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QIDI TECHNOLOGY 3DP-QDA16-01 Dual Extruder Desktop 3D Printer QIDI TECH I, Fully Metal Frame Structure, Acrylic Covers, with2 Free Filaments, Works with ABS and PLA
- Fdm technology; dual Extruder; obtained CE,FCC, RoHS certificates; qidi technology is registered trademark by edify technology Inc
- Aviation level aluminum plate its surface is completely flat and will NOT warp during heating process
- Easy to Use software for simple customization of 3D models
- Fully metal external frame much more stronger than PVC plate and wooden frame
- New high heat resistant metal platform supports replace plastic supports
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Product description: qidi technology 3D printer qidi Tech I is the most precise and dependable 3D printer. Each 3D printer is leveled, fully calibrated and operated 8 hour before delivery. Qidi Tech after-sales team supplies technical support and lifetime service.
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Four Key Features:
Fully Metal Frame
Fully metal frame with spray paint technology makes the 3D printer strong enough and printing process more stable.
Fully Enclosed Constant Temperature Device
When printing ABS filament, it makes better printing result. When printing PLA filament, please make the printer ventilated.
QIDI TECH I has obtained MET safety certificate and FCC DOC certificate.
Customer Service Support
QIDI TECH after-sale service team will reply to you within 24 hours.
- Motherboard: Latest processing craft, Sailfish 7.8 version, ATmega 2560.
- Dual Extruder: CNC Machining Process.
- Nozzle size:0.4mm; Layer resolution: 0.1-0.2mm (adjustable).
- Turbofan with cooling function.
- Power supply: From Taiwan Mean Well- One of the leading standard switching power supply manufacturers in the world. The power setting has been set for US customers to 115V.
A State Of The Art Software For Working With Triangle Meshes
It can print complex samples, easy to remove the supports. QIDI TECH 3D printer compatible with this software.
3D Printing Slicing Software Controls Every Aspect Of Your 3D Print
Easy operated, high quality printing result. QIDI TECH 3D printer compatible with this slicing software.
|QIDI TECH I||QIDI TECH X-one2||QIDI TECH X-pro|
|Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)||✓||✓||✓|
|Building Plate Size (LxWxH)||230 x 150 x 150mm (8.8 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch)||140 x 140 x 140mm (5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch)||230 x 150 x 150mm (8.8 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch)|
|Extruder Quantity||Dual Extruder||Single Extruder||Dual Extruder|
|Layer Resolution||100 Micron||100 Micron||100 Micron|
|Nozzle Diameter/Filament Diameter||0.4mm/1.75mm||0.4mm/1.75mm||0.4mm/1.75mm|
|Connectivity||SD Card/USB Cable||SD Card/USB Cable||Windows system computer :print via USB Pen Drive ,Wifi ,Ethernet . Mac OS system computer :Only support print via USB Pen Drive|
|Support Software||QIDI Print /Simplify 3D/Replicator G/Makerware||QIDI Print/Cura/Simplify 3D||QIDI Print/Cura|
|Fully enclosed constant temperature device||✓||N/A||✓|
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After much debating, I decided to purchase the QIDI Dual Extruder 3D Printer. It had the features I was looking for based on feedback from friends and the price was in line with what I was thinking. I ordered this on Sept 28th and even though I was given an estimated delivery date of between Oct 26th and Nov 2nd, it showed up today Oct 1st! This unit shipped from China for free and made it to my door in 4 days! I was very excited to see DHL show up at my door.
Because of my expected long wait to have it delivered, I emailed the company asking if they could provide me the software download so I could start learning it. Within a few hours, I received an email back from John stating that I should download the MakerBot Replicator software as it is the "recommended" software. I downloaded and installed it and played a while with it and also explored Thingiverse.com to keep myself occupied while waiting.
My wait was very short and when I opened the box today, I unpacked a very well packed and protected printer. There were two free spools of filament, one Silver ABS and one Green PLA along with all the required hardware, parts and a small toolkit. I would estimate it took me about 3 hours to complete the build. This was really just final assembly. The only thing that had to really be done first was to switch the power to 115V. You need to remove the bottom plate to do this but it is critical you do this before you power it on so just do it first.
After that step, I mounted the dual extruder into it's "cradle", mounted the filament holders and filament, and attached the plexi-glass walls, door and top. All in all, it was an easy assembly and the steps were very easy to follow in the directions that are on the included SD card.
