Simple Snapmaker 2.0 A350 & Enclosure Review – Worth Buying or Not?
The Snapmaker 2.0 A350 is an impressive 3-in-1 desktop 3D printer that gives users the ability to expand their creativity in 3D printing, laser engraving, and CNC carving. There are several features that you’ll come to love if you get yourself some of these machines.
Being able to transition from one manufacturing method to another so quickly is a benefit that many current users love. This new generation 3-in-1 machine provides a great overall experience for makers and creators out there.
In this review of the Snapmaker 2.0 A350 & Enclosure (official website), I’ll be going through the initial process of setting things up, then I’ll include information about the features, specifications, benefits, downsides, and what other customers are saying about it.
Disclosure: I received a free Snapmaker 2.0 A350 & Enclosure by Snapmaker for review purposes, but opinions in this review will be my own and not bias or influenced.
If this is a machine that you have been interested in getting for yourself, hopefully this helps you decide whether it’s a good fit for you. It’s an upgrade from the Snapmaker Original so they’ve had a chance to make a better machine for users to operate with.
There’s a surprise at the end of the review, so stay tuned for potential discounts (Black Friday & Christmas) & new releases.
Features of the Snapmaker 2.0 A350
- 3-in-1 Modular System
- High Resolution
- Powerful Controller
- All-Metal Design
- 3-in-1 Luban Software
- Wi-Fi Connectivity
- Intelligent Touch Screen
- Easy Assembly
3D Printing Features
- Automatic Leveling
- Filament Runout Recovery
- Power Loss Recovery
- Compatible with Many Materials
- Improve Cooling System
- Flexible Build Platform
Laser Engraving Features
- Auto Focus
- Integrated Camera
- Fast Engraving
- Aluminum Grid Table
- Laser Reduction OD6 Safety Goggles
CNC Carving Features
- ER11 Collet
- Multi-Material Support
- Waste Board & Clip Sets
Specifications of the Snapmaker 2.0 A350
- Frame Material: Aluminum Alloys
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, USB Cable, USB Flash Drive
- Touchscreen: 5”, Android OS, Quad Core A7 CPU @ 1.1GHz
- Software: Snapmaker Luban. You can also use 3rd party software to generate G-code files.
- Supported OS: macOS, Windows, Linux
- Rated Power: 320W
- Build Volume: 320 x 350 x 330mm
3D Printing Specifications
- Layer Resolution: 50 – 300 Microns
- Max. Nozzle Temperature: 275°C
- Max. Heated Bed Temperature: 80°C
- Supported Materials: PLA, ABS, TPU, Wood Filled PLA & More
- Design File Formats STL, OBJ
- Processable Format GCODE
- Camera: Built-In Camera
- Laser Power: 1600mW 450nm Laser Diode
- Wavelength: 450nm
- Safety Class: Class 4
- Supported Materials: Wood, Leather, Plastic, Fabric, Paper, Non-Transparent Acrylic & More
- Design File Formats: SVG, PNG, JPG, BMP, DXF
- Processable Format: NC
- Shank Diameter: 0.5mm – 6.35mm (0.02 – 0.25 inches)
- Spindle Speed: 6,000 – 12,000 RPM
- Supported Materials: Wood, acrylic, PCB, carbon fiber sheet, jade, more being tested
- Design File Formats: SVG, PNG, JPG, BMP, DXF, STL
- Processable Format: CNC
Here is the online Snapmaker 2.0 A350 Quick Start Guide which you can check out.
Benefits of the Snapmaker 2.0 A350
- Produces high quality models, engravings, and milled objects
- Packaging is really top-tier with labeled boxes, tightly package parts, and plenty of spares.
- Really good assembly instructions, with high quality images in the manual
- Comes with 1KG of filament, two pieces of wood for laser engraving, and the acrylic for the CNC mill.
- Amazing construction and very nice design from top to bottom
- Great 3D printing resolution of 50 microns which is on the high end for filament 3D printers.
- Gives you the ability to be very creative and even help create a business in graphic design, 3D printed objects, or unique CNC parts.
Downsides of the Snapmaker 2.0 A350
- May be difficult for beginners to get the hang of since it has many functions
- The software isn’t the most user-friendly and it can get confusing, but with practice you can get running smoothly
- Quite expensive overall, though you are getting great value
- Slicing software for 3D printing in Luban can be quite slow compared to other slicers and is generally quite elementary
- Requires a lot of loosening and tightening of screws to change functions due to the toolhead and bed surface.
