This write-up aims to analyze Vivedino Troodon vs Voron 2.4 core XY 3d printers. Suddenly the popularity of both Troodon & Voron has increased due to some reasons. Some users are also preferring Troodon as the best alternative to Bambu lab’s X1 Carbon.
We have conducted product research for 18 hours, 9 professional surveys, and 3 experts’ opinions to conclude for the ease of your decision-making.
Core XY 3d printers are becoming extremely popular due to their certain advantages such as print accuracy, print speed, better precision, and freedom to make whatever you wish to.
Earlier, we wrote about the best silent printers where the main concentration was over the noise & vibration. However, choosing Core XY 3d printers are not that kind of straightforward.
Before moving on to the detailed comparison, let’s have a look at the overall summary:
The Key Points
These are key decision-making factors of Troodon and Voron 2.4
- Troodon uses the same exact exhaust filter as the Voron (because duh, it’s a knock off) and it’s not a HEPA filter. Even if it was, put a HEPA in the Voron as you’re building it yourself.
- Vorons can be built to the same size as the Troodon, but the Voron team advises against this because of the rigidity of the frame. Troodon is just ignoring this and making a product that will print poorly.
- Bed leveling, both use Quad Gantry Leveling (cause, you know, Voron designed it to do that ad Troodon just stole it)
- Voron spec is Klipper with something like a BTT Octopus (32bit board) running TMC2209 stepper drivers which are silent. They both use Klipper which uses a Raspberry Pi (or equivalent) and have WiFi and control from a web browser. This can be use anywhere if setup that way, but it’s recommended not to have a 3D printer exposed to the internet. So a Voron is not “limited to USB cables” in any stock setup.
- Silicone heating pad and PEI coated spring steel sheet are two completely different things and both of them are using the same things.
- Filament runout sensor is easily added to a Voron.
- Voron has multicolor printing available using the ERCF.
- Again, the Troodon doesn’t use a HEPA filter and uses the exact same exhaust assembly as the Voron as it’s a direct knock off. There are mods to add HEPA filters or carbon filters to the Voron.
- NEITHER have power loss print recovery. Use a UPS.
- Touch screen is a common addon to the Voron printers (and coming in many kits now)
- Troodon comes with an E3D V6 clone hotend which isn’t high flow. Voron has support for many different high flow hotends leading to far faster printing.
- Voron is an enclosed printer! The entire reason it was designed was for it to be an enclosed printer that could print ABS nd other high temp filaments with ease.
- Voron is a massive community with over 9000 serialized printers (and estimated several times more than that unserialized as most don’t know the process). Troodon is a knock off Voron without giving the Voron team any credit.
- Voron printers have many official mods that give even more functionality that the Troodon simply doesn’t have.
What is Core XY? How does it defer from others?
In a core XY 3d printer, the print head only moves in the X & Y direction while the print bed adjusts itself accordingly on the Z axis. Core XY printers come with a cubical shape and the mechanism helps to print even at a faster speed since the print head does not need to move to the Z axis.
The main advantages of core XY 3d printers are as follows:
- Better speed along with better precession
- Comparably lower quality loss than the other FDM printers
- Stepper motor sticks to the print head contribute to better stability
- Print accuracy is much higher than the others
There are some disadvantages too:
- Belt tensioning is a regular activity
- Set up can be more complex than the other 3d printers
- Not appropriate for the beginners
- Energy consumption is higher which shoots up the printing costs
Comparison -Vivedino Troodon vs Voron 2.4
Both the Vivedino Troodon and Voron 2.4 is super efficient core xy printer. Troodon is very rich in features with an enclosure attached and a larger build plate. On the contrary, Voron 2.4 is very dynamic and widely moddable. Troodon’s print performance is even better than the Bambu Lab X1 Carbon and also the price is slightly lower.
We have got almost equal print output in both the Troodon & Voron 2.4. These 3d printers are the absolute choice for 3d modeling, especially in the automative sector. The print accuracy & infill was top notch.
