In the past couple of years, Bambu Lab has turned the world of 3D printing on its head by producing two world-class printers seemingly out of thin air (and probably a ton of hard work!). To celebrate its one-year anniversary and to maintain competitiveness with the brand-new Creality K1, Bambu Lab is now offering its lower-cost powerhouse, the Bambu Lab P1P, for only $599 USD.
This printer features many of the same impressive features as its more polished brother: the Bambu Lab X1-Carbon.
- Ultra-Fast 3D Printing: 500mm/s velocity & 2000mm/s² acceleration. The Bambu Lab P1P can print a standard Benchy in only 16.5 minutes. This is 2-3x faster than most 3D printers.
- Dual Auto Bed Leveling
- Advanced Materials: The Bambu Lab P1P, features enhanced cooling and a hardened nozzle along with a carburized drive gear, allow the user to print a broad spectrum of materials such as PA, PC, PET, and TPU.
See full details on the Bambu Lab website.
Should you get a Bambu Lab P1P or the less expensive Creality Ender 3 Pro?
Let's compare the Bambu Lab P1P to the world's best-selling 3D printer, the Creality Ender 3 Pro:
Bambu Lab P1P: $599 USD
The Bambu Lab P1P contains significantly improved technology compared to the Creality Ender 3 Pro, which came out in 2018. Some of the biggest differences between the printers are print speed and convenience. The Bambu Lab P1P is a very fast machine and can print roughly 2-3x faster than a stock Creality Ender 3 Pro. It also comes pre-assembled right out of the box, in contrast to the Ender 3, which is essentially a kit. The P1P also features automatic bed leveling and cloud print over the internet.
Overall, spending an extra 2-3x the cost for the Bambu Lab P1P will buy you print speed, convenience, and slightly less headache. If you are brand new to the hobby and simply want to dip your toes in, it might be best to start with an Ender 3. However, it's important to note that you will have to do some minor tweaking to the machine and most likely some troubleshooting. If budget isn't a constraint then I would suggest going with the Bambu Lab P1P, or even better, the Bambu Lab X1 Carbon.