- Not the best for volume production, but great for high precision prototyping and small-scale production
- The Snapmaker volume is very loud compared to most machines since it doesn’t have quiet stepper motors
- Can have trouble with the filament runout sensor if you are printing from the Luban console
- Takes quite a long time to put it together, but once you’ve done it, you’ll be happy with the result!
- The laser engraving section was difficult to get started for me due to the calibrations and origins. Also had issues with the Enclosure door saying it was ‘open’, while it was closed, which didn’t allow the laser to emit.
- 3D printing is relatively slow compared to most dedicated 3D printers
Snapmaker 2.0 A350 – Unboxing & Assembly
Here is the Snapmaker 2.0 A350 packaging from delivery.
Here are some of what the box contains:
- Linear Modules
- 3D Printing Module
- Laser Cutting Module (1600mW, Built-in Camera)
- CNC Carving Module (ER11 Collet)
- Controller (Cortex-M4 Processor)
- 5″ Smart Touchscreen (Android OS, Quad Core A7 CPU @ 1.1GHz)
- Magnetic Heated Bed with Removable Print Sheet
- Aluminum Grid Table
- Wasteboard & Clamp Set
- Snapmaker 3-in-1 Software
- PLA Filament (1kg Spool)
This is what the inner side of the box looks like, giving users a nice introductory message.
Here’s the first layer, showing the Snapmaker Quick Start Guide, which is full of great instructions and high quality pictures.
They provide you with some other little bits as well.
Here are the linear modules or the main frames of the Snapmaker.
Here is the next layer, giving you the next set of parts that you’ll need.
Lastly, we have the work platform, cables and other bits.
This is the bottom of the Snapmaker that the machine will sit on.
This is the Tools & Accessories boxed being opened up.
I spread out a bunch of the parts so you can see it better.
Let’s get started with assembly.
I put together the first set of linear modules.
Here is the main baseplate that the work platforms will sit on.
Here are the work platforms.
The larger one on the left is the 3D printer build surface, then you have 4 metal bars that provide a base for the laser module.
Here are some of the parts you’ll use for the laser and CNC mill operations.
This is the CNC mill base.
I’ve started putting the pieces together and it’s coming along nicely.
This is another box with the touchscreen and power module.
We’ve attached the touchscreen and power module to the Snapmaker.
Here are the toolheads for each style of operation.
3D printing, CNC & Laser.
Snapmaker 2.0 A350 – 3D Printing Experience
We’re starting with the 3D printing toolhead. You can see where the screws fit onto the X axis for things to work.
I’ve attached the 3D printing toolhead successfully.
We have to put on the initial 3D printing build surface which has the heated bed underneath.
This is the magnetic build surface that we put on the heated bed.
Here is the Snapmaker finally turrned on!
It takes us through a few initial screens then prompts us to level and calibrate the bed.
It has auto-leveling installed so you can let the printer do its thing.
With the last point, you want to manually level this so we have everything in order.
Load up your filament.
It’ll come with 1KG of filament.
The USB is a really nice touch, coming in a high quality metal. Looks like a whistle.
I’ve loaded up the Snapmaker with filament.
Heating up to the printing temperature to get started.
It’s touchscreen so you can actually move left and right with your finger with ease.
We have liftoff! Or extruded filament…
You can choose to slice the file on a slicer like Cura, or use the proprietary Snapmaker Luban software. Connecting to Wi-Fi is really easy and a nice touch.
Once your printer receives the file, you can get it started.
Here is what the main Snapmaker screen looks like.
You can control the movements, home positioning, as well as the nozzle and heated bed temperature.
Here is the nozzle temperature control screen.
Here is the heated bed temperature control screen.
Let’s get started with the first print.
It came out really well, you can see it in action.
There is a filament runout sensor that pauses the print job, allowing you to change or insert filament when needed.
Here is another print I made out of a new color. The details are pretty good, though it’s a difficult print since it has very thin edges in some places. Overall, the Snapmaker 3D printing system did well.
Here is the official Snapmaker video for 3D printing.
Snapmaker 2.0 A350 – Laser Engraver
I changed over the toolhead to the laser engraver following the instruction manual, and got to work. The process of learning how to create the laser file was a little confusing at first but I got the hang of it with some practice.
