E3D and Bambu Lab Unveil ObXidian Hardened Tip Hotend for Bambu X1 and P1 3D Printers


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UK-based hotend manufacturer E3D has launched an upgraded hotend for X1 and P1 series 3D printers from Shenzhen-based 3D printer manufacturer Bambu Lab.

In an officially licenced collaboration between the two companies, the new drop-in replacement hotend features a high flow ObXidian hardened tip nozzle. This collaboration with E3D is Bambu Labs’ first ecosystem partnership project.

E3D states the new hotend optimizes the use of abrasive composite materials, featuring an E3DLC non-stick coating to reduce clogging. Reportedly, the ObXidian hotend can increase flow rate by 60%.

The E3D Upgrade is now available for purchase on the official E3D website with 0.4mm and 0.6mm nozzle diameters. It is priced at £60 ($75).

“We are thrilled to introduce this groundbreaking upgrade in collaboration with Bambu Lab,” commented Joshua Rowley, CEO at E3D.  “Our team has worked tirelessly, with fantastic support from the Bambu team, to develop a product that not only significantly improves the speed and performance of Bambu printers but also ensures a smooth and straightforward upgrade process for users.”

“By incorporating the E3D Upgrade into Bambu Lab 3D printers, we propel ourselves forward, amplifying printer performance, pushing the boundaries of what our printers can achieve, and enhancing the user experience,” added Dr Ye Tao, CEO of Bambu Lab. This collaboration strengthens our commitment to delivering state-of-the-art 3D printing solutions that empower creators.” 

E3D and Bambu Lab’s new hotend 

With its design intended as a plug and play substitute for Bambu X1 and P1 series 3D printers, the newly released hotend purportedly offers a straightforward and trouble-free set-up. Furthermore, the appealing £60 price point is expected to expand the reach of this latest hotend for X1 and P1 consumers.

Bambu Lab’s 3D printers market themselves as providing high-velocity desktop 3D printing, their latest release, X1E, boasts peak 3D print speeds of 500 mm/s. According to E3D, the new hotend has the capacity to enhance volumetric flow speeds by 60%, thus boosting 3D print speed and efficiency concurrently.

Integration of the ObXidian hardened-tip nozzle ensures that the newest E3D Upgrade is primed for use with abrasive composite materials. Allowing for a top 3D printing temperature of 300℃, this nozzle is reputed to guarantee dependable and accurate material extrusion. Indeed, the additional inclusion of E3DLC non-stick coating helps immensely in reducing the chances of filament residue and blockages. This coating incorporates a wear-resistant matrix of diamonds and graphite, thereby minimizing the need for hot end maintenance and downtime.

The latest hotend is compatible with 1.75 mm diameter filaments and can be installed on Bambu Lab X1, X1 Carbon, X1E, P1S and P1P 3D printers. Bambu Lab has pledged to donate 50% of licensing proceeds to the Sanjay Mortimer Foundation. This foundation, established in remembrance of E3D founder Sanjay Mortimer, works towards aiding those with neurodiverse minds to identify their unique strengths and abilities via the mediums of engineering and creation.

The new E3D Upgrade hotend with ObXidian hardened tip nozzle. Photo via E3D.

The new E3D Upgrade hotend with ObXidian hardened tip nozzle. Photo via E3D.

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