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You have probably never heard of the Hiprecy brand, a brand new Chinese 3D printer brand on the market, they currently have only one model in their catalog, the Hiprecy Leo.
On paper this printer has everything to please, and offers features worthy of high-end printers, for a relatively interesting price, around 288€ on Aliexpress with stock in Spain.
I had the chance to receive a test unit of this machine, to present it to you and also to report possible problems to the manufacturer as a beta tester. So verdict?
First of all let’s see the technical data sheet of the machine:
– All-metal structure, aluminium profile
– Printing area 230x220x260mm
– Direct drive extruder BMG (clone)
– Hotend E3D V6 (clone)
– 8-bit Fysetc F6 motherboard with TMC2130 silent drivers (this motherboard is very scalable, can accommodate up to 6 drivers)
– Sensorless homing, the machine has no end of stroke sensor, thanks to its TMC2130 drivers.
– Dual Z-axis motor
– Flexible metal magnetic plate, double surface, one “builtak” type sticker surface and one smooth PEI surface.
– Large colour touch screen with SD card reader
– Self-levelling plate sensor (PINDA probe type)
The machine is therefore very well equipped, few upgrades to consider and therefore a justified price.
Unpacking the machine
When unpacking the machine, you can see that the product is fully assembled, there are only a few screws to put to assemble the 2 parts of the structure, ideal if you are a beginner, or too eager to use your new toy, ready to print 15/20min after unpacking.
The assembly is very simple, the lower structure is turned over to fix the upper part with 4 screws.
We then connect the 2 Z-axis motors.
Finally we’ll still have the screen to fix and connect.
Before starting a printout, it will be necessary to start a calibration of the Z axis, so that the 2 motors of the Z axis can synchronize, it will also be necessary to start the calibration of the first layer, for this operation it may be necessary to first check if the probe is not too high, because if the hot nozzle goes down too much on the plate it could damage the surface.
The calibration procedure is similar to what is found on Prusa MK3 machines, a pattern is printed and you can use the “live Z adjust” function to set your Z-offset to the shutter. Really very handy!
For the first impression, there is unfortunately no real test gcode file on the machine, at least for the machine I received, this is only a detail, at the same time I received a machine as beta tester.
Concerning the printing profile, I based myself on a profile for Ender3 under S3D, changing some parameters, notably the size of the tray, and adding the code “G29” in the start script in order to launch the autoleveling before each printing, I’ve been using these parameters since then without any other adjustment and the results are really very clean, I rarely had such nice impressions from the start with a machine. The machine is in direct drive, so you also have to adjust the shrinkage value, 1mm is more than enough.
Here are my first impressions made with the Hiprecy Leo.
After doing some tests with the board on the “buildtak” side, here is an impression with the PEI surface, which I greatly prefer, this type of surface has a very good grip without adding any glue.
An impression that occupies a large part of the surface of the tray.
Another impression, from a lithophane, the rendering is really very clean.
I’ve now been using the machine for 1 month, with about 200 hours of printing on the counter, in the meantime I also tried a FYSETC textured platen that I also use on my Ender3, it works perfectly with a first glossy textured layer.
The touch screen interface is really nice and easy to use, one of the strong points of this machine.
In conclusion, what is this Leo Hiprecy really worth?
Honestly, even as a beta tester for this new product, I was rarely surprised by a machine at the unpacking stage, it worked perfectly from the first impression, with a very good print quality. Easy to assemble, a lot of advanced options, for an attractive price, around 350€, you rarely find machines so well equipped.