You have to set the Work Origin so the Snapmaker machine knows where to start from. This can be done through the in-built camera which connects to the Luban software, or by doing it manually by moving it through the control screen.
I also am using the Snapmaker A350 Enclosure (official website) which protects people from the powerful laser. It’s a necessity to have an enclosure of some kind to protect you not only from the laser, but from the strong fumes. It has a ventilation system in-built, using a simple inline fan and fan duct.
Here’s how the laser engraver looks.
The first test is a laser cutting of a small box.
It took me a while to figure out how to assemble this thing but we got there in the end!
Not bad, huh?
Now we move onto something a little cooler, the laser engraving of a picture.
Can you guess who?
This is a nice shot of the laser engraver in action, creating an Albert Einstein engraving.
The touchscreen shows you the time remaining and other information.
Here’s the finished piece.
The details here are amazing. I had to play around with the initial settings to figure out how the laser was going to engrave, but it came out really nice. I think it being a black and white photo originally may have helped bring out the detail.
I got some A4 plywood sheets and did another laser engraving.
Check out the Mike Tyson laser engraving.
It’s larger than the A5 sheets that came with the Snapmaker so it definitely took a while, especially as the background is black.
The engraving does get really dusty due to the soot from the burning, so you can go outside and try to blow the soot off. If not, the engraving can get smudged easily.
Here is the official Snapmaker video for laser engraving.
Snapmaker 2.0 A350 – CNC Milling
Finally the CNC milling machine. I changed out the toolhead and fitted in the new CNC surface. You get these four clamps to keep objects in place while the Snapmaker works.
You get two different types of CNC bits, this one is the CNC flat end mill.
Getting the file prepared for the CNC mill does also take some know-how, but following the instruction manual and maybe some guides does help.
Here’s the touchscreen showing the remaining time and other information.
It’s really cool watching this thing work for the first time.
It does get pretty messy quickly.
A quick vacuuming should take care of it, but make sure to take care of the sharp CNC bit.
Here’s how it looks when it’s all done with the cutting.
I gave it a nice clean, popped the parts out of the frame and put them together. Out comes the acrylic phone holder!
It’s really sturdy and made nicely. There are those small bits that are still attached that are slightly sharp, so make sure to do some after-care with either Flush Cutters or an X-Acto knife.
Here is the official Snapmaker video for CNC function.
Customer Reviews of the Snapmaker 2.0 A350
The reviews on the Snapmaker 2.0 A350 (Amazon reviews page) are mostly positive, having a rating of 4.6/5.0 on Amazon at time of writing. You can also see the reviews on the official Snapmaker 2.0 A350 product page.
Users mainly mention a few key factors with this machine:
- Quality of the machine and its parts
- The amazing concept and execution of having a 3-in-1 machine
- Output quality of the 3D prints, laser engraves and CNC mills
- Having a fairly difficult learning curve
- Assembly taking a while
- Snapmaker Luban software issues – not the best support, fairly easy to use, but being quite basic.
Some people did have issues with communication and customer service due to things like the Snapmaker Luban software, as well as trying certain modules, mainly the laser engraving side of things.
Most people got through the process fine, but some did have troubles with it. I’d recommend using a good video tutorial to get around this issue so you can have a smoother experience with the Snapmaker 2.0 A350.
Review of the Snapmaker Enclosure
As you can see in the review of the Snapmaker 2.0 A350, I have the Snapmaker Enclosure 2.0 A350 to accompany with it, so I decided to also put a basic review of it here.
It’s important to know that there are two different enclosures, one for the Snapmaker A150, and one for the Snapmaker A250 & A350 together, this is the latter.
The Snapmaker 2.0 is made out of high quality aluminum alloy and laser-filtering acrylic sheets to provide safety to users. It’s pretty easy to assemble since the doors are pre-assembled and ready to attach to the rest of the enclosure.
There are in-built safety features such as door detection which halts the laser engraving or cutting process. You can carry on with your project right after the doors are properly closed by selecting the option on the touchscreen.
