Sigma printer from BCN3D manufacturer has gained huge popularity worldwide. We can easily state that this model should make the top list untitled „Best 3D Printers”. A solidly and meticulously manufactured equipment, made from high-class components suits the preferences of even the most demanding users. The printer works in FDM technology. Its cost set by the producer on home market is about $3000 USD, so not everyone can afford it. But again, a quality equipment employing 3D technology usually costs just about the same.
Specifications BCN3D Sigma:
Machine Dimensions: 465mm x 440mm x 680mm (including cables)
Build volume: 210mm x 297mm x 210mm (Dual extrusion)
Materials: PLA / ABS / Nylon / PET-G / TPU / PVA / Composites / Others. The Sigma accepts filaments from other manufacturers.
Layer Height: 0.05-.5mm (depending on the nozzle diameter)
Software: BCN3D Sigma – Marlin
Print heads: Two 0.4mm hotends compatible with BCN3D hotends 0.3/0.4/0.5/0.6/0.8/1mm
Clarity of instruction and simplicity of work
Sigma printer is triggered very easily, its service is no challenge even for a layman. A special shortened version of its instruction, containing basic parameters and essential functions of the device. The equipment is energy-saving, and a practical touchscreen enables us to use it. The printer has two printing heads (they move alternately on the same axis and enable, for instance, two-color print or application of support material), a magnetically fitted glass working platform, and a calibration assistant. The device is compatible with SD card and USB cable. Along with the printer, the user gets in set two starting reels with PLA filament, half a kilogram each. Sigma printer uses a modified Cura version that can be installed directly from the SD card attached to the device.
Nuisances and drawbacks of Sigma
Basically, the print quality is satisfactory, but some prints require cosmetic corrections, because it turns out that removal of threads after retraction is necessary. Additionally, the printer makes pretty loud noises during work; we can get used to them after a longer time of use. A two-head printing’s characteristic feature is that it takes more time than one-head process, but the visual effects are worthwhile. Therefore in the case of BCN3D Sigma it’s hard to talk about serious drawbacks that would have impact on efficient and effective functioning of the equipment. The printer tolerates many kinds of unauthorized filament, which allows to lower exploitation cost because there’s no need to purchase only original materials.
Good equipment for everyday work
BCN3D Sigma is a hi-tech device that can be used daily in lots of different industries. Due to the abovementioned loudness of work it does better in home conditions, where we normally have just one printing device. A couple models of the same printer (even in a small cozy office) could emit too much noise, which wouldn’t let the employees to focus on their duties. Loudness of work isn’t actually the crucial criterium we consider while buying a 3D printer, but it can be of importance in the case of professions requiring concentration. Therefore it’s worth to analyze all aspects before taking a decision.
- Good print quality
- Auto calibration
- Easy to use
- Magnetic build plate
- Supported by Cura and Simplify 3D
- Warranty 2 years for EU countries. 1 year for for non-EU countries
- Dual extrusion results in filament waste
- Lacking wireless connectivity
- Loud work