Anycubic is set to release not just one, but FIVE new desktop 3D printers.
The Shenzhen company already produces a well-rounded series of devices, currently numbering at least 17 3D printers by my count, and that is in addition to accessory equipment. On March 27, they will introduce two new 3D printer lines, the Anycubic Photon M3 series and the Anycubic Kobra series.
Let’s discuss the Kobra series first.
The Anycubic Kobra series is comprised of two models, the Kobra and Kobra Max. These are FFF devices, with the key feature being a brand-new leveling system Anycubic has named “Anycubic LeviQ”. They say this feature will permit rapid set up and easy operation: a properly leveled print surface will always have better adhesion, which ensures print reliability.
The two models of the Kobra are said to be similar, but Anycubic has not yet released the full specifications for these machines, nor for the M3 series. We do know, however, that the Kobra Max is a larger version, with a massive build volume of 400 x 400 x 450 mm. That’s almost a half-meter cube!
We are currently testing the Kobra and will have more to say about it when our test cycle completes.
Anycubic Photon M3
On the other side we have the Photon M3 series, which are quite different from the Kobra series. The M3 series are resin devices capable of 3D printing objects with very fine resolution.
There are three models in the Photon M3 series:
- Anycubic Photon M3
- Anycubic Photon M3 Plus
- Anycubic Photon M3 Max
All three devices use a powerful, high resolution light engine called “Anycubic LighTurbo”. The system is monochrome, meaning it transmits more energy to the resin when exposed. This leads to much faster printing than you would expect to see on typical non-monochrome resin 3D printers.
The M3 Plus and M3 Max have a new feature that could be a first among low-cost resin 3D printers: an automated resin filling system, called the “Anycubic Auto Resin Filler”. This would eliminate the problem of running out of resin in mid print.
I’m very interested in this feature because it is always difficult to guess how much resin is really left in the vat, and whether it is sufficient for the next print job. Now that problem should evaporate as the M3 Plus and M3 Max can automatically detect low resin levels and refill as required without human intervention.
Anycubic also said the Photon M3 will connect with the new Anycubic Cloud system, which apparently will permit operation and monitoring of M3 devices remotely. Note that at launch, only the base version M3 will have this capability. This could be quite useful for those operating several unattended M3’s. I’m quite interested to learn more about this new cloud system, because each cloud I’ve used has made the 3D printers far more useful. It will probably be the same with Anycubic’s cloud.
We are in the midst of testing M3 devices, and hope to provide more details on our analysis very soon.
Finally, Anycubic’s big reveal of the full details and pricing of the five new 3D printers is set for March 27 at 1500 CET / 0900 EDT. The company provided several links for live video of the product announcements, and I encourage you to watch on announcement day:
One more thing, and this could be the most interesting piece of this large announcement. Anycubic said they intend to show some information about a brand new 3D printer concept they’ve been working on, called “Photon Nex”. Apparently this system will have “super speed”, intelligence and a “science fiction inspired design”.
This could be very interesting, indeed.