Wizmaker P1 review: 3D-Printer with voice control in a sleek design
The Wizmaker P1 has been more or less successfully launched on Kickstarter. Packed with many features, the small 3D printer is eye-catching primarily due to its design. The clear and user-friendly look of the Wizmaker P1 is more reminiscent of Bauhaus or Apple than the playful competitors from Creality, Anycubic or similar big players among 3D printer manufacturers. At the same time, the P1 is tidy and offers some features that only a few 3D printers can come up with. From the Halo Bed to the voice assistant and practical little things like the drawer for tools, there is a lot to discover.
The test model provided to us is a pre-production unit. Certain performance and design aspects might not match the final product. However, we were assured that there will be no further adjustments to the hardware, except for its color.
Regarding pure functionality, the Wizmaker P1 is not much different from many other 3D printers in the Creality developed design, with V-slot aluminum profiles and D-rollers. But the direct drive extruder, PEI-coated print bed with three-zone heating, and voice control add up to a slightly different user experience for this 3D printer.
|Technology used||FDM, FFF|
|Maximum print volume|| 220 mm × 220 mm × 265 mm ≅ 12.8 L
8.6 in × 8.6 in × 10.4 in ≅ 781 cu in
|Installation size without cable|| 42 cm × 41 cm × 72 cm
16.5 in × 16.1 in × 28.3 in (w×d×h)
|Motion system||X, Y, Z Single drive according to Prusa/Mendel|
|Extruder||Direct Drive Extruder|
| Wizmaker Board V 1.0.2
GigaDevice GD32F303-RET6 Cortex M4 120 MHz; 512 kb Flash; 64 kb RAM
Chipintelli CI1122 offline voice assistant
|Firmware of the test device||Wizmaker Firmware V1.0.1|
|Stepper motor driver||TMC 2208 soldered stepper motor driver with 256-step interpolation|
|Connectors||SD, USB Type-C|
|Control||Touch screen, serial interface via USB, voice control|
|Power supply||Internal 110 V - 240 V to 24 V power supply unit|
Structure and setup
There are not many small parts in the packaging of the Wizmaker P1. The base, screen, archway, and extruder are quickly assembled in just a few steps. The nine screws required for this are packed in three bags described in the assembly steps. There are not many cable connections to make. The only difficulty during assembly might be the ribbon cable to the X-Carrier. This has to be connected to the frame via double-sided tape. This step is a bit tedious, but the ribbon cable should be glued in the frame's center to achieve a nice overall appearance.
The package includes all the tools necessary for assembly, a flush cutter and some filament. When unpacking the 3D printer, the suspicion arose, for a brief moment, that the small parts would be missing. However, they were packed well in the tray at the bottom right of the base unit.
Both outside and inside, hardly any cable management flaws are visible thanks to the ribbon cables. In the base, all cables are combined into a single protected cable harness. Thanks to the ribbon cables, there is little potential for problems on the outside as well.
The cable harness to the halo print bed, on the other hand, could benefit from a slightly longer strain relief, but ultimately, there are no concerns here either.
The main board of the Wizmaker P1 looks very tidy at first. Because most connections are made via ribbon cable, there are only a few connections on the Wizmaker board. A protective earth (PE) connection is also made to all parts of the 3D printer via the main board and ribbon cable. This is unfortunately seen far too rarely on 3D printers.
On the main board are four soldered TMC2208 stepper motor drivers from the German company TRINAMIC Motion Control GmbH & Co. KG. These ensure a quiet yet powerful operation of the Wizmaker P1. Since all fans here are demand-controlled, the device is often fairly silent in operation as well.
Stable V-slot aluminum extrusions with angled milled cutouts and straight edges provide our review unit with a stable frame that can also withstand the stresses of high speeds. The design of the Wizmaker P1 is particularly detailed. You could almost think that Apple's designers had a hand in it. The design is also functional. The belt tensioners on the X- and Y-axis are made of metal and look both visually and functionally flawless with their rounded edges.
The base is stable with 40 mm × 40 mm (~1.6 in x 1.6 in) extrusions. Painted sheet metal covers protect the electronics. The X axis is also sturdy with its 20 mm × 40 mm (~0.8 in x 1.6 in) extrusion. The Z axis is driven by two coupled stepper motors with T8 threaded spindles. Thus, motions in all three main directions are executed precisely.
