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The Bambu Lab X1 Carbon is a desktop FDM 3D printer with powerful capabilities and outstanding print quality. The machine comes fully assembled and ready to print in no more than 15 minutes after unboxing. Its compact and stylish body with an enclosed build chamber and transparent door is packed with smart features and designed to deliver exceptional performance in terms of both speed and quality.
The X1 Carbon is based on the CoreXY motion system which allows for much faster printing than Cartesian 3D printers, with maximum print speeds reaching lightning-fast 500 mm/s without sacrificing print quality. Lightweight and durable carbon rods on the X-axis add to stable and smooth movements, as well as the active vibration compensation algorithm and pressure advance.
To ensure ideal print bed flatness and proper first layer adhesion, the printer features a dual bed calibration system combining sensor-based leveling and a lidar which scans the bed with an accuracy of 7 microns. The lidar also assists with the first layer printing, checking its height and sending notifications to the user if something has gone wrong. The machine AI, capable of current print inspection, features a spaghetti detection function and immediately pauses printing and informs the user in case of a probable print failure.
Other useful features of the X1 Carbon include a built-in chamber camera for remote print monitoring and time lapse recording, a print resume function after power outage, a filament runout sensor, and an activated carbon filter.
Bambu Lab provides the opportunity of multi-material printing with an optional automatic material system (AMS). It allows combining up to four different filaments in one project, making it possible to build multi-color or multi-material models or parts with soluble support structures.
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Printer controls and software
What’s in the box
Look and feel
The printer is equipped with a direct-drive extruder which provides increased extrusion force and prevents print failures. Active vibration compensation combined with precise layer height and flow control makes for extremely smooth, detailed prints even at high speeds.
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The hardened-steel hotend with a 0.4 mm nozzle can heat up to 300 °C and allows printing with a wide range of consumer and engineering-grade filaments, such as PLA, PETG, PVA, PET, PA, PC, ABS, ASA, and flexibles. Thanks to the abrasion-resistant hotend, the X1 Carbon is capable of handling carbon and glass fiber-reinforced composites. The printer is an open-material system and compatible with all thermoplastics with the printing temperature below 300 °C, no matter the manufacturer.
To reduce plastic waste, Bambu Lab suggests utilizing reusable spools for their filaments. One can reuse the previous spool, print their own spool (the file comes with the printer), or purchase one.
The build volume of the X1 Carbon is a cube with a side of 256 mm, which is enough for most consumer projects. The fully enclosed build chamber allows printing reliably with ABS-type thermoplastics.
The Bambu Lab X1 Carbon is controlled via a 5" LCD touchscreen with a clear and well-organized user interface.
Users can remotely control the printer with a mobile app called Bambu Handy. The application allows monitoring the printing process and getting notifications from the printer in case something requires the user’s attention.
To prepare 3D models for printing, the manufacturer recommends using the proprietary Bambu Studio slicer which runs on Windows and macOS. Bambu Studio is capable and easy-to-use software that greatly adds to the convenience of working with the printer. The software provides a project-based workflow, supporting 3MF format, which offers many useful features, such as multi-plate support, a project resource manager, and assembly / part view. It also allows for remote print monitoring and management of multiple devices.
The machine features Wi-Fi connectivity, the files can also be transferred to the printer via a microSD card.
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Bambu Lab AMS (Automatic Material System)
The Bambu Lab AMS is an airtight box that houses four filament slots and is equipped with humidity sensors, keeping the filaments dry and ready to use. The system allows combining multiple materials in one project. The manufacturer does not recommend using flexibles and fiber composites with the AMS, except for Bambu PA-CF and PAHT-CF which have been specifically designed to be compatible with the system. Each AMS comes with four reusable filament spools.
Hardened steel extruder unit — X1 series
The hardened steel extruder unit is equipped with double gears made from hardened steel, which provides increased extrusion force, prevents slippage, and enhances abrasion resistance. The extruder can handle fiber-reinforced materials and is equipped with a special sensor that supports filament break detection to prevent print failures.
Hotend with nozzle
The Bambu Lab hotend features a unique all-in-one design that combines the heatsink, throat, heater block, and nozzle into a single unit. The nozzle selection guide below will help you choose the appropriate nozzle according to your printing tasks and materials being used.
|Nozzle diameter||Incompatible filaments||Applicable printing requirements|
|0.2 mm||Not allowed:
|Ultra-fine detail but long print time|
|0.4 mm||Not recommended:
filaments containing carbon fiber or glass fiber
|Fine detail with reasonable print time|
|0.6 / 0.8 mm||None||Less detail for shorter print time|
|Nozzle material||Hardness||Incompatible filaments|
|Hardened steel||55 – 60 HRC||None|
|Stainless steel||25 – 30 HRC||Filaments containing fiber, particles, metal powder|
Thermistor — X1 series (3 pcs)
The thermistor is used with Bambu Lab complete hotend assembly and provides highly accurate temperature measurement. The range of operating temperatures is –10–300 °C.
Ceramic heater — X1 series (3 pcs)
The ceramic heater is used with Bambu Lab complete hotend assembly and heats the nozzle up to 300 °C.
PTFE tube (3 pcs)
The pack contains three PTFE tubes with the inner diameter of 2.5 mm and the outer diameter of 4 mm: 370 mm * 1, 550 mm * 2.
PTFE tube (8 pcs) — for AMS inside
The pack of eight PTFE tubes with the inner diameter of 2.5 mm and the outer diameter of 4 mm to be used with the AMS: 195 mm * 4, 230 mm * 4.
Replacement filament cutter (3 pcs)
Filament cutters are used to prevent clogging and help with material switching while using AMS.
Nozzle wiper (3 pcs)
Nozzle wipers are used to clean the nozzle from the excessive material coming out of it. This part is consumable and needs replacement when worn out.
Silicone sock for hotend (3 pcs)
The silicone sock for hotend ensures optimal thermal insulation and tear resistance as well as protects the nozzle from cooling air and plastic adhesion.
Activated carbon air filter
Replaceable activated carbon air filter absorbs VOCs generated during printing. The working life of the filter is 1440 hours (60 days) of cumulative printing time.
The Bambu Lab X1 Carbon 3D printer is available in a metal-gray color with transparent glass doors. Its sleek and stylish design makes it ideal for any workshop, office, or studio.
The machine dimensions are 15.3 x 15.3 x 18 in (389 x 389 x 457 mm). It weighs 31.2 lb (14.13 kg).
The price for the Bambu Lab X1 Carbon 3D printer is $1,410.00, which is reasonable considering its high speed, excellent print quality, and numerous smart features.
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