Panospace One – review and test

Panospace One

Build your ideas

The user-friendly 3D printer has come a few steps closer.

Pro

User-friendly 3D printer for a great price. The software is simple and the hardware is quite reliable. Works at first attempt.

Contra

Despite the stucco design, 3D printing is still a complicated process. Only a printhead and no network access.

The first 3D printer I saw was the size of a freezer box. It cost as a condominium, and it could only print with plaster powder, which meant that the models were too fragile to be used. Since then, prices on 3D printers have fallen. Unlike house prices. If I had invested in an apartment that time, I could have exchanged it for a truckload of 3D printers like Panospace One today.

Chinese Panospace aims to make 3D printing so easy that everyone can use it at home, at school or in the office. It has so far resulted in the Panospace One model.

Panospace One revew

Panospace One has such a nice design that it can hardly be seen as a 3D printer.

The designers have made a vigorous and successful effort to make the printer easy to integrate into a normal decor. All mechanical parts are encased in a gray plastic shield, where only the construction plate in matt glass is visible. It reminds you of a sewing machine that has been in the hands of an industry designer.

Walking in a neighborhood

It’s easy to use. Panospace One comes fully assembled. Do not fool the mounting of extruder (print head) or connecting cables that we have previously experienced. There is not even a transport security that needs to be removed. Just place the coil with plastic filament behind a flap and guide the thread to the extruder. The rest is made from the touch-sensitive color display. If you choose to start with one of the pre-programmed demo files, it will take up to a block before the first 3D print is on its way.

The building volume, that is, the size of the printable figure is 15 x 15 x 15 cm, which is very good. Since it’s just a single extruder head, you can only print in one color at a time. There is only a slight limitation, since full color RGB printing nevertheless, at best, lies several years into the future. There would be a plus to be able to work with two types of materials at a time. However, Panospace One on the other hand is only intended for standard plastic wires (PLA filament).

The built-in holder can only accommodate small filament coils, but Panospace’s website can be downloaded to a large coil that can be mounted on the printer.

Panospace One review & test

Panospace One can only accommodate small coils with plastic filament. But you can download an adapter.

From idea to print

One of the concepts you get acquainted with when you start printing in 3D is the so-called cutter. It is a program that translates the mathematically perfect 3D model into something that can be printed in reality. For example, it is easy to draw a perfect, friction-waving ball shape on the screen. But as it is impossible to print it in the loose air, the attempt literally falls to the ground. The 3D model must have a stable foundation to rest on while it is made of plastic pulp.

Here’s Panospace’s software for cutting the hardware a little bit when it tries to print shapes that can not balance. For example, an animal crane that only rely on the pointed corners. Without the support pillars created by the software, such models are supposed to end like a pile of plastic spaghetti, which is pulled around the construction plate while still more plastic wires on top of it. And while the interface is exemplaryly simple, the adjustment options are similar to basic.

Panospace One test

When the print goes wrong – and it does often – you end up with something similar to plastic spaghetti.

Requires additional PC

Panospace One can either be connected via USB or print model files directly from an SD card. Unfortunately, there is no possibility for wired or wireless networks. It’s strange in a smarthome time, where even the smallest gadget comes with built-in web access. It also means that in practice you have to have a PC standing at the printer in the coarse kitchen. There is no way to have the 3D printer standing on the desktop. Certainly, it’s pretty to look at, but 3D printers noise, shakes and smells of molten plastic. Also Panospace One. And you should find a stable table to put it on.

Getting the model to stand on the building plate is a big challenge on many 3D printers. At Panospace, the solution is an ordinary adhesive pen that comes in the box. Lubricate a layer of glue on the glass plate and start. It’s low technology, but it works!

Panospace One is relatively fast in operation. Large models that fill most of the building volume can be printed in 3-8 hours, depending on the complexity. It’s significantly better than when we last tested 3D printers .

The resolution of a 3D printer is partly determined by the size of the nozzle in the extruder, and partly by the accuracy of the construction plate and the extruder can be moved around. In Panospace One, it is 0.4 mm and 0.25 mm respectively. It is not sufficient to build gears for watches, but good for hobby work and for example to create a new handle for the kitchen cabinet.

Most of the models we printed were both solid and without bias. When someone ended up as a plastic bird leader on the building plate, the reason was that the model lacked sufficient support. There is a problem that will hopefully be resolved in a later version of the software for the cutter. Meanwhile, the solution itself is to note that the model has a good foothold. Therefore, try to build a pyramid that stands up!

It is also worth noting that while Panospace One is not flawless, the road to success is still shorter and more secure than most other 3D printers.

Panospace One 3D printer

If you have a special need, a 3D printer can be amazing. But forget about printing everyday items.

Conclusion

The easy-to-use 3D printer that’s easy for anyone to use, is a drummer’s way that the manufacturers have been craving for years. Panospace One is one of the closest options I’ve seen so far: Place it on the table, add plastic wires and a computer – and you’re up and running. There is even a good chance that your first print will be successful! That it looks good and has an available price, helps it further. 3D printing, however, is still an art of nerds, so rain that far from all prints succeeds.

Panospace One Characteristics

  • Extruder Head: 1
  • Nozzle solution: 0.4 mm
  • Print Resolution: 0.25 mm
  • Byggevolum: 150 x 150 x 150 mm
  • Filament: 1.75 mm PLA and 326 g roll
  • Connection: USB, SD card
  • Control: Color touchscreen
  • Dimensions / Weight: 40.7 x 33.3 x 28.8 cm (WxHxD), 7.8 kg
  • Web: int.3dpanospace.com

Panospace One Price: $790, –

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