BIBO 3D Printer Review: Dual Extruder, Laser Engraving
Are you looking for a 3D printer that’s easy to use and one that produces excellent results? Do you like the idea of true 2 color printing without the need to change filament?
If you answered yes to these questions, then you should really take a look at the BIBO2 3D printer. It’s a dual extruder printer, comes fully assembled and has some really cool extra features.
Not only does this 3D printer produce excellent 3D prints even when using two colors, but it can also do laser engraving on surfaces such as wood, plastic, leather and paper.
Let’s look at some of the printer’s great features so you can understand why this printer has received so many excellent reviews from both satisfied users and top publications within the 3D printing industry.
- Key Features
- What’s In The Box?
- Does This Printer Require Much Set Up?
- How Do You Use the Laser Engraver On This Printer?
- What Software Can You Use With This 3D Printer?
- Can You Modify The Firmware?
- What Material Can You Engrave With The Engraving Module?
- Are There Support Groups Or Forums For The BIBO 3D Printer?
- What Customers Are Saying
- Final Verdict
|Print material||Auto Calibration||Maximum print size(inches)||Heating bed||layer thickness||Customer support||Assembly time||Warranty|
|PLA, ABS, HIPS, PVA||No||8.4"x7.3"x6.3"||Yes||50-300 microns||Excellent||10 Minutes||6 Months|
Metal Frame Construction.
This 3D printer is solidly built with its metal frame construction. This means that the printer is very stable while it is printing which equates to much better quality prints.
The printer is also fully enclosed with an acrylic hood and front door. This ensures much better temperature control inside the printer which is great when printing with ABS filaments.
The acrylic covers are also removable for better cooling when using PLA filament.
Dual Extruders With Cooling Fans.
Having dual extruders is certainly a huge advantage in a 3D printer. It means that you can print 2 color objects without needing to change the filament during the printing process.
Just load up a different color in each extruder and start printing. The previously programmed G-code file will tell the printer exactly when to use each color.
Another advantage of having the two extruders is that you can easily print support structures for your prints in a different filament type and color to make them easier to remove.
If using dissolvable filament, it’s as easy as soaking your finished print in some water or acid. The support material will just dissolve away leaving only the finished model.
The third advantage to using a 3D printer with dual extruders is that you can print two identical objects at the same time. This could effectively cut your printing time in half if you are making multiples of the same product.
The print nozzles also have a number of cooling fans, three at the front and one at the back. This is especially important when printing with PLA filament.
Removable Glass Print Bed.
The glass print bed in the BIBO 3D printer has a maximum build volume of 8.4 inches x 7.3 inches x 6.3 inches. This is an excellent build volume for a fully assembled 3D printer in this price range.
The print bed is also removable which makes it much easier to remove the finished prints from the bed. Plus it’s a heated bed (up to 100 degrees Celsius) so you can print with many different types of filament.
The bed also comes completely level straight from the factory so there’s no need for time consuming bed leveling. You might find though, that you will need to make some small adjustments from time to time. This is very easily done using just 3 wing nuts under the plate.
User Friendly Color Touch Screen.
The large color touch screen is very user friendly and makes it easy to control the printer. All the available functions are self explanatory and completely intuitive.
Filament Run Out Detection.
The BIBO will automatically detect when your filament is about to run out and will pause printing. You can then load the new spool of filament and continue the print job.
As an added advantage, if you have a power failure, the BIBO will resume printing where it left off once the power comes back on. There’s not a lot of 3D printers that have that particular function. Usually you would end up with an incomplete project and would have to start again from scratch.
You can easily control the BIBO 3D printer with your smart phone or PC by connecting it to your Wi-Fi. This is especially useful when you want to check on your print job while you’re away from the printer.
You can also connect the printer to your computer via USB. The BIBO also has an SD card slot so you can print just using the touch screen once you’ve loaded the print file onto the card.
Added Laser Engraver.
Unlike most other 3D printers in this price bracket, the BIBO has a laser engraving module which will allow you to engrave all sorts of things on wood, plastic, leather, paper or cardboard.
