QIDI Q1 Pro Review: Consumer 3D Printer with Industrial Capabilities

The QIDI Q1 Pro has just been released. This unit is an industrial-grade 3D printer in a desktop version. Read our review to find out more about the features, specs, performance and capabilities of the 3D printer.

The world of 3D printing is rapidly changing. Once a niche technology confined to industrial settings, 3D printers are rapidly becoming more accessible and user-friendly, finding their way into homes, workshops, and even classrooms. This surge in popularity is driven by the incredible potential of 3D printing to transform how we design, prototype, and create physical objects.

Over the past two weeks, we’ve had the QIDI Q1 Pro in our Test Lab. From our experience, this 3D printer push the boundaries of what’s possible for 3D printing. The Q1 Pro printer is packed with features that redefine ease of use and printing capabilities. This unit positions itself as a strong contender in the “next generation” of 3D printers.

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QIDI Q1 Pro 3D Printer at the Test Lab


QIDI Q1 Pro Review

The Q1 Pro embraces features like automatic bed leveling, ensuring a perfectly calibrated printing surface for consistent results. Additionally, the inclusion of a heated chamber allows for printing with advanced materials like ABS filament, previously limited to more industrial machines.

However, the Q1 Pro isn’t just about technical prowess. It’s designed with the user in mind. There’s a user-friendly touchscreen interface that simplifies operations, a filament run-out sensor that prevents printing mishaps, and more. These are just a few of the features that make the Q1 Pro ideal for both seasoned hobbyists and prosumers looking to take their 3D printing experience to the next level.

QIDI Q1 Pro Specs

Print Size (W*D*H): 245*245*245 mm
Printer Dimensions: 477*467*489 mm
Package Dimensions: 545*535*595mm
Cross Weight: 20.3kg
Net Wetiht: 17kg
XY Structure: CoreXY
X/Y Axis: 10mm High hardness linear hollow steel shafts
belt tensioned automatically
Z Axis: Dual Independent Lead Screw Motors
Print Head Temperature: ≤ 350℃
Extruder: Direct Extruder
Hardened Steel Gears
Hot End: Ceramic Plate Heating Hot End
Nozzle: Bimetal Nozzle
Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm (0.2/0.6/0.8mm Optional)
Printing Platform: Aluminum Substrate Heating Bed
Printing Plate: Dual-Sided Textured PEI Plate
Hot Bed Temperature: ≤ 120℃
Max Speed of Tool Head: 600mm/s
Acceleration: ≤20000mm/s^2
Operating System: Windows、MacOS、Linux
Auxiliary Part Cooling Fan:
Chamber Circulation Fan:
Chamber Temperature: 60° C Independent Chamber Heating
Recommended Filament: PLA, ABS, ASA, PETG
Compatible Filament: TPU,PA, PC, Carbon/ Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer
Dry box: Optional
Filament Tangle Detection:
Filament Run Out Sensor:
Automatic Leveling: Hands-free Automatic Leveling
Input Shaping:
Power Loss Recovery:
Voltage: 100-240 VAC, 50/60Hz
Rated Power: 350W+300W(Chameber Heater)
Display Screen: 4.3 Inch 272*480 Touch Screen
Storage: 32G EMMC and USB2.0 Flash Drive
Camera: Low Framerate Camera (Up to 1080P)
Timelapse Supported
Wifi Module: 150M 2.4G
Slicer: QIDI Slicer and other third-party software, such as PrusaSlicer, Orca etc.
File Formats for Slicing: STL, OBJ, 3MF,STEP,STP
Q1 Pro TDS: Download

Before diving into the specifics of the Q1 Pro, it’s crucial to consider your needs. Are you a seasoned hobbyist comfortable with tinkering and customization? Or are you a prosumer seeking a user-friendly machine capable of delivering high-quality prints? Regardless of your experience level, you should research well before making a decision. That’s where this review comes in.

Below, we dive deep into the Q1 Pro’s features, performance, and user experience.

Unboxing and Initial Setup

When the QIDI Q1 Pro arrived, it was time to unpack and set it up for printing. Here’s a step-by-step guide to take you from a sealed box to a print-ready machine.