Once I had it built up, I wanted to test it and like an idiot, I completely forgot that I had already installed the MakerBot software. I installed the Replicator G software and Python and another Windows fix and could not get this to connect to my PC and find a port it could use to communicate. I messed around with this for about an hour before I remembered what John had said. I closed all those programs and opened up the MakerBot software and within 30 seconds, it had connected to my printer! That was it. Maybe the Python helped since I had already installed it as part of the Replicator G install but I am not really sure. All I know is that it worked perfectly using the MakerBot software.
I leveled the print platform as instructed and kicked off my first build. A Jeep Grill Keychain. In about 37 minutes it was done and I am very happy with the results. I am now in the process of printing a Hydroponic top for a mason jar and I can let you know how that turns out in the morning (6.5 hour build time).
All in all, I am very happy with my purchase and I will update once I have a good week under my belt. I just wanted to share how this worked out for a complete novice on day 1.
UPDATE: I have now been using this printer for a few weeks and am still very happy with it. I am learning things that have made my life easier and my prints much better. I had one small issue with the fan on the left extruder not running and reached out to QIDI in China. Within a few hours, Audrey contacted me via email and then called my cell. Within a few minutes, she was able to figure it out with her engineer and gave me the fix for it the next day. They also shipped me out the replacement part right away. I got it via DHL the day after. I am very happy with that level of support considering this had to travel halfway around the globe.
Here are a few observations/suggestions:
1. Don't leave prints on your print bed over night! This might be common sense to most but I am new and did not realize how much harder it is to take this off after everything cools.
2. Using Rafts is pretty normal but I did not know that the supports were that important. Many items that have a span of some sort requires at least a minimal amount of support to make sure it does not deform.
3. A small file set is great for cleaning up rafts and supports on your finished product as is an Exato knife.
4. ABS and PLA seem to print with about the same quality from this machine - I have not really seen a difference. I have used the two free spools that come with this unit and Hatchbox filament with great success.
5. Placing your finished item in a ziploc bag with some acetone (not touching) creates a great smooth and shiny finish (takes a couple hours).
6. I had to cut down the guide tubes about 2.5 inches to make sure they did not rub on the plexi-glass dome cover.
7. www.thingiverse.com is an awesome website!
The QIDI is a dual extruder all metal frame 3d printer with heated bed. The design is simple and effective. The build quality is solid and true.
The printer has a few small quirks. The sd card slot is not exactly ergonomically located. The slot is inside the printer and to the right. With the acrylic panels on it is a bit of a challenge at times to access it. The printer has a small cooling fan in the bottom compartment that houses the electronics. I'm certain the fan was the driving force behind a hair dryer in a previous life. Last, leveling the build plate can be a slight bit of a challenge due to the fact that the printer head runs about 1/8" off the back of the bed. This makes it a bit difficult to get a proper level on the back part of the build platform.
QIDI vs. Flashforge.
The Flashforge printer and the QIDI are similar, both being Replicator clones. The primary difference between the two is the price. The FlashForge is considerably more expensive than the QIDI. The build is very similar, both have sturdy metal frames and use similar components. The primary difference between the two printers is the main board. Although the main boards are quite similar, both being variations of the MightyBoard architecture, the FlashForge uses an Atmega 2560 while the QIDI uses the 1280. There is no performance difference in the chips. The 2560 is simply a larger flash size which, while a nice feature does not actually have any advantage over the 1280 at the moment. Another difference is the FlashForge boasts a few color LEDs that put on a bit of a light show. Not exactly what one would call a deal breaker for the serious 3d printer.
The QIDI has 1" diameter spool holders which fit just about every filament spool I've ever tried to put on it. FlashForge, on the other hand opted to use very large spool holders that only fit spools with a bore hole over 2". This is a particular problem if you're partial to Hatchbox filament as I am. You'll have to print your own spool holders if you want to use anything smaller than this large bore.
Another advantage the QIDI has over the FlashForge is the acrylic side panels and metal back. FlashForge opted to go with Black solid styrene panels on the sides and the back. The additional light provided by the clear acrylic panels is a distinct advantage.
QIDI support is exceptional. I had a few issues with mine and they were extremely responsive and seemed to genuinely care about my problems. I can't say I've ever had a better experience.
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