Compatible With A Huge Variety Of Filaments.
The BIBO 3D printer is compatible with a large variety of filaments allowing you to create many different types of objects and models.
You can use PLA, ABS, Dissovable filament, Flexible filament, Nylon, Wood, PETG, Conductive filament and Carbon fiber filament.
Uses Open Source Slicer Software.
With the BIBO you can use open source slicer software such as Repetier-Host, Cura, Simplify3D and Makerware. All these are compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.
This means that you can use the software that you’re most familiar with or that you find the easiest to use.
What’s In The Box?
The BIBO 3D printer comes fully assembled and here’s a list of what’s in the box:
- The BIBO 3D printer.
- The laser engraving module.
- The Wi-Fi module.
- The acrylic cover kit.
- One spool of PLA filament (1.0 Kg)
- The SD card complete with the manual, assembly instructions and videos plus the slicing software.
- The removable glass bed.
- One glue stick.
- Some allen wrenches.
- A USB cable for connecting the printer to your computer.
Does This Printer Require Much Set Up?
The BIBO comes mostly pre-assembled, however there is a little assembly which needs to be done. It should take an average person only around 30 minutes.
There is a manual, assembly instructions and links to videos on the SD card.
The main assembly requirements are:
- The acrylic cover needs to be assembled and installed.
- The extruder needs to be unwrapped and installed.
- The front door needs to be attached.
- The filament spool holders need to be installed on the back of the printer as well as the filament stoppers which tell the printer when the filament has run out.
How Do You Use the Laser Engraver On This Printer?
The laser engraving module is separate and needs to be installed where the extruders are.
This means you need to remove the extruder using just a couple of screws and install the engraver in its place. Then you need to connect the cable attached to the engraving module into one of the extruder fans.
Once that’s done you’re ready to start engraving. The printer does come with engraving software and a pair of safety glasses to protect your eyes.
What Software Can You Use With This 3D Printer?
You can use open source software such as Repetier-host, Cura, Simplify3D and Makerware to create the G-code print files which will direct the printer on how to print your projects.
Can You Modify The Firmware?
Those more experienced 3D printing enthusiasts who might like to make certain changes to the firmware are able to send a request to BIBO who will customize the firmware and then send it back.
However for almost all printing projects, the set up of the printer will very likely print anything that you could possibly want.
What Material Can You Engrave With The Engraving Module?
The laser engraving unit is 500 mw so it will easily engrave on wood, leather, plastic and other fairly soft materials.
It is not powerful enough to engrave on glass or metal.
Are There Support Groups Or Forums For The BIBO 3D Printer?
After doing a little research we found a number of groups and forums primarily for the BIBO.
Firstly, BIBO have their own private forum which is made available to anyone who purchases one of their printers.
The is also a forum space for the BIBO on 3dhubs called BIBO Talk with a small number of members. This forum is frequented by BIBO technicians so any questions are answered quite promptly.
We also found a small group of users on Thingiverse along with some print files specifically for the BIBO.
What Customers Are Saying
Of all the reviews we read, we found only positive comments for this printer. Most, if not all, customers have agreed that the BIBO 3D printer is one of the best fully assembled printers in this price range.
Everyone agreed that the printer was easy to use and took minimal time to set up. Plus the resulting print quality appears to be excellent.
What stood out the most for us though, was the excellent customer support that users had received from the BIBO techs and staff. We noticed on quite a number of reviews that the BIBO staff were extremely active providing comments and helpful information.
This type of customer service and support would alone make purchasing a BIBO 3D printer an easy decision.
The BIBO2 Touch 3D printer is an excellent 3D printer for anyone who wants to produce high quality objects and models. It has quite a number of extra features that other 3D printers in this price range do not.
Set up only takes around 30 minutes and the dual extruders mean that printing multi-colored models is a breeze. Couple this with the heated print bed and there’s not many things that you couldn’t make with this 3D printer.
When you then add the excellent customer and technical support from BIBO themselves, you would certainly have to surmise that the BIBO is the perfect choice for both beginners, designers, engineers and 3D printing enthusiasts.