It's difficult to find a solid 3D printer that doesn't cost an arm and a leg; however, XYZprinting seems to have accomplished this with the latest iteration of its low-end printer, the da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix. The interesting thing about this printer isn't only the relative quality of its printing, but the fact that it can use two different colored filaments simultaneously to create interesting color mixes -- thus, the name.
The da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix uses a new dual-feed system to send two filaments to a single extruder module to create a print that either gradually changes color, creates separate layers of two colors or mixes two colors to create a third one.
It is also very simple to set up and use, with an automatic calibration system that, says Mearian, allows you to get going immediately without any manual calibration.
However, because the printer bed is not heated, there were adhesion difficulties, even following the manufacturer's suggestions on how to deal with the issue. As a result, some models detached badly.
Eiffel Tower test results:
Mearian programmed the printer to start with green filament at the bottom and gradually change to blue at the top. Strangely, the process came out reversed -- the Eiffel Tower was blue at the bottom and moved to green at the top. Still, it was a successful print, and although the latticework was a bit muddled, a railing around a pedestrian walkway, which is a difficult build, came out with impressive accuracy.
Full review: Da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix 3D printer produces good quality, multi-colored objects