QIDI Technology X-One 2 3D Printer Review

QIDI Technology X-one 2 Review

This is my first 3D printer and review. My 3D printing skills are entry level and my knowledge of the QIDI Tech X-one 2 printer is limited at this time. This review is intended to be a high level overview as I couldn’t find any QIDI X-one 2 reviews online at the time of purchase. As I improve my 3D printing skills I will dedicate a section to the CuriousHumans website for printing issues and solutions.

QIDI Tech is previously known for it’s highly rated QIDI Tech I Dual Extruder Desktop 3D Printer. The X-one2 3D printer is the 2nd generation in QIDIs line of X-one 3D printers, which includes a bigger printing surface, covers for the front and side, and other features mentioned below.

Just like any hobby, 3D printing can be expensive and require a lot of setup and troubleshooting. With the X-one 2 being priced at $400 QIDI has produced an easy-to-use 3D printer and emerged as among a number of companies trying to make 3D printing more accessible. Because the X-one2 comes fully assembled, there was very little set up required. I was able to unbox and complete my first print within 90 minutes.

The first feature I noticed about the QIDI X-one2 is the bright blue steel frame. The X-one2 weighs about 42 lbs (19 kg) but the side handles has made it easy to move around. From my limited knowledge of 3D printing I knew that a strong, durable metal frame would make the printer less likely to move during printing and produce better quality prints. With every piece firmly bolted and anchored by tapping screws, vibration hasn’t be an issue while printing. Although I haven’t had to use the customer service yet, QIDI has very positive feedback from the online community.

X-one2 Key Features

  • Upgraded extruder protective cover: injection mold, better ventilation effect (compared to 1st generation)
  • Touch Screen: The 3.5 inch touch screen makes the operation more simple
  • Software: QIDI print software is easy to operate for novices. There is detailed user manual on the SD card (I use Cura and will be testing Simplify 3D in the coming months).
  • Heating bed: Metal platform support. Aviation aluminium, CNC machined aluminum alloy build platform. Heating bed support printing ABS filament as well as PLA filament (I’ve only printed with PLA). With heating bed, printing models will stick well on the bed, printing result will be better.

Manufacturer Specs

Print Technology FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)
Building Size 150 x 150 x 150 mm
Extruder Quantity Single Extruder
Layer Resolution 100 Micron
Nozzle Diameter 0.4 mm
Filament Diameter 1.75 mm
Printing Material ABS/PLA
Heated Bed
Connectivity SD Card/USB Cable
Support Software QIDI Print/Cura/Simplify 3D
Input Voltage 110V/230V
Printer Machine Size 465 x 320 x 375 mm (LxWxH)

X-one2 3D Printer Kit Contents

  • Qidi Tech X-One2 3D Printer
  • Front & Side Covers
  • Power Cable
  • USB Cable
  • 8GB SD Card
  • SD Card Reader/USB Drive
  • Handles (for side of printer)
  • Spare Part Box
  • Filament (I received orange filament)
  • Filament Spool Holder
  • Filament Guide Tube
  • Glue Stick
  • Scraper
  • PTFE Tube & Nozzle
  • Leveling Paper
  • X-One2 Slicer Operation Process manual
  • X-One2 Quick Start Guide

X-One 2 Improvement Opportunity 

The first and toughest issue I faced was loading the filament. QIDI decided to use whats called a direct drive hotend which has made it easy to jam the filament in the PTFE Lining and a real annoyance to get to. This is the biggest flaw that the X-one2 has in my opinion. However, this flaw should not be a deal breaker. As I continue learning about the printer and all the moving parts, my hope is that the hotend can be switched out to a Bowden style extruder.

X-one2 Recommendation

Overall, the QIDI Tech X-one2 is a great entry level 3D printer that’s both affordable and reliable. The durable body structure and stable printing process outweighs the simple and bulky design. The X-one2 has certainly been a good choice for my first 3D printer and I recommend this printer for anyone looking to invest in their first 3D printer.

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9 thoughts on “QIDI Technology X-One 2 3D Printer Review

  1. I just bought this printer and I am very much a novice. What machine settings do we use for this printer using the Cura software that came with it?

    1. I use the Makerbot settings and just input the print bed size to reflect the correct bed size of your printer. Have you had success printing yet? I’d love to see any prints you’ve done and I’d be happy to post them on the website her if you’d like. Look forward to hearing from you soon and have fun printing!

  2. Great post! Thanks.
    I just started setting mine up and can’t figure out what the extra lexan (clear) parts are for. They were in the box under the bed.

    1. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy your new printer! I’m loving mine! I figured out that two of the clear pieces are for the sides of the printer. However, I took the sides off because I was having trouble printing PLA with them on. Now that I’ve taken them off I figured out to use blue painters tape and hairspray on the bed. This will keep any print you do stuck to the bed. Good luck and please feel free to share your prints and anything you learn because I’m still very new at this!

    1. Thanks so much for this information! I really appreciate the time and effort you’ve spent documenting how to upgrade to Igus bushings. The other author on this website (Zade) has the Oidi Tech I 3D printer and we agree that QIDI machines are quickly becoming favorites of ours too. I’m looking at switching to the Bowden style and will continue using Thingiverse as a resource.

    1. Great question! It took me around 35 minutes to print the hanger, which I use to carry grocery bags up four flights of stairs to my apartment. The cost is very minimal and can hold a good amount of weight.

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