No negative issues at all.
Troodon comes with a choice of two build volumes. The default build volume would be 30 x 30 x 40 cm, but you can go with the 40 x 40 x 50 cm for a slightly higher price. Voron 2.4’s default print volume is 25 x 25 x 25 cm but, there will be a choice to extend up to 35 x 35 x 35 cm with an additional cost of around $60. So far such kinds of build plates are pretty big to build any large prints.
Troodon and Voron 2.4, both offer automatic bed leveling features. Troodon’s bed leveling is done by auto gantry leveling which makes it more appealing than Voron 2.4 in terms of smoother printing experience. Both printers use belts for the Z axis and avoid lead screws. Avoiding lead screws helped them to be popular in front of Prusa which often used lead screws.
Driver & Connectivity
Troodon uses a TMC2660 silent driver along with a 32-bit controller which makes it more silent. In comparison, Voron 2.4 does not have a silent driver such as TMC2660 which makes it louder while being on operating.
Troodon supports wifi, USB, and SD cards whereas Voron’s connectivity is only limited to USB cables.
None of them have any cloud operating workflow systems like Prusa, X1 Carbon, or Makerbot which enable the user to manage print and queue from anywhere.
Extruder and Bed Temperature
Troodon’s extruder temperature is 275 °C with a bed temperature of 150 °C. The such temperature may be slightly lower than the other products like Makerbot Method or Prusa but perfect for printing any FDM filaments with zero warping. In comparison, Voron 2.4’s hot end temperature is 300℃ along with a bed temperature of 110℃.
Troodon features Magnetic Flexible PEI build plate that allows better adhesion and reduces warping to some extent. On the other hand, Voron 2.4 offers a Premium silicone heat pad. However, you can always upgrade to an aluminum cast plate at an additional cost.
The magnetic build plate offers higher adhesion for materials such as ABS & PETG whereas the silicone heat pad is much more flexible and heats up quickly. The purpose of the 3d printing will guide which build plate you need.
Other qualitative factors
Besides the main points, there are other issues to consider before choosing any 3d printers. For example,
Troodon equips with a filament runout sensor whereas the Voron does not have such features. If you are standing in front of the printer then this won’t add much value but, such sensors are very effective when you are printing a lot of 3d models.
But, we always suggest using a filament cleaner to avoid unnecessary noise arising from the extruder.
Again, both Troodon & Voron does not offer any features or flexibility to switch between different filaments like the X1 Carbon. But, considering the printing performance and build quality, Troodon will always stay ahead of the X1 Carbon as we said earlier.
In addition, Troodon offers HEPA-certified air filters whereas Voron doesn’t. If you are aware of the toxicity of 3d printing fumes, HEPA filters are very effective in controlling VOCs.
Both of them have auto power resume functions to start the printing process again in terms of sudden unavailability of electrivity.
Troodon has a touch screen panel which is good but not sure as lucrative to Prusa or others like Makerbot.
The travel speed would be almost the same for both 3d printers which are approximately 300 mm/s and the print speed would be around 250 mm/s approx.
We have particularly loved the pre-built metal enclosure of Troodon that keeps the temperature within the chamber and helps to keep it well-functional. In contrast, Voron does not have any metal enclosure attached.
Troodon Jerk Acceleration Issue
Some of the users have expressed some negative thoughts on Troodon’s jerk acceleration like Rimauro. We have further examined the complaint and talked with the experts.
Here’s what most of the experts suggest:
Jerk acceleration is very common in core xy printers. It goes away by slowing down the print speed. For example, try this:
default speed rate:40mm/s
underspeeding the process by 40% should help in smoother surface finish
Set xy speed at 100mm/s
Set z axis at 100mm/s
We did not find any negative experience happened with Voron 2.4 so far.
However, we strongly suggest watching this before you assemble the Voron 2.4.
In our opinion, Troodon is a premium Core XY 3d printer with all advanced functionality and features. In contrast, Voron 2.4 is slowly becoming popular with a smaller community.