This is Top 3D Blog with another informative addition on the rapidly changing world of FDM 3D printing.
In this article, we are going to review the Anycubic Mega Pro, a powerful and affordable 2-in-1 solution that can operate both as a 3D printer and a laser engraver.
As always, we’ll provide you with a thorough description of the device, highlight its pros and cons, and show some of the use cases. Let’s dive right in. Source: anycubic.com. Anycubic is a Shenzhen-based additive manufacturing company that was founded in 2015 by two childhood friends that decided to give their ambitious 3D printing startup idea a go.
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As a result, the company has been recognized as one of the largest and most successful Chinese manufacturers that had ever entered the global additive manufacturing market.
Trusted by hundreds of thousands of users worldwide, the company’s workflow is powered by more than two hundred employees that specialize in the production of 3D printing equipment and the integration of cutting-edge solutions.
Source: anycubic.com. The most important feature of the Anycubic Mega Pro is its powerful 1.5W laser engraving head. Replace your standard print head with a laser engraving one and turn your 3D printer into a laser engraver that can easily engrave on wood, paper, fabric, textiles, and leather.
Pros and Cons
Creating an affordable 2-in-1 machine was an incredibly smart move since the current additive manufacturing market offers a dozen multifunctional 3-in-1 devices that combine a 3D printer, a laser engraver, and a CNC milling machine.
|Print size||210 x 210 x 205 mm|
|Layer height/thickness||0.05-0.3 mm|
|Number of extruders||1|
|Print speed||100 mm/s (60 mm/s recommended)|
|Working ambient temperature||8°C – 40°C|
|Supported filaments||PLA, TPU, etc.|
|Positioning accuracy||X/Y – 0.0125 mm, Z – 0.002 mm|
|Extruder operating temperature||max. 260°C|
|Printer size||405 x 410 x 453 mm|
|File formats||.STL, .OBJ, .DAE, .AMF|
|Connection||SD card, USB cable|
|Power supply||10-220 VAC, 50/60 H|
Anycubic Mega Pro vs Snapmaker
Unlike the Mega Pro, such machines come at a rather hefty price tag and oftentimes offer an inferior build volume.
|Engraving area size||220 × 140mm|
|Pixel size||0.05–0.4 mm (0.1 mm recommended)|
|Recommended laser intensity||brown paper – 15%, wood – 25%|
|Laser height||1–100 mm (50 mm recommended)|
|Materials||leather, paper, wood, etc.|
Source: anycubic.com. Just like its predecessors, the Anycubic Mega Pro offers everything required for a smooth printing experience, namely:.
Reliable all-metal frame;. State-of-the-art print bed;.
Solid build volume;.
Filament run-out sensor. Aside from the above-mentioned features, the device offers a plethora of improvements, such as:.
- Laser engraving head.
- Source: anycubic.com.
- Equip the print head with the laser engraving module, connect it to the corresponding socket, and voila, your 3D printer is now a laser engraver.
- Double gear extruder.
- Source: anycubic.com.
- The Mega Pro has been equipped with a Bondtech dual drive extruder offering improved torque and optimized path orientation for a more precise and consistent 3D printing without filament slips.
- Multi-color 3D printing.
- Source: anycubic.com.
- Not your typical multi-color printing per se, the machine allows you to stop printing at a specific layer, manually replace the filament during the pause, and proceed to print with another color.
- You can pause the device for filament replacement up to 6 times in a single printing session.
- TMC2208 stepper motor drivers.
- Equipped with high-quality TMC2208 stepper motor drivers, the Anycubic Mega Pro boasts improved printing accuracy and ultra-quiet operation.
Anycubic Mega Pro: 3D printer and a Laser Engraver
Upgraded leveling knobs. Source: anycubic.com. Another great improvement that the community has been asking for are the upgraded leveling knobs.
- Twice increased in size for easier access and smoother calibration, the knobs also offer a tighter locking system that ensures additional reliability during leveling.
- Assisted bed leveling . Source: anycubic.com.
