Anycubic i3 Mega 3D Vs. Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer

A little background on Creality! This year Creality announced that they want to convert their system to open source , which I find really remarkable for a printer in this price segment. Because in China, especially in Shenzen, where the competition will be copied in a few days anyway. Creality is one of the tech companies for 3D printing development. I think we can be curious about what this company will bring onto the market in the near future, especially in the area of ​​SLA printers, an exciting development could appear here.

Safety instructions for the Ender 3

technical features

Installation space (print size) 220 x 220 x 250 mm
Filament diameter 1.75 mm
Max. Hotend temperature 255 ° C
Max. Heatbed temperature 110 ° C
Max. Printing speed 180 mm / s
Extruder nozzle 0.4mm
resolution 0.1-0.4 mm
Printing accuracy +/- 0.1mm

The Ender 3 V2 compared to the Ender 3 Pro

Creality has announced the Ender 3 V2 and this should also come on the market around August, at least 3D Jake is expected to deliver the printer at this time.

The installed upgrades at a glance:

  • Silent Stepper (TCM2208)
  • New larger color display
  • Filament sensor
  • Filament wheel for quick filament changes
  • Tool compartment
  • Belt tensioner on the X / Y axis
  • Larger adjustment wheels for leveling
  • Carborundum glass plate (similar to the Ultrabase)
  • Self-developed mainboard

Compared to the Ender 3 pro, the Ender 3 V2 has received some upgrades that users usually installed / converted afterwards. The pre-order price is around € 50-100 more expensive than the Ender 3 Pro, which is fine in itself. (If we start from the manufacturer’s price, the price difference is € 30-40) However, it will be more complicated to get certain spare parts for the V2 if necessary. The new mainboard will most likely not be as easily replaceable as it is currently, but that’s a mere assumption. The print results that were offered in the first YouTube videos are great so far. Unfortunately, the display of the Ender 3 V2 is still not a touch display, but of course that also lowers the costs for the device in contrast to the Anycubic.

The Ender 3 V2 is significantly quieter thanks to the built-in TCM2208 drivers, which is particularly interesting for you if you are in the same room as your printer. The print bed is secured with a clamp so that you can also use the back if you need a pure glass print bed. At this point, a word about the new mainboard of the 3d printer, the board has more RAM and a 32-bit system, I noticed negatively that the stepper drivers are permanently installed here, should they damage the mainboard, which is laboriously soldered or be completely replaced. In itself, I think the upgrade to 32-bit of the mainboard is good, only the deteriorated maintenance is a cons for me.

Since I unfortunately did not receive a test device on request, I had to surf around on Youtube a little and picked out a video in which you can hear the volume and get a first impression of the print quality. The video is from CraftPorm.

Facts about the Anycubic i3 Mega

The Anycubic i3 Mega is one of the most comfortable printers. You basically only have to tighten 2 screws and the printer is completely assembled. That makes it very beginner-friendly and quick to use. So if you want to print it quickly and do not want to forego some technical gadgets, you will have fun with this printer, because this printer is provided with some nice sensors and features:

  • 2 Z-axis sensors left and right, so the axis is always correctly aligned in height.
  • Touchscreen for quick operability and a simple user interface
  • 32 bit board with luck and if not changeable drivers
  • Run out of filament sensor , with the sensor your print will automatically stop if your filament is no longer enough to complete a print. After changing the filament, you can continue printing.
  • powerloss recovery, if the power is interrupted then the printer can continue printing.

More key information about the Anycubic i3 Mega, the printer has its own printing plate which has given the manufacturer a name in the market! Because the Ultrabase, as it is called by Anycubic, provides great adhesion for every type of printer. The Anycubic i3 Mega is available for € 200 – € 400, this always depends on the respective platform.

The frame of the Anycubic is very stable and the entire printer has a very high quality workmanship. There is also a nice cladding of the printer. Don’t look directly at rods or stepper motors, it’s just chic.

I have also linked my more detailed review of the Anycubic i3 Mega to you here: Anycubic i3 Mega review

The Anycubic i3 MEGA-S compared to the i3 MEGA

Anycubic has announced a new version of the i3 Mega, the i3 Mega-s, which has been optimized so that it gets a titanium extruder, which should have an optimized guide for flexible filaments. For buyers of the old model, there should also be an upgrade kit, this then includes all changes to the S model. What else has changed in the new model? The position of the filament sensor has been changed by screwing it to the frame and mounting a roll holder on the side.

The new i3 Mega-S is presented in this video. I will upgrade as soon as it is available and stable!

Buy Anycubic i3 Mega S on Amazon

Technical data of the Anycubic i3 Mega

technology FDM single extruder
Print size 210 x 210 x 205 mm
Layer height 0.1-0.4 mm
Nozzle diameter 0.4mm
Filament diameter 1.75mm
Print speed 20 – 60 mm / s
Speed ​​of movement 80 mm / s
Supported filaments PLA, ABS, PETG, WOOD
Max. Hotend temperature 260 ° C
Max. Heatbed temperature 100 ° C
Printer size 410 x 475 x 458 mm

Comparison of the two printers

Now I would like to compare the two printers so that you can quickly see whether you would rather have an Anycubic i3 Mega or an Ender 3 Pro.

Update: It seems as if the old Anycubic i3 Mega is no longer being produced but only its successor to the Mega S.

Anycubic i3 Mega -S

  • Touch screen
  • better hotend
  • better motherboard
  • Run-out-of filament sensor
  • 2 Z-axis sensors (end stopper)
  • Improved extruder for TPU
  • smaller installation space

Buy the Anycubic?

Ender 3 Pro

  • well suited for flexible filaments
  • flexible print bed
  • larger installation space
  • more technical design
  • larger pressure bed wheels
  • no run-out of filament sensor
  • “Only” an 8-bit board
  • fixed drivers
  • without bootloader
  • Initially a hotend that took some getting used to
  • No glass print bed
  • The flexible printing bed is not really good at high temperatures as these then lose their magnetic properties

Ender 3 Pro on Amazon


 

Conclusion

Personally, I tend to go for the Anycubic i3 Mega, as this is the right printer for me thanks to the filament sensor, because I am often on the go and sometimes I print with Octopi without hesitation, so that I don’t have a bad awakening, I feel the filament sensor for me as a very important feature. Since I’ve been using my Anycubic, I haven’t had a print detached from the plate and I’ve only had good print results across the board.

If you buy the Ender 3 Pro, you should be aware that you are getting a printer that already delivers good results, but also offers the potential to increase quality / reliability. If we are realistic here, one compares 2 printers of the upper entry-level class that convince with quality and it is difficult to find negative aspects in both prints, because the price / performance is simply great.

I’m really excited to see how Creality will develop the 3D printer market. If you decide on the Ender 3 Pro, you should possibly use the Ender 3, as the “upgrades” are not worthwhile compared to the price. (Update 2020, you will mostly only find the Pro on the market, but the price is now pretty much the same.)

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