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Bambu Lab P1P 3D Printer: Feel the Need for Speed

One of the biggest drawbacks about 3D printing, particularly when it comes to large RC airplanes or fixed wing drones, is the time taken to print parts. Now though, the focus of manufacturers has moved to speed and how fast their printers can create complex parts and, at the forefront of this movement, is a disruptive new brand called Bambu Lab.

Revolutionizing 3D Printing with Bambu Lab P1P

Selling only two printers, the high end X1 Carbon and the entry-level P1P, Bambu Lab printers are designed from the ground up for speed and quality, utilising CoreXY technology (where the print head gantry is fixed and the bed moves up and down) as well as a bespoke extruder and hot-end and even their own slicer program.

While the X1 Carbon is sleek and neatly encased in a silver and glass enclosure, the P1P is a much more spartan experience, just delivering the bare bones, but also at over half the price of its big brother, with equal performance.


During testing, the P1P made childsplay of PLA, PETG, LW-PLA, and even TPU filaments producing clean prints either from pre-sliced gcode files by Eclipson, or STL files sliced in the Bambu Studio software.

It is a noisy beast though, but when it only needs to be running for about half the time of something like an Ender 3 it’s a price worth paying in my opinion.

Bambu Lab P1P 3D Printer

Bambu Lab P1P Accessories and Customization Options

A number of accessories are available for the printer, including a chamber monitoring camera and LED light bar, as well as a range of options for printable shells to customise your printer as much or as little as you like.

Bambu Labs also sells its proprietary AMS (Automatic Material System) allowing you to print in up to four colours or materials at once – perfect for anyone wanting an eye-catching design on their 3D printed wing – with the ability to link multiple AMS units together for a wider colour palette!

Bambu Lab P1P 3D Printer


Bambu Lab P1P Pricing and Availability

The Bambu Lab P1P is available for delivery in mid-April (for UK customers) for £679 which, compared to other printers with its specification, is something of a bargain.

With the sheer number of possibilities in our hobby for 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC milling, and other maker technology, we will be covering this space a lot more on Drone Sumo over the coming months, including, hopefully, a look at the Bambu Lab X1 Carbon for those of you who what all the bells and whistles, so if you’re interested in this be sure to follow us on socials!  

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Chris Rae

I am an FPV enthusiast, commercial drone pilot and former journalist from Scotland. By day I work in the Marketing and Communications industry and the rest of the time you'll find me in my drone cave building or repairing quads, wings, and anything else RC.

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