TEVOUP HYDRA REVIEW

TEVOUP HYDRA REVIEW


9 minute read

  TEVOUP HYDRA

IMPOSSIBLE TO CUT OFF THE HEAD OF THE MONSTER!

Myth becomes reality!

INTRODUCTION:

I'm not denying that I'm a big fan of the brand, and I've followed Tevo through the fall of Homers and the rise of TevoUp. I feel like the company has finally reached its goal. Frankie Wang is a great guy, I keep in touch with him often and follow his business career. He cares about the TevoUp brand and customer satisfaction. The launch of the TevoUp Hydra was a long time coming, but Frankie told me it wouldn't be launched until it was perfect. With that in mind, I was excited to finally get my hands on a TevoUp Hydra 3D printer and laser cutter. There was nothing left to do but torture the machine. 

 

PACKAGING:

The postman arrived with a very grumpy face, apparently he was grump  the delivery of a 20 kilo parcel. I was confronted with the usual demanding and colourful packaging. The package arrived with the parts in a pre-cut foam bed. To my surprise, the Hydra consisted of only two pieces to be assembled. The box also contained a lot of accessories. The two pictures below show just the accessories.

 

   

   

 

Just to highlight some:

  • The Tool bag (Fits the laser head perfectly, to preserve its quality.)
  • Filament Rack (for even and quiet filament roll feeding)
  • Wood and Aluminium plate (To get straight to the point)
  • Spare screws and rollers (Because what gets lost gets lost)
  • English instructions for assembly and use (Nowadays everyone is cutting back.)

INSTALLATION:

Well, I can't really go into that at length now. The whole assembly consists of fitting 4 screws and 2 ribbon cables. The 2 Hydra components to be assembled fit exactly, without even having to measure. If you want to be very precise, you can be done in 15 minutes.

The filament holder can also be assembled in 15 minutes if you follow the diagrams in the instructions.

After assembly, it is advisable to tighten the v-belts for a more accurate work, but if you don't do this the machine will still work perfectly. 

 

HYDRA SPECIFICATION AND EXTRAS:

The TevoUp Hydra is the Cadillac of printers. They've built in all the features you need to enjoy printing and cutting. Even the novice user can print perfect models with it. And the fact that every single part of the printer is made of metal is just icing on the cake. We don't need to build in any convenience features, including 3D Touch, fibre sensor, direct drive extruder or carbon glass tray, it's all included. But to see exactly what you get for your $599, let's break it all down into a list.

Specification and extras:

Build Volume: 305x 305 x 400 mm

Build Speed: 200 mm/s

Travel Speed: 250 mm/s

Layer Resolution: 0.05mm – 0.35mm (on 0.4 nozzle)

Surface: Removable Glass-ceramic

Heat Bed: AC heat bed (SSR Normally Open)

Print Head: V6

Leaser Head: 2.5W/5.5W (optional)

Motherboard: 32bit MKS Robin nano v3.0

Display: 3.5 Inch touchsceen

Calibration: Auto bed leveling – BILINEAR 9 points

Feeder Type: DIRECT DRIVE DUAL DRIVE BMG extruder

Max Z Axis: 0.05 mm

Supported Materials: PLA, PLA FLEX, PLA WOOD, ABS, PETG, HIPS, ASA, PA, PC

Advanced Features:

·       Full steel parts

·       3D Touch

·       Filament detection sensor

·       Steel Filament holder

·       Sensorless homing

·       Synced Dual Z axis

·       Carbon Glass heat bed

·       Direct drive extruder

·       Touchscreen

·       WiFi Connect

·       Modular X-Carriage

·       TMC 2209 v2.0 UART MODE 

PRINTER PRECISION TEST:

I started printing with the 3 diferently calibration model. The models were printed at maximum speed (200 mm/s) with a layer thickness of 0.2 mm and in my opinion the Hydra performed very well in the test.

Calibration Cube Benchy Hardened Test

 

PRINTING:

Perhaps we should start with the ways in which we can print. You can print from a USB device, from a computer, and from a WiFi connection. I prefer to print from USB, because there is no data loss, which can happen with the other two methods, so your model will not be as nice.

