Anycubic Mega S vs Mega X vs Mega Zero: What is the Difference?

Over the past few years, the FDM printing market has been oversaturated with budget equipment, making it difficult to choose between dozens of manufacturers and hundreds of models. And for those new to 3D printing, wandering around in such a huge selection is not an easy task. Nevertheless, the favorites of the budget 3D printer market have formed. And one of them was Anycubic , which has earned recognition from users around the world.

Among the budget FDM printers, company Anycubic was released four similar, but different models, the Mega is the i3, the Mega-the S , the Mega the Zero  and  the Mega the X .

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The Anycubic Mega series of 3D printers began with the launch of the first i3 Mega model in 2017. And almost immediately followed by the release of its improved version Anycubic Mega-S, with the same appearance and size of the build area, but with some additions. It is worth noting that the Mega-S 3D printer has been leading the ratings of the best budget FDM printers for several years.

At the end of 2019, the company is releasing two more models, Mega Zero and Mega X. The Mega Zero received a slightly larger build area compared to its predecessors, at an even better cost to compete directly with the Creality Ender 3 3D printer.

In turn, Mega X became the largest 3D printer in the Mega series. True, Mega X boasts not only a huge build area, but also costs almost twice as much as previous models.

All Mega printers have certain advantages and disadvantages, at first glance it is rather difficult to find differences, but, nevertheless, they are. So what’s the difference?

Anycubic Mega-S

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One of the main advantages of the Anycubic Mega-S 3D Printer is the unique heated Ultrabase platform, which improves adhesion and makes it easier to remove the model after work is completed. No matter how many analogues were released, the original Ultrabase remains the favorite of many 3D-makers.

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The Anycubic Mega-S has a classic design and a solid all-metal frame, the size of the build area remains the same as in the first version – 210 x 210 x 205 mm. The Mega-S base is equipped with a color touch screen, resume function and a filament end sensor.

So how exactly does the Mega-S differ from its predecessor?

The most significant change was the redesigned extruder, which made it compatible with flexible plastics like TPU. The rest of the changes are more cosmetic in nature. Anycubic has added a hanging spool holder on the side of the 3D printer, and has also re-positioned the filament sensor to improve overall usability.

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You can watch a detailed review of the Anycubic Mega-S 3D printer on our youtube channel.

Otherwise, the general characteristics of the Anycubic Mega-S 3D printer are essentially identical to the i3 Mega:

 

  • Construction area size: 210x210x205 mm
  • Layer height: 100 – 400 microns
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
  • Extruder operating temperature: 275 ° C
  • Table heating temperature: 100 ° C
  • Printing speed: 20-100mm / s
  • Feeding system: Bowden drive and reducer
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Connection: SD card, data cable
  • Price: 25 900 rub.

 

 

Anycubic Mega Zero

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Anycubic Mega Zero shares many similarities with its predecessors in the Mega series, including an aluminum frame, resume function and filament end sensor. One of the main differences from the Mega-S is its price. Mega Zero costs only 19,200 rubles. This makes it the most budget model in the Mega series, despite the fact that it has a larger build area. But with the lower cost comes the loss of some features.

Mega Zero does not have an Ultrabase printing platform or even a heated table. Instead, it has a metal platform. And while Anycubic claims the printer is suitable for materials such as PETG or TPU, it will be difficult to print with temperature-sensitive plastics without heating the bed.

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However, in addition to these “missing” features, Mega Zero may offer some improvements, including the “Double Gear” twin extrusion mechanism. According to the manufacturer, this will provide stronger torque and smoother extrusion, which means the printer really needs to be compatible with flexible plastics.

Another design improvement should help with platform calibration. Mega Zero was equipped with large rotary knobs and a function for determining the corners of the printing platform.

Anycubic Mega Zero Features

 

  • Construction area size: 220x220x250 mm
  • Layer height: 100 – 400 microns
  • Nozzle size: 0.4mm
  • Extruder working temperature: 255 ° C
  • Heated Platform: No
  • Printing speed: 20-100mm / s
  • Feeding system: Bowden drive and reducer
  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Connection: SD card
  • Price: 19 200 rubles.

 

 

Anycubic Mega X

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Anycubic Mega X is the largest 3D printer in the series with a build area of ​​300 x 300 x 305 mm. This assembly volume significantly increases its potential for application in various fields.

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The large build area required design changes to soften stress and improve reliability.

The Mega X comes with a pre-assembled Ultrabase print bed, a twin-screw X-axis design and a dual-line Y-axis guide. A rare feature in this price segment is the use of two Z-ends, which minimizes the possibility of errors during printing. In addition, the all-metal frame and sturdy chassis contribute significantly to consistent print quality.

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Like most other Mega printers, the Mega X features a 3.5-inch color touch screen, filament end sensor and a powerful Bowden-driven extruder. As with past Anycubic 3D printers, the spool holder is mounted at the bottom of the side, which takes some stress off the frame where the holders are usually installed, but causes the filament to turn upside down. And from Mega Zero, Mega X borrows large screws for easy platform calibration.

Mega X specifications :

 

  • Construction area size: 300х300х305 mm
  • Layer height: 100 – 400 microns
  • Nozzle size: 0.4mm
  • Extruder working temperature: 250 ° C
  • Table heating temperature: 90 ° C
  • Printing speed: 20-100mm / s
  • Feed system: Bowden drive
  • Frame: Metal
  • Connection: SD card, data cable
  • Price: 49 900 rub.

 

So which Anycubic Mega should you choose?

The Mega Zero 3D printer is a great option for beginners who want to plunge into the world of 3D printing, at minimal cost. It is also a great option as an inexpensive second 3D printer, but if you have a task to print with materials such as ABS or TPU, then it makes sense to give preference to models with a heated printing platform.

For more advanced users who want the best performance and the ability to work with different plastics, choose between the Mega-S and Mega X models .

If budget is not the main selection criterion and you would like to be able to print large size models with a heated bed, then there is no doubt that we would choose Mega X. Of all 3D printers in the budget price segment, Mega X has all the qualities that make it possible use 3D printing to the maximum.

Ultimately, it all comes down to which features and capabilities are most prioritized for solving your problems.

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