QIDI 3D Printer

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QIDI 3D Printer
« on: January 20, 2020, 05:54:54 AM »
I've been playing with a QIDI Tech X-one 2 3D printer since last August, and have a review of it up on my blog now.  https://writerofminds.blogspot.com/2020/01/qidi-tech-x-one-2-3d-printer-review.html  Short version: I am very impressed with it.  It's been easy to use and has had only minor problems.

All the models that I used to make the items came from Thingiverse, but I'm working on learning how to make my own, so maybe I will have some robotics things to post later this year.


Model by BoldPrintShop, https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:527736


Model by LoboCNC, https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1817180


Model by shiuan, https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:518748

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Re: QIDI 3D Printer
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2020, 07:11:45 AM »
Nice!!! And that one isn't crazy expensive, does it cost much to run after the initial investment?

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Re: QIDI 3D Printer
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2020, 07:16:34 AM »
All the models that I used to make the items came from Thingiverse, but I'm working on learning how to make my own, so maybe I will have some robotics things to post later this year.

What kinds of parts do you envisage making? I've made a few different robots over the years using various construction methods. I was seriously thinking about getting a 3D printer to start experimenting along those lines and spent a lot of time researching the possibilities. In spite of the limited strength of 3d printed parts there are some quite remarkable things that are possible with them (e.g. http://inmoov.fr/)

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more in this thread.  :)

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Re: QIDI 3D Printer
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2020, 02:46:58 PM »
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does it cost much to run after the initial investment?

Not really.  Filament reels (1 kg of plastic) are in the $15-20 range.  I have several different colors, but I don't think I've used a full reel's worth yet.

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What kinds of parts do you envisage making?

Right now, I'm thinking of something that is basically just a camera housing (not durability-critical, so I will probably use PLA for this), and some hinge joint connectors (probably ABS).

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Re: QIDI 3D Printer
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2020, 06:45:33 PM »
Are there or have you experienced any issues by mixing/combining two different plastics in a particular application? (strength, durability, flexibility, etc). Thanks!
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Re: QIDI 3D Printer
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2020, 08:12:45 PM »
Different plastics require different melt temperatures and harden differently -- e.g. ABS shrinks as it cools, while PLA doesn't.  So I suspect that making a composite part of two different plastics or a mix would be disastrous, unless you took great care to choose materials with compatible properties.

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Re: QIDI 3D Printer
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2020, 02:27:14 AM »
Your post is what basically led me to ask the question:

"Right now, I'm thinking of something that is basically just a camera housing (not durability-critical, so I will probably use PLA for this), and some hinge joint connectors (probably ABS)."

I was wondering how well (or not) those parts might play well together. I thought they would be part of the same unit (housing/hinges).
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Re: QIDI 3D Printer
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2020, 02:33:32 AM »
Oh.  No, those would be part of separate projects.

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Re: QIDI 3D Printer
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2020, 02:40:24 AM »
Sorry WOM, I misunderstood you.
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