- The printer's newly-introduced smart calibration system locates all the necessary leveling points and assists the user during the calibration process.
- Source: youtube.com.
Technology: FDM. Build volume: 210 × 210 × 205 mm (8.3 x 8.3 x 8.1 in).
Layer thickness: 0.05-0.3 mm. Printing speed: up to 100 mm/s (60 mm/s recommended).
Positioning accuracy: X/Y — 0.0125 mm; Z — 0.002 m. Extruder quantity: 1. Nozzle diameter: 0,4 mm. Printable materials: PLA, TPU etc. Operating temperature: 8–40 °C. extruder temperature: 260 °C (500 °F). Compatible file formats: .STL, .OBJ, .DAE, .AMF.
Connectivity: SD card, USB. Filament run-out sensor: Yes. Resume power after power outage: Yes (only if printing via SD card). Power requirements: 110-220 V, 50/60 Hz. Outer dimensions: 405 x 410 x 453 mm (16 x 16.1 x 17.8 in).
Weight: 15 kg (33 lbs). Laser engraver specifications:. Image format: BMP. Engraving size: 220 × 140 mm. Engraving mode: Bitmap. Rated power: 1.5W. Pixel size: 0.05–0.4 mm (0.1 mm recommended). Recommended laser intensity: Brown paper - 15%；Wood - 25%.
Laser height: 1–100 mm (50mm recommended). Engraving surface: leather, paper, wood, fabric. Source: youtube.com. Anycubic Mega Pro 3D Printer;.
Laser engraving head;. Protective glasses;. USB flash drive;. Leveling module;. M5 screws (8 pcs). Source: youtube.com. An all-rounder: a laser engraver and a 3D printer.
Improved extruder. Decent build and engraving volume.
Improved stability. Sturdy all-metal frame. Hassle-free calibration. Built-in touchscreen for effortless standalone operation.
What’s in the Box
Ultra-quiet printing. Automatic calibration with BLTouch probe. Multi-color printing. Affordable and upgradable. Unheated print bed. Relatively low extruder temperature.
Source: bhphotovideo.com. CNC Milling Machine. Build volume, mm. 210 × 210 × 205. 125 × 125 × 125. extruder temperature, °C. print bed temperature, °C. layer thickness, microns.
Engraving area, mm. As you can see, the Snapmaker comes at a more expensive price. Compared to the Anycubic Mega Pro, it offers inferior build volume and engraving area.
On the other hand, it features a heated bed for wider material compatibility and can be employed for carving thanks to being equipped with a CNC milling head.
- Both options have their pros and cons and should be picked depending on your requirements.
- In case you are unsure which machine would be the best choice for your particular application, please feel free to contact our team for quality advice and support.
- Source: medium.com.
- Ultimaker Cura is a free slicing software trusted by more than a million users worldwide.
The Anycubic Mega Pro comes with a pre-installed Cura profile with optimal settings that guarantee the best performance with this particular device, allowing you to proceed to 3D printing as soon as possible.
Source: youtube.com. Source: anycubic.com. Source: youtube.com. All in all, the Anycubic Mega Pro comes at an outstandingly affordable price considering its functionality.
Placed between cheap 3D printers and hefty multifunctional machines, the device doesn’t seem to have many competitors in its niche at the time of writing the article.
Besides, the Mega Pro’s laser engraving module has increased the machine’s dependability and enlarged the list of applications it can be employed in. With such a device, you can create unique artworks, prototypes, household items, props, and much more.
TMC2208 Stepper Motor Drivers
You can purchase the Anycubic Mega Pro from Top 3D Shop. This multipurpose device comes at a very affordable price and lets you work on both 3D printing and laser engraving projects.
Platform Adjustment Knobs
Our team will make sure to provide the best service possible, just like we always do. LED Holder IKEA Halvtimme - Anycubic Mega-S/i3. Anycubic I3 Mega 50mm fan duct for stepper drivers (Remix).
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Anycubic i3 Mega Space Saving Spool Holder. Anti Backlash Nut Mount. Anycubic i3 Mega LED Holder.
