The Taiwanese company Bambu Lab is once again causing a stir in the 3D printer market: With the A1 Mini, it is now launching a compact yet powerful entry-level 3D printer. The highlight: for less than 500 euros, there is a version with a multi-material print head.
The newly introduced A1 Mini comes in an open desktop 3D printer design, but offers unusually high print speeds of up to 500 mm/s as well as an acceleration of 10,000 mm/s2. Print volume is claimed to be 180 x 180 x 180 mm.
Bambu Lab relies on a Bowden design with direct drive of the motors on the axes, which should ensure quiet operation. Automatic calibration is also said to ensure high print quality even during operation. In addition, Bambu Lab offers live print monitoring via an app.
For around 493 euros, the A1 Mini is available including a 4-fold multi-material extruder called AMS Lite. This enables printing with up to four filament colors. The system is said to be less susceptible to clogging than comparable systems. Changing the print heads is also said to be greatly simplified.
With this new entry-level model, Bambu Lab remains true to its philosophy of offering powerful yet affordable 3D printers for end users. The A1 Mini should once again raise the bar for affordable desktop 3D printers with a multi-material option. Orders will be available starting October 16, 2023.