I am sure we can all agree that 3D printers are awesome. I mean we have a machine that create just about anything you want, and can do it fairly easily. However, one thing I rarely see in the growing personal 3D printer industry is a printer that sets itself apart from the others.
Most of them are pretty similar with metal frames, one or two extruders, and a touch screen control panel. But rarely do we see a printer that has a feature like no other. I don’t know, maybe something with laser engraving capabilities is something some of us would enjoy.
If you are like me and would love to have a laser engraver built-in to your printer, then we are in luck! A Chinese 3D printer manufacturer, Bibo, offers a really cool printer with all the major features we love. It even has the capabilities for laser engraving! I guess dreams really do come true.
The R&D team over at Bibo is composed of university graduates from some of the top universities in China. They have won several design and innovation contests with their products. Bibo hopes to continue their global success in the 3D market by focusing on creating 3D printing solutions with better precision, efficiency, and stability.
They currently offer an all-around great printer that competes with the best brands on the market while offering some truly unique features.
Below I will go into greater detail of the Bibo 3D printer, and I will be sure to highlight all the best specs, and features, and some things you might not like about it. I hope by the end you will have a much deeper understanding of the ins and outs of the Bibo 3D printer in this Bibo 3D Printer review.
Cores Features of Bibo 2
These are the features I feel are the most important and impressive from the Bibo 2 3D printer.
- Laser Engraving: This 3D print doesn’t just create items, it can engrave them too! The Laser Engraving enables you to engrave designs on wood. The engraver isn’t the most powerful, but it will work well on light materials. I have heard of the laser working on wood, paper, cardboard, and even a few plastic pieces. The 500 mw laser engraver is easily swapped out for the extruders and ready to go. It is time to get creative with some of your engraving designs.
- Dual Cooling Fans: The Bibo 2 touch and laser printer comes equipped with two nozzle cooling fans, one in the front and one in the back of the machine This is extremely helpful when printing with filaments that require the nozzle to reach high temperatures, such as PLA. You can automatically control the fan settings throughout the printing process from the touch screen control panel or through your Wi-Fi connected device.
- Power and Filament Detection: Ever been in a situation where your home or office loses power for some reason? Ever had this happen in the middle of a print only to gain power again and you must start the print over from the beginning? Yeah, it’s the worst. Well, you won’t have to worry about power cuts or running out of filament during a print when using this 3D printer from Bibo. If you ever lose power during a print, you can simply pick up where you left off with your print once your power supply comes back. As well, if you happen to run out of filament during a print, the print will be automatically paused until more filament is ready to go. This will allow you to have flawless prints every time.
- Dual Extruders: Something I hope to see more and more of in newer 3D printer models going forward are dual extruders. Adding a second extruder to the machine really opens the possibilities of the 3D printer. Add a second color, or print twice as fast, dual extruders are a great feature for any printer. In terms of Bibo’s extruders, they are some of the best I have seen with great stability and precision during the printing process. This is because Bibo uses direct drive extruder technology, which prevents the filament from bending in the transmission tube.
Key Specifications of the Bibo2
Some key specs to point out of the Bibo 2:
|Build Area||8.4” x 7.3” x 6.3”|
|Print Speed||350 mm/s|
|Filament Types||ABS, PLA, Flexibles, Dissolvables, Conductives|
|Layer Resolution||20 microns|
|Nozzle Diameter||0.4 mm|
|Price||check here for latest price|
Pros of the Bibo 2
Let me highlight some features which testers and myself appreciate the most about the Bibo 2.
Copy and multi-color printing: My favorite reasons for dual extruders on any 3D printer are the capabilities to copy print and use multiple colors during the printing process. With two extruders, you can now cut your overall print time in half of printing two objects. Each extruder can create the same object on different parts of the print bed.
This is great if you’re printing gifts or prototypes, which you would need multiple copies of. Also, being able to create multicolor structures is a feature that allows you to add a little more personalization into your creations.