The QIDI Q1 Pro typically arrives in a sturdy cardboard box with the QIDI Tech logo prominently displayed on the top. Carefully remove the outer packaging to reveal the inner box containing the printer itself.

The items in the box include:

  • QIDI Q1 Pro 3D Printer
  • Power Cable & Region-Specific Adapter
  • Filament Spool Holder
  • Filament Spool Holder Cover
  • Filament Extension Stand
  • USB Cable
  • Toolkit:
    • Allen Keys (H1.5, H2.0, H2.5)
    • 7mm Spanner
    • Flat Head Screwdriver
    • Scraper
  • Filament Spool (material may vary)
  • User Manual & Quick Start Guide
  • 0.4mm Nozzle Cleaning Tool
  • USB 2.0 Flash Drive
  • Spare Parts Kit

Assembling the QIDI Q1 Pro

The aesthetics and build quality of the Q1 Pro are impressive. The printer is solid and well-constructed. This is evident from the smooth finishes, clean lines, and high-quality materials used in the construction.

The QIDI Q1 Pro is designed for user-friendly assembly, even for beginners. Here’s a breakdown of the process to get you started:

Estimated Time: Allow approximately 15-20 minutes for the entire assembly process.

Difficulty Level: Beginner-friendly.

Prepare Your Workspace

Find a clean, flat surface with enough space to accommodate the printer comfortably. Consider the size of the printer itself, as well as additional space needed for filament feeding and future material changes. Ensure the surface is sturdy and level to prevent any potential wobbling during printing.

Attaching the Spool Holder

Locate the spool holder and its designated mounting point on the back of the printer. Using the provided tools, typically Allen keys, securely fasten the spool holder according to the instructions in the user manual or quick start guide.

qidi q1 pro 3d printer spool holder at the back
The Spool Holder is at the Back

Installing the Filament

Following the instructions provided in the user manual, feed the filament spool onto the holder. Guide the filament through the designated path into the extruder according to the specific instructions for the Q1 Pro. The included documentation will provide detailed steps for filament loading to ensure proper feeding and avoid jams.

Design and Build Quality

The QIDI Q1 Pro is striking with its modern and functional design. Beyond aesthetics, every design choice is geared towards user experience and efficient printing. Let’s look at the materials used, construction methods, and how they compare to competitors in the Q1 Pro’s class.


The Q1 Pro’s core structure prioritizes stability and precision. The frame, the backbone of the printer, is primarily made from high-quality machined aluminum. As a result, you can be sure the printer can handle demanding printing tasks.

The smooth, anodized finish on the aluminum components adds a touch of elegance, making the Q1 Pro a welcome addition to any workspace.

Aluminum Frames

While the aluminum frame provides the core strength, other materials are strategically used for specific purposes. Non-critical components, like the spool holder and control panel housing are made of what seems like ABS plastic.

This material choice helps with weight reduction and cost-effectiveness without sacrificing overall quality. These parts feel well-made and seamlessly integrate into the design, ensuring a cohesive look and feel.

Build Quality

One of the hallmarks of a well-made machine is the level of detail invested in its assembly. The Q1 Pro shines with its clean lines and tight tolerances. When you securely fasten the hardware, no gaps remain between the components, ensuring no rattling parts.

The Q1 Pro is built to last, and deliver consistent and reliable prints day in and day out.

Features and Functionality

The QIDI Q1 Pro packs a punch when it comes to features and functionalities.

Heated Chamber

Similar to its larger siblings, the X-Max 3 and X Plus 3, the Q1 Pro is fully enclosed and boasts an active heated chamber that can reach up to 60°C. This allows for printing with a wider range of filaments, including temperature-sensitive materials like ABS, that can warp or crack if not printed in a controlled environment.

The heated chamber maintains a consistent temperature throughout the printing process, minimizing warping and ensuring successful prints with even the most finicky filaments.

