Voxelab Aquila 3D Printer Review

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Voxelab Aquila 3D Printer

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Positive
  • Exceptionally low cost
  • Very easy to use
  • PLA and ABS perform well on a glass print bed.
Negatives
  • At the hot end, we would like to get higher than 250 °C.
  • For beginners, the initial instructions are not clear enough.
  • Micro SD cards are a hassle to work with.

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About Voxelab Aquila 3D

[ Voxelab Aquila 3D Printer Review ]

Voxelab is a low-cost FDM 3D printer from Flashforge with a wonderfully appealing below-$200 price range.

The Voxelab Aquila comes with a build volume of 220mm x 220mm x 250 mm. It also has a lovely color user interface and a print bed made of glass. It is an excellent first 3D printer for anyone interested in diving into the hobby. 

The machine is simple to assemble and comes with its own special software for compiling 3D files to print. Thus, one does not need anything else to get started printing. 

There is though, the not common feature from Flashforge in that users can use an alternative slicer software. It can print PETG, ABS, PLA, and maybe other materials at 100°C on the print bed and 250°C for the hot end.

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Connection with Flashforge

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It’s time to talk about who makes it now that we have discussed what it is. It’s basically Flashforge.

The 3D printer manufacturer has chosen to introduce the Voxelab Aquila under a new banner, that of its subsidiary, Voxelab.

Voxelab’s products are “supported by Flashforge” on their own website. This should give users some confidence in the quality of the product they are buying.

Although Flashforge isn’t a true premium brand, their printers are well-made. 

Source: Voxelab
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What’s in the package?

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  • The 3D Printer
  • M6 Pneumatic joint 2x
  • A 50g Filament
  • The Nozzle
  • Screwdriver set and wrenches
  • Rack for spools
  • A power cord
  • Tool for removing
  • Card reader and storage
  • Ties for cables
  • Needle for the nozzle
  • Instructions for use
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The Technology

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Voxelab’s Aquila 3D printer is an economical FDM 3D printer. FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modeling, and to put it simply, this printer takes a filament strand and feeds it via an extruder to a hot end, where it gets melted and laid down on the print bed in a fairly orderly manner.

The printer employs a Bowden tube to transport and direct the filament from an extruder placed on the Z-axis. Thus, reducing the weight of the print head and the potential for side effects. The filament is attached to the printer’s frame at the top, very common on FDM machines for the desktop. .

It has benefits and drawbacks over the more prevalent FDM alternative, direct drive. It has a generous, if not remarkable, construction volume of 220mm x 220mm x 250 mm.

For many individuals, this is more than enough, and it’s about what one would expect from a cheap 3D printer. It is around the same size as a Creality Ender 3 V2 and significantly larger than a Prusa Mini+.

It’s a simple beast in terms of design. Apart from the 4.3-inch UI and the colored wire flowing into its back, this machine has no dazzling finish. It’s a conventional Cartesian cheap 3D printer, which isn’t a bad thing.

Glass Bed of Carborundum

The print substrate on this 3D printer is a gorgeous lump of textured carborundum glass.

Thankfully, Voxelab has altered the online copy. What the business really meant was that one can pull the glass sheet off the hot base beneath it. It can then be removed, cleaned, and waved around in the air, among other things.

It’s adaptable because it’s not attached to the printer. There are printers with adjustable print beds available; however, this is not one of them.

The bed is supposed to heat up in roughly 5 minutes. This is reasonable, but it’s noted that if the bed is pushed to its maximum temperature of 100 °C can, this can take a few extra minutes.

The Voxelab Aquila’s top hot end temperature is only 250°C which means users can make use of only PETG, PLA, and ABS filament material. For beginners of 3D printer users who want to learn the ropes, that’s not a huge problem.

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The User Interfaces

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The 4.3-inch color screen appears to be a touchscreen, but it isn’t, which a terrible thing isn’t. Hat tip to Voxelab on this one. There is a rotary knob with a click-to-select function instead. It performs admirably, looks great, and has a pleasant feel to it.

It’s fantastic to see a satisfyingly clicky rotary knob in place of a low-quality touchscreen, which would have been the case on a sub-$200 printer. Isn’t this a UI and control approach that works well with Prusa?

All of the menu options are properly labelled and easy to locate, and there are no issues about how this UI has been implemented. It’s quite user-friendly and shouldn’t cause any problems. Everything one needs to use the Voxelab Aquila fast and easily can be found here.

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Hardware Specifications

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  • Number of extruders : 1
  • Diameter of the extruder : 0.4 mm
  • Extruder’s Temperature : Max of 250 ℃
  • Platform’s Temperature : 100 ℃
  • Printing Speed : ≤180mm/s, 30-60mm/s normally
  • Filament Type : PLA, ABS & PETG
  • Print Bed : 220*220*250mm
  • Layer Resolution : 0.1-0.4 mm
  • Print Resolution : ±0.2 mm
  • Printer Size : 475*480*473(620)mm
  • Screen : 4.3-inch Screen
  • Net Weight : 8.2 kg
  • Input : AC 115/230V 50/60Hz
  • Output : DC 24V
  • Power : 350 W  
  • Working mode : Memory card offline printing or online printing
  • Software used : Cura / Simplify 3D / VoxelMaker
  • Output : gcode
  • Input : 3mf / stl / obj / fpp / bmp / png / jpg / jpeg files
  • Running Noise : 50dB
  • Working Environment : 15-30 ℃
  • Resume printing function : yes
  • Filament sensor : no
  • Language switch : English / Chinese
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Salient Features

