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TEVO Tarantula 3D Printer Review

The TEVO Tarantula 3D printer is a low-budget printer that strikes somewhat of a balance between price and performance. 

This is what makes it an option for beginners and intermediate users who desire quality printing. So, if you’re thinking of getting this printer, here’s a TEVO Tarantula review to give you an in-depth look to what you could potentially be getting.

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Factors To Watch

Whenever you want to choose a printer that suits your work, the look and the price are not only the major determinant, factors such as print quality, setup, product features, and designs are crucial when contemplating on what printer to get.

Although each individual has their own preference for printer quality, it would not make sense if I need a high-quality image, and I bought a lesser quality printer. Nevertheless, there are basic specifications you need to consider for every printer.

These 4 qualities are it.

TEVO Tarantula 3D Printer

TEVO Tarantula 3D printer is an excellent and affordable DIY 3D printer kit based on an open-source Prusa i3 design. It features automatic bed leveling and a large print volume. 

The TEVO Tarantula 3D printer comes with an unassembled 3D kit which can take awhile to set up. And, the reason why I can’t give a specific time frame is because this printer has missing parts sometimes at delivery.

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Pros

Cons

  • Affordability
  • Filament versatility
  • Open-source design
  • Heated print bed
  • Print speed
  • Auto-leveling
  • Durability
  • Connectivity options
  • Quality control
  • Small print bed 
  • Durability (frame)
  • Missing parts
  • Hard-to-follow instructions
  • Difficult to remove prints

Breaking Down The TEVO Tarantula

Print Quality

Overall, the TEVO Tarantula has questionable printing quality.

It’s really hard to find much positive with the print quality. Just check out the reviews on their own website.

Personally, the results aren’t great. I see overhangs and a lot of other blemishes when looking at the print quality. Both the precision and smoothness aren’t up to par.

Here’s a review posted on their own website below:

Set Up

The assembling of this printer is difficult and time-consuming. 

Moreover, there is a need for substantial modifications and upgrades for optimal results. Following the step-by-step instruction manual and supporting documentation should make set up easy right?

Nope, the assembly instructions suck, plain and simple. They don’t match the label on the bags and they’re not straight-forward. For example, you’ll be setting one part of the printer up, and the next step in the instructions has you setting up another part that’s not related.

Imagine being a beginner trying to assemble this. The confusion alone will cause someone to quit. I’m not saying set up isn’t possible, but prepare for a hard time.

Features

A highlight of this printer are its features.

The printer has a full metal extruder, which is highly tolerant of most printing conditions. It is designed to accept the majority of filament in the market. Besides, there is a stock hot end from TEVO which handles the end of the printing work. 

It has a small screen that allows you to control your prints when not connected to a PC. Nevertheless, the person adding the feature personally gets people more excited online. 

Also, the heat bed keeps your prints in place. The heated print bed should make it easy to remove prints, but the opposite is true. 

The large print volume and the filament versatility lets you get creative on what type of models you can make. This printer also uses auto-leveling. This makes setting up and printing models easier.

Design

The TEVO tarantula is a fabricated 3D printer with a Cartesian-style fused filament.

The Tarantula is equipped with solid anodized aluminum plates and a full metal extruder. With these structures, The design of this printer mitigates vibration which occurs when a job is being processed.

The printer has an LCD screen that allows easy access and quick navigation of the printing layout. The one problem is the stability this printer has. Just look at the foundation of it.

Its base is slim which makes stability shaky. The Z-axis stepper tops the frame which also messes with the stability. You aren’t stuck with only this type of TEVO Tarantula though.

They have dual and triple extrusion versions available for purchase. 

Alternative To TEVO Tarantula

Anet A8 Plus

Pros

Cons

  • Affordability
  • Modifications available
  • Filament versatility
  • Upgrades available
  • Print quality
  • Not suitable for small desks
  • Manual calibration
  • Warping

Anet 8 is one of the most popular and affordable high-quality 3D printers that can print various filaments. The product is built with a slick user interface, and you can assemble the kit with video instruction.

The instructions aren’t the greatest. But, the redeeming factor is the print quality. 

The precision and detail are great. A limiting factor is the calibration. The print quality ceiling depends on how good your calibrations skills are.

Anet 8 3D printer features a black laser acrylic frame of 220x 220 x 240mm printing volume. The printer is compatible with ABS, PLA, wood fill, Nylon PVA, PP, and other materials. It has about 38 individual acrylic parts ranging from the actual frame to the fixed plates for the motor.

The printer has tiny acrylic pieces that are responsible for holding the Y-axis belt in place. This printer also lacks auto bed leveling and a heated aluminum bed. Anet 8 3D printer can improve your creativity as it can print using multiple filaments.

A cool option for this printer is you can get it either pre-assembled, or as a DIY kit. You can either save a lot of time, or learn a lot with these options. I wish more 3D printer companies do this.

Creality Ender 3

Pros

Cons

  • Heating bed
  • Easy set up
  • Resume print feature
  • Large print volume
  • Print quality
  • Durability
  • Low build quality
  • Manual calibration
  • Thermal runaway disabled
  • Loud when printing
  • Low quality v-wheels

The Creality Ender 3 is a high-quality performance printer with a build volume of 220 x 220 x 250mm. This printer has a BuildTak-like heated, light filament pathway that makes printing easier with flexible materials.

The printer is easy to assemble, though it requires manual calibration. It has a detachable magnetic heated bed and improves the Y-axis to achieve better printing quality. One of the features of Creality Ender 3 is the low price point. It’s framed with aluminum extrusions and still retains its CR-10 vibes.

One significant feature of this printer is its ability to recover fully and resume a print after being disconnected or losing power. It also has an LCD with a control wheel.

Monoprice Select Mini

Pros

Cons

  • Filament versatility
  • Heated build plate
  • MicroSD card
  • Software compatibility
  • Simple interface
  • Durability
  • Overhangs
  • Calibration needed
  • Open enclosure

The Monoprice Mini Select provides great print quality. In my review of this printer, I said I saw some prints of the “3DBenchy” model, and you can tell the vertical and horizontal printing is on point.

One thing it has a hard time dealing with are the overhangs. They weren’t abysmal, but you could tell it wasn’t perfect. Some features worth noting are its filament versatility.

This printer can use ABS, PLA, wood, metal, and more. Another great feature is its software compatibility. Being limited to proprietary software not only limits your choices, it limits your creativity.

Overall, the Mini Select is a simple printer. It’s an open enclosure printer at an affordable price. The user interface is also easy to use which should make it more attractive to beginners looking to 3D print.

Should You Get It?

The TEVO Tarantula is a definite no.

I always say if a printer’s print quality is bad, what’s the point? Add in the confusion of trying to assemble everything and this printer sounds more like a headache and waste of money.

All of the alternative printers are a better bet.

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