New Tevo Tornado DIY 3D Printer Kit Unveiled
Earlier this month, popular 3D printer brand Tevo unveiled its latest DIY 3D printer kit — the Tevo Tornado. This latest addition to Tevo’s lineup comes in the wake of the Creality CR-10 which has been receiving plenty of rave reviews since it was first released.
Lately, a number of Chinese 3D printer brands have come up with designs that are very similar to the CR-10. This includes Anet and its latest DIY kit — the Anet E10. So it’s not surprising that the Tornado shares plenty of similarities as the CR-10, especially in the design of its aluminum frame and carriages. It even has the same build capacity at 300 x 300 x 400mm.
This has brought many to speculate if the Tornado is in fact just a rebranded CR-10. Though speculations abound, the Tornado does in fact have subtle differences when compared to the CR-10 if you look carefully at product 3D renderings that were released recently by Tevo. For example, there are subtle differences in the design of the console box.
- Build Size: 300 x 300 x 400mm
- Z layer resolution: 50 microns (minimum)
- 90% pre-built
- Heated bed can reach 110C in minutes
- E3D hot end with Titan extruder (Bowden setup)
- Printable materials PLA, ABS, PETG, wood, PVA, flex, nylon
- Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
- Aluminum frame
- Fully enclosed console box with power supply unit
- Available kits:
- Standard kit
- BLTouch auto leveling
- Dual extruder
- Larger heated print bed
- Laser engraver
- Prices start at $330 with shipping (for standard kit)
According to Tevo’s official Facebook page, the Tornado will be shipped 90% pre-built so that means there is not much building to do if you decide to get one. Tevo also claims that the larger than average heated bed on the Tornado can be heated up to 110C in just a matter of minutes. This is quite impressive and I’m guessing that the Tornado might be equipped with some kind of heavy duty power supply unit that outputs at least 360W or more.
Details released on Tevo’s official Facebook page indicate that the bed is powered by AC power so it’s possible that the Tornado doesn’t use the usual 12V DC for its print bed but instead draws power straight from a 240V or 110V AC source. Tevo doesn’t describe in detail what “AC” means so we’ll just have to wait and see what the final specification will be.
The few product pages that are online at the moment don’t mention anything about a MOSFET for the heated bed but my guess is that the Tornado probably comes with one pre-installed. It would be crazy for Tevo to ship a 3D printer with that large a heated bed without any MOSFET pre-installed. Such printers are like ticking fire starters ready to go off without warning.
The Tornado is equipped with a E3D hot end with Titan extruder in a Bowden setup which means it will be capable of printing the entire range of popular filaments such as PLA, ABS, PETG, Flex and Nylon. Another thing worth mentioning here is the Tornado’s Z layer accuracy of 50 microns.
The standard Tevo Tornado is expected to sell for $330 with shipping costs. It will also be available in more advanced kits that include BLTouch auto leveling and a larger heated bed. A kit that can function as a laser engraver will also be available.