Anycubic i3 Mega S Vs. Artillery Genius

If you’ve been thinking about a 3D printer for a long time, whether it’s a new purchase or an upgrade, then you will come across the Anycubic i3 Mega or the Creality Ender 3 Pro , as well as its successors. But the printers are a generation older than the Artillery Genius 3D printer. Is that bad? No, definitely not, but the manufacturer Artillery has changed some things here that were not yet an issue with the old generation of 3D printers, or were not considered the standard for the 3D printer. The still relatively young Artillery brand comes onto the market with a flagship to overthrow the old giants. In this post I will compare the Anycubic i3 Mega -S with the Artillery Genius.

Anycubic i3 Mega -S 3D printer

The i3 Mega -S is the successor to the Anycubic i3 Mega 3D printer which, in contrast to its predecessor, is optimized to print flexible filaments. He has further optimizations for the filament holder as well as the position of the run-out-of filament sensor, so that it no longer flies around the whole time.

The Anycubic i3 Mega series is a very solidly manufactured 3D printer series, but the printer has its weaknesses in a few places, such as the volume. The built-in fans are very loud, the built-in drivers for the stepper motors (stepper motors) are also quite loud, so upgrades are often installed afterwards (as far as possible, because with some devices these are permanently installed on the mainboard.)

The 3D printer delivers great results by default. Upgrades are actually  not necessary here , but more modifications to the printer are often made here. In most cases, however, it is also sufficient to deal with slicers such as Cura and Slic3r in more detail in order to exhaust the possibilities of setting / fine-tuning to 100%.


Pros and cons of the Anycubic i3 Mega -S

  • Large active community
  • Metal frame
  • Touch screen
  • Run-out-of filament sensor
  • 2 Z-axis sensors (end stopper)
  • smaller installation space
  • Cable management

Technical data of the Anycubic i3 Mega -S

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, TPU, WOOD
Max. Hotend temperature 260 ° C
Max. Heatbed temperature 100 ° C
Extruder type Bowden

Artillery Genius 3D printer

The Genius from Artillery is equipped with many little helpers, such as practical large bed leveling buttons and super quiet stepper motors. But also other nice accessories that make your everyday life in 3D printing easier, which I would like to go into in more detail below.

Because with the Artillery Genius, for example, no cables fly around because it runs along the axes of a ribbon cable. On the one hand, the Z-axis, like the X-axis, are provided with a covered cable that runs behind the moving parts. But that’s not all, it also has another special feature, the threaded rods of the Z-axes at the upper end are connected to one another by a belt. This minimizes vibrations and oscillations, but it also slightly reduces asynchronous movement.

Since the Artillery Genius comes with a direct extruder, it makes sense to attach the spool above the printer like the Genius does. A very good system is installed there, which is equipped with a run-out filament sensor. In its factory version, the printer already contains a small LED that illuminates the print. This way, even with a quick look in the dark, you can get an impression of whether the printer is really still printing correctly.

Now I want to come to the last big differences between the two 3D printers. The Artillery is equipped with inductive end stop sensors and a fuse on the on and off switch.

The leveling of the Genius is super fast and precise, because the whole thing can be properly leveled via the touchscreen at points previously determined by the manufacturer.


I have picked out a video for you in which some prints are shown in the timelapse in the first few minutes, which were printed with the Artillery Genius:

The video is from WildRoseBuilds.

Where to buy spare parts for the Artillery Genius

  • Ebay

Pros and cons of the Artillery Genius

  • Inductive end stoppers
  • Quiet stepper motors
  • Great cable management
  • Z-axis connection
  • Direct extruder
  • LED on the hotend
  • Color touch display
  • Good printer profiles included
  • Louder fans

Technical data of the Artillery Genius

technology FDM single extruder
Print size 220 x 220 x 250 mm
Layer height 0.1-0.4 mm
Nozzle diameter 0.4mm
Filament diameter 1.75mm
Print speed 150 mm / s
Speed ​​of movement 250 mm / s
Supported filaments PLA, ABS, PETG, TPU, WOOD
Max. Hotend temperature 260 ° C
Max. Heatbed temperature 130 ° C
Extruder type Direct


Comparison of the Anycubic i3 Mega -S against the Artillery Genius

Facts about the Anycubic i3 Mega:

  • Smaller installation space
  • Louder stepper motors
  • no Z-axis connection via belt
  • Metal frame
  • poor cable management
  • Bowden extruder

Facts about the Artillery Genius:

  • Larger installation space
  • Faster print speeds possible
  • Z-axis connection
  • Excellent cable management
  • Direct extruder

Closing word

If I had to decide again which printer I might want to buy as the first printer, then my decision at the moment would clearly go to the Genius Artillery. Because it is the means of choice for everyone who just wants to print, because the Anycubic is significantly louder from the factory and does not have such nice features as the combination of the Z-axes, which makes the Genius my printer of choice, as well as the very well thought-out cable routing, which gives the whole system a very good rounding off. I think it overshadows the competition of the last few years, regardless of whether it is the Anycubic i3 Mega or the Creality Ender 3. Attention update:The fact is that the Artillery is the better printer, but the spare parts are sometimes quite difficult to get and quite expensive compared to the Anycubic i3 Mega. It is sometimes a bit fiddly to swap the parts on the Artillery, but you can also refer to any other printer, depending on the part. Another aspect that speaks against the Genius is the poor delivery / storage capacity in Germany. Usually the device has to be imported from China, which costs time and possibly customs fees.


If you still want to do a lot of tinkering with the printer, the Anycubic i3 Mega -S is definitely a very good printer, which delivers very clean and good printing results from the factory, but still has minor shortcomings that you can then still later has to keep tinkering in order to eradicate them.


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