Bambu Issues a Comprehensive Recall of A1 3D Printers Because of Electrical Issues


Bambu has become well-known in the 3D printer industry due to their rapidly performing, high-grade 3D printers. Yet, one of their more budget-friendly models, the A1, has some serious drawbacks, leading to a comprehensive product recall.

Fortunately, if you possess a Bambu A1 mini, this recall does not regard you. However, if you’re an owner of a full-size A1 3D printer, you are advised to cease its usage immediately. The issue initially came into existence when A1 users reported a defective cable linked to the heatbed. Excessive flexing resulted in noticeable deterioration of the cable at its thickest part, where it connects to the heatbed.

Although Bambu made it clear that the heatbed’s fuse would avert overheating or meltdown issues, the risk of short circuits and incorrect temperature readings remained. Consequently, the company began a limited callback to address this problem. However, as further investigation was carried out, it became apparent that the problem was more substantial than initially anticipated. The company is yet to establish all the factors that caused the cable damage, and as a precautionary measure, they are now recalling all A1 3D printers.

Owners of the A1 are being offered two options by Bambu. The first requires packing up the 3D printer and sending it back, similar to a typical return process. Choosing this option will grant the owner a full refund along with an $80 discount voucher for other Bambu 3D printer models.

If self-repair is permitted where you live, you could opt to retain your A1 and temporarily deactivate it. Bambu will continue its investigation and once it identifies the exact issue (expected to be by March), will supply you with the necessary directions and components for repair. The correction process would require the replacement of the heatbed, with an instructional video provided by Bambu on how to do it. For those who choose this option, Bambu is offering a $120 discount coupon for the purchase of a new 3D printer once the root cause has been determined.

Bambu has created a registration page for A1 owners to inform them of the option they have selected, facilitating the necessary ordering of parts.

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