Kywoo Tycoon 3D Printer Review
Kywoo’s Tycoon is a direct-drive FDM 3D printer with auto-leveling capability, color touchscreen controls, and some cool features we haven’t seen in other entry-level printers.
We’ll walk you through the Tycoon’s design, assembly, calibration, and build quality. Next, we’ll tell you what it’s like to 3D print with this reasonably priced printer.
Kywoo’s Tycoon line includes the Tycoon, Tycoon Max 3d printer, Tycoon IDEX (dual extruder) and Tycoon Slim, which has a similar design to the Ender3, Anycubic Vyper and Kobra, or the Voxelab Aquila . We tested Kywoo’s Tycoon model.
Kywoo Tycoon Features
The Tycoon is packed with features, including:
- A direct-drive extruder mounted on a linear rail for smoother movements
- Print size/build volume 240 x 240 x 230 mm
- A BL Touch style integrated bed leveling system
- An HD LCD color touch screen
- Dual z-axis screws and motors for better stability
- Glass heated bed
- Extruded aluminum frame
- Adjustable feet
- Support for SD cards and microSD cards
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Windows/Mac/Linux compatibility
- Y axis that mounts on linear rods connected to four linear bearings
- Confirmed filament compatibility with PLA, PETG, TPU, TPE, Nylon, and ABS (get Kywoo’s reasonably priced case if you plan to print with ABS)
- One year warranty, excluding nozzle and build plate
- Lifetime technical support
The bold yellow case containing the motherboard and power supply makes the Tycoon the best looking 3D printer we’ve reviewed so far. In addition, the two carrying handles on the top make it easier to move compared to other printers.
The Tycoon has another feature we haven’t seen before – a crank for the E-axis (the extruder), so you can manually push or pull filament in or out of the nozzle.
You might think firmware automatically loading filament would be better, but controlling the extrusion yourself is extremely satisfying. It also means that there is no need to print an extruder visualizer.
Kywoo Tycoon DIY 3D Printer Assembly
The instructions weren’t very clear, which isn’t unusual. But, in the end, it only took about five minutes to put together. Moreover, with hindsight, the steps are obvious.
Attach the y axis to the x and z gantry, add the feet, plug in some cables and mount the spool holder. Then secure the tempered glass bed with binder clips.
Warning: Be sure to adjust the power supply voltage to your country’s standard. Ours was set to 230v so we had to change it to 115v. To avoid damage, it is important to do this before turning on the printer.
Kywoo 3D Printer Calibration
We continued to follow the instructions in the manual, directing the printer through the touchscreen interface. We ran the auto bed leveling function, then preheated the nozzle and bed via the touchscreen. We were pleasantly surprised by the touch and drag controls on the temperature and distance sliders, which are faster and easier than repeatedly tapping the plus and minus icons (although you can do that too) .
The instructions refer several times to returning to the home screen. Note that the House the icon houses the printer. It’s the Return icon that takes you back to the home screen.
Next, we loaded the filament after cutting it at the recommended 45 degree angle with the included side cutters. We ran the filament through the anti-runoff filament sensor into the hotend via the wheel which is connected directly to the extruder motor.
Finally, we adjusted the z-axis offset by running the self-leveling test file on the microSD card that came with the printer. As usual, the z offset wasn’t perfect from the start. We had to raise it a few tenths of a millimeter, but we were able to correct it before the end of the calibration test print.
We used the scraper to remove lines from the test print. Even if it was enough, we prefer thinner and softer scrapers for fear of damaging the bed. Although it looked like we left scratches on the glass bed, a little isopropyl alcohol cleaned it up and made it look like new.
Kywoo Tycoon build quality
The Tycoon has a really stiff frame. This is good because any wobble can affect the print quality.
The high-precision linear rails ensure a stable x-axis, and there was no noticeable play on the x- or y-axis. We suspect the y-axis bearings may be plastic since they are so quiet.
The z axis has two motors and z screws connected by a belt to prevent slippage. The z axis is by far the noisiest part of the printer, so the z-jump is much louder than other machine movements. That’s not to say it’s a noisy machine – it’s just not as quiet as the other machines we tested.
The tycoon’s first impression
We decided to print the simplest test model first – the ghost model on the microSD card – with the PLA filament that came with the printer. It was quite small and finished in about twenty minutes. The sides and top of the ghost looked good. We didn’t see any imperfections or strings.
We were very impressed with the first layer, the underside of the phantom. Except for an imperfection caused by not removing some ooze from the extruder when we started printing, the first layer was flawless. In fact, it had a nice texture imprinted by the glass plate.
We also printed the included bird whistle model which was completed in about two hours. There was a bit of stringing, but it was easily removed and turned out to be just as nice as the ghost print.
We thought the test models could have printed a little faster. On the other hand, the included test files usually don’t push the capabilities of the printer. Therefore, we decided to print a good old benchy, sliced with Cura 5 using their recommended settings at the maximum recommended speed of 80mm/sec with outer walls of 40mm/sec. The printing lasted fifty minutes.
You can see strings on the arches and through the arch. This is most likely due to shrink settings or moving too fast to properly cool the layer. Overall, though, it looks good considering we pushed the printer to its maximum speed.
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The Tycoon has a lot of features for the money. We particularly liked the x-axis fitted with a linear rail, the satisfying manual extruder wheel, and the very attractive housing. It’s super strong and great for a beginner or a seasoned builder.
We wish it included a removable magnetic bed, although it would be pretty cheap and easy to do it yourself.
Beginners will appreciate the document on the SD card that explains how to use the Cura slicer to turn 3d models into g-code that the Kywoo Tycoon printer understands. This information is often overlooked, and we were happy to see it.
We hope Kywoo works with Cura to add its line to Cura’s list of default printers. In the meantime, a downloadable profile for Cura and Prusa slicers would be useful, especially for beginners.
Finally, the official Kywoo Tycoon user group on Facebook is quite active and full of users and experts ready to help with any issues you may encounter.
Overall, it’s a solid printer worth the price. Buy the Tycoon from the official website of Kywoo, Amazon or AliExpress.
Price: From $450.93
*Special thanks to FormerLurker for their help in reviewing Kywoo’s Tycoon 3D Printer.