This Tevo Tornado is the carbon paper copy of the most popular Creality CR-10, it is an economical 3D printer with a very generous printing volume. For many 3D printing enthusiasts on a tight budget, the Chinese 3D printer manufacturer TEVO has become a viable option. This is because it offers an excellent range of affordable FDM machines and has become very popular.
One of the latest printers from TEVO is the Tornado, a sturdy 3D printer with aluminium frame, Titan bowden extruder and other interesting features.
This 3D printer is constantly compared to the popular Creality CR-10, which makes sense considering that the two share the same design. However, there are some obvious differences between TEVO Tornado and Creality CR-10.
Before we go into the review, let’s take a look at the features of this machine:
- min. Level resolution: 50 micron
- Extruder: Full Metal similar E3D Titan
- Positioning accuracy: Z 0.004 mm, XY 0.012 mm
- Max. extruder temperature: 260°C
- Temperature of the heating plate: 60-110 ° C
- Power Requirements: 220 V, 250 W, 50 Hz, 0.89 A
- Compatibility: Windows, Linux, Mac
TEVO TORNADO: Features
In general, the most interesting feature of the TEVO 3D Tornado 3d printer is the size of 300 X 300 X 400 mm, which for about 298 €. seems a bargain. When combined with a minimum thickness of 50 microns and a (stated) print speed of 150 mm/s this 3D printer seems a valid purchase option.
The 3D TEVO Tornado printer is almost completely assembled and arrives at your house divided into 2 pieces, which are joined by tightening a few screws. The Tornado will be ready for printing in less than an hour, even if you are not exactly familiar with assembly. The best will be able to see it up and running in less than 20 minutes.
Differences and similarities with CR-10
At first glance, TEVO’s Tornado 3D printer looks like a clone of the popular Creality CR-10 (and in many ways, it’s identical). However, there are some features that separate these two machines.
One of the biggest differences is that the Tevo Tornado is equipped with a Titan extruder (clone of the original, produced by E3D). This high-end accessory is commonly used to upgrade low-cost 3D printers. Tevo has chosen to include it with the stock kit. With the Titan extruder, the 3D printer should be able to process a wide range of filaments, including PLA, ABS, PETG, exotic, TPU and others.
Can find here our guides to filaments: https://www.easy3dhome.com/category/3d-filament/
Another distinctive feature of this 3D printer is the 220 volt heated bed, which allows the printing area to be heated to high temperatures in less than a minute.
As another side of the coin, some people in the 3D printing community say that Creality CR-10 (in the CR-10S version) offers better quality electronics and a wider support group.
Last but not least, the Tornado tends to be a little cheaper than the CR-10, but not by much. Prices for both of these 3D printers seem to vary simultaneously, but the Tevo usually always costs €20-30 less.
TEVO Tornado: Cons
Some owners of TEVO Tornado 3D printers have reported on the Italian Facebook group of Tevo printers the 2 problems that this printer presents. The first of the problems that has been raised by the 3D printing community is the “salmon skin” effect on the surface of 3D prints. As the name suggests, the 3D printer produces objects with a strange striped pattern, reminiscent of salmon meat. This is due to the 32 microstep drivers used for the electronics of this printer (16 drivers do not have this problem).
Other users claim to have some problems with the quality of the SD cards provided by Tevo.
When we find problems we are also used to looking for a solution. For the “salmon skin” effect we can add Smoother. These smoother are small electronic boards that in addition to eliminating the salmon skin effect will also make better prints. They can be found anywhere and cost a small amount of money. On Amazon you will receive them in a few days for less than 5 euros. Not even to say even replace SD card is obviously quite simple, if you encounter problems. In fact, in this case you can also switch to using a Wifi SD card, to transfer the Gcode to the printer without even getting up from the chair!
TEVO Tornado: Pro
After the cons, we have to go on to analyze the PROs. TEVO Tornado is an open source 3D printer. This makes it much easier to make upgrades and changes to achieve superior print quality. Unlike Creality, changing the firmware is very easy. Build quality is definitely a bargain for price quality. As already mentioned also the fact of being born with the extruder Titan stock gives you a good advantage over the competition. Last but not least, the Tevo printers also have a good appeal. They can build printers that are also pleasing to the eye, and this tornado is no less impressive.
Where to buy this 3D printer?
You can buy this 3D Printer at GearBest and Amazon. Gearbest offers this printer. When you buy it from Geabest, you can be sure that you won’t have to pay customs duties of around €50, and you’ll receive it at home within 15 days.
If you think you can’t last 15 days and are willing to spend almost twice as much then you can also buy it at Amazon!