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- Auto bed leveling
- Has touch screen
- Premium components
- Fully assembled
- Direct drive extruder
- PEI build surface has good balance of adhesion and part removal
- Generous Build volume
- Wireless printing
- All-metal hot end
- CoreXY Kinematic System
- Dual gear extruder
- Linear rail motion system
- High price tag
About the Qidi Tech X-CF Pro
The Qidi X-CF Pro is an industrial or commercial fully enclosed 3D printer optimised for printing abrasive carbon fiber or high temperature nylon. It has a build volume of 300 X 250 X 300mm. A ventilated enclosure which also houses the filament spool ensures a heated, stable environment for high temperature or sensitive filaments like nylon or ABS. The magnetic, flexible, removable PEI bed can reach an unusually high temperature of 120°C and the special high temperature dual steel gear direct drive extruder can reach an extremely high temperature of 350°C. A separate extruder for lower temperature, less abrasive filaments like PLA, PETG and TPU is also supplied. It prints at a moderately fast speed of 60-120mm/s and uses a Core XY motion system with dual Z axis lead screws. A BL Touch contact probe is used for automatic levelling and it is equipped with a filament runout sensor, which will pause the print if the filament runs out or breaks. It is compatible with QidiPrint, Cura or Simplify3D slicer software. It connects to the network via WiFi or Ethernet cable but files can also be loaded by a USB flash drive. It is controlled by a 5" touch screen display.
Benefits of the Qidi Tech X-CF Pro
Auto bed leveling - auto bed leveling will ensure your prints have perfect first layers every time and greatly reduce issues with bed adhesion. When using an auto-leveling system, the probe allows better tolerances for slightly warped print beds by measuring and compensating for any inconsistencies. Without this feature, you'll need to adjust the bed level manually using nuts on each corner of the print bed.
Has touch screen - having a touch screen isn't a deal-maker or breaker, but it is a convenient feature that makes it easier to navigate the interface when you are printing files and configuring 3D printing settings.
Premium components - This printer is known for using the highest quality components, and prioritizes this over providing a lower price point on their printers.
Fully assembled - This 3D printer is shipped completely assembled, and is ready to plug in and start using as soon as you unbox it. You will still need to follow the included calibration procedures, but this will not take a significant amount of time.
Direct drive extruder - Direct drive extruders are mounted right above the hot end, and push the filament directly into it, as opposed to a side mounted bowden extruder setup. We prefer direct drive extruders to bowden since they are less prone to jamming and typically require less maintenance. they also are much easier to use with flexible materials
PEI build surface has good balance of adhesion and part removal - PEI beds are one of the more premium build surface options, and for good reason. They offer great first layer adhesion with no spraysor other treatments, and can be flexed to quickly remove parts. You'll need to clean the bed with a solvent like acetone or IPA every so often to maintain the bed's adhesion.
Generous Build volume - A larger than average build volume means that you will be able to print larger parts without the need to split them into pieces and attach them together, which is especially useful with functional parts. If you have the room for the larger footprint, we definitely recommend going with a larger 3D printer, since you can always print small parts on a larger printer.
Wireless printing - In addition to the standard USB and SD card connections, you can connect wirelessly to this printer to print from your computer or mobile device.
All-metal hot end - An all-metal hot end allows for printing at high temperatures up to 300C, while standard hot ends are capped at 260C before the PTFE material begins to degrade. All-metal hot ends are also less susceptible to jamming, and do not degrade as fast.
CoreXY Kinematic System - A CoreXY 3D printer kinematic system uses two stationary motors to move the print head in the X and Y directions, resulting in faster and more precise movements compared to traditional printers. By separating the movement of the print head from the movement of the build plate, the CoreXY system is able to avoid the added weight and momentum of a moving build plate. This results in less vibration and better control of the print head, allowing for faster and more precise movements. Additionally, the CoreXY system can print at higher speeds compared to H-bot systems because it only needs to move one motor for each axis of movement, reducing the overall weight and inertia of the system.
Enclosure - An enclosure seals air around the print area. This holds warm, still air around the print area and is essential for printing temperature-sensitive materials like ABS. Enclosures also prevent particulates and gasses from being emitted into the surrounding area, increasing safety. They also greatly reduce printer noise.
Dual gear extruder - A dual gear extruder grips filament from both sides and can exert much more force on the filament before slipping. It helps with all filaments but especially with flexible, slippery TPU.
Linear rail motion system - Linear rails provide added stability to the moving parts of the printer, allowing higher printing speeds without sacrificing quality. Keep in mind that the most important factor to consider when optimizing for print speed is the flow rate of filament, which depends on the hot end and nozzle size moreso than the motion system.
Disadvantages to consider
High price tag - While this printer includes a lot of premium features, they come with a price. This printer is one of the more expensive consumer printers, and may not be worth the cost if you are willing to sacrifice some of the high end features.
Where to buy the Qidi Tech X-CF Pro
Brand Summary: Qidi
Qidi Technologies, often referred to as Qidi Tech or just as Qidi, offers a range of mid-priced to high-priced printers. These devices are considered "prosumer" level, striking a balance between high-end consumer devices and professional-grade printers. Qidi's offerings are particularly appealing to users who seek quality and performance beyond basic printers but aren't ready for the investment required for industrial-grade equipment. Qidi printers are known for their beginner-friendly nature. They come enclosed, which helps in reducing noise and fumes, making them safer and more comfortable for various environments. The printers feature easy-to-use touchscreens and come supplied with user-friendly slicing software, adding to their appeal for beginners.