The Hydra can print up to 0.05-0.3 mm layer thickness with the supplied nozzle, but of course this can be changed on demand.It can print at 200 mm/s, which is still almost silent thanks to the TMC2209 drivers. The printing area is 305x305x400 mm which is quite considerable and you will be able to print a helmet yourself. Minimal light output, you can even sleep peacefully next.

Before printing, it is worth using the auto leveling function, a 2 minute operation to map the Z coordinates of the tray at 9 points, which you simply have to save. The printing surface is durable and made of carbon glass with good grip. Just to be on the safe side, I sprayed the printing area with hairspray before each print, so that the adhesion is 100%. Once the file is scanned, the printer does its job. Thanks to the runout sensor, if you run out of filament, printing pauses and only resumes after loading new filament. The same is true in the event of a power failure. The printer stores the last dot printed and resumes printing from the same point when the power is restored. Once printing is complete, the model can be removed from the tray relatively easily with a simple movement.

I'll admit I've tried a lot of printers, but I've never seen printing so simple, easy to use and beautiful. I feel I can say without bias that I have not yet found a grip on the Hydra.

If you cross the factory threshold, Hydra can do this too!

LASER ENGRAVING & CUTTING:

Before anyone gets started, it is worth stopping here for a moment to say that laser are not toy! True, TevoUp has taken every precaution to ensure that you cannot harm yourself.

HOWEVER, MAKE SURE YOU TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS BEFORE YOU USE IT!

THE PROTECTIVE COVER SHOULD BE ON THE LASER!

DO NOT START THE PROGRAM UNTIL THE LASER IS POSITIONED!

DO NOT LOOK AT THE LASER WITHOUT GLASSES!

IF A SMALL CHILD CAN REACH IT, DO NOT USE THE LASER!

ENGRAVING:

I'm no stranger to this field, I used to use a large laser cutting machine. That's why I was excited to wait about the second feature of the TevoUp Hdyra. You can buy the Hydra with a low-power 2.5 Watt laser, which can be swapped out for a 5.5 Watt one. For engraving, the power of the laser is not a consideration, it will burn aluminium, leather, wood, paint, and on and on... If you are patient enough with it and find the right setting, you can easily do beautiful work with it. With the dynamic laser setting you can even engrave in photo quality. Let's see some examples of burns made with the Hydra chin.

If you want to create a force-velocity matrix for a specific material, the following picture may help.

 

Line Draw /2.5W 35 mm/s 100%/

 

Engraving with constant power 2.5W 25 mm/s 80%/

 

Photo engraving dynamic power /2.5W 20mm/s 80%/

 

CUTTING:

ALUMINIUM SHEET SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE TRAY BEFORE CUTTING TO AVOID DAMAGE!!!

 

 

Here, a whole new world opens up before us. The internet is full of mechanical models that can be assembled, moved around, or you can even make your own covetable drawings and models. However, for cutting, most models are made for a 3 mm thick worktop, and unfortunately the 2.5 Watt laser head can only cut the wood up to 2 mm. If you invest in a 5.5 Watt laser head, you will be able to cut through wood up to 5 mm.

Using a combined program, you can even engrave patterns on the surface to be cut, for an even more powerful overall effect.

Now let's see some examples of what you can create with your laser

 

  

  

   

SUMMARY:

The TevoUp Hydra is a precisely designed device, and it is very good value for money, even if you only compare its printing surface with the rest of the market. So many extra  have been packed in, which in itself is close to the purchase price of the printer. It's all metal in terms of material, so you don't have to keep looking for replacements. The design will stand up in any home, with its evergreen pairing of black and orange.

The price is $599.

Anyone who can afford to spend that much is sure to win the deal. The quality of product, the customer service  and the prices are all for the buyers. TevoUp has proven "That not only can expensive be good, cheap can be perfect."

I am confident that there will be a lot of extra features added to Hydra, and that it will be able to go forward as the flagship of TevoUp. We'll see what the future brings, could resin be the next big thing?

Thank you for reading through my article, and I hope you enjoy your Hydra prints as much as I do.

Wishing you a print rich in quality.

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Best Regards,

Fr3derico

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