Our pre-series unit is plain black. The later series models will be delivered in a combination of gray and black.
Besides a USB connection and the touchscreen, the integrated voice assistant is also available for controlling the Wizmaker P1. The touchscreen's user interface is a bit unfamiliar at first, but ultimately very functional and well-designed. An assistant supports the initial setup and explains all steps in detail.
The voice assistant is offline and only speaks English. The Chipintelli 1122 is responsible for this. This chip can be pre-programmed with many voice commands, which are then reliably recognized and executed, at least in the case of the Wizmaker P1. The 3D printer recognizes 22 different commands, ranging from preheating to automatic mesh bed leveling to starting 3D prints. The activation phrase for the Wizmaker P1 is "Hello Wizmaker", to which the 3D printer always responds with "I'm coming".
The print bed, extruder, and motion system work reliably for the Wizmaker P1. Small points of criticism can be explained by the pre-production status, especially for our test device. But overall, we conclude that the Wizmaker P1 is well-engineered and can impress with high speeds and good quality.
The multi-zone print bed of the Wizmaker P1 is a great innovation for 3D printers. Until now, multi-zone heated print beds were more familiar from very large 3D printers like the (not yet available) Prusa XL. The power control of the print bed is installed directly on the underside of the print bed of the Wizmaker P1. Therefore, the note in the back left corner not to use clips should be taken seriously. If small objects are placed in the center of the print bed, only a small area of the print bed is heated. This helps the 3D printer to be energy efficient. The Wizmaker P1 decides independently which areas of the print bed are heated. For this purpose, the dimensions of the first layer are detected. To ensure that this works properly, no purge line should be printed at the edge of the print bed. In the case of a purge line, the plastic that was in the nozzle during the heating phase is dumped. Instead of this, a skirt or a brim can also fulfill the same function. The heat distribution is uniform in all zones of the print bed.
The Wizmaker P1 has a structured spring steel plate with PEI coating. PEI is a polymer to which other plastics adhere well as long as they are warmer than their glass transition temperature. If the print bed cools, printed objects can be easily removed. Both print bed adhesion and subsequent removal of a printed object usually worked excellently in the test. PEI-coated spring steel plates are generally very uncomplicated to use and allow a quick turnaround of prints. But the rough surface of the Wizmaker print bed is a matter of individual preference.
The Wizmaker P1's automatic mesh bed leveling eliminates the need to readjust the print bed via set screws or something similar. The print platform is rigidly connected to the frame. The automatic bed leveling works flawlessly here. A similar system to the Anycubic Kobra Max is used here as a sensor. A pressure sensor also detects whether the nozzle touches the print bed during downward movements.
Hotend and Extruder
The print head of the Wizmaker P1 contains the hotend and extruder. A filament sensor is also installed directly above the extruder. Thus, the filament travels a very short distance from the sensor to the nozzle. The filament drive wheel has rather small diameter, so the propulsion is powerful, although there is no gearbox here to amplify the torque of the stepper motor. The print head of the Wizmaker P1 has a strikingly integrated design. All parts here are hidden behind the circular cover, which can be easily opened via the small button on the top. The spring-loaded pressure wheel of the extruder is also integrated into that door. Thus, when the cover is open, one can see the filament path and identify potential problems.
The hotend and nozzle are relatively normal components, although the design feature of the rounded corners becomes apparent here once again. This is insulated with a silicone sock and protected from dirt. The Wizmaker P1 comes with a 0.4 mm nozzle as its standard, but this could also be replaced with other nozzles, since this is a standard nozzle in V6 dimensions.
The extruded plastic is cooled on one side from the left. A small 4010 radial fan is installed for this purpose. In the test, it achieved good results with overhangs. A multicolored status LED in the print head produces green, yellow, blue or red light depending on the printer's status and also illuminates the print object.
The hotend extruder combination shows good values in the individual speed tests, which also results in high achievable printing speeds in practice. In the extrusion test with Anycubic-PLA at 200 °C (392 °F), the linear range is available up to an extrusion rate of approx. 12 mm³/s. At higher extrusion rates, the slipping of the drive wheel is clearly audible.
