Bambu Labs X1 Carbon Review: My Ultimate 3D Printer

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘My All Time Favorite 3D Printer… Ever, The Bambu Labs X1 Carbon Review’ by Jays Tech Vault

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The Bamboo Labs X1 Carbon 3D printer is highly recommended over the Anker M5 and M5C printers for its color modules, enclosed case, reliable print quality, and various features, despite finicky bed and noise during filament switching, making it worth the higher price tag.

Key Insights

  • The video discusses the Bamboo Labs X1 Carbon 3D printer, compared to the Anker M5 and M5C printers.
  • The reviewer recommends the Bamboo Labs X1 Carbon unequivocally, considering its ability to print multiple colors via color modules and an enclosed case with air filtration.
  • Key features of the X1 Carbon include gyro sensors in the nozzle to detect speed and a core XY structure.
  • The only complaint is that the bed can be finicky at times.
  • The X1 Carbon has better print quality and reliability compared to the Anker printers.
  • The X1 Carbon has a hardened steel nozzle, allowing for printing with carbon fiber.
  • The X1 Carbon keeps noise inside the case, but there may be some noise during filament switching.
  • The build quality of both printers is solid, with the X1 Carbon having an enclosed case and a filament runout sensor in the nozzle.
  • The video mentions the intuitive color system in the Bamboo Labs X1 Carbon and the ease of use in adding colors to prints.
  • Bed adhesion is slightly better on the Anker M5, but the X1 Carbon comes with a glue stick and additional beds for different materials.
  • Both printers have a high print reliability, with a 95-98% success rate.
  • The upgrade from the Anker M5 to the Bamboo Labs X1 Carbon is considered worth it, offering an enclosed case, visually pleasing design, additional features like gyro and LiDAR sensors, and an overall better printing experience.
  • The reviewer recommends the X1 Carbon for those serious about 3D printing, despite its higher price tag.
  • The reviewer highlights the improved workflow and cool prints achieved with the X1 Carbon.
  • The color switching process may increase print times, but it is still highly appreciated by the reviewer.

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I recently got the pleasure to test the Bamboo Labs X1 Carbon. I’ve been able to test the Anker M5 and the Anker M5C recently as well, and I also want to share my personal experiences testing each of these devices, and of course this video is mainly going to be focused on the Bamboo Labs.

So the X1 Carbon has been out for around a year now. The Anker M5 came out, let’s see, about six months ago, and the Anker M5C just dropped. And to summarize this video up in a whole, while I received all those printers for free, the Bamboo Labs X1 Carbon, in my opinion, is my recommendation unequivocally.

In summary, you have the ability to print multiple colors via present color modules. You also have the ability for an enclosed case with air filtration, which to me is actually something that’s a little bit more important, probably than the average person. You have gyro sensors in the nozzle to detect speed. You have a core XY structure rather than a standard gantry structure. And the only complaint that I might have is that the bed is a little finicky at certain times.

However, again, if I were to recommend this to really anyone that was very serious in printing, this would be the recommendation. Again, I got the Anker Make M5 and the M5C directly from them for free, and this printer I also received for free. I did receive a little bit more than I received from Anker, as in like I got color modules with this as well. So currently I don’t have a color module from Anker Make, so I can’t really compare that in regards. Again, the color module was, the V6 color module was then again delayed, and here we are in time that I was originally promised to get it, now it’s moved to December, comparing a M5 with no color module to a Bamboo Labs X1 Carbon that has a color module that’s probably going to announce a second revision very soon. If I want to get color prints, the Bamboo Labs is what I’m going for.

So talking about the UIs, compared to the, I’m just going to talk mostly about the M5, I would say UI is probably on par with each other. You’re looking at maybe the Bamboo Labs X1 Carbon does a really good job like actually showing you what’s on the screen. The screen is honestly very useful. Same with the M5, the app and interface, the experience is, I want to say, flawless on both printers. However, the X1 Carbon, of course, has a lot more refined features, as in like the AI detection feature is a little bit more refined, a little bit more reliable per se. But that is just a slight difference in returns there.

Both these printers have a theoretical max speed of 500 millimeters per second. I found that both printers are pretty much able to execute that. Obviously, I think that the print quality from the X1 Carbon at that speed is slightly better just because of the hardware that it has. You’re comparing something that has just an AI detection camera to something that has both LIDAR, a camera, and of course gyros sensors in the nozzle. The camera is external and the LIDAR is literally on the nozzle to scan. Again, it is flat out like night and day between the print quality and the reliability that you do end up getting.

The Bamboo Labs X1 Carbon also comes with a hardened nozzle, a hardened steel nozzle, which means that you can print carbon fiber. In my experience with the AMS system, which is the X1 Carbon combo, that AMS does struggle a little bit pushing that very coarse and abrasive carbon fiber PLA through the system and it does struggle. Obviously, it’s got a lot of friction and I think that it’s very reasonable for it to get stuck. In my experience, using the carbon fiber in order to test has been really difficult from the AMS. It has to be directly feeded in, which again, I don’t entirely blame that as that’s something that probably would be ubiquitous across other color modules as well. It’s just very difficult to push that much with a very small motor.

Now, honestly, I talk a lot about sound because as someone that often is recording videos with printers in the background, y’all really hear when I have stuff going. I don’t have anything going at the moment, but the X1 Carbon does a solid job with keeping all the noise in the case. However, in certain circumstances, you will hear the filament switching over and that is more of a non-fan noise, which is atypical from a 3D printer. Usually, you have that fan noise or the power supply noise that is cranking up and kind of causing those problems. So while I directly would compare it to the M5, the M5 is substantially noisier, the M5C is kind of adjusted with that noise, but still, since it’s an enclosed case, I think that’s a really good point to make is that there is no color module to do an A-B comparison here, so the only thing that’s really making the noise is the color module. We don’t have a color module yet, we don’t have any experience with how that filament switches out with the Anchormank system, so I don’t really have much to say here. You have a color module and you don’t.

Also, I think I need to point out the fact that you have the M5 from Anchormank and the Bamboo Labs X1 Carbon. The X1 Carbon is, of course, going to have an enclosed case. I even strapped on a couple more carbon filters on the back, and to be honest with you, the

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘My All Time Favorite 3D Printer… Ever, The Bambu Labs X1 Carbon Review’ by Jays Tech Vault