Bambu Lab X1C 3D Printer

The Bambu Lab X1C 3D printer with AMS.

In investigating whether a Jubilee 3D printer is likely to be a good solution to 3D printing, I came across the recently released Bambu Lab X1C.

Image of Bambu X1C

This has been causing a major stir in the 3D printing community:

  • Very fast for the price point.
  • Excellent quality prints out of the box.
  • Can handle a wide range of materials.
  • Relatively little tinkering required.
  • Supports multi-material printing using the AMS unit.

As people get to use it, I see a few negative comments:

  • Teething problems. Seems a bit of a v0.1 product and Bambu Labs are slowly improving it.
  • Everything proprietary, so cannot really be modified. However, spare parts seem reasonably priced.
  • Not Open Source - and thus pure evil in some eyes.

I must admit I am tempted with this. The joy of something that just works. The AMS looks like a polished approach to multi-material printing, and would serve a second duty as a filament dry box. Most of my multi-material printing would likely be adding decals to boxes etc., where the waste of a single extruder solution is not likely to be a big deal.

However, there are a few aspects that make me hesitant at this time:

  • The build size is a little small. I would have preferred a 300x300 build area.
  • It looks like very much a work in progress. Might be best to wait until it is more mature, or a later version is released.
  • I really would like to print TPU gaskets into a box, and this is difficult here as TPU is not supported by the AMS. Maybe Bambu Labs will come up with a manual filament change routine in their software.