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TENLOG TL-D3 Pro 3D Printer Review

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Price / Value
95 %
Build Quality
95 %
Print Quality
100 %
Setup
100 %
Learning Curve
80 %
Features
100 %

Don’t like reading? Check out my video review on YouTube instead.

A Beginner’s Experience

This is my first 3D printer, so the entire process of getting the 3D printer setup, calibrated, and printing was a bit of a journey for me. Keep this in mind, as I may not touch on many vital areas that seasoned 3D printers are interested in. However, I will do my best to answer any questions or provide any additional details not covered here if I can manage it accurately and properly.

Why Choose This 3D Printer?

Even though this was my first 3D printer, I knew that I would want something feature-packed the first time so that I wouldn’t have to upgrade later. What separates this printer from others is the dual extruders that allow duplicate prints or mirror mode prints. This can save a lot of time, considering prints can take as little as a few minutes to over a day, depending on the size and complexity of the print. The build quality in this printer also looked excellent from other reviews that I saw, which turned out to be the case once I assembled it.

Technical Specs

Additive Accurary: ±0.1mm
Frame Build: Aluminum Alloy & Sheet Metal
Bed Material: Borosilicate Glass bed
Max Bed Temperature: 110 Celsius
Nozzle Amount: 2 Nozzles
Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 mm
Max Nozzle Temperature: 300 Celsius
Build Volume: 30 cm x 30 cm x 35 cm
Layer Thickness Range: 0.1 mm to 0.4 mm
Input Port: USB 2.0 Port – Up to 16 GB Cards Accepted
Screen: 4.3 inch Touch Screen
Print Speed: 10mm to 150mm per second
Accepted Filament Types: TPU, PVA, PLA, ABS, HIPS, WOOD, PETG, FLEXIBLE
Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm
Accepted Files: G-code, STL, JPG
XY-Axis Positioning Accuracy: 0.011 mm
Z-Axis Positioning Accuracy: 0.0025mm
Input Power: 110V/230V@50/60Hz
Output Power: 24V, Max 25A
Machine Size(WDH): 59 cm x 52 cm 76 cm
Machine Weight: 15.6 Kg (34.4 lbs)

Packaging

This 3D printer comes in quite a large box that weighs around 45 lbs or 20.5 kg. Unlike any other product I have ever unpacked, this 3D printer came exceptionally well packed and secured in the box. The packing foam was so tight and fitted. I couldn’t lift the 3D printer out of the box by myself. I ended up cutting it off piece by piece, then finally cutting the front part of the box, then sliding out the entire printer with foam to make it easier to remove the foam from all over. Long story short, everything arrived without any noticeable damage.

Package Contents

The printer comes with a ton of accessories. Forgive me if I miss some of them.

  • Main unit with bed already secured
  • Gantry unit
  • 2 Extruder heads
  • 2 Spool holders
  • 2 PLA filament spools (white & yellow in my package, but the colors are random)
  • Filament cutter
  • 2 Filament run-out sensors
  • Power cable
  • Spatula for bed
  • USB SD card reader
  • SD card with test files and documentation
  • USB cable for updating firmware and connecting to PC
  • Nozzle tip cleaner
  • Screws and installation tools (screwdriver, Allen keys, etc.)
  • Additional nozzle tip
Tenlog TL-D3 Pro Unboxing 1 of 2
Tenlog TL-D3 Pro Unboxing 2 of 2
Tenlog TL-D3 Pro Package Contents

Setup Process

The setup process is way easier than I thought it would be, it may require one other person for the gantry installation only, but it can be done alone worst case. There are just 3 major steps, attach the gantry to the main unit, attach the extruders to the gantry unit, then connect all wiring. Once those steps are complete, a small remaining step is to attach the spool holders to the top of the gantry, and you’re done with the setup.

Tenlog TL-D3 Pro – Step 1 – Gantry Installation
Tenlog TL-D3 Pro – Step 2 – Attach Extruder Heads To Gantry
Tenlog TL-D3 Pro – Step 3 – Connect Wiring
Tenlog TL-D3 Pro – Step 4 – Attach Filament Spool Holders

Before The 1st Print

Tenlog TL-D3 Pro Voltage Switch

Important: Before turning on the 3D printer, ensure that you adjust the voltage switch from 100-120 or 200-240 for your region.

After I set up the printer, I put on the two filaments on the spool holders. Then I ran the filaments through the filament run-out sensor and into the top of the extruder head.

Once that was complete, I used the levelling function in the touchscreen menu. The machine positions the first extruder head over each corner of the bed. At each corner, there is an adjustment knob under the bed to elevate or lower that corner. The machine advances to each corner. Then you can specify in the menu to adjust the second extruder head.

Tenlog TL-D3 Pro – Bed Levelling

The second extruder head must be adjusted with a supplied wrench that elevates and lowers the head by rotating the wrench right or left.

Tenlog TL-D3 Pro – Extruder Head 2

My First Print

tenlog tl-d3 pro print quality
Tenlog TL-D3 Pro Finished Print Quality

So after levelling the bed, I inserted the supplied SD card into the unit and picked an STL file included for test printing quickly. You can also install the CURA software with the included TENLOG profile if you want to go for your own pick of print file. My first print did not go well. The base of the print was laid down on the bed without any issue, but after about 10 minutes of printing, the entire print started to move around. As well sometimes, the filament would not come out. So I played around adjusting the bed temperature in the menu and adjusting the nozzle temperatures first, waiting until they reached the temperatures that I specified in the menu before trying again. I tried again, but I had the same issue after around the 15-minute mark again.

While I like to figure out things independently, after spending time and getting the same results, I had to do something I usually do not want to do and ask for support help. I was told by Tenlog support that my nozzle height was too much, and it needed to be adjusted further. So I tried that and tried printing again with success this time! If you purchase this printer, I highly recommend joining the Tenlog Facebook group for support. It is a pretty active group with lots of helpful people.

My Experience & Considerations

I am pleased with the setup process of this printer and the quality of the print that it produces. It isn’t too loud either, but this being my first 3D printer, I may not be the best judge. The build quality is outstanding, that I am not worried about moving this thing around; it is solid.

While I love this 3D printer and would buy it again, there is room for improvement from a beginner’s perspective. I’m sure experienced 3D printers will have no problem adjusting settings for getting amazing prints. However, as a beginner, I wish there was more documentation in paper form than digital or video form. While I was able to get a great quality print after contacting support, I would have liked to figure it out on my end. A detailed manual that displays specific issues and a possible resolution for that issue would be excellent.

The touchscreen offers many options, but the options are not always 100% clear about the goal they accomplish. Of course, I know what levelling means in the menu, but other things, such as axis positioning was over my head, so I left this section alone. I know this is something I need to educate myself with first, but it would be nice to have some idea about how those options can result in print issues so a beginner knows where to start troubleshooting first.

Summing Up

I think this is an excellent 3D printer for experienced 3D printers. It offers great print quality, sturdy build quality and comes with everything needed to get started right away. For beginners, be prepared to educate yourself first before diving into your first print, or your printing results may vary. Don’t give up hope. Support is available through the official Facebook group.

If there is anything that I missed in the review, or if you have any questions that I did not cover, please leave a comment below.

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Adrian
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Adrian is a tech lover that enjoys helping people make the most of their tech in a simplified way.

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