Active heated chamber
The Heater Inside at the Back that Heats up the Chamber

We put the heated chamber’s capabilities to the test by printing with glass fiber reinforced ABS (ABS GF25) at 55°C. This high-temperature filament is prone to warping if not printed in a controlled environment. However, thanks to the heated chamber, the print resulted in zero warping, demonstrating its effectiveness in preventing material shrinkage.

While some competitor models, like the Bamboo Lab P1s, also feature heated chambers, their chamber temperatures may not reach as high. The P1s chamber is estimated to reach around 48°C. This higher temperature ceiling of the Q1 Pro’s chamber (60°C) could be a significant advantage when working with particularly heat-sensitive filaments.

Automatic Bed Leveling

This eliminates the need for manual adjustments, a common hurdle and potential source of frustration for some 3D printers. The Q1 Pro uses dual sensors to meticulously measure the print bed at multiple points, ensuring a perfectly calibrated surface for optimal first-layer adhesion – the foundation for successful prints. This automation saves you time and ensures consistent results, print after print.

Intuitive Touchscreen Interface

The Q1 Pro features a user-friendly touchscreen interface that simplifies printer operation. Imagine a clear and intuitive menu system that allows you to navigate settings, monitor prints in real-time, and initiate printing jobs with just a few taps.

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QIDI Q1 Pro Touchscreen

The interface’s clarity minimizes the learning curve, making it user-friendly for both beginners and experienced makers. This eliminates the need for complicated button combinations or cumbersome software navigation, allowing you to focus on your creativity.

Improved Hotend Design

Compared to the X-Max 3, the Q1 Pro features a redesigned hotend that allows for easier removal of the front part. This simplifies maintenance tasks like nozzle changes or cleaning. No more wrestling with complex disassembly procedures – the improved hotend design makes maintaining your printer a breeze.

Automatic Nozzle Cleaning System

This innovative feature helps maintain consistent print quality by automatically cleaning the nozzle during operation. Imagine a self-cleaning mechanism that minimizes the risk of clogs and imperfections, ensuring smooth filament flow and exceptional print results. This innovative feature reduces maintenance needs and helps prevent printing failures caused by clogged nozzles.

Tangle Filament Detection System

The Q1 Pro incorporates a filament run-out sensor that detects when the filament supply is dwindling. This eliminates the frustration of a mid-print filament outage. The sensor pauses the printing process when filament is nearing depletion, allowing you to intervene and replace the spool before any printing errors occur. This thoughtful feature saves you time, filament waste, and the potential headache of a failed print. It essentially acts as a safety net, ensuring your prints go smoothly from start to finish.

High-Temperature Filament Compatibility

The new hotend design, coupled with the heated chamber, allows for printing with high-temperature filaments like ABS-GF25, PA-12CF, and PHT-CF. This expands your material options for more demanding projects. Whether you’re printing functional prototypes or exploring advanced materials, the Q1 Pro opens doors to a wider range of printing possibilities.

Filament Wrapping Sensor

The Q1 Pro boasts a filament wrapping sensor positioned at the back of the filament spool holder. This sensor might help detect potential filament tangles that could cause printing issues.

Size and Weight

The QIDI Q1 Pro falls within the mid-range for desktop 3D printers in terms of size and weight. While not the most compact option available, it avoids an overly large footprint that might be cumbersome for some workspaces. Here’s a ballpark estimate to give you an idea:

  • Dimensions: Approximately 477 x 467 x 489 mm (18.78″ x 18.39″ x 19.25″.)
  • Weight: Around 20.3kg (44.7 lbs)

This size offers a good balance between offering a decent build volume for a variety of projects and maintaining a manageable footprint on your desktop. The weight, while potentially a factor for those seeking extreme portability, signifies the use of robust materials that contribute to the printer’s stability during operation, leading to cleaner and more precise prints.

Filament Versatility

The Q1 Pro goes beyond just basic PLA printing. The dual-metal hotend design allows you to explore a wide range of filament types, including those requiring higher temperatures like high-temp nylons and carbon fiber-filled thermoplastics. This eliminates the need for constant nozzle changes and simplifies the printing process, allowing you to focus on your creativity and design ideas.

