Anycubic i3 Mega

Hello and welcome to our post today.

 

In some of our blog articles, we have already made available 3D models for download so that our readers can print them themselves.

Many of our readers already own one or more 3D printers and have a lot of experience in the field of 3D printing.

However, we have a middle-aged colleague * cough * who still doesn't have a 3-printer. "Too expensive, too complicated, too slow" are his arguments.

However, a lot has happened in recent years. With many current models, even inexperienced users can set up and start up within a few minutes. At least that's what the manufacturers and the many test reports and videos on YouTube promise.

We wanted to do the test and bought our skeptical colleague a 3D printer.

The following points were very important to us:

- quick and, above all, simple assembly
- inexpensive to buy
- convincing print quality and acceptable speed

After a little bit of research, we chose the "Anycubic i3 Mega" (click here for Amazon Link) decided. This narrowly beat the Cetus 3D MK3 in our selection, mainly because of the cheaper price, the larger print volume, the heated print bed and the widely used Cura 3D software.

Here is the experience of our skeptical colleague when he first commissioned his first 3D printer.

 

The printer was delivered within approximately one week of the order. The device comes in a pretty nondescript box:

 

packaging

 

The printer is packaged very well and is adequately protected from damage during transport.

 

Neatly packed ...

The base and the bag of accessories

Before I took the base out of the packaging, I wanted to see how the thing looked inside. The interior makes a good impression, the cabling is clean, only the 2 screw clamps on the mainboard are slightly oblique, but that does not detract from the function.

Mainboard of the printer

There is also nothing to complain about when wiring the power supply. All cables are provided with cable lugs and screwed down properly.

power adapter

So far, all of this has made a pretty good impression. I screw the bottom back onto the device and start working on the second layer of the packaging.

Here we find a roll with 1 KG black filament, as well as the rest of the printer in a single component.

Second layer

This part forms the Z-axis and is completely pre-assembled, including the motors, the "extruder" and the "hot end". All technical terms that a colleague had to explain to me. For beginners like me, this just means that everything is already pre-assembled.

Unfortunately I didn't take a picture of the assembly, as it was actually done within 10 minutes. Fasten the frame to the base using the 8 screws supplied, plug in 3 cables, check whether the power supply is set to 230V, and the printer was set up.

The holder for the filament roll is made of transparent acrylic glass and can be assembled with 4 screws and nuts in 2 minutes. Do not tighten the screws too tight, otherwise the acrylic glass could splinter. As you can see in the photo, I left the protective film on the acrylic glass. Here is the finished printer with the supplied accessories.

 

Completely assembled

 

Now the page started to scroll through the instructions. Did I do everything right at all !? The instructions are completely in English - but still easy to understand and with many clear pictures.

The touchscreen responds well, and after changing the language from Chinese to English, I was able to follow the next steps to calibrate and pull the filament. I did both for the first time and everything worked right away.

In addition to the instructions and software for so-called "slicing", there is also a test model for printing on the enclosed SD card.

However, I downloaded the latest version of the free Cura 3D software, selected the printer "Anycubic i3 Mega" after installation and imported the model with the owls from the SD card.

There I reduced the size of the owls to 33% so that I didn't have to wait hours for my first results.

Since all the settings in the software don't tell me anything, I exported the model with all the standard settings as a "gcode" file to the SD card.

With the SD card inserted in the printer, my first printing could begin.

Still skeptical and with a critical look at all the cables and the filament sensor, the printer started with the first layers. The fans are louder than expected, but not uncomfortable. More on that later.

First print layers

The printer has actually printed! The first layers seem to adhere well to the printing plate, and everything else looks promising.

On the next photo you can see the details quite well. While printing it was not yet possible for me to see how exactly the printer works.

Detail from the print

After less than an hour, the print is nearing completion. There were no problems during the process. However, some threads and "noses" can be seen in the picture.

Almost finished...

 

I am more than satisfied with the result, even if there is still room for improvement. After the printing plate had cooled, I was able to actually detach the models from the printing bed without using any force. After showing the result to my experienced colleague, he said I probably set the temperature too low.

In fact, the printing temperature was set to 200 ° C, the filament can be printed at 190 ° C to 220 ° C.

So I raised the temperature to 210 ° C and printed a calibration cube to check how exactly the X, Y and Z axes print. To give you an impression of the printing speed, I created the following short video:

The result was very good. The dimensions of the 20mmx20mmx10mm model are 19.8mm x 19.9mm x 10.0mm. I would not have expected this with a print without any settings.

result

 

result 2

I am delighted with the result. Next I will probably try the owls with a temperature of 210 ° C, but the printing errors are not due to the printer, but to the settings and my ignorance.

Of course, this is just a first impression of the device. It will be seen in the next few weeks and months whether the device can continue to inspire me. I am really amazed at how easy it is to set up and start up the printer, and how good and solid the processing is.

If one of our readers, like myself, could not bring himself to get a 3D printer, I can highly recommend this device to get started.

While I am now writing the blog post and the printer is waiting for its next job, I suddenly heard a very familiar sound: the rattling of a defective fan. I suspect it is the fan of the built-in power supply. Since the fans were already too loud for me, I had to replace all of them (or the fans from the power supply, mainboard and hot end).

For many of you, 3D printing is old hat, but I hope you found our post today interesting or entertaining.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to use the comment function below.

 

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5 comments

marc beauquis

marc beauquis

je comprend pas mon ordinateur ne reconnait pas mon imprimante 3 D ANYCUBIC S que Jai acheté a Amazon et je net pas de cd installation nie carte sud nie clé USB pouvez vous me dire comment faire merci a vous 5 marc.beauquis 320@gmail.com

Markus Müller-Ulrich

Markus Müller-Ulrich

Hallo zusammen,
Ich bin mit diesem Drucker nicht sehr glücklich…. Das Druckbett heizt zum wiederholten male nicht mehr auf, was an der schlechten Verlegung der kabel liegt. Zwar sehen auch die Verbindungen zwischen kabel und Platine toll aus, das heisst aber nicht, dass sie zuverlässig sind. Es gibt auf YouTube einige Videos, die die Schwachstellen dieses Geräts zeigen – manche geben auch Tipps, wie man das Teil sonst verbessern kann. Ich werden meinen jetzt jedenfalls wieder mal auseinander nehmen und die dritte Stelle suchen… Für den Preis bekommt man halt leider keine spitzenqualität, aber ein wenig mehr Qualität wäre schon schön …
Markus

Frank

Frank

Hallo Chris Pomaroli.
Zu erst einmal herzlichen Glückwunsch zu diesem Artikel, ich bin auch ein Mensch mittleren Alters mit den selben Anfangseinstellungen zum 3D Druck.

Auch ich habe mir während der Weihnachtfeiertage den Anycubic i3 Mega bestellt und dieser war in 4 Tagen nach Bestellung bei mir angekommen (Trotz Feiertage).

Allerdings waren bei mir nur 8 Schrauben anzuziehen, daher meine Frage nach den 2 weiteren.
Und wenn man die Ergebnisse bedenkt, die ohne Einstellungen erfolgt sind, dann ist das ein wahrlich ordentliches Ergebnis. Meine Testobjekte sind Upgrades für den Any, die absolut einwandfrei sind, wenn man vorher richtig gelevelt hat.
Die Einstellungen habe ich bisher in CURA nie angepasst, direkt auf die Karte gesliced. Ich habe von Anfang an den Any in ein Gehäuse gepackt, alles super. Ich bin begeistert!
Gerne die weiteren Erfahrungen posten.

Frithjof

Frithjof

Ein Paar Anycubic Tips:
Der Any ist eine Arbeitsmaschiene, er braucht wenig (kaum) wartung.
Aber nach ca 6 Monaten lässt etwas die Qualität nach oder es tritt Warping auf.
- Der Any hat mit der Ultrabase eine gute Haftung, diese funktioniert da sich das Filament in den Poren der Platte festsetzt. Es kann sein das dass Filament sich nicht mehr richtig in diese Poren reinsetzen kann. (die Poren Verstopfen) Wenn man diese Probleme bekommt kann man VORSICHTIG!!!! mit besonders Feinem (<700) er Sandpapier vorsichtig die Platte neu anrauen. Dann gut Putzen (Isopropanol).
- Der Any neigt durch siene Dreipunktauflage dazu das er schwer zu Leveln ist. Wenn man eine der Schrauben nur kaum bis nicht anzihen kann, dann die Z Achsen Stopper 1-2mm weiter heruntersetzen, damit hat auch diese Schraube (meist linke Seite) wieder mehr Gripp.
- Der Any verstopft selten, aber sich einen Kopf auf Reserve zu legen ist nicht verkert.
Gerade im Winter:
Im Sommer fällt auf, das fast jeder Druck wie am schnürchen klappt, auch mit Unsauberen Slicing Werten. Im Winter kommt es immer wirder zu Warping. Achtet auf Zug und darauf der Raum warm ist. Auch eine Einhausung wäre hier eine Überlegung wert. (Unter beachtung der Gerätesicherheit!) Der Any mag Drockene Luft, wenig zug, und wenn es noch angenehm warm ist – dann alles bestens.

Mein Anycubic I3 Mega Fazit nach hunderten Stunden:
Er Druckt! Alles.
Er ist unverwüstlich, brauch selten Wartung, mal abwischen und mal Sauberhalten reicht ihm fast. Er ist für das Geld äusserst Präzise, vor allem wenn man ihm langsam laufen lässt. Anfängerfehler verzeiht er ohne ende. Wo andere Drucker schnell zu Fehlern tendieren macht er seine Arbeit sauber und ordendlich.
Wenn ich könnte würde ich mir 3 davon hinstellen.
Kein Basteln, keine großen Probleme, auch nach vielen Stunden.
Ich würde weder Steper noch sonstwas tauschen, denn er ist geräuschmässig ok, macht seine Arbeit und fertig. Genau was man von einem 3D Drucker will.
Wenn man sich etwas einarbeitet in das Slicen und seine Filamente kennt, bekommt man sehr schöne Ergebnisse. Wenn nicht – wie in den Bildern des Artikels zu sehen, immernoch sehr gute. 30×30 wäre zwar schön (z.B der Aurora) aber auch mit 20×20×20 passt es eigentlich auch.

Jan

Jan

Mir scheint der first layer so, als ob zu hoch gelevelt wurde, aber ansonsten schön geschrieben.

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