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I am thinking about getting the X5S-2E as I like that it does dual extruding.
It doesnt have auto bed levelliing though - but can that be added to the board?
Likewise with WIFI - although Im not likely to use it, can it be added?
As a Tronxy X5S-2E owner myself I would not recommend one to anybody. Here are a couple of the problems I've experienced:
As to your questions:
Thank you - everyone -
I appreciate the printer is a chinesium clone, and will never be as good as the big players, but cost is a big factor.
I have leaned towards an X5SA to do away with the dual extruder.
As for WIFI - I was going to go with OcoPi anyway so that is no major loss to me.
I had an ANET E12 for a few days - it broke - I returned it. So now I am looking at what to replace it with and have stumbled on CoreXY Printers over the i3 type.
I cant afford a big player - so a clone is my option. I can add a better hotend to it at a later date to get improvements im sure along with all the upgrades here on Thingiverse.
Be aware that the Tronxy X5SA uses a different mainboard than their other printers. It's a Tronxy-branded CXY-V5-180409, with touchscreen support, which I believe is a Chitu-based board using an ARM STM32F103 processor and custom firmware. While Marlin certainly can target the ARM processor I'm not aware of any ready-to-go configurations for this particular mainboard. You could be biting off a fair task if you're thinking of putting Marlin onto this printer.
As a bit of extra input... I hesitate to suggest anything I haven't had specific experience with, but I have a Wanhao LCD printer (as well as a Tronxy FDM one) and the Wanhao is far better construction quality, there's been some iterating on the design with upgrade kits available, re-flashing the firmware was no problem at all, and their support people... well they weren't the greatest, but at least they did help in the end.
I've never used any of their FDM printers, which is why I'm hesitant to recommend them when that's what you're after, but they're not a whole lot more expensive than Tronxy (certainly still way more affordable than Prusa and the other name brands) and it would be hard to be worse.
Tronxy violates the GPL firmware license, making it hard to upgrade anything without completely replacing the electronics. Plus, their stuff is all very low-quality.
I'd recommend spending a little more for a better brand, I've spent far more trying to make my Tronxy not terrible than it would have cost me to just get something better in the first place.
this seem to be true of all of the clone products. I had an AnetE12 for a few days before the heatbed failed so I returned it. I am not sure to gamble again on another E12 but for the same money - an X5s-2e offers a little more. Im happy to reflash firmware using arduino etc if that would offer me the auto bed level.
Something to get me going out of the box, then work on would be fine.
Yeah, that's probably true... I haven't tried any other FDM brands, so can only really speak about Tronxy from experience. That experience being that they try to stuff in as many features as possible to look good on paper, while making everything as cheap as possible to offer a good price, no matter what that does to the quality.
There was a thread about an X5S a couple of weeks ago with bad blobbing problems too. I think the person did get that sorted out, but worth taking a look before getting one.