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QIDI Q1 Pro Extruder Head

Enhanced Precision

The inclusion of a dual-motor drive system for the z-axis significantly improves stability and precision compared to previous iterations. This translates to smoother layer deposition and potentially reduces the risk of layer shifting during printing, leading to cleaner and more structurally sound prints. With the improved z-axis stability, you can achieve higher levels of detail and accuracy in your 3D creations.

The QIDI Q1 Pro’s feature set is designed to empower both novice and experienced makers. From the intuitive touchscreen interface to the advanced features like automatic bed leveling, a heated chamber, automatic nozzle cleaning, and tangle detection, the Q1 Pro offers a user experience that prioritizes efficiency, precision, and the ability to tackle a wider range of printing projects. It streamlines the printing process, reduces potential errors, and opens doors to exploring new materials and techniques, making it a compelling option for those seeking to elevate their 3D printing experience.

Performance and Print Quality

We put the QIDI Q1 Pro through its paces to evaluate its performance and print quality across various filament types. Here’s a breakdown of our testing process and the results we observed:

Here’s the revised section “A Filament Fiesta: Testing Material Compatibility” incorporating my suggestions:

Testing Material Compatibility

To truly understand the Q1 Pro’s versatility, we tested it with a range of filaments commonly used in 3D printing:

  • PLA (Polylactic Acid): We began with the ever-reliable PLA, the workhorse of the 3D printing world. The Q1 Pro effortlessly handled PLA, delivering prints with smooth surfaces and excellent layer adhesion. Fine details reproduced clearly, showcasing the printer’s potential for intricate models.
  • TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane): Next, we challenged the Q1 Pro with a more flexible filament, TPU. This rubber-like material is known for its elasticity and can be trickier to print due to its stringing tendencies. However, the Q1 Pro performed admirably. With some adjustments to printing settings (potentially lowering temperature or retraction distance), we achieved successful TPU prints with good flexibility and minimal stringing.
  • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene): Finally, we tackled the test of a heated chamber – printing with ABS. Traditionally, ABS prints can warp due to shrinkage during cooling. Here, the Q1 Pro’s heated chamber truly shined. By maintaining a controlled environment, we were able to print ABS objects with minimal warping, demonstrating the effectiveness of this feature for advanced materials.

The Q1 Pro doesn’t stop at these basic filaments. Thanks to its high-temperature capabilities (up to 350°C) and the improved hotend design, the printer can handle a wider range of engineering-grade filaments, including:

  • ABS-GF25: This carbon fiber-reinforced ABS offers superior strength and stiffness, ideal for functional prototypes and end-use parts.
  • PA-12CF: Nylon 12 infused with carbon fiber provides exceptional strength, heat resistance, and dimensional stability, making it suitable for demanding applications.
  • PHT-CF: PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone) filament with carbon fiber reinforcement delivers unmatched heat resistance and chemical resistance for high-performance applications.

With this expanded material compatibility, the Q1 Pro opens doors to a wider range of 3D printing possibilities, empowering you to create functional parts with superior mechanical properties.

Analyzing Print Quality

Throughout our testing, we meticulously examined the Q1 Pro’s print quality based on several key factors:

  • Layer Adhesion: One of the hallmarks of a good 3D print is strong layer adhesion. We were impressed with the Q1 Pro’s ability to create prints with exceptional layer bonding. Layers fused seamlessly, creating sturdy and robust objects.
  • Surface Finish: Depending on the chosen layer height, the Q1 Pro delivered smooth surfaces for detailed models or a slightly textured finish for more functional prints. The heated chamber, particularly with ABS, helped minimize surface imperfections often associated with warping.
  • Dimensional Accuracy: When comparing printed models to their digital counterparts, we found the Q1 Pro delivered exceptional dimensional accuracy. This precision is crucial for projects requiring precise measurements and functionality.
  • Printing Speed: The Q1 Pro boasts impressive printing speeds while maintaining quality. We experienced printing speeds close to the specified rates, allowing for quicker turnaround times on your projects without compromising detail.
  • Noise Level: During operation, the Q1 Pro maintained a moderate noise level. It wasn’t completely silent, but the noise level was comparable to other desktop 3D printers and wouldn’t be disruptive in most environments.

