The Spring and Autumn Period of 3D Printers
The Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) and the subsequent Warring States Period (475-221 BC) were the most brilliant and glorious eras in Chinese history in terms of ideology and culture. Various schools of thought emerged, competing and learning from each other among the various schools, creating dazzling ideological and cultural achievements.（Different schools of thought emerged, and various factions within each school competed and learned from each other, creating a dazzling array of intellectual and cultural achievements.） In the 21st century, the age of widespread consumer-level 3D printers, the 3D printing community has entered its own Spring and Autumn Period, growing stronger with the participation of every enthusiast.
Enthusiasts in 3D Community
RepRap was the first of the low-cost 3D printers, and the RepRap Project started the open-source 3D printer revolution. Ultimaker has made significant contributions to the 3D printing market by producing high-quality, user-friendly printers. Their printers are known for their reliability, ease of use, and open-source nature. Ultimaker's commitment to open-source innovation has fostered a strong community of users, leading to the development of new materials, software, and enhancements that benefit the entire 3D printing ecosystem. MakerBot has played a crucial role in popularizing 3D printing among enthusiasts, educators, and small businesses. They introduced one of the first consumer-oriented 3D printers and helped make the technology more accessible. MakerBot's user-friendly interface and educational initiatives have made it easier for beginners to enter the world of 3D printing, contributing to the overall growth of the market. Prusa Research, led by Josef Prusa, has been instrumental in developing open-source 3D printers that offer exceptional performance at an affordable price. The Prusa i3 printer, in particular, has gained popularity for its high-quality prints and extensive community support. Prusa Research's commitment to open-source principles and constant improvement has led to advancements in printer design and technology, benefitting the broader 3D printing community.The emergence of Creality Ender 3 has allowed more enthusiasts to access the 3D printing field at a low cost, greatly reducing the entry barrier for printing. The software development by Bambu lab has made 3D printers easier to use, enabling more beginners to easily embark on their 3D printing journey.
Founded in 2014, QIDI Tech was very honored to join the 3D printing community. Although we were very small in the beginning, we are the first Chinese 3D printer supplier who working with Amazon directly. QIDI Tech offers high-quality, versatile and user-friendly 3D printers, making a reliable choice for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With its exceptional printing capabilities, large build volume, user-friendly interface, compatibility with various materials and lifetime technical assistance, QIDI Tech provides a seamless and enjoyable printing experience. Now the third generation of high-speed 3D printer is released in 2023. We are working hard to increase production capacity to meet the high demand of the community. But this may take a while, because we have to ensure that every printer that is handed over to QIDI users can run flawlessly.
Regarding Open Source and Patents
As mentioned above, 3D printing would not be where it is today without the open source community. We will learn from Nintendo and use the patents as shields, not spears. Behind every mass-produced 3D printer is the daily and nightly hard work of all Qidi staff. We enjoy the process of solving the problems with the design and mass production of 3D printers, and we also enjoy the community of 3D printing users and enthusiasts sharing their experiences and idea. That's why we insist on open source and won't let patents affect the community. Today’s new generation of young people may not know about Nokia, once the world's number one selling mobile phone company. We all know that Nokia wasn't beaten by their cheap clones or imitators.
Why we addicted to 3D printing
Because we have a such wonderful community, enjoy and share your 3d printing journey, QIDI always be with you.