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Source: Voxelab

Voxelab Aquila has quickly risen to the top of Amazon’s top 3d printer list since its launch in 2020. Let’s look at the salient features of this printer.

a. Large Build Volume

Voxelab Aquila’s build volume of 220mm x 220mm x 250mm lets one print 3d things that are similar in size to those printed by the Creality Ender 3s, Anycubic Mega S, and other under $300 3d printers.

b. Metallic Aluminum Body 

When printing, the aluminum body has a solid structure and does not shake.

c. Dependable Accessories  

Accessories that are reliable include a quiet 32-bit motherboard, a stepper motor that works silently, and a superb flat glass bed with a carborundum layer.

d. Color UI Touchscreen

The printer has a user-friendly UI interface with a 4.3-inch color screen and rotary knob.

e. Design

An open-source design that meets the needs of DIY 3D printers.

f. Automatic Filament Feeding

Insert the filament end, and it begins to feed itself. Voxelab Aquila’s improved feeding module enables consistent feeding (with some minor breaking).

g. Software Applications

Cura, VoxelMaker and Simplify 3D are examples of software that can be used. Voxelab Aquila Cura configuration file may be downloaded.

h. Filament Material

Voxelab PLA Pro Filament, standard PLA, ABS, PETG, and many others are all supported.

i. Firmware

Thermal protection and BL touch support are included in the official firmware for the Aquila. 

j. Detailed Introduction to Voxelab Aquila

The Voxelab Aquila meets most of the market expectations in a far more affordable and, to be honest, appealing form. It is a fantastic 3D printer for people of all abilities. Let us look at the some of its finer details:

k. Heating in Five Minutes

In less than 5 minutes, a crystal glass bed made up of carbon-silicon is heated up, allowing for fast modelling without warping.

l. Knob and Color Screen

Create a 3D print job and control Aquila by turning the spindle styled knob. It’s so simple! Furthermore, the mechanical life is far longer than that of a touchscreen.

m. Printing a Resume That Works

Post power outage, Aquila resumes 3D printing, allowing one to continue printing with a tap on the screen.

n. Consolidated Framework

The body is made entirely of metal and has a solid structure that prevents the printer from swaying when printing. All lines are hidden, making it easy for rookies.

o. Higher Standard V Profile Pulley  

This offers smooth motion, minimal noise, and resistance to wear and tear. It also contributes to the machine’s longer service life.

p. Brand News All-Round Tuner

The new XY axis adjuster makes belt tightening easier and faster than earlier.

q. Other important features 

Voxlab Aquila comes with a silent 32-Bit Motherboard, a stepper motor with low noise and firmware that is simple to customize.

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About the Software

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The compiling software bundled is basic, yet very much functional for the job. The options on the left side can be used to alter a 3D file once it has been loaded.

The program can aid by adding supports to prints with a large overhang. The supports come in two varieties: tree and linear. The tree supports seen above are an example. The supports will break off after the print is completed, preventing the print from sagging.

Simple and expert printing modes are available. Simple mode limits the number of settings available to avoid confusion and is ideal for starters. In expert mode, one can change almost any printer option they want. 

Simply save the printer’s configuration to a micro-SD memory card or start printing by connecting to a PC.

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Final Verdict

If this is someone’s first 3D printer, they are in for a treat once past the assembly phase. It’s a long way from being a do-it yourself kit. Its relatively straightforward assembly could be challenging for newbies in 3D printers and printing. Expect some amazing results from the prints once the printer is constructed and calibrated, especially when using PLA filaments.

It fits into a requirement for simplicity, a non-complicated slicer for those who are just getting started with 3D printing. 3D printers should not be limited to a single proprietary slicer, unless it offers some specialty. Unlike its more expensive Flashforge-branded machines, Voxelab places Aquila in the market by way of being compatible with the generic G-code.

There is nothing of special interest for professional 3D printing creators. For approximately $180, it’s a perfect place to start tinkering.

Finally, it is one hell of a printer for newcomers, and frugal pricing gives more bang for the buck.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Let us check out the most common questions being asked about this 3D printer. 

How does the Voxelab Aquila differ from other economical FDM 3D Printer kits?

Aquila is Voxelab’s attempt to build one of the greatest FDM 3d printer kits.

Is BL touch supported by Aquila?

Aquila does support BL touch. If the Aquila one has purchased has a BL touch part installed, please update the firmware to one that supports BL touch. Everything is set post upgrade!

Why isn’t there a spare line claw available?

Sometime in between March, Aquila came with an updated M6 Pneumatic joint. A line claw isn’t required for this type of joint.

Is it necessary to level Voxelab Aquila?

Yes, the hotbed is supported by four wheels. Manual leveling is pretty simple.

Is it possible to print multiple models at once?

Yes, simply import the models into a slicing program similar  to Cura.

Is there a Voxelab Aquila community?

Yes, join the Voxelab Facebook group or check out r/VoxelabAquila on Reddit.

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