Frequently Asked Questions
Using Product
Can I upgrade an X1 to an X1-Carbon, and are there any additional upgrade kits that will be available?

Yes, you can buy the parts and upgrade the printer. When upgrading, the Chamber Monitoring Camera can unlock the live view and time lapse functions. Since the AI Spaghetti detection relies on the USB camera, the stock X1 version doesn't come with that feature. Upgrading the auxiliary parts cooling fan can also enable more cooling capacity to achieve higher print speeds without compromising quality. Upgrading to the hardened hotend can allow you to print Carbon/Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer filaments without wiping off the nozzle quickly. Currently, though, there are no 3rd party parts that will work with the Bambu Lab X1 Series 3D printers.

With the firmware being proprietary, is there a function for auto shut down at print completion?

After printing, the heating, motor, and fan will be turned off, but the printer, itself, will not be automatically turned off.

Will all units going to the USA be 110v or will they also support 220v? Also, is there any advantage for a USA customer to hook it up to a 220v connection?

Both are supported. The 220V hotbed heats up faster.In order to protect the machine, when using 220V,the maximum temperature of the hot bed will be limited to 110°C, and the 110V power supply is limited to 120°C.

What safety measures have been taken with the X1 series?

You can monitor the printing live view from the Bambu Handy app, and you can pause/stop printing remotely. While an X1 series machine is printing, it will stop when it runs out of filament. It will also stop printing if the first layer scan fails. Meanwhile, the printer has a temperature alarm system in both the chamber and the heated bed to prevent overheating.

What happens if the internet disconnects during my print?

After the file has been sent to the printer, disconnecting the internet will only affect remote connection via Bambu Studio or Bambu Handy and will not affect printing.

What is the maximum MicroSD card size that the X1 Series supports?

The X1 Series supports up to 2TB cards formatted via FAT32. Please be aware that some formatting applications only support formatting MicroSD cards up to 32GB as FAT32.

How is the firmware updated?

The Bambu Lab X1 series uses OTA firmware updates. As long as you have Wifi connected, turn on your printer, and the server will send a firmware upgrade request.

When using WiFi, does it read the stl file during the whole print or just download it to the machine at the start and then technically wifi can go out and the print still goes on uninterrupted?

It just downloads it to the machine at the start and then technically wifi can go out and the print still goes on

How often do I need to calibrate the printer?

You can manually initiate calibration when the printer is idle or enable/disable the calibration before printing processes. We would recommend calibration after moving the printer, changing different filament brands, or after few prints, but it doesn't take long to run a calibration.

Is bed leveling and flow calibration necessary for every print?

Not always. The printer does remember previous settings. If you use the same bed temperature as the previous print, then bed leveling is not needed. If you didn't reboot the machine and are using the same material as your previous print, you can skip flow calibration and vibration calibration as well. You can calibrate it once per week if you maintain the same bed temperature and filament.

It looks like there's 4 speed modes? What's the difference between them all in terms of speed and noise? Specifically the silent one?

Different gears just adjust the acceleration and speed in the original G-code according to a certain proportional coefficient, and the quiet mode adopts the smallest acceleration and speed proportional coefficient.

How long does it takes between you open the box to starting your first print?

It usually takes less than 15 minutes to get the X1 or X1-Carbon set up, including removing the set screw for heat bed, downloading the software and app, and connecting to Wifi. It is a little more complicated with AMS packages. You need to unscrew both set screws for the heat bed and remove the set screws for AMS inside the chamber, and calibrating the AMS usually takes more time than than it would without an AMS.

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Filament
Can I use the AMS to switch between different materials like ABS and PLA in a single print?

Yes you can, but using the different filaments will significantly increase the printing time, since the printer has to change temperature every time the materials switch, and some materials may not work well together because of the different temperatures.

Can I use the X1 version to print Carbon filament?

You can print carbon fiber materials if you want, but without the extreme hardened steel nozzle and extruder (20~25Rc on X1, above 60Rc on X1c nozzle), the nozzle can wear down very quickly, so we recommend only printing carbon fiber materials with the X1-Carbon.

Can we use RFID stickers to identify third party filaments as well? If yes, what kind of RFID stickers should we use?

The RFID is for use with Bambu Lab filament only at this time. Opening it might cause other issues at the moment. We are considering the possibility of opening this system.

Does the X1 Series support third party filament?

Yes, you can use any filament you like. We recommend using Bambu Lab filament in most situations because all the parameters of material setting such as temperature, cooling power, printing speed have been optimized based on our materials. Other 1.75mm 3rd party filament can also be used, but we're unable to guarantee print quality and performance.

What filament is not usable in the AMS?

1. No TPU will work with the AMS system.

2. Some fragile or soft filaments can also cause problems with the AMS. We are working on a comprehensive list about what filaments do or do not work with the AMS.

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Accessories
Can I detect how many hours of use my nozzle has seen for replacements?

We prefer to estimate when hotends need to be replaced by detecting nozzle wear. Different printing habits and filament use can lead to very different hotend replacement needs.

How can I achieve 16-color printing?

With the help of an AMS hub, multiple AMS can work in parallel. Each AMS supports 4 colors, and 4 AMS will support up to 16 colors. You can hook up to 4 AMS to a single printer with the AMS hub, so it is up to 4*4, or 16 colors or materials.

Will the AMS allow for color blending eg. transitioning from one filament to another without a purge cycle?

This can be done by setting the purge to 0

Why is the hot end a complete design?

1. We need to make integration as compact as possible to save space for the Lidar.

2. We want to reduce the mass of the toolhead to improve speed.

3. We want to reduce the thermal inertial (thermal capacity) to increase the speed of heating up.

4. We want a smooth filament path to reduce both drag and the possibility of clogging, especially considering that the AMS will change filaments many more times than a traditional single filament printer.There is one more benefit of this design, which was not intentional but is nice to have. We can now change the hotend while it is cooling. People who have experience changing a V6 nozzle know what I am talking about.

Can I use 3rd party spool on AMS?

Yes, you can, but you have to make sure that the width is between 46~70mm, and the diameter does not exceed 200mm.

What are the size dimensions of the AMS? Any other specs about it?

L*W*H: 368*283*224mm

Is it possible to print on a sheet of other materials?

We also have Bambu High Temperature Build Plate which is more temperature resistant. If you want to use a build plate of other materials, the build plate needs to meet the following conditions:

1. Our lidar needs to work with a smooth and opaque matte surface.

2. The automatic leveling function ABL can only work when there is an area on the build plate to clean the end face of the nozzle

3. Ensure that the hot bed temperature of printing PLA does not exceed 45 ℃ and has good adhesion.

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Slicer
Does the slicer support different temperatures for different materials (in an AMS print)?

It depends on the mutual bonding strength of the materials and the requirement for chamber temperature. For example, ABS and PLA do not support mixed printing. Other materials, with closer temperature requirements, will work.

Are 3rd party slicers compatible with the X1 Series?

Yes, third-party slicers are supported but we currently only have profiles for single-color printing. Additionally, no 3rd-party slicers are currently compatible with some functions, such as first layer inspection and using the AMS. Therefore, we strongly suggest using Bambu Studio for now to get full functionality.

What features will and will not work with 3rd party slicers?

AMS, 1st Layer detection via LIDAR, and spaghetti detection do not work when using other slicers.

I see the build volume but is some of it taken up by the calibration prints at the beginning?

You only need the calibration when changing the filament or nozzle. You can disable the calibration print when you slice a model or when printing.

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