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TEVO Tornado 3D Printer Review

The Tornado is said to be a machine for a hobbyist. I think that’s true when you’re just starting out. But, let’s look at what TEVO says to get a different perspective. 

According to Tevo, “If you work in the product structure design industry, toy modeling, architectural design, fashion jewelry design industry, parts manufacturing or daily necessities and education, this is the perfect printer for your use.”

Suppose your plan includes using the Tornado in a small manufacturing operation (garage business) to get a return on your investment. In that case, you can use it for that reason.

Whether you’re using it for fun or business, I hope this TEVO Tornado review helps you decide if it’s a good fit.

Table of Contents

Differentiating Factors To Look For

The factors I’m looking for are print quality, set up, features, and design.

These factors I’m reviewing are geared more towards beginners including myself. This is why these 4 factors are the one I always talk about.

TEVO Tornado

TEVO Tornado
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Pros

Cons

  • Packaging is top notch
  • Intuitive assembly
  • Huge build area
  • Short print bed heating time
  • Titan extruder
  • Heated bed
  • Filament versatility
  • Print quality
  • Print bed surface easily scratched
  • Print bed adhesion difficult
  • Vertical frame needs extra bracing
  • No spool holder provided
  • Print surface warping on larger jobs
  • Assembly is difficult

Breakdown Of The TEVO Tornado

Print Quality

You might know the brand, but it’s not mentioned as much as Creality or ANYCUBIC. The prints I’ve seen from this printer are promising. It has the smoothness and precision 3D printer users look for.

A common issue users have is when the printer has problems, the printer stops in the middle of the print. The best part is it doesn’t let you know what’s wrong, it just keeps stops randomly.

You might see a few stringy issues with some prints, but that can happen with any print. Everything from complex curves to support structure is good. Check this TEVO Tornado review out if you don’t believe me.

One thing to keep in mind is when printing something complex. If the design requires a lot of turns, or different materials, the Tornado isn’t the right printer. It’s more suitable for printers that are a straight-forward.

Set Up

Set up for this printer is easy.

There are a lot of components you have to put together, but thankfully, there are video instructions. I linked to the video instructions instead of talking about the paper instructions because they’re confusing. 

This is similar to the problem of the TEVO Tarantula. Maybe it’s just a TEVO problem, but regardless, the instructions are confusing. What makes it confusing is the labels don’t match with anything. You literally have to figure it out yourself. 

The majority of the assembly comes down to the frame and base. The overall set up is just like putting bigger pieces of LEGO together using different tools and screws so you shouldn’t have much problem aside from confusion.

Overall, the packaging and set up is easy. Once you get over the labels and confusion, set up time shouldn’t take long.

Features

A big feature most people mention about this printer is its build volume.

The size of the print volume comes in around 300 x 300 x 400. This is big enough to print a model landscape of something. Another significant feature is the Titan extruder.

What’s special about the Titan extruder is it brings you quality which only comes with upgrades to the stock version. To be specific, a Titan extruder provides high print quality. 

It’s advertised as being “lightweight” and it provides high print quality by improving extrusion. Extrusion printing, also known as “Fused Deposition Modeling” prints layers through a nozzle.

A Titan extruder means you can also print at a good speed without waiting for forever. The Tornado prints at a speed of 150 mm/s which brings it at the higher end of average print speed. You can purchase upgrades to make this printer faster if you choose to do so.

Another feature worth mentioning is the heated bed. For those who don’t know, a heated be makes it easy for filament to form and remove. But, the removing part comes with issues.

Removing prints causes issues like scratches or damage to your model. I wish this printer came with print bed removal, that would make it easier to remove print models.

A redeeming factor is the filament versatility. Since there’s a possibility of your model getting damaged, why not at least have some input into what type of model. Being able to use different materials lets you get more creative.

This printer lets you use PLA, PETG, ABS, and more. These are all the features I felt worth mentioning. Let me know if there’s anything else I’m missing.

Design

The design of the Tornado is similar to a lot of printers. 

