UPDATE: We now have the official press release for the new Bambu Lab A1 Mini. The article will be live on 9/20/2023 at 9am EST.
*Page will be live on 9/20/2023 at 9am EST*
Bambu Lab is back with another exciting product announcement: Colorful 3D printing for everyone. They recently teased these statements on their Twitter profile:
"Bambu Lab will once again light up the entrance to the realm of 3D multi-color printing on September 20th. Stay tuned!"
"Rethink automatic flow dynamics calibration.🧐 Stay tuned for September 20th Bambu Lab new product release to witness the dawn of next generation flow control solution."
" Keep Quiet! Fast 3D printing is ongoing! Stay tuned for the September 20th Bambu Lab New Product Release to see how we can "Magically" tune down the noise."
Their homepage also features the following teaser image:
How do we know its called the Bambu Lab A1?
Bambu Lab officially filed for the trademark "Bambu Lab A1" on July 11th, 2023. It is registered under the category "3D Printers". Other names that have recently been trademarked include: the Bambu Lab X1E (Europe?) and the Bambu Lab X1S. It is unlikely that this release is another variation of the X1 models.
4-Color, High Speed, Silent, No Fuss 3D Printing:
What do we know so far?
Bambu Lab is planning on making a big splash with this announcement. So far we can only speculate on some recently leaked rumors.
It appears that Bambu Lab will be releasing a new lower cost "bed-slinger" 3D printer with its own multi-color print capabilities. They are calling it the Bambu Lab A1 and its estimated to retail for around $499 USD (or less). We are not certain on whether or not this printer will actually be a bed slinger. It doesn't seem to be in Bambu's ethos to not be exceptionally innovative, and a bed slinger is far from innovative.
9/12/23 Update: We can confirm there will be 2 new 3D printers. Whether or not they are slightly different versions of the same printer, we have yet to see.
9/13/23 Update: New rumors suggest that the starting price may be $299. This makes more sense than our previous estimate of $499, which, in our opinion, places it too close to the P1P. However, this source refers to the company as “Bambu Labs,” with an “s”, instead of the correct “Bambu Lab” without the “s”.
Confirmed: The build surface area is smaller than the current Bambu Lab printer lineup:
(Image via Power3D)
9/14/23 UPDATE: Bambu Lab has just released a new teaser image titled "Quick Swap Revolution" showcasing a before-and-after comparison. On the "before" side, we see rubber gloves, thermal grease, a fan, tweezers, a hex wrench, a pipe cleaner, and a cable. On the right side of the image: nothing.
We assume they've developed a new hot end that can be easily swapped without the need for any tools. In the current lineup of 3D printers, a complete hot end can be purchased for $35 USD, with the only required tool being a hex wrench. This new hot end appears to need no tools at all and might attach magnetically or with some sort of clip.
Under the image, the sub-heading reads: "Clip in, clip out. No wire involved!"
9/18/23 UPDATE: Bambu Lab has just released a new teaser image showing that they have solved the issue of filament spools tangling. Exactly how they achieved this has yet to be seen.
What other printers could Bambu Lab release in the future?
Bambu Lab could most likely announce a completely new type of 3D printer (most likely not the A1) in the future: a "Photocuring" 3D printer. Based on their patent applications, we found the following information about their potential hybrid resin/FDM printer:
- Real-time Curing: Materials are cured as they print. This is a significant leap forward, reducing the time between printing and the final product being ready for use.
- Dual Illumination System: Two illumination mechanisms that move in tandem with the printing process. This guarantees consistent and thorough curing.
- Adaptable Printing Head: The unique design allows our printing heads to adapt on-the-go, ensuring that the curing process is tailored to the specific material being used. This is a breakthrough in achieving high-quality prints across a variety of materials.
(Stay tuned for more updates as the news breaks)