Quality of Print
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Anycubic i3 Mega Hotbed Griff mit LED & Dämmung.
Print Model 1
Anycubic I3 Mega switch for LEDs. Anycubic i3 Mega LED Hotend Housing. Anycubic i3 Mega spoolholder with Pi camera holder (remix). First install Lightburn .
I used the 30 day trial, because I was not sure if this works out.
- First the basic communication.
- Connect the Anycubic via USB.
- Create a new device based on the "Marlin" firmware. Set space to 210x130.
- Use USB/Serial port (ttyUSB0).
- Test the communication by pressing the Home Button in the "Laser" tab.
Setup the Z-Axis setting. Go to the Device Settings. Enable Pointer Offset and set it to Y = 80. Add start GCocde "G1 Z50", this is the focus point of the laser.
The Anycubic uses special Laser commands to turn on the laser:. G6 S0 - 0% laser. G6 S100 - 100% laser. Device Settings using M106 M107 control commands. Set S-Value max to 100. save gcode file. Add a G4 P0 (wait 0) before each G6 command, otherwise the command will be executed directly when sent over serial.
Print Model 2
Replace M106 with G6 in gcode file.
- Use "RunGCode" with the file, prepared to use with Anycubic.
- Would be nice when Lightburn would support the Anycubic Mega Pro from scratch, I think I would then buy the software, because it is neat.
- I will try some things the next days. I created a page with lightburn settings:.
- Anycubic I3 Mega Fan duct. ANYCUBIC i3 MEGA filament sensor retainer.
Raspi Case for Anycubic i3 Mega Improvement. Anycubic i3 mega Spool Holder Side Mount. Anycubic I3 Mega Direct Drive Extruder.
Print Models 3 & 4
- Anycubic i3 Mega Sjcam. ANYCUBIC I3 MEGA Fanduct - Single tube.
- Spiral Cylinder Vase.
- Solar thermometer case. Anycubic I3 Mega pi wide-angle camera holder.
- Anycubic i3 Mega S Stopfen 7 mm.
Anycubic i3 Mega S Stopfen 8,5 mm. For screed extruder Anycubic i3 Mega. TimeLapse addon for ANYCUDIC i3 MEGA. Pikachu i3 Mega Printer Skin.
Jigglypuff i3 Mega Printer Skin. Anycubic i3 Mega camerastand for Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000.
Anycubic i3 Mega S Kabelschutz oberer Rahmen.
Third Party Sample Print
Anycubic i3 Mega Pro Quality of Print
- ANYCUBIC i3 Mega removable TPU add-on.
- High build quality
- The price is affordable, considering the functionality of the printer
- There is a slight wobble of the wall (perhaps you can still experiment with the settings and achieve a perfect wall).
- Difficult and sometimes impossible printing with flexible plastics.
- Does not have an enclosure. Therefore, you cannot print with flexible plastics.
Anycubic i3 Mega Pro Laser Module Review
Let’s check the engraving capabilities of the Anycubic i3 Mega Pro.
According to Anycubic, this module can be used to engrave paper, wood and leather.
The Laser module produces 1.5W of power. Therefore, you won’t be able to cut something with it. However, you can engrave images in bmp format – a raster image format that is usually read by all lasers. When saving or creating your images, keep in mind that bmp must be 24-bit or 2-bit. Otherwise, it would be read incorrectly.
The Anycubic i3 Mega Pro laser module can be of a different power rating. Our unit’s rating is 1.5W and is categorized under class 4:
“Lasers and high power devices capable of causing severe damage to the human eye with short pulses (<0.25 s) of a direct laser beam, as well as specularly or diffusely reflected laser beams. Emitters and laser systems of this class can cause significant damage to human skin, as well as have a dangerous effect on flammable and combustible materials.”
For this reason, Anycubic provides protective glasses in the kit. There is also a brown paper in the box, which you can use for your first laser engraving test.
Paper Engraver Test
To start engraving, we first need to install the laser module. The installation process takes just a couple of minutes. The engraver module attaches with magnets to the hotend, has metal positioning rails and a gougeon (fixing screw) for fixing.