I see a lot of reviewers and customers say this printer looks similar to the Creality CR-10 Max if you exclude the placement of the screen. I prefer enclosed printers, and this printer is as open as it gets.

An advantage of the design is the stability. The base of the printer means your models won’t get ruined by vibrations. This is a common problem for smaller printers.

The Tornado has a large frame with the print head right above the print bed. It has a diameter of 0.4mm and a material diameter of 175mm. 

You can use files such as G-code or STL. I have a preference for printers that use multiple softwares. And, this printer uses Cura, Simplify3D, and more. Its also compatible with multiple operating systems.

Alternatives To The TEVO Tornado

Creality Ender 3 PRO

Pros

Cons

  • Print quality
  • Affordability
  • Durability
  • Easy-to-use instructions
  • Fast heating
  • Resume print feature
  • Flexible build plate
  • Easy removal of models
  • Manual calibration
  • Changing filament
  • Bed misalignment
  • Noisy when printing

The Creality Ender 3 PRO is a great printer.

From print quality to print features, this is a staple in the printer community. There isn’t one thing that it does great, it’s just a great overall printer.

You will see some stringing in small parts of the print. Overall, the print quality comes out smooth and precise. Even better is you can take the magnetic surface off and take the model right off without damaging either the print bed or model.

It does struggle more with bigger prints. I saw its version of “3DBenchy” and I saw more overhangs and stringing everywhere. It wasn’t the greatest quality for sure.

Overall, this printer is still solid. I would recommend it to beginners, but you should probably be ready to solve some technical problems as well. It’s not a complete plug-and-play printer.

ANYCUBIC Mega S 3D Printer

Pros

Cons

  • Easy set up
  • Filament sensor
  • Resume print feature
  • Affordability
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Comes pre-assembled
  • Model removal is easy
  • Filament versatility
  • Noisy printing
  • Potential warping
  • Printing may cause vibration
  • Inconsistent layering
  • Small print bed
  • Heating bed scratches easily

This printer comes pre-assembled. Now, this doesn’t mean you don’t do any assembling, but relative to the other printers in this post, you don’t have to do as much work.

This is probably the best printer for beginners in this post. Not only is assembling easy, it has an easy-to-use interface too. The touchscreen monitor is intuitive and makes it easy to print fast.

You should be able to print in 30 minutes to an hour. 

Similar to the Ender 3 PRO, the print quality of this printer is solid. You’ll probably see some stringing and threads in some areas though. It all depends on what you’re printing.

Another appealing part of this printer is its print speed. It has the same exact print speed of the Tornado. Overall, this printer is beginner-friendly with an easy set up and solid print quality.

Artillery Sidewinder X1

Pros

Cons

  • Quiet printer
  • Fast heating
  • Filament versatility
  • Resume print feature
  • Filament sensor
  • Software compatibility
  • Large build volume
  • Uneven heating
  • Requires tinkering
  • Print speed
  • Needs upgrades/replacements over time
  • Manual bed leveling

While the print quality is solid, it also has a large build volume similar to the Tornado. What I don’t like is the print speed is much lower. It looks like it prints out a speed of 100mm/s to an average speed of 50-60mm/s. The faster you go, the precision and overall quality of the print gets worse.

At least you get to use a variety of filaments. If you set the print speed to something it can handle, and combine it with a variety of filaments, you should be able to print a variety of models.

Relative to the other alternative printers, the price is higher. It’ll also get higher the longer you have it because of the upgrades and equipment you’ll need to get to make sure the printer is optimal.

Overall, if you’re a little more advanced than a beginner and don’t mind spending time tinkering, give this printer a try.

Final Verdict

The Tornado doesn’t have a huge weakness. It’s a solid printer in every area. There will be some print quality issues, but there are a lot of factors that go into print quality.

The heated bed, filament versatility, print speed, and large build volume make this printer a good option. I think this printer is middle of the line when it comes to the 3D printer hierarchy.

For its price range, it’s good quality. If you think this printer is too expensive, check out the alternative printers. Some of them are cheaper, and are on the same level as far as print quality.

Let me know what other printers compare to the TEVO Tornado.

 

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