Are you thinking of buying an Anycubic i3 Mega Pro 3D printer but are not sure whether it is right for you? Read our Anycubic i3 Mega review to learn everything you should know about the 3D printer.
If you have come across the Prusa i3, you will quickly recognize the Anycubic i3 Mega in it. The latter is a replica of the Prusa i3 but its performance and quality of prints offer more than expected.
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Anycubic i3 Mega 3D Printer Review
The Anycubic i3 Mega is a heavy power user. The printer consumes approx. 130 watts during printing, which is a little more than what a resin printer consumes. However, this consumption is not too bad.
Anycubic i3 Mega Specs
|Technology||FDM single extruder|
|Print size||210 x 210 x 205 mm|
|Layer height||0.1-0.4 mm|
|Print speed||20 – 60 mm / s|
|Speed of movement||80 mm / s|
|Supported filaments||PLA, ABS, PETG, WOOD|
|Max. Extruder temperature||260°C|
|Max. Heatbed temperature||100°C|
|Printer size||410 x 475 x 458 mm|
Pros of the Anycubic i3 Mega
- Can print different materials
- It has a mechanical filament sensor
- Good workmanship of the components
- Simple user interface with touch input
- Good documentation
- Growing community
- Fast and versatile printer
- Super adhesion thanks to the Ultrabase
- Quick assembly
- 2 sensors on the Z-axis
Cons of the Anycubic i3 Mega
- Partly a bit loud
- Semi-automatic bedleveling (which is advertised with fully automatic)
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The Anycubic i3 Mega come almost completely assembled. You can calibrate and assemble the printer in less than 1 hour .
In the event of a power outage or voltage fluctuation, the printer can pick up where it left off. This is important as your prints will not go to waste. With some other printers, you have to rely on a UPS to prevent the prints from getting spoiled due to power outages.
If the filament runs out as you are printing, the printer will notice this and allow you to ad more filament. After changing the filament, printing can be continued at the same point .
The Anycubic i3 Mega is easy to use, thanks to the touchscreen and gears for adjusting the heating bed. Objects also adhere well to the Ultrabase and can be easily detached when the printing is complete.
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The 3D printer produces quality prints out of the box after setting the ultrabase/print bed. Its frame minimizes vibrations and shocks very well. However, this can be improved even further by placing the printer on a washing machine mat.
What Filaments Can Be Printed?
The Anycubic i3 Mega can not only print PLA but also ABS and PETG filaments. I have already printed blended wood PLA filament with the printer. However, printing the filament was a little more complex, partly due to the conditions of wood filament in general.
Anycubic i3 Mega Pro Upgrade
There are various upgrades available for the Anycubic i3 Mega. These include quieter fans from Scythe and Noctua, as well as relocating the filament sensor, as it does not stay in the position where it is intended.
You can also buy a Raspberry Pi and install Octoprint there.
What’s in the Box?
Here is a short list of all the contents you’ll get when you order the Anycubic i3 Mega:
- Anycubic i3 Mega frame
- User manual
- 1KG PLA filament
- Filament spool holder
- Rubber gloves
- Memory card with 8GB storage space
- Replacement extruder
- Side cutter
- Another tool to assemble everything and to change it if necessary
Anycubic i3 Mega Pro Alternatives
There are also other versions of the Anycubic i3 Mega. For example, there is Anycubic i3 Mega S model, which has a different extruder and filament holder. The Mega S is optimized for printing flexible filaments, which its predecessor cannot.
There is also the Anycubic i3 Mega Photon.
If you are looking for similar printers from alternative brands, the Ender 3 and Ender 3 Pro are worth looking it. Read this guide pitting the Ender 3 and the Anycubic i3 Mega against each other: Ender 3 or Anycubic i3 Mega
The Artillery Genius is another printer you may want to look at. Read our comparison here: Artillery Genius vs. Anycubic i3 Mega -S
Conclusion: Is Anycubic i3 Mega Worth It?
The Anycubic i3 Mega 3D printer does everything you want. The printer comes with a quick introduction of Cura settings and a pair of owls that you can use for your test prints. I’ve left my printer running for over 3 days multiple times and it hasn’t failed. This is quite remarkable.
The electronics are also well-built. I’m not afraid of leaving the printer alone for more than 2 hours.
Here is a video review of the Anycubic i3 Mega 3D printer:
We planned to build an enclosure for our Anet A8, I simply measured the parts that I had already ordered and adapted them for the Anycubic. An enclosure simply helps to keep the print temperature constant, which reduces the likelihood of your prints failing.
Moreover, the housing protects the printer against dirt, such as animal hair, dust or crumbs.
From my experience, the Anycubic i3 Mega is worth the price.