China-based Qidi Technology has been steadily earning praise for its 3D printers by offering more premium features in more affordably-priced machines. The X-Max is one such printer, though, priced at about $1,199, it’s definitely not cheap.
However, it does offer a relatively large build volume, and the ability to handle materials like nylon and TPU, making it worth consideration to more advanced hobbyists and small businesses.
QIDI TECH X-Max boasts an extra-large print volume of 300x250x300mm. You can build enormous models from your choice of PLA, ABS, PC, Nylon, TPU, PETG, and others by alternating between the two included extruders. Extruder A is intended for low-temperature and flexible materials like PLA, ABS, and TPU. Extruder B reaches temperatures up to 300C and is used for abrassive filaments like PC and Nylon.
You can achieve layers as small as 50 microns for minute details and smooth finishes on your models. Thanks to excellent temperature and air control with this model, print results are highly precise. The QIDI TECH X-Max is also extremely capable also printing steep overhangs and stable bridges.
Interfacing with the X-Max is a pleasure due to the numerous connectivity options and large, 5” color touch screen. You can connect using WiFi, Ethernet, or USB, using any slicer you like to prepare your files.
This machine is bulky and fairly heavy, weighing just under 30 kg. The exterior is made of plastic, but it still looks relatively sleek, sporting indents to make carrying it around easier. It’s also got an interior light to see what’s going on clearly and a removable magnetic bed.
Due to the sturdy design, there is a thick frame at the front of the machine. At the top of the frame is where the touchscreen is. Unfortunately, just behind that frame, is where all the prints start, so unless you have your printer in a really open space where you can stick your head close to the top, it’s almost impossible to see how your prints are going till they’re pretty far along.
When it comes to using this machine, everything is straightforward. It has a lot of quality of life features that – while not 100% necessary – really do improve the experience of using the machine. Think WiFi connectivity, a simple-to-navigate touchscreen, lighting inside the unit, a removable print bed. All these aspects come together to make printing with the Qidi less painful. One useful feature that’s missing though is filament detection.
The print quality of the X-Max is solid (it can print at up to 50 microns). It prints ABS with no problems and is really straightforward and easy to use. The enclosed build space helps keep an even, toasty temperature which is key for the trickier filaments the machine purports to handle. It also prints nylon well, but for materials that are this hygroscopic it would make sense to invest in a filament dryer, especially one that can keep your filaments out of the moist air even while the spool is in use.
Regarding more demanding materials like carbon fiber, the Qidi comes with two swappable extruders; one for printing with ABS, PLA, and TPU and another for printing with nylon, carbon fiber, and PC.
As for software, the X-Max can be used with Cura, but Qidi Tech also provides its own software, Qidi Print, to use. It’s a Cura mod and there’s not too much to say about it except it works and it’s simple to use.
Regarding price, the X-Max isn’t a cheap machine by any means, but it’s certainly cheaper than an Ultimaker or Tiertime or MakerBot 3D printer. If your priority is getting an enclosed printer to print with mainly PLA and ABS, there are lots of cheaper options out there that, even if they don’t come with enclosures, can either have enclosures built around them or purchased separately. If you do want to print some of the fancier materials Qidi Tech advertises, but don’t want to make the jump to a more professional machine, then this would likely be a satisfactory middle ground.
DECENT PRINT VOLUME
With dimensions of 300 x 250 x 300 mm, the X-Max certainly provides a reasonable build volume, which should suit most of your 3D printing needs.
MAGNETIC REMOVABLE BUILD PLATE
This removable magnetic build plate can be easily bent to help your prints pop off. It can be tricky to get very thin layers of filament off it and it can get dinged up if you’re not careful.
CLOSED PRINT CHAMBER
This helps to keep the build volume evenly toasty during prints – helpful for printing with ABS and a necessity with nylon.
If you buy a Qidi Tech X-Max, you’ll get two extruders. The A extruder, which is already installed when you get the machine, is for printing materials like PLA, ABS, and PETG. The B extruder is designed for printing with advanced materials like TPU, nylon, carbon fiber, and PC.
AND THE REST
Other features include a one-button fast leveling option, an air filter , great connectivity (including WiFi), a 5-inch color touchscreen, and a double Z-axis to keep everything stable .
Plus, the machine is easy to set up and get running. It comes with 1 kg of filament and a toolkit so the wait time between unboxing and printing is minimal.
The X-Max is the largest QIDI TECH 3D printer, designed for both industrial use and prosumers looking for the next big thing.
• Large Build Volume
• Great Feature List
• Smart Design Built for Multiple Filaments
• No Dual Extrusion
• Large, Heavy Machine
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