The engraver wire is connected to the same connector as the hot end. After that, you can start engraving.
Detailed information about the installation process is found on the the flash drive.
In addition to the bmp file, you need to set the parameters of the speed and power of the engraving. This can be done in the printer menu. We set 15 percent of the laser power and started the engraving process.
The laser copes well with both brown and white paper. Since white paper is highly reflective, you’ll need to add a little more power to the engraver
Our next test involved engraving a 4 mm plywood. We launch the file attached to the flash drive, increasing the power to 30%.
You can download the source file from this link .
Next, we wanted to test a bigger and more complex picture, such as a portrait or photograph. This time, the engraving took much longer because the images are big.
Also, after an hour of engraving at 30% power, the laser radiator was slightly warm while the pyrometer recorded a temperature of 39 degrees.
Link to the picture.
The laser module does not leave any carbon deposits on the material. This is an advantage compared to the same CO2 laser, which has high power and can cut the material. However, the Anycubic laser moduel outperforms it both in size and accuracy.
We carried another test on plywood, but with pseudo-vector graphics. The image we used looked like it was made in Adobe Illustrator, then converted to png, and then to bmp.
Here is the result we got:
In this image, you can see carbon deposits at the place where a piece of plywood was cut off by a laser with a CO2 tube.
Of course, a small step of the laser is still visible. However, for 1.5 W and non-core equipment, this is an excellent result.
The working area for engraving images is 220 x 140 mm, i.e., 2200 x 1400 pixels, with a pixel density/resolution of 10 pixels per millimeter, i.e., pixel size of 0.1 mm. The size is perfect for engraving gift items.
Acrylic & Plexiglass
We also tested the the laser on acrylic or plexiglass. Unfortunately, the laser did not take on white glass even at 90% power – its surface is too shiny and light.
But on black acrylic I did a great job.
At a power of only 20%, the laser did an excellent job. All lines are clear and contrasting, even in thin elements.
The laser module did a great job with dark material!
Anycubic i3 Mega Pro Engraving Review
Let’s look at the pros and cons of the laser engraving module:
- The engraving is split into blacks and adjusts automatically. There is no need to sit and slice power/speed like a conventional CO2 laser to achieve the same effect.
- Perfectly engraves dark materials (black polystyrene, acrylic, leather, silicone, wood, paper, etc.)
- Simple setup.
- Due to the dimensions along the Z axis, you can engrave large objects (everything that fits into the dimensions of the table, minus 5 cm of the focal length).
- Very quick and convenient installation of the module. Simply attach the module, screw on the gougeon, connect the power supply and start engraving
- The engraver only only supports bmp raster graphics with a resolution of 0.1 mm. Therefore, you cannot engrave something more accurate.
- Cannot engrave materials that are too light or white due to the wavelength and low laser power.
- The low laser power makes it not suitable for cutting.
Anycubic i3 Mega Pro Alternatives
What about the price? And is there something similar in the same price segment?
At the moment, the price of the printer is less than $500, which is affordable for its “printer + engraver” functionality, budget.
For alternatives, there is the 3DQ one v2, which has about the same functionality but is more expensive.
Instead of a bowden, the 3DQ One v2 he has a direct extruder. This makes it suitable for working with flexible plastics. The laser engraver has a power of only 1W but the construction area is larger at 290 x 220 x 210 mm, versus 210 x 210 x 205 mm of the Anycubic i3 Mega Pro.
Another modular printer that competes with the Anycubic i3 Mega Pro is the Snapmaker 3D MFP. The unit does not just have printing and engraving capabilities but also milling. Of course, its price is also higher than that of the Anycubic i3 Mega Pro.
The Anycubic Mega Pro, given its very low price for devices with a similar set of functions, has very successfully occupied a niche between cheap 3D printers and expensive multifunctional devices. At the moment, there are no competitors in the price segment up to $500.
The Mega Pro laser module greatly expands the machine’s capabilities, allowing users to create unique artwork, prototypes or models.
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