Tried: TronXY XY-2 PRO 3D printer – bargain or snap trap?

First of all: The TronXY XY-2 PRO is not a new 3D printer, it came on the market towards the end of 2019 and cost around 400 euros at the time. At this rather high price, however, it did not last long and so the cheaper 3D printer was able to build up a loyal fan base over time, because it was anything but bad and it turned out to be quite expandable and service-friendly.

The collective term 3D printing today stands for a whole bundle of manufacturing techniques that work according to different principles and are only suitable for very specific materials. Their common denominator: All processes build three-dimensional objects by applying and solidifying material in thin layers.

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The TronXY XY-2 PRO at a glance, the display can optionally also be attached to the other side.

(Image: Dirk Herrendoerfer)

At the moment there are always offers on Amazon and eBay where you can get exactly this 3D printer for less than 130 euros – and so we accessed a 119-euro offer from eBay with delivery directly from Germany to get another Take a close look at the machine and see whether the offer is worthwhile or not.

The mark TronXY is not new to the market, nor is it known for simply blindly copying other vendors’ patterns and ideas. Almost exactly three years ago, TronXY released the X1, a very unusual little 3D printer with a crane-like structure that we also tested for Make, which – as unusual as it was – delivered quite good printing results and which is still used in many today Schools and Makerlabs can be found. Delivered half a year later TronXY the X5S from, a huge CoreXY 3D printer that TronXY has provided with updates over the years. This too was an excellent printer for its price.

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The XY-2 PRO positions itself as a Prusa-i3 clone and competes directly with the Ender 3 PRO, the LOTMAXX SC-10 and all the others who cavort in the segment. And it really has a lot to offer: It has a system that runs completely on 24V with TMC stepper drivers, a 32-bit controller with an ARM CPU, a color touchscreen, an inductive height sensor, a Filament-Runout-Sensor, the 255 mm × 255 mm × 260 mm installation space, a solid structure made of 20 mm × 40 mm and 40 mm × 40 mm aluminum profiles.

The extruder is known in a very similar form from other TronXY printers, apart from the 24V power supply.

(Image: Dirk Herrendoerfer)

To top it off, it comes to us almost completely assembled and only needs to be screwed together with a few screws on the assemblies. The built-in cable management then reduces the electrical commissioning to plugging two ribbon cables together.

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The printer also comes with enough filament to get you started, a spatula with a sharp edge, useful instructions and the SD card that contains the slicer software. The printer also comes with a metal filament spool holder, which works great in practice.

The print bed and the power supply unit underneath. The openings on the power supply are not really optimally placed, so material from the printer can get into the power supply. Wet cleaning of the print bed is absolutely not recommended here.

(Image: Dirk Herrendoerfer)

A smart feature: the display can be attached to the printer on the right or left. The cables are long enough for this, so the available space can be better used or the operation can be adapted to your own preferences. An absolute flaw, on the other hand, is the placement of the micro SD card slot: It has to be plugged into the back of the 3D printer.

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