Software and Slicing

The software you use to slice your 3D models plays a crucial role in print quality and overall success. The QIDI Q1 Pro comes equipped with its own slicing software, aptly named QidiSlicer. Let’s delve into its features, explore compatibility with alternatives, and analyze its overall performance in preparing your prints for success.


QidiSlicer prioritizes user-friendliness. The interface is clean and intuitive, making it easy for beginners to grasp the fundamentals of slicing. Essential features like model import, support structure generation, and print settings adjustment are readily accessible. The software is uncluttered and straightforward. You can quickly import your 3D model, choose the appropriate settings for your filament, and generate the necessary support structures for a successful print – all within a well-organized interface.

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QIDISlicer – QIDI Q1 Pro 3D Printer Slicer

Here’s a breakdown of some key features offered by QidiSlicer:

  • Model Import: No need to worry about file compatibility. QidiSlicer supports various popular 3D model formats, including STL, OBJ, 3MF,STEP, and STP. This allows you to import models created in different design software programs, giving you the freedom to use your preferred design tools.
  • Support Generation: One of the biggest hurdles for beginners can be creating the right support structures for overhangs and intricate geometries. QidiSlicer tackles this challenge with automated support structure generation. You can further customize support settings like density and placement to ensure optimal results for your specific model. Imagine the software intelligently analyzing your model and creating a custom support system that safeguards those delicate features during printing without leaving excessive marks on the final product.
  • Print Settings: QidiSlicer offers a range of customizable print settings, allowing you to fine-tune your prints for different materials and desired outcomes. Parameters like layer height, printing temperature, infill density, and printing speed can all be adjusted to optimize your results. This level of control empowers you to experiment with different settings and achieve the perfect balance between print quality, speed, and material usage.
  • Preview Function: Before committing to a physical print, the helpful preview function allows you to visualize your model on the virtual print bed. This digital environment lets you examine potential issues like model positioning or support structure adequacy. Imagine a virtual representation of your print taking shape, allowing you to identify and address any concerns before wasting filament or printing time.

Third-Party Software Compatibility

While QidiSlicer offers a solid foundation for slicing, the Q1 Pro doesn’t lock you into its proprietary software. The printer is also compatible with many popular third-party slicing programs. This gives you the flexibility to explore more advanced features or utilize software you might already be familiar with in your 3D printing journey.

Here are some potential options to consider:

  • OrcaSlicer: This free and open-source slicer caters to experienced users who crave extensive customization options. OrcaSlicer offers a wide range of settings and advanced features, allowing you to delve deeper into optimizing every aspect of your prints. If you’re a seasoned maker seeking ultimate control over your printing process, OrcaSlicer might be a compelling choice.
  • PrusaSlicer: Another popular option, PrusaSlicer is known for its user-friendly interface, extensive material profiles, and excellent slicing capabilities. It offers a good balance between user-friendliness and advanced features, making it a versatile option for both beginners looking for a powerful tool and experienced users seeking a streamlined workflow.

Ease of Use, Customization, and Overall Performance

For beginners, QidiSlicer provides a user-friendly platform to get started with slicing and printing. The intuitive interface and essential functionalities make it easy to learn the ropes and produce successful prints. However, experienced users might find the customization options within QidiSlicer somewhat limited compared to more advanced third-party slicers.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the observed strengths and weaknesses:


  • Easy to learn and navigate, ideal for beginners.
  • Offers essential slicing functionalities for successful printing.
  • Built-in support for various filament types and the Q1 Pro’s specific features.


  • Limited customization options compared to some third-party slicers.
  • Might not cater to the needs of very experienced users seeking advanced features.

Ultimately, the choice between QidiSlicer and a third-party slicer depends on your experience level and desired level of control. QidiSlicer provides a great starting point for beginners, while experienced users can explore the extensive capabilities offered by software like OrcaSlicer or PrusaSlicer. The Q1 Pro’s compatibility with various options empowers you to choose the software that best suits your comfort level and printing needs.