Or combine both features and copy print the same object in two different colors or filament types. You have a ton of possibilities with the dual extruders on the Bibo 2.
Metal box design: I really love everything about the design of this printer. It starts with the all metal frame to increase stability and precision of the print process. Testers noted that the frame resembles an Ulitmaker, but the overall design seems to be influenced by the Makerbot Replicator. Also – fully assembled – it comes with a removable metal enclosure to ensure stable and constant printing conditions.
The Bibo 2 has larger z and x axis guide rods than its predecessor, which adds to the overall strength and stability too.
Removable glass bed: Something testers continue to rave about when using the Bibo 2 is the heated glass bed. While it is not self-leveling like some other high end 3D printers we are still big fans of the print bed. Since it is demountable, you can easily remove the bed with your finished print on it away from the printer.
This makes it much easier to remove the printed objects and is especially handy when removing complex or large objects.
Multiple materials: I am very impressed with the range of different materials the Bibo 2 3D printer can handle. Not only does it handle them, but it prints beautiful objects with every type of filament.
Some of the different types of filament you can use are ABS, PLA, dissolvable filaments – PVA and HIPS, flexible filaments – TPU and PLA+, nylons, woods, moldlay, and many more. With the capabilities to print all of these filaments you can truly get creative with what objects you are designing and building.
Cons of the Bibo 2 Touch Laser
This is a great printer there is no doubt about that. The users and testers have all reported amazing things and hardly any complaints. In fact, we are so impressed with the printer it is hard to find any negatives about the machine. Everything from the packaging, to durability, to print quality, to customer support has really impressed everyone who has used the Bibo 2.
Sure, there laser engraver could be more powerful, but it definitely gets the job done and works exactly how you would want a laser engraver to work on a 3D printer. There are maybe two parts of the printer that we wish were different, but even these are minor, nit-picky things.
Auto-bed leveling: The heated, demountable glass print bed is great! We just wish it had auto-bed leveling at the beginning of each print. Of course, we don’t mind having to level it ourselves as it is rather painless and easy. But, on the next generation of Bibo we hope to see auto-bed leveling features.
Build area: The build area is good, but not great, especially for taking full advantage of the dual extruders. We would love to see a slightly larger build area to incorporate bigger prints. Again, this is more of a wish-list request than a negative as the current build platform area is suitable for the majority of prints we want to do at home. But, I can dream for now.
Other Bibo Alternatives to Consider?
I always like to compare a 3D printer to it’s closest price competitors. There are definitely a few in this mid-tier category of budget ($700-1200).
Flashforge Creator Pro: The Creator has a very similar design and similar features as well. Similar to Bibi, it’s a foreign import so you may have to deal with confusing manuals. Still, they have improve a LOT from the original version we tested here. The latest Creator Pro available here is much better supported and more consistent in terms of quality prints. It comes in slightly more expensive (but comparable) to the Bibo.
Wanhao Duplicator i3: The new Wanhao is another Chinese competitor that offers many similar features to the Bibo, except with an open concept design.
Final Take – The Bibo 2 Touch x Laser is great option and affordable too
This is more than a 3D printer. It comes with all the features and add-ons we love and even more than we’re used to. It is reliable, stable, accurate, and powerful. While it is currently unavailable on Amazon, due to its popular demand, the printer typically sells for around $800 (check this listing for the latest live prices) making it very affordable for a lot of 3D printing enthusiasts.
It outperforms many other printers in this price range and can hold its own against some more expensive printers. When I first saw the price after learning about the printer I was caught off-guard. I thought for sure this machine would be closer to the $1500 range given the fact it has dual extruders, Wi-Fi connectivity, can handle a ton of filament types and even has the ability to do laser engraving.
All in all, this is a complete package that I have not heard any negatives about. I highly recommend the Bibo 2 3D printer to anyone who can afford it. It is a high-quality 3D printer that will not let you down and continue to surprise with its many features and capabilities.