The X-one2 by QIDI Technologies is a decent printer at a much more palatable price than the bulk of the competition. This printer held its own in print qualities and capabilities against models that cost 2-4 times as much and is an overall great value option for those on a budget.
Updated to the X-one2
QIDI Technologies has recently released an update to the original X-One, with the most noticeable difference being the addition of plastic panels on the sides and front to fully enclose the printer. This makes it an even more attractive option if you are going to be using this printer around children or anyone else who might stick their hand in accidentally.
Costing a fraction of the other models, the QIDI surprised with its performance. This printer is relatively less well known than some of its peers but received favorable reviews and ratings. After some minor tweaks and adjustments, it has a solid performer, earning primarily above average scores.
The most important tests evaluated the print quality of a new product. The QIDI scored quite well, earning a 6 out of 10 for the decent suite of prints that it produced.
It was conducted a handful of different tests, having a panel with a range of experience rate each print.
For the first test model — the 3D Benchy tugboat torture test — the QIDI did well overall. The PLA version was average, with some visible seams and an alright smokestack and windows. The ABS version was much better, with only a few seams and some excess strings.
For the next two tests, the performance of the QIDI was a stark contrast. It did amazingly well in the bridging test in both PLA and ABS, producing some of the best models of the entire group. However, the ABS Eiffel Tower completely failed to print and was done very poorly in PLA.
The QIDI did well in the next trio of tests, the articulated elephant model, the dimensional accuracy nickel test, and the overhanging material test. The PLA overhang was great up to the steepest overhang, then dropping to acceptable quality. The ABS was similar but completely botched the steepest overhang. The nickel test was oversized in PLA and spot on in ABS, though there were some areas of daylight poking through around the nickel. The elephant was alright in ABS, with some layers separating due to warping while printing. The PLA version was a little better, with the legs moving freely and no layer separation.
The PLA hollow cube produced by the QIDI was exceptional, though the bridging was slightly subpar to the FlashForge. The ABS version was a little worse, with some unwanted strings, but still on par with the TAZ 6 or the Ultimaker. The ABS platform jack failed to print, with the PLA version exhibiting some poor quality overhanging sections and mediocre bridging.
Boosting its score, the QIDI did very well in the next trio of test prints. The spiral vase was awesome in both PLA and ABS, with no layers separating or voids, though the ABS version was a little fragile. The supports test was also great in both plastics, with the sacrificial structure easily removed by hand without additional tools and the underside of the supported area having a smooth finish. The tall tower test was also smooth with respect to the vertical axis, showing no noticeable Z-axis wobble.
Coming in second in terms of importance, the Ease of Use metric. This metric is based on the difficulty at swapping the filaments, leveling the bed, unboxing and setup, as well as the ease at connecting to the printer and the quality of the display on the printer itself. The QIDI scored well, earning a 7 out of 10.
The filament must be manually swapped on this printer, with a process similar to most other manual printers. You need to select unload from the menu, then it will preheat the nozzle and retract the filament using the extruder motor.
But, this model required manual leveling of the build plate but it was easier than other models. This printer did have minimal setup required out of the box, only needing the spool holder and the filament guide attached before it was ready to print.
You need to download the Cura software from the internet — a reasonably capable and easy to use piece of software for 3D printing.
The QIDI uses Cura as a recommended slicer, one of the better options available.
This model can print standalone from an SD card but includes an adapter for SD to USB to connect directly from a computer.
This model has a display with an integrated touchscreen and will show the % completed while printing, as well as total time and estimated time remaining.
The QIDI did about average in the Print Capabilities metric, hampered by its small build area.
We compared the build envelope and build surface, the temperature range of the extruder and bed, as well as the cooling, software upgradeability, and filament compatibility to determine scores. The QIDI did alright, meriting a 5 out of 10 for its performance in this group of tests, comparing decently well with the other printers in the group.
This model has a smaller than average build envelope, earning it a lower score than its compatriots. Its build volume measures in at 150 x 150 x 150mm. The build surface also gave us some bed adhesion issues on larger prints, even when prepared with a glue stick, tape, or hairspray.
The QIDI had a relatively small build area.
This model is compatible with generic 1.75mm filament, with the extruder being capable of hitting a maximum temperature of 250°C. The print bed is heated, and capable of reaching 120°C. This gives you a decent selection of compatible filaments, such as PLA, ABS, PVA, or HIPS, to name a few. This model also includes one fan for active cooling of the current print, as well as the capability to work with upgraded slicers instead of the recommended Cura.
The QIDI is a great option for those that want a 3D printer on a budget. It creates decent prints and is easy to use. Compared to other brands it has a small build volume but has a good results in easy of using and printing with various materials.
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