We’ve discovered that Anycubic is preparing to launch not just one, but two highly distinct desktop 3D printers in the coming weeks.
Introducing the Photon Mono M5s and Kobra 2
The first is Anycubic’s first consumer-grade leveling-free 12k resin printer, the Photon Mono M5s, one of the earliest affordable 3D printers to ditch the leveling procedure. The other upcoming device is the company’s debut high-speed FFF 3D printer, dubbed the Kobra 2.
The Photon Mono M5s: Leveling-Free and High Resolution
The Photon Mono M5s eliminates leveling and is also the first 12K MSLA 3D printer we’ve come across. This machine’s light engine boasts a massive number of pixels, allowing users to print larger objects with exceptional resolution. Anycubic reveals that the light engine measures 10.1″ (257mm) diagonally, giving an idea of the build volume.
Additionally, the Photon Mono M5s features a specially-designed film for the resin vat. This new film reportedly makes releasing each newly printed layer easier as it peels off, significantly speeding up print jobs. Anycubic’s new printing process boosts printing efficiency by three times to an average speed of 105mm per hour, saving up to 74% printing time.
What piques our interest, however, is the leveling-free system. Nearly all MSLA devices necessitate a leveling procedure before use. Virtually all MSLA devices require a leveling procedure before use. The print plate is loosened, lowered to the light engine and leveled, then tightened. It’s a simple procedure, but it can be done incorrectly. Even slight tilts can affect print quality and in some cases cause a failed print job.
With the Photon M5s, a mysterious mechanism automatically levels the plate, requiring no operator procedures and ensuring a level plate for each job.
The Kobra 2: Speedy and Cost-Effective
The Kobra 2 is the latest addition to Anycubic’s Kobra desktop FFF 3D printer series. We’ve tested multiple units and found them to be both effective and affordable [links to reviews].
Though the Kobra 2 may seem similar to its predecessors at first glance, its true distinction lies in its operation—it’s incredibly fast.
Kobra 2 has a default print speed of 150mm/s and a maximum print speed of 250mm/s, five times faster than most typical FFF printers on the market. Kobra 2 can drastically reduce print times, by up to 70%. Most entry-level FFF printers print near 50mm/s, and a #3DBenchy will usually take up to 110 minutes to complete. Meanwhile, the Kobra 2 only requires 30 minutes to print the same #3DBenchy.
For a more practical example, consider the standard test object, the ever-popular #3DBenchy. While this item usually takes over an hour to print on average FFF devices, the Kobra 2 can print it in just 30 minutes—an impressive result. Most prints will likely experience similar speed boosts.
Anycubic’s new 2.0 LeviQ leveling system is also included with the Kobra 2. With the smart Z-offset module, 3D creators can level the printer quickly and enjoy reliable 3D printing.
Anycubic plans to release these two significantly improved machines in the next few weeks, with pricing yet to be announced. Photon Mono M5s and Kobra 2 will officially launch on May 15. Users can subscribe here for updates, and also join Anycubic’s live stream on Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok at 9:00 AM EDT on May 15, 2023.
Stay tuned for our detailed review of these devices, which we’ll publish in the coming days.