as deep as the blade length you’re using. Cutting deeper than 15 mm is not recommended.

What type of laser does Snapmaker use?

There are two types of laser modules available in Snapmaker 2.0. The 200mW laser module that comes with the Snapmaker Original 3-in-1 3D printer can be upgraded to the new 1600mW laser module.

How do you laser engrave on Snapmaker?

Ascertain that the best work origin for laser engraving and cutting has been set. To get the greatest cutting results with the 1600mW Laser Module, use the Fine Tune Work Origin option. 

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