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Anycubic Mega X Assembled
Anycubic Mega X Assembled

Introduction

The Anycubic Mega X is a prime example of getting what you pay for. It is currently $599 CAD | ($499 USD) on Amazon.ca/com. In our opinion, it is a solid mid-range hobby printer that is capable of printing: PLA, ABS, TPU, HIPS and more with a large build volume. Learn more about Anycubic here.

Tech Specs

  • Voltage: 110V, 220V
    **Ensure to switch to the proper voltage for your country

  • Printing Technology: FDM – Fused Deposition Modeling

  • Layer Resolution: 0.05 – 0.3mm

  • Positional Accuracy: X/Y 0.0125mm, Z 0.002mm

  • Supported Printing Materials: PLA, ABS, TPU, HIPS, WOOD, PETG

  • Printing Speed: 20-100mm/s, Anycubic suggests 60mm/s (we printed most things at 40mm/s)

  • Stock Nozzle Diameter:  0.4mm

  • Build Volume: 300 x 300 x 305 mm^3

  • Extruder Max Temperature: 250C

  • Print Bed Max Temperature: 90C

  • Printer Dimensions: 500 x 500 x 553 mm^3

  • Accepted File Formats: .stl, .obj, .dae, .amf

  • Ambient Operating Temperature: 8 – 40 C

  • Connectivity: SD Card, USB via Octoprint

  • Net Weight: 19kg

Large Build Volume, Great Quality, Lots of Extras!

Surprised was our initial reaction when the Mega X arrived at our door. We did not fully appreciate the scale of the 300 x 300 x 305 mm^3 build volume until we compared it to our Creality Ender 3 Pro, Labists ET4 or Digilab 3D45 (30% larger!).

The packaging was superb. There was ample foam around the edges of the box package to minimize the possibility of impact to the machine and its’ components. The bed was secured to the base and nicely wrapped to prevent scratches and abrasions.

Printer components were easy to remove from the box and assemble. The three main components involved in assembly were the: base, z-axis tower, and filament spool holder.

Four screws were installed on either side of the z-axis tower with the provided Allen key to secure it to the base.

Four screws in the side of the Anycubic Mega X 3D printer
Anycubic Mega X Packaging
The large box the Anycubic Mega X arrived in
Anycubic Mega X Packaging
Foam packaging inside

Package Contents

Did You Say Additional Hot End?

It is worth mentioning that Anycubic provides a large number of additional tools, and components with the printer. Most notably, they provide an additional hot end with the printer.

The entire contents includes:

  • Scraper
  • Snips
  • Extra Hot End
  • Power Cable
  • USB Cable
  • PPE Gloves
  • Warranty Card
  • Good Instructions
  • Wrenches
  • Allen Keys 

 

All of the tools which come with the Anycubic Mega X 3D printer
The large assortment of tools that are provided

Bed Leveling and Initial Impression

Anycubic Mega X Bed Leveling GUI
Bright LCD touchscreen panel
Anycubic Mega X Upside Down filament run out sensor
Oops! The filament sensor was attached upside down

Once powered up, leveling the base is easier than the Creality Ender 3 Pro and Labists ET4 due to the large touch screen with a full array of xyz stepping controls at 0.1, 1, and 10 mm. These stepping motions can be operated at low, medium, and high speeds for moving the extruder around; albeit, this process is still completed manually with a sheet of paper. (they are kind enough to include the piece of paper!) The knobs are large and clearly labelled for easy tensioning.

After attempting to load the filament through the provided filament run out sensor we realized the attachment was pre-installed upside down so after fixing that, the filament loaded up and we moved on to preheating and doing the first print.

The pre-heating stage for the bed temperature is fairly slow, but once it reaches temperature there is minimal fluctuations in temperature

The very first print we did was two owls which was on the included SD card and we used the 1kg of the included white PLA filament. It took a surprisingly long time considering the size of the print. But, it turned out fantastic! (Pictures below)

Two things of special note are how responsive and bright the touchscreen actually is, even in a bright office environment but also how loud the stepper motors actually are, for us this doesn’t matter but definitely something to consider if you are going to be working near it.

Cura 4.7 Slicer Settings and Other Test Prints

Setting up prints with the Mega X is very simple either through the included SD card or via USB.

The First Layer of this book nook was impressive although there was a minor imperfection (bubbling in one spot), luckily it was mostly the back/infill, so it didn’t matter. After some fine tuning and printing some calibration cubes at 0.3, 0.2 and 0.1mm layer height and 60mm/s, 50mm/s, 40mm/s respectively we moved on to benchy’s which you can see below!

The Ultrabase heated bed works extremely well, even better than we anticipated. The quick and dirty is that it provides better adhesion when hot but also allows you to remove your prints more easily once the bed cools. Check out ALL3DP’s review of just the bed here.

**Cura didn’t have a pre-generated profile at the time of review so we used the i3 mega profile with a modified build volume for most of the test prints you see.

**We then used the included Cura profile on the SD card and printed Gandalf and the Lord Stanley Cup which turned out great but again were quite slow.

Anycubic Mega X First Layer
First layer of a large print - Anycubic Black PLA

Test prints 3d printed in various PLA filaments, star wars mandalorian, christmas village, luke skywalker, an orange elephant

Other Test Prints

  • Gold Spiral Vase – AMZ3D Silk Gold PLA
  • Luke Skywalker Bust – Anycubic White PLA
  • Voronoi Elephant – AMZ3D Orange PLA
  • Mandalorian Figure – Proto Pasta Carbