I wasn’t real interested in the Bambu Lab X1 when it was offered in a Kickstarter campaign and didn’t pay any attention to any of the reviews. Then one day I was helping my buddy’s son move and he was showing me his P1P with AMS and the prints it was producing in record time. This did peak my interest and I started watching reviews and such for the P1P as well as the X1 Carbon. I finally decided with the added features like hardened steel nozzle, aux part cooling fan, better camera, LIDAR and it was fully enclosed so I could try my hand at ABS. Ordered the X1 Combo which includes the AMS which allows you to print in multiple colors. 8 days later it showed up at my house delivered from the Bambu Lab warehouse in Calif.
The Bambu printers come completely assembled and it was packed very well. A lot of thought was put into how to ship the X1 as well as unpacking it. The printer comes wrapped in a heavy sealed plastic bag with handles so after opening the box you grab the handles and lift it out. Everything except the 3 partial sample rolls of filament on full size spools which is in the bottom of the box. Includes a nice quick start guide. Getting it up and running is pretty straight forward.
This thing prints amazing, I would have to say these are the best prints I have ever done. Started with the Benchy which is include on the onboard memory, also has an SD card slot but no SD card was included. I printed several poop buckets, yes the Bambu Lab printers poop filament out the back of the machine when they purge the nozzle. I printed several looking for the one I liked after 3 I was finally happy.
The only hiccups I have had were all user error and not the printer. Such as when I tried sealing the edges of a cardboard spool with CA glue and managed to glue the filament to the side of the reel. This naturally caused and error when I corrected it the print resumed. There were a couple more dumb things I did that have since slipped my mind.
The AMS unit is great, I would recommend it even if printing multiple colors isn’t you main goal. It makes switching filament a breeze. You can have 4 different colors you use or even different filament such as PLA & PETG, etc. Just tell the slicer, Bambu has their own slicer which is a really worked over fork of PrusaSlicer, which color/type you want and the AMS does the rest. If you use Bambu filament it has a RIFD tag so the AMS know what kind it is and what color and how much is on the roll. Pretty slick.
I’ve had one minor issue happen to me twice both time on bay 3, when the print was finished the AMS would try and remove the filament from the hot end and whould error saying there was a jam which there wasn’t, seems to be fairly common according to the forms. I used bay 3 just a little while ago and didn’t have the issue so maybe what ever it was has cleared itself up.
I have only ran it on the Standard speed, there are 2 above Standard and 1 below. Even at the Standard speed this thing flies. Files that would take me 9 hours to print on my Ender 3 S1 Pro are printing in 3 on the X1.
The X1 is not open source like Creality and other so you can’t run custom firmware or Klipper or anything like that. The way it prints I don’t care I don’t mind at all not having to tinker with it. The parts for it are pretty reasonable a complete hotend with fan, heater, thermocouple is only $39. A hardened nozzle with heat heat block is $15, I think, & Bambu PLA Basic is $27.99 a roll with spool & $24.99 without.
All in all I am very happy with my X1 Carbon.