The JGAurora A5 is a big machine – if you want to add it to your workshop, you’ll definitely need to clear some space. The printer itself is capable of producing prints as big as 305 x 305 x 320 mm, which puts it in the range of the popular Creality CR-10 (300 x 300 x 400 mm, in-depth review here).
The JGAurora A5 3D printer comes partially assembled. All you have to do is to mount the Z-Axis to the base part, set up the spool holder, make sure set the machine to the proper voltage for your country. The whole process shouldn’t take longer than 1 hour.
Having done that, you attach the spool holder and feed the filament in the Bowden extruder. Beginners should start 3D printing with the PLA provided in the box, as it is easier to handle than notoriously difficult materials like ABS or Nylon. The hotend, by the way, is an E3D V6 hotend clone with a custom heatsink.
The heat bed (the manufacturer calls it “Black Diamond Glass Heated platform”) is a glass plate with some additional coating, comparable to the Anycubic Ultrabase. Before you start the first prints on the JGAurora A5 3D printer, you have to level the bed. The printer software will help you by moving the nozzle to the bed’s edges, but you still have to calibrate the bed manually by turning screws.
Models can be loaded via a USB stick. Alternatively, you can hook up the machine to a computer and print directly from there. Even if there’s a Wifi option in the printer menu, it is clearly not working and also not advertised to do so. Also, there’s no SD card slot available.
There are two interesting features on the JGAurora A5 3D printer that you don‘t find in most printers.
- Filament out detection: Every time the filament runs out, the printer stops and emits a loud warning signal.
- Power recovery: Not only the Prusa i3 MK3 offers this great feature. The JGAurora A5 3D printer can handle power outages and, according to Maker’s Muse, the printer handles this perfectly. When reconnected to a power line, the printer heats up the hotend and continues without any problems.