ANYCUBIC announced a brand-new desktop 3D printer, the Vyper, and it has an attractive price-performance ratio.
The company has specialized in producing affordable and high-performance desktop 3D printers since its establishment in 2015. They are committed to propelling 3D printing technology to enable people from all walks of life to unleash their imagination and turn creativity into reality.
Now they’ve announced an entirely new machine, the Vyper. ANYCUBIC has recently been hinting at its release with this trailer:
The Vyper is a FFF machine. It provides a roomy print volume, automatic bed leveling and a new removable magnetic print surface and uses standard 1.75mm thermoplastic filament. Like most open-format desktop 3D printers, the Vyper includes many standard features, including:
- Generous build volume of 245 x 245 x 260 mm
- Single 0.4mm nozzle, with maximum temperature of 260C
- Typical print speed of 80-100mm/s
- Supports standard materials such as ABS, PLA, TPU, PETG and more
- Heated print surface, up to 110C
- Uses Ultimaker CURA software
- Requires TransFlash card (that’s the micro version of the SD card)
- 4.3” color touchscreen
- Allows remote control via USB cable to set top box or PC
So far this list of features seems pretty standard among desktop 3D printers. However, the Vyper’s most interesting point is that it also includes a number of more advanced features. Let’s take a look at each.
While most inexpensive desktop 3D printers offer a glass or fixed PEI surface, the Vyper includes a magnetically attached / removable spring steel plate with adhesive coating. This allows for greater adhesion during 3D printing, and much easier print removal by twisting the removable plate.
The Vyper’s toolhead includes two cooling fans. Most inexpensive 3D printers include only one, which usually causes print quality issues because the cooling air only hits one side of the print. That won’t happen on the Vyper, because the print will receive plenty of cooling from all sides due to the dual fans and ducting.
Advanced FFF 3D printers always use dual toothed gears to strongly grab filament to push it forward, while less capable systems use a single toothed gear and a pressure wheel, which grasps the filament poorly. On the Vyper you’ll see the dual toothed gear arrangement seen on more expensive systems, and it will improve system reliability and print quality.
The Vyper includes a 32-bit controller chip, which is vastly more powerful than the typical 8-bit boards seen on most other inexpensive 3D printers. This allows the Vyper to more rapidly calculate movements in real time, leading to better print quality.
The motion system is powered by TMC2209 drivers, which effectively eliminate stepper motor noise that is so common among other 3D printers. After using noisy 3D printers, it’s quite shocking to watch a totally silent device like the Vyper in operation.
The Vyper includes an automated calibration system that uses a pressure sensor on 16 points of reference on the build plate. This information is used by the system to ensure near-perfect adhesion and dramatically reduces print failures. This automated leveling procedure is entirely automated.
The Vyper includes a power-off detection circuit, which allows the machine to recover from a power failure: the system “parks” when power is off, and can resume the print exactly where it stopped when power is restored.
The motion system includes dual Z-axis screws with photoelectric end-stops for more accurate movement.
Those are beneficial advanced features, but they are not new features to the industry. These advanced features can be found on many 3D printers, but there’s a big difference here: the ANYCUBIC Vyper is priced quite low, and I don’t believe I’ve seen this many advanced features packed into such a low-cost machine.
How much does the Vyper cost? As of the launch at 7:00 AM PDT on June 10th, the company is having a sale on the official ANYCUBIC store，eBay, and AliExpress platforms. The early bird price for the first 3,000 units will be US$299, discounted from $359.
A desktop 3D printer with auto leveling, silent drivers, 32-bit board, power failure handling, color touch screen, spring steel plate, dual cooling fans, dual toothed gear extruder for only US$299? That is indeed a steal of a deal.
If you’re in the market for a relatively advanced 3D printer at low cost, you might consider the ANYCUBIC Vyper. But don’t delay because I don’t think the 3,000 first units will last very long.