Features of the Snapmaker A350 Enclosure
- Includes parts such as LED strips, an exhaust fan and an exhaust duct to extract fumes
- Wi-Fi control of the LED lights, exhaust fan, and door detection
- Odor/smoke reduction
- Laser filtering to give better eye protection
- Noise reduction
- Gives a more controlled temperature so it takes care of warping of materials like ABS
Specifications of the Snapmaker A350 Enclosure
- Dimensions: 625 x 820 x 602 mm
- Estimated Shipping Weight: 22.2 kg
Benefits of the Snapmaker A350 Enclosure
- Very nicely made with solid construction
- Protects people from the laser
- Helps to significantly reduce noise
- Has a nice bright LED light to make things easier to see
- Provides you with a ventilation system, so fumes can be extracted out
- Assembly can be tedious due to possible needing to disassemble parts if installed backwards – should take under an hour
- Instruction manual is good overall, but it can be more detailed with some areas.
- Children and pets are kept away from potential hazards, giving a nice level of safety and a cleaner environment
Downsides of the Snapmaker A350 Enclosure
- There are gaps in the enclosure hinges which makes it possible that the laser can be seen at closer distances
- Quite expensive for what it is
- Fan is just single speed so it can’t be adjusted
- Filament needs to be on the outside rather than having a space on the inside
- Has a very large footprint
Here is the Snapmaker 2.0 A250/A350 Enclosure Start Guide, if you want to have a look at it.
Snapmaker A350 Assembly
Here’s the Snapmaker A350 Enclosure box.
It comes packaged similarly to the Snapmaker, with the manual in the top layer.
The Quick Start Guide is also very high quality and fairly easy to follow.
Here’s the next layer, giving us the folding doors for the front and side, as well as the exhaust and tools/accessories.
The next layer has the beams or the frame of the enclosure, nicely packaged as usual.
Here’s what the beams look like.
The tools & accessories box, showing the pictures of the objects which is a really nice touch.
This is what the inside looks like.
Here are the acrylic panels.
This is the exhaust duct and clamp to help ventilate the enclosure.
The parts are very high quality.
I’ve put the beams together for the enclosure, the space was kind of tight!
Here are the front folding doors.
These are the side folding doors.
You can see the enclosure coming together nicely. The cable management is great because you can attach the wires to the frame.
Here is the Snapmaker Enclosure 2.0 A350 fully assembled.
You can see there is a position for the touchscreen on the side, and the exhaust ventilation in the back corner.
Verdict – Worth Buying or Not?
The Snapmaker 2.0 A350 3-in-1 3D printer and the Snapmaker Enclosure are really excellent pieces to add to your arsenal as a creator and producer. Even as a hobbyist, you can enjoy the many features and productive capabilities that are given through this machine.
I really enjoyed receiving, unboxing, and assembling the Snapmaker pieces because it gives you a great DIY project to accomplish. After putting everything together and getting things working, you get a real sense of joy, similar to putting together IKEA furniture.
I’ve already got 3D printers, but having the Snapmaker’s 3-in-1 system that also include laser engraving and the CNC mill is an amazing addition. Once people see the size of the machine and enclosure, they may be surprised, but once they see what it can produce, it definitely puts smiles on faces.
Make sure to put safety first when operating the Snapmaker 2.0 A350, along with the enclosure, and you’ll have a great experience. The price tag is fairly hefty, but several users, including myself, would say it’s a worthy purchase to have by your side, as long as you have the space!
Snapmaker are actually releasing some upgrades of the Snapmaker to provide a better version of the Snapmaker 2.0 A350.
Here are the details.
These are the discounts:
- Snapmaker Original + Enclosure – $499
- Snapmaker A350 – $1,439 (20% Off)
- Snapmaker A250 – $1,099 (27.7% Off)
- Snapmaker AT models (new model – 10% OFF)
- Snapmaker F250/F350 (new model – 15% OFF)
The main coupon code is: AF-VQ5X
Terms & Conditions:
- Available on online sales channels
- $100.00 off all products
- Minimum purchase of $1,100.00
- For everyone
- One use per customer
- Active from Nov 19 to Dec 31
Black Friday Sales: November 19th, 4 PM – December 3 03:59 PM GMT+8
Christmas Sales: December 17th, 10 AM – December 31 11:59 PM GMT+8
First 3-hour Flash Sale (Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas Day)
- Snapmaker A350 extra $200 OFF (10 pieces per store)
- Snapmaker A250 extra $200 OFF (50 pieces per store)
- Snapmaker A150 extra $200 OFF (50 pieces per store)