QIDI Technology X-One 2 3D Printer Review

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QIDI Technology X-one2 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-one2 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-one2 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 been 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 aluminum, 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 outweigh the simple and bulky design. The X-one2 has certainly been a good choice for my first 3D printer and I recommend this printer to anyone looking to invest in their first 3D printer.

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12 comments

  1. I have been using the x-one 2 for a few months now and I have been using the glue that came with the printer. Is there a better option that doesn’t leave a yellow color on the print base that you use? Reading through your comments you mentioned using painter’s tape and hair spray, how do you do that to make it stick?

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    1. Hey Chase,
      That’s great to hear that you also have the x-one2! Overall how would you say your experience with the printer has been? What slicing program do you use? Have your prints been coming out pretty well with just using the glue stick? I started printing with the glue stick, but the corners would always bend upwards and the print wouldn’t come out the best. Using the painters tape and hairspray is a different story. I haven’t had one print mess up due to the bottom layers or corner pulling up and bending.

      I just lay the blue painters tape down on the bed (depending on the width of the tape, you may have to use multiple pieces….I use three strips in all). After laying the tape down, I lightly coat the tape with hairspray and you’re good to go. Sometimes I spray more as the print continues depending on the size of the print and how long it may take. Just make sure you change the tape out after each print. Best of luck and I hope to hear back from you as I’d love to learn about your experience.

      – Logan

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      1. Overall, it’s an easy printer to use, especially for someone like me who is still very new to 3D printing. I do also have the issue of the sides bending up, but only with thin plaques or something of the sort. And at first, the glue stick would get unstuck, but it’s gotten much better and can print for many hours constantly without moving. The glue works, it just usually flakes after trying to take it off the print plate, which causes a bit of a mess, but I don’t mind and after many layers, it starts to pile up and leaves a weird residue.

        All in all, I would definitely recommend the X-One 2 to my friends and, while the glue has some problems, they’re just minor ones that can be fixed. Have a nice night and best of luck with anything you do!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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.

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    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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