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Bambu Lab is a new company that has launched their first 3D Printer just last year, after silently working on the project for about two years. The Bambu Lab X1 3D Printer really made a serious impression in the 3D printing world when it was announced as it offered a fresh new approach to a lot of things in the 3D printing process and the printer itself did seems a lot like a real consumer-oriented product and not your regular tech that would normally interest people that are into 3D printing and like to tinker with the hardware and the process of 3D printing itself a lot. High-speed and high-quality 3D printing and ease of use are the key aspects of the Bambu Lab X1 3D Printer and this is no wonder as the core team of Bambu Lab all comes from former employees of DJI (the popular drone maker). No wonder that some people are drawing comparisons between DJI and Bambu Lab and the 3D printer maker does indeed go along the road of making the 3D printer nice looking, easy to be used and quite affordable for the speed and quality it offers compared to the competing products…

The Bambu Lab X1 Carbon 3D printer is packed with features and technology that make is really interesting to play around with and to get great and fast prints out of it, however that rises the cost of the device to $1199 USD at the moment or $1449 USD if you add in the AMD module in the package (also separately available as an upgrade). After the X1 3D Printer came the more affordable and customizable, kind of stripped down a bit version – the Bambu Lab P1P 3D printer that is priced at just $699 USD. The 3D printer that is more targeted towards enthusiasts and thinkerers that would love to 3D print parts and upgrade and customize their device and at a price point that is very competitive to other more affordable 3D printers. It is missing some of the bells and whistles of its bigger brother – the X1 Carbon, but comes with all of the most important things that provide high-quality and high-speed of printing.

There is also the Bambu Lab Automatic Material System (AMS) is an interesting addon compatible with the X1 and the P1P 3D printers that the company makes that allows you to use multiple filaments in the same print, 4 by default, though you can bridge multiple AMSes to get more colour and material options available to you (up to 16 different colours). Bambu Lab’s AMS is not that different compared to some other similar products available already, though it works quite well with the company’s 3D printers and makes them even more interesting and functional.

So, if you are interested in a 3D printer that is not a $200 USD entry-level solution that would need time and attention to get good results with then this is not for you, but if you are more interested in getting good quality and quickly printed 3D models you should definitely take a look at Bambu Lab’s 3D Printers. They are more in the mid to high-priced offerings in the range of consumer 3D printers, but they are really one of the best options that are available at the moment for people that need results.

To find out more about Bambu Lab and their 3D printers…

One of the most annoying things that can happen to you is to lose the backplane of a motherboard when you are installing it to a computer case. There are so many variations of backplanes for different motherboards and finding a suitable one is not an easy task. eBay sometimes is your friend, but often there you find overpriced backplanes and when you ad in shipping cost is simply is not worth buying one. The alternative – quickly drawing and then 3D print the backplane you need…

It all started as an experiment with a quick test drawing the insides of a backplane, extruding it to 2mm height and gluing the resulted 3D printed backplane on a frame from an existing backplane. Of course the insides of the non-compatible motherboard backplane needs to be cut first, but that is not a hard thing to do with the right tools and the result does seem to be surprisingly good.

Measuring and replicating the right dimensions with a bit of tweaking of the shapes has produced surprisingly good result for the first test run. So good that I will most likely do some more experimenting with a few more backplanes and why not even do a complete backplane with the frame. Not having to destroy an existing backplane just so that the metal frame can be used saves some time and efforts and if the results are good it won’t be a bad idea to use a 3D print the whole thing in one piece.

Off to the “drawing board” for the next backplane and then will go for a full once piece solution, though I do have some doubts that the plastic may quickly wear off where it needs to be attached to the computer case. Regardless the backplane is not something that you will need to often remove and reinsert again, so if it manages to hold up to a couple of insert/remove cycles it should still be fine.

I finally got my USB microscope that I have ordered last week and have posted about and was eager to try it out and see the level of quality it provides, so I took up some small 3D printed parts made with different type of filaments and I looked at them up close, really close. I’ll be covering the USB microscope in a separate post, so here I’m just going to be posting a couple of photos taken with it to show what it is capable of.

The 3D printed parts in the form of small Monopoly type of houses are all made with PLA-based composite filaments using 0.2mm layer height and the crystal type model is printed with 0.1mm layer height using UV curable polymer resin. I’m mentioning the layer height as it can help you get an idea on the level of zoom that you get as the separate layers building the objects are clearly visible with the help of the USB microscope. The quality is quite good, though there is room for more to be desired. The photos below have been downsized to 50% of their original resolution in order to be smaller and easier to load, the original resolution is 5 Megapixel.

PLA filament infused with very fine wood particles to make the resulting 3D prints lighter and feeling more like they are actually made from wood. Using different extrusion temperature with this interesting filament allows you to even vary the tonality of the printed “wood”.

PLA filament infused with finely chopped carbon fibers to allow the 3D printer to print with carbon like filament that is stronger and lighter, though not as strong as with real woven carbon fiber.

Flexible silicone-like 3D printer filament called NinjaFlex that allows you to get some really interesting 3D printed objects that can be bended and stretched without breaking.

Sandstone-like result from a special type of 3D printer filament (open this link) that infuses PLA plastics with fine chalk powder to give a really nice looking result. With this one the different layers are actually much harder to be noticed than with other filaments.

Special type of polymer that is in liquid form and then is cured with a laser or an UV light source in order to become solid and strong. This process allows for higher levels of detail, but is not suitable for larger objects as it takes more time for things to print and is more expensive due to the polymer used.

I guess that I should be able to inspect 3D prints at a really good detail level using the USB microscope from now on, though probably relying on some natural light may help get better results than having to rely on artificial light for taking photos of the 3D printed parts. Could be especially useful for times when I’m trying out new and more exotic composite material types… I do have some with metal particles ready and waiting for some testing.

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