This is another low budget printer which is a great fit for beginners. I came across the Qidi Tech X-One 2 while writing about the Cetus 3D printer. Here’s a quick review about the important aspects of the Qidi Tech X-One 2.
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3D Printer Factors
You don’t want to end up with a printer that doesn’t give you everything you need. Some of those needs are print quality, set up, features, and design.
In terms of print quality, you want a printer that can produce simple to complex models. Qidi Tech X-One 2 prints high quality projects in a reasonable amount of time.
The second factor to consider is set up, especially if you’re a beginner. In the case of the Qidi Tech X-One 2, you can plug it in straight out of the box.
Features, like filament types and accessories are another important factor to think about. Unfortunately, the filaments that can be used in the Tech X-One 2 are limited, but it comes with many accessories.
Lastly, you should judge printers based on their design which determines how usable and durable the printer is. The Tech X-One 2 has a metallic frame, making it durable.
I will be considering these four factors of the Qidi Tech X-One 2:
1. Print quality
2. Set Up
Qidi Tech X-One
The Qidi Tech X-One 2 is the creation of QIDI Technology, a Chinese company that produces 3D printers for casual and professional printing. They provide one-on-one customer service over Skype and will ship you new parts if something breaks.
The printer is simple and inexpensive. Bright colors hide the metal frame within, adding to its durability. In addition, it does not require initial set up, which is great for schools or families with kids. The print quality is excellent down to the small details.
Overall, the Qidi Tech X-One 2 is a good startup printer for beginners. Let’s get into the in-depth details of this printer.
- Plug and play
- Custom software/3rd party software availability
- Customer service
- Filament versatility
- Easy to use
- Touchscreen interface
- Print quality
- No WiFi connection
- Filament is difficult to load
- Bed cannot be leveled automatically
- No power recovery mode
Breakdown Of The Qidi Tech X-One 2
The print quality of the Qidi Tech X-One 2 is excellent, especially considering how inexpensive it is! A turbofan is built into the printer, forming a circular air supply around the single nozzle. This allows for a highly stable and precise print.
From the tugboat prints I’ve seen, the PLA version brought “standard” results. And by standard, I mean there are some blemishes, but overall, the model is acceptable. You’ll see better results with ABS filament.
Overall, you shouldn’t experience many problems with both PLA and ABS material.
The Qidi Tech X-One 2 is a “plug and play” printer meaning you can pull it out of the box and start printing within 30 minutes. Plus, it comes with a comprehensive manual that explains how to troubleshoot issues.
Once you open the box you’ll see SD cards and a USB cable. The SD card provides video tutorials on how to start.
If you want to print with PLA, you have to attach a spool holder. Loading the filament is where you might experience problems. Once that’s done, you have to install the software, but that doesn’t take long.
If you want to print with ABS, there’s more installation needed. You’ll need to install the side panels and doors for enclosure. A closed printer helps with printing with high-temp materials.
Its slicer is custom made Qidi Tech software which is always a plus for me. And, the reason why is because it doesn’t depend on 3rd party software. But, if you wanted to, you can use 3rd party slicers.
You have to manually level the bed, but you can do it easily with three bed screws and an included thickness gauge. While I would prefer it to be automatic, this is still a great 3D printer for the price and worth the learning curve.
My favorite feature of the Qidi Tech X-One 2 is the touch screen. It is responsive, easy to use, and provides useful information for the whole printing process.
In addition to the touch screen, other notable accessories are the scraper for removing your project from the platform and a repair kit in case something needs a little tweak.
This printer uses Fused Deposition Molding Technology (FDM). FDM is great for dealing with flexible material. The 4 factors going for it are reliability, simplicity, affordability, and application. Whatever tech a printer has, just remember there are other factors like what type of filament you use which affects the quality of a model.
The filament provided by the Qidi Tech X-One 2 is not the highest quality, so I would definitely recommend buying a more quality filament for printing.
The Qidi Tech X-One 2 has full metal support, making it more stable than other printers. Its acrylic panels cover the openings, keeping out drafts and improving print quality.
It has a small print volume at 145 x 145 x 145 mm^3, so you won’t be able to print anything too big. However, it is great for small school projects or printing parts. Also, it’s very heavy at over 40 lbs, so definitely choose where you want to put it wisely.
This printer also has the option for upgrades. You can replace the build plate and hot end for example. Switching hot ends allows you to print with more advanced material.
Alternatives To The Qidi Tech X-One 2
- Designed for children
- Removable build plate
- Easy set up
- Small print volume
- No automatic bed leveling
- Customer support
- Filament versatility
Designed for classrooms and kids, the Flashforge Finder will be your best choice for children. Not only does it have assisted bed-leveling, it has a touchscreen that guides you through the printing process.
However, its print volume is smaller than the Qidi Tech X-One 2 at 140 x 140 x 140 mm^3, so if you’re planning on printing larger projects, then this printer will not be for you.
The Flashforge Finder is not only plug and play, but it has a removable build plate, which makes removing projects easier.
Unfortunately, it’s prone to print failures after a few months. Plus, Flashforge doesn’t have great customer service like QIDI.
Creality Ender 3
- Resume print feature
- Customer support
- Larger print volume
- Power recovery mode
- Filament versatility
- Requires intensive assembly
- Confusing directions
- Printer ships with technical problems
The Creality Ender 3 is an inexpensive printer with a large print volume at 220 x 220 x 250 mm^3. It has a power recovery mode, unlike the Tech X-One 2. This printer would be great for bigger projects with long print times.
However, the Creality Ender 3 arrives disassembled and requires hours to put together. The assembly directions from Creality can also be confusing.
The quality of printing is great due to its highly accurate XY axis location and easy to use leveling knob. Plus, it is compatible with more filament types than the Tech X-One 2.
ANYCUBIC Photon Mono
- Top cover technology
- Matrix parallel light source
- Easy to set up
- Smaller print volume
I reviewed another ANYCUBIC Photon and I liked what I’ve seen so far from this company.
The ANYCUBIC Photon Mono has a build volume of 130 x 80 x 165 mm^3 build volume, somewhat smaller than the Tech X-One 2, but still a reasonable size if you’re new.
The Photon Mono prints well with a high quality Z-axis rail that improves the stability of printing and prevents layers from shifting. It comes out of the box assembled, allowing you to start printing within 20 minutes.
The top cover prevents unwanted outside air flow, and the printer is smart enough to detect when the cover is on or off. In addition, the top cover blocks 99.95% of UV light.
One of the coolest features is the matrix parallel light source which allows for a more stable uniform print. Plus, it comes with all the accessories that the Tech X-One 2 does, and more!
Should You Get The Qidi Tech X-One 2?
I think this is one of the better 3D printers, especially for the price. However, it depends on what you’re trying to do with it. The printer is great for hobbyists and for people who are trying to be an entrepreneur.
I would recommend this printer for beginners. The company QIDI is also responsive and helpful which is great for beginners. If printing out small projects and parts works for you, this might be your ideal printer.