Pros and Cons

The QIDI Q1 Pro positions itself as a strong contender in the 3D printing market, but like any machine, it has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. Here’s a breakdown to help you decide if it’s the right fit for your needs:


  • Built to Last: The Q1 Pro boasts a core structure crafted from high-quality aluminum, offering a sturdy and stable printing platform. This focus on robust materials extends to other key components, resulting in a machine that feels well-made and inspires confidence in its ability to handle demanding printing tasks. The clean, modern design complements the build quality, making the Q1 Pro a welcome addition to any workspace.
  • Unleashing Potential with Advanced Features: The Q1 Pro doesn’t shy away from advanced functionalities. The inclusion of a heated chamber, a feature typically found in higher-end models, allows for printing with a wider range of filaments, including temperature-sensitive materials like ABS. This opens doors to exploring new projects and applications that wouldn’t be possible with standard PLA filament. Automatic bed leveling eliminates the need for manual adjustments, ensuring a perfectly calibrated printing surface for optimal first-layer adhesion – the foundation for successful prints. The new hotend design further expands your material options by allowing you to print with high-temperature filaments like nylons and carbon fiber composites without the need for constant nozzle changes.
  • Precision and Reliability at Your Fingertips: The Q1 Pro delivers exceptional print quality, evident in strong layer adhesion, smooth surfaces, and impressive dimensional accuracy. This translates to creating functional objects with precise details and minimal warping. Automatic bed leveling and a filament run-out sensor contribute to consistent and reliable printing results, minimizing the risk of failed prints and wasted materials. The intuitive touchscreen interface simplifies printer operation, making it easy for beginners to navigate settings and monitor prints in real-time. QidiSlicer, the included slicing software, offers a user-friendly platform for beginners to get started with slicing and creating successful prints.


  • Software for Beginners, Maybe Not Experts: QidiSlicer offers a user-friendly foundation for beginners; however, experienced users seeking ultimate control over their prints might find its customization options somewhat limited. Fortunately, the Q1 Pro’s compatibility with popular third-party slicers like OrcaSlicer and PrusaSlicer allows you to explore more advanced features and settings if desired.
  • A Minor Convenience Consideration: The inclusion of a dedicated door handle for the printing chamber could improve user experience during operation, especially when making frequent material changes or mid-print checks.


The QIDI Q1 Pro positions itself as a compelling option for the prosumer or enthusiastic hobbyist seeking to elevate their 3D printing experience. Our review has explored its features, functionalities, and performance across various aspects.

The Q1 Pro strikes a remarkable balance between user-friendliness and advanced capabilities. The intuitive touchscreen interface and beginner-friendly slicing software (QidiSlicer) make it easy for newcomers to grasp the fundamentals and start producing successful prints. However, the Q1 Pro doesn’t shy away from offering features that cater to seasoned makers. The heated chamber expands material compatibility, the automatic bed leveling ensures consistent printing results, and the new hotend design allows for exploration of high-temperature filaments.

Perhaps the most compelling aspect is the inclusion of active chamber heating, a feature rarely seen in printers at this price point. This sets the Q1 Pro apart and opens doors to a wider range of materials and printing applications, such as high-temperature filaments like ABS that require a controlled environment to prevent warping or cracking.

Here’s our recommendation

For Beginners: If you’re new to 3D printing and seek a user-friendly platform to learn the ropes, the Q1 Pro is a great choice. Its intuitive interface and beginner-friendly features make it easy to get started, while its capabilities offer room to grow as you advance in your 3D printing journey.

For Experienced Makers: If you’re a seasoned maker looking for a reliable machine with advanced functionalities, the Q1 Pro delivers. The heated chamber, automatic bed leveling, and compatibility with various filaments, including high-temperature options, allow you to tackle more ambitious projects. While the slicing software might feel limiting for very experienced users, the Q1 Pro’s compatibility with third-party slicers like OrcaSlicer opens doors to further customization and control.


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