In practice, the Wizmaker P1 also manages printing speeds that are far above Wizmaker's recommendations. However, temperatures and accelerations should be adjusted accordingly here to avoid imperfections such as those shortly after the speed markers.
Our benchmark model is created by the Wizmaker P1 in an optimal quality. Small imperfections due to under-extrusion are more likely due to the new filament, for which we have not yet defined a complete profile in Cura. After the test print, for example, we noticed that the filament diameter was 1.72 mm, which is slightly below the usual and specified tolerance values of 1.75 ± 0.02 mm. As a result, less plastic was extruded than assumed by the slicer.
There were no problems with moving parts on the test model, stringing and blobs were only visible in a few cases, small details were reproduced well, and the needles also exhibited high stability. The dimensional accuracy of the test print was achieved in all areas with a tolerance of ±0.03 mm. Neither elephant feet nor the consequences of insufficient print bed adhesion can be seen on the bottom of the test model.
Thus, the Wizmaker P1 was able to fully satisfy in the print quality benchmark.
The Wizmaker P1 also delivers convincing results in practical applications. After initially setting the nozzle distance via the touchscreen, the printer operated flawlessly. It was quickly obvious that this 3D printer only requires a minimum amount of monitoring. Since a Cura profile is not yet available for the Wizmaker P1, we used a slightly modified Creality Ender 3 S1 profile for all prints. Wizmaker provides clear instructions on retraction settings and other software setup issues in the P1 manual.
Only Cura's spiral mode is still a headache here. While a GCode created by PrusaSlicer was printed without problems in vase mode, the printing process stalled when trying it with Cura. As a result, small imperfections appeared again and again on the surface of the vase.
The temperature runaway protection for the various error possibilities worked flawlessly in our test. Furthermore, the probability of temperature errors seems to be significantly reduced due to the ribbon cables. Unusually, the protective earth (PE) is traceable on every metallic component of the P1. Many 3D printer manufacturers do not include such a safety feature. Therefore, the electrical and thermal safety device requirements are met.
Thanks to the TMC 2208 stepper motor drivers, the Wizmaker P1 is relatively quiet. Only the periods when the power supply activates its cooling fan are disturbing. Here, the volume of 50 dB(A) shoots up to 57 dB(A) (measured with the Voltcraft SL-10 from three feet away). Due to the open design, the smells of the melted plastic filament spread throughout the room.
The energy consumption of the Wizmaker P1 is clearly dependent on the size of the objects being printed. For energy consumption measurements, we usually print a 3DBenchy, while energy consumption is measured with a Voltcraft SEM6000. This is where the Wizmaker P1 really shows off its energy saving feature. Due to the smaller heated surface, the Wizmaker P1 can get by with significantly less electricity than some competitors of the same size. However, the energy savings are limited. In the 3DBenchy test print, the energy consumption after the heating phase and the first print layers is around 90 watts on average. 3D printers of the same size with a 220-volt print bed, such as the Artillery Genius Pro, have a roughly equally high energy consumption.
Definitely, the Wizmaker P1 is an interesting and well-designed device. Voice control, mesh bed leveling, magnetic print bed and many other small and large features work well in the review. Especially the voice control makes it a bit easier to use the 3D printer, because you don't have to reach the device for every adjustment. The P1 is user-friendly in any case. In terms of stability and workmanship, the Wizmaker P1 is also one of the best 3D printers we have tested so far.
The Wizmaker P1 definitely shows satisfactory performance and many unusual features. That said, many of the 3D printer's minor issues are more a matter of settings in the slicer and firmware.
Concerning performance, the 3D printer is not a top-of-the-line model, but it has a solid baseline. The extruder lacks a bit of strength, and the PEI coating on the print bed does not always work without problems. But both issues can be handled. We can only confirm the print speeds recommended by Wizmaker (from 60 mm/s to 100 mm/s). Ultimately, the Wizmaker P1 is a reliable 3D printer if you don't overburden it with excessive speeds. Our prototype device is generally ready for series production.
Price and Availability
The Wizmaker P1 is available via Kickstarter at a reduced price and in limited quantities until 04/29/2022 14:00 CEST. Subsequently, the 3D printer will be sold via the manufacturer's homepage for the full price of around 500 USD.
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