Why we chose the Voxelab Aquila over another Ender 3
- Price point. Significantly cheaper than the Ender.
- Newer user interface.
- Automatic Load and Automatic Unload.
- Glass build plate already installed.
- Great reviews.
To compare I want to share what we upgraded on both printers prior to making this comparison.
What we upgraded on the Ender 3
What we upgraded on the Voxelab Aquila
The 3D Print Comparison voxelab aquila vs ender 3
We printed our first design on the Aquila using similar settings in Cura as the Ender. It is a lid. I print many lids. They are used for Oui Yogurt jars. Quality is very important to me so I like to have lids that are perfect and consistent looking. As “perfect” as a 3D printer can print. I like the top of the lid to be smooth, with almost no layer lines and I like the underside to be smooth. I print them upside down so that the top of the lid is on the build plate.
The Results for flat surface prints
Sizing: The sizing was slightly off. The design printed too small. The calibration cube printed fine. We really didn’t have time to figure out the root cause so I just resized my prints in Cura to compensate.
Bottom Surface Smoothness: When I remove prints from my Ender I find the bottoms are almost reflective, it is that smooth. The surface of the Aquila build plate does have some texture and that would account for not a shiny surface on the bottom, but it’s not just that. It’s the inconsistency with the bottom layer not looking smooth. The reason I notice is that I make lids, where the bottom of the print is highly visible.
Ironing: The biggest difference we noticed with the ironing feature. It was near impossible to fine-tune the ironing feature. I read every article about getting the best results in the Cura setting. I can summarize my results as “the Aquila’s iron feature is difficult and inconsistent. Once I would think I nailed down the settings I would print 2 lids and the top surface on each look different.
Conclusion Voxelab Aquila vs Ender 3
The results comparing Voxelab Aquila vs ender 3. This comparison really came down to the top and bottom surface of the print. My conclusion is that the Ender surpasses the Aquila in this arena. If flat surfaces are important to you, I would choose the Ender. As stated the ENder prints a much more smooth finish, top, and bottom. All my lids are printed on my Ender.
I actually have 2 Aquila printers. As much as I love the ender and I use the Ender solely for my lids and caps, the Aquila has a great price point and it does a good job on other 3D prints. I will say my 2nd Aqulla had the same issue as my first and that is what prompted me to write this review.
I hope this helps you decide which printer would be best for your needs. If you want to check out some other tutorials please check out the 3D printing section in my blog!
Below you can see a comparison of both prints. The fact that I had to mark the lid with a black sharpie on the one printed by Ender shows how smooth the Ironing is. My camera wouldn’t focus (cameras need contrast to grab ba focal point) so I had to mark it with a sharpie!