An affordable package, the Bambu Lab A1 Mini showcases the brand’s best features.

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Ever since Bambu Lab entered the desktop 3D printing market, it has been creating a buzz with its innovative solutions. From the original X1 to the P1S and P1P 3D printers, Bambu Lab has consistently delivered affordable and high-quality products. And now, they are back with yet another game-changer: the Bambu Lab A1 Mini.

The A1 Mini is designed to be fast and is set to become the cheapest option among Bambu Lab’s already affordable range of 3D printers. We have previously discussed Bambu Lab’s solutions, including a detailed review of the P1S. But the A1 Mini stands out from the rest. It is a bed slinger, a common type of lower-cost desktop FDM 3D printer, which is often compared to the more conventional CoreXY technique known for its speed, stability, and ability to print high vertical pieces.

This deviation from the norm is a surprise, considering Bambu Lab’s goal of moving away from bed slingers. However, the company claims that the A1 Mini will offer CoreXY speed and quality for high-speed precision. This is made possible by various features such as a rigid frame, full-metal rails, a nozzle pressure sensor, accelerometers, a powerful MCU, and an advanced motion control system. These features have generated significant anticipation for the A1 Mini as a low-cost, high-quality 3D printer.

Being a bed slinger has also influenced certain aspects of the A1 Mini, including its price and design. Unlike other Bambu Lab solutions, the A1 Mini does not have a closed chamber. However, it compensates for this by including a camera lens cover to prevent privacy concerns, which is becoming increasingly important for users. Additionally, Bambu Lab has addressed traditional issues with bed slingers by incorporating features like all-metal rails for reliability, comprehensive filament monitoring with sensors for runout and tangles, real-time monitoring, and more.

But the A1 Mini’s features don’t stop there. This 3D printer also offers multicolor printing (with the AMS lite, which is not included in the basic model), full-auto calibration (including automatic bed-leveling and z-offset), smooth corners with active flow rate compensation, silent printing (at under 48 dB), precision even with an acceleration of 10,000 mm/s², and the integration of Bambu Lab’s new software, MakerWorld. Nozzle switching has also been optimized for seamless printing.

Currently, the Bambu Lab A1 Mini is available for pre-order, and its reception is eagerly awaited. Despite some previous issues with printers starting automatically overnight, Bambu Lab’s popularity suggests that this latest solution will capture the spotlight. The basic model of the A1 Mini is priced at $299, while the combo with the AMS Lite costs around $459, and the Mega Combo (which includes a free gift) is available from $509.

So, what are your thoughts on the A1 Mini 3D printer from Bambu Lab? Let us know in the comments below or on our social media pages. And don’t forget to sign up for our free weekly Newsletter to receive the latest 3D printing news straight to your inbox. You can also find all our videos on our YouTube channel.

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