Turnkey 3D Printer
Not having a lot of time on my hands and reading about the problems and time folks have had to invest to get a kit 3D printer operating, I decided to buy an already built, all-metal printer. Ouch! The prices!
Strolling through Amazon, I came across an unknown printer called the Qidi X-one. Nothing but glowing reports by users on the printer and tech. support.
So I invested $400 with Amazon on a Friday night. Sunday I received an e-mail from the Chinese manufacturer thanking me for my purchase. Monday the 46 Lb. package arrived and one hour later, after attaching handles and the filament spool holder, the43 Lb. printer turned out its first perfect print.
I've now run about 2,000 meters of filament through the printer, the longest print time being 21 hours to print a marble machine.
The printer did fail once. Again, on a Friday night and I sent a video of the failure to the manufacturer. The following Wednesday I received a new stepper motor, the tools and small parts to install it along with a how-to video and a couple of spare nozzles and build platform cover.
It is not an overlarge printer at 150 x 150 x 150 mm (5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches) but it will print right up to the limits. The bed is heated and I've already printed both carbon fiber and PETG filaments, the PETG taking high temperatures on the bed and extruder. Everything in the mechanism and frame is metal in this printer. The printer is quite accurate, being off only 0.006" in the X-direction and 0.002" in the Y-direction on a 5" test square.
I've been able to make a lot of bits and pieces for the shop. Collet storage, jigs for the mill, vacuum cleaner attachment for the CNC mill, ring-lights for the Bridgeport and, of course, the marble machine.
Best of all, unlike a manual or CNC machine tool, I can walk away and let it work with no worry.
The market is getting better out there.