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Is The Bambu X1 Worth It?

Is The Bambu X1 Worth It?

Bambu X1 has inspired the community with its AI-powered skill sets and capacity to produce material in 16 colors roughly twice as quickly as competitors. The 3D printing industry has seen many intriguing printers come and go. The X1 is the culmination of seven technical iterations and 22 months of work, and it can be operated remotely using the "Handy" mobile app from Bambu. Ye Tao, the founder of the business, asserts that the goal was to make 3D printing more like what the public imagines as a "magic box that answers every desire in the blink of an eye."

A twist on a widely used design that doesn't offer anything new or different, many 3D printers are rather comparable. For those of us who have enough printing expertise, this can occasionally leave us feeling uninspired by new releases and impending models. But every once in a while, something truly novel appears, such as the recently-kickstarted Bambu X1.

Basic Concepts And History

The Bambu x1 is a versatile device with a build volume of 256 x 256 x 256 mm and overall dimensions of 389 x 389 x 457 mm (without its autonomous material system). Although it has a slightly larger build volume than the ordinary Ender 3 clone, it requires significantly less workspace because it isn't a bed-slinging 3D printer. Instead, it makes use of a direct extruder and CoreXY motion system, which offer lots of speed and a hot end that can reach 300 °C. Users should therefore have lots of opportunities to print with more uncommon filaments in addition to the usual consumer mix of PLA, ABS, PETG, and TPU.

The X1 has been developed by Bambu Lab to be upgradeable into a Carbon version, therefore the option is available should you choose to do so.

Features Of Bambu X1

This system's ability to print at extremely fast rates is its key strength. The maximum speed claimed by Bambu Lab is 500 mm/s. Experienced makers understand that print speed isn't everything and that there are a lot of other considerations that affect how quickly you can print while still maintaining a reasonable degree of print quality. Nevertheless, despite its complexity, this technology ought to be quicker than a Cartesian 3D printer and provide marginally higher accuracy and diagonal movements.

According to Bambu Lab, the lightweight carbon rails, the heating and cooling system, and the chassis all contribute to the printer's fast print speeds. The following specific features are also included in the Bambu x1.

  1. Artificial Intelligence 

The Bambu X1 features an AI that checks the current print and also cautions the user when something isn't right. It has "spaghetti detection" (on the Carbon edition), which monitors your first layer and looks out for prints that are growing, well, wild, and out of control. The X1's brain ought to identify if it's too high or too low and notifies you via a warning if it is.

  1. Bed Leveling 

The Bambu X1 has a complex dual-bed leveling technology that combines an algorithm with two distinct sensors to achieve accurate bed leveling. A lidar serves as the first sensor and measures the nozzle height as well as helping with the first layer and calibrating the filament flow. It has a 7-micron accuracy and will scan the bed before printing.

The scan is then compared to data from an analog probe, which resembles the basic touch probe you can find on the automatic bed leveling systems of many low-cost 3D printers. Together, the two sensors should offer customers a simple, precise bed leveling system and, when combined with AI, should be able to identify any faults that occur in the first layer.

  1. System For Automatic Materials 

The Bambu X1 automatic material system is an airtight enclosure with space for up to four different filaments or materials that sits on top of the X1 printer.

Prints made with many materials and colors are now possible when used in conjunction with a direct extruder. The box itself is fitted with sensors to track the humidity, the amount of filament remaining, and the type of filament—specifically, if it is a Bambu filament.

With one slot in the box filled with a filament like PVA for soluble supports, a setup like this should allow for plenty of experimentation and the printing of more complex objects as well.

  1. Complete-Enclosure 

There are aspects to using a fully enclosed 3D printer, especially when generating more complex filaments. ABS is a filament that prefers a closed environment, and the X1's can reach an ambient temperature of 60 °C, offering what should be an ideal environment for the material to print in.

It's possible that because printing is contained, there will be a slight reduction in noise and odor, but we won't know for sure until we try it out for ourselves. There is some protection for unwary curious bystanders thanks to a safety sensor that is installed on the door, which should stop the machine when triggered by an unexpected opening.

  1. The Corexy Motion System

The CoreXY motion system is a build plate attached to the Z-axis gantry that travels up and down to access the printhead's nozzle. Two lengthy belts that are arranged along the top gantries and frame of the printer allow the printhead to move along the X and Y axes.

Some other features are also included, which are: Touchscreen user interface, already calibrated and put together from the factory, optional air filter, and an optional camera. 

Cost Of Bambu X1 

The Bambu X1 isn't as pricey as you may assume, but it's still cost-effective despite its sophisticated range of functions. The base X1 costs $999, while the X1 Carbon costs $1,199. Additionally, Bambu Lab currently has a fully functional online store created for filaments and accessories, which is fairly priced.

Date of Publication and Status

The blogs of Bambu Lab and the Kickstarter backers claim that all of the devices have already been dispatched. Naturally, you cannot support the Kickstarter campaign any longer, but you can reserve the X1 of your choice from Bambu Lab's online shop. After placing a pre-order, you have 30 days to pay the machine's full price, after which your money and pre-order will be forfeited.

Technical Specifications 

Tech: Fused deposition modeling (FDM)

Year: 2022

Assembly: Completed

Mechanical configuration: CoreXY

Producing Company: Bambu Lab

Build volume: 256 x 256 x 256 mm

Properties Of Bambu X1 

Some properties of the Bambu X1 are: 

  • Feeder method: Direct
  • Print head: Single nozzle
  • Nozzle dimension: 0.4 mm
  • Max. heated bed temperature: 110 ℃
  • Print bed material: Steel
  • Frame: Plastic, Aluminum
  • Bed leveling: Automatic
  • Display: 5-inch color touchscreen
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, microSD
  • Operating systems: Mac OS X and Windows 
  • Frame measurements: 389 x 389 x 457 mm (without automatic material system)
  • Mass Weight:13.2 kilograms (X1) 14.15 kilograms (X1 Carbon
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