Up until fairly recently, buying your first 3D printer meant either getting a cheap machine of questionable quality and made with lackluster parts, or going for a quality model that would often prove prohibitively expensive for people who weren’t yet sure if 3D printing was for them and couldn’t justify the cost.
Then along came some amazing entry-level solutions which left the user with accurate prints while being easy on the wallet. The X-one2 continues the trend, and is a beginner-friendly printer worth exploring.
Features of the QIDI TECHNOLOGY New Generation 3D Printer X-one2
Qidi didn’t want to put off customers without the inclination of fiddling with their printer’s setup, so the X-one2 comes fully assembled. Once you manage to get its bulky 42-pound frame out of its protective packaging, all that stands between you and your first print is connecting the feeding tube and running the supplied filament through it.
Easy, quick and practically no technical skills are required. Tinkering with the calibration isn’t necessary either as the printer does this automatically each time a new project is started.
Freed from its packaging and ready to use, the printer will be hard to mistake due to its bright blue finish. Its entire frame was made with machined stainless steel, hence the large weight. It’s worth it though since the quality of its construction means that the X-one2 is very stable during operation, creating even and detailed prints as a result.
For a 3D printer with such an imposing size, a bed of only 5.5 inches cubed seems like a bit of a letdown. You soon forget about these spatial limitations when prints actually start to take almost immaculate shape with surprising speed.
It’s definitely not a snail as you can expect speeds up to 150nm/s, and things you print suffer from pretty much no loss of detail or warping due to filament temperatures being too high. Stringing may appear from time to time, but doesn’t detract from the generally excellent quality of each print the X-one2 produces.
The bed plays a large role in the end result of any print, but this one takes it a step further. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, it is light yet sturdy. More importantly, it can be heated, adding ABS to the list of supported filaments as well as making any print adhere better to its surface.
Speaking of which, Qidi sends out a kilogram of randomly colored PLA with each printer, so you’ll have enough for many interesting creations without spending any additional money on supplies just yet.
Everything you need to operate and maintain the printer is accessed via its LCD touchscreen interface. Apart from giving you a standard set of tools and settings, a nifty thing about it is that once you’ve accessed a g code file on it either from the included SD card or a computer you hooked up to it through USB, it shows you exactly what the print will look like.
As you might already have gathered from the review, the X-one2’s biggest drawback is its bad printable to overall area ratio. There’s a lot of empty space that could have been utilized better, either by shrinking the frame down to something less cumbersome, or outfitting the printer with a bigger print bed and increasing its effectiveness that way.
Another thing to note is the high amount of noise that comes out of it while printing. The various clicks and clacks coupled with its not-so-quiet fans create a cacophony of sound which isn’t exactly pleasant to listen to for the time it usually takes to produce a print.
- Produces prints of excellent quality in little time
- Heated bed increases likelihood of print success and opens up the possibility of printing with ABS
- Responsive touchscreen is easy to navigate and features print preview
- Comes fully assembled, minimizing setup time
- Helpful customer support, included spare parts and a 6-month warranty contribute to extending its usefulness
- For such a large printer, the print bed also could have been bigger
- Very noisy while in operation
A testament to ever-improving 3D printer designs, but not without some quirks that keep it from being perfect, the X-one2 is a formidable machine not just in size, but because of the fine creations it can conjure up rather quickly.
It’s so well built that you can expect to get years’ worth of prints of all kinds out of it, and even if something about it were to malfunction, Qidi’s outstanding tech-support won’t let you down.
With such a dedicated, customer-centric approach to building and providing maintenance for their printer, it’s easier to forgive some of its shortcomings, focus on the positive aspects the X-one2 does really well, and recommend it as an entry-level 3D printer well suited for home use, your office or classroom.