Anycubic i3 Mega is a high quality printer really plun’n play, solid, well built and with many really interesting features. Let’s discover them together.
When you open the package of a Anycubic i3 Mega you immediately realize that you can start to print in a few minutes. In fact, the printer arrives, is assembled, but is divided into just two parts. The kit inside is really rich:
- 1kg PLA filament random color (usually black)
- Classic cutter
- Micro SD 8gb
- USB and SD adapters
- Various hexagonal and non-hexagonal keys
- Latex gloves (I didn’t understand the usefulness either)
- Filament coil holder (to be mounted)
- A spare extruder with Teflon tube included
Anycubic I3 Mega: Impressions
The print quality is already excellent with a layer height of 0.20mm at a speed of 50mm/sec and with a good filament it is difficult to see the individual layers.
Anycubic I3 Mega: Display
Everything can be controlled from the practical touch display, which contains all the functions of the printer in an icon-based menu. In fact, being a resistive display is not the best in terms of receptivity of the touches, so you have to be determined in pressing the various icons.
Forget hours and hours spent assembling and calibrating the printer, as it is divided into two parts. The lower part contains all the electronics and the display, and the upper part with the trolley and the extruder with Bowden system and then with a separate motor. The whole structure is entirely made of metal, which guarantees sturdiness and the absence of unparalleled vibrators. The version in my possession is the last one, so with Ultrabase plate (I’ll talk about it later), second end-switch on the Z axis (the first version complained about the absence of it causing the misalignment of the truck), and no autolevel sensor.
Many have been amazed by this last absence, but Anycubic claims that the Ultrabase plate is incopatable with self-leveling sensors. Sincerely leveling the print bed takes a matter of seconds, and once done it stays calibrated for a long time if you don’t move the printer. The real gem of this version, in my opinion, is the Ultrabase plate. In practice, it consists of a 5mm thick glass whose surface has been treated to facilitate optimal adhesion of the prints without the use of glue, lacquer or tape.
To tell the truth I was very skeptical about it so I started with the PLA, noting immediately that the pieces actually adhered very well, provided you set a minimum of 10 laps of brim to print. The very positive thing is that after a few minutes from the end of a print the latter comes off the plate effotless. Trying with ABS I have to say that also in this case the printed subject has remained in its place without suffering from any effect of warping (lifting the edges from the top especially in medium-large prints).
The End-of-Filament Sensor
Other features that make it an excellent printer are the end of filament sensor and the ability to resume interrupted prints in case of power failure (voluntary or random). The Anycubic i3 Mega in fact integrates a very handy end of filament sensor that in case the filament to be extruded ends interrupts the printing, raises the extruder group, keeping the temperature, giving us a way to restore it or even change color.
Resuming an interrupted print either because of power failure, or simply because we do not want to make the printer work in our absence, is really simple as long as you have implemented in gcode the string “G5” (as explained in the accompanying manual). At the moment of the restart you just need to go to the menu under print select the file you were printing and choose “RESUME”, the print will resume from the exact point where it was interrupted.
Anycubic I3 Mega: Price
As for the price, you can find it on Gearbest with offers even below 300€ (You can also take advantage of an additional discount using the coupon: AnycubicI3ME) on Amazon instead the price is 350€ which occasionally drops to 320€ for a day or less. Given the price range we can easily define it as a printer all in all cheap that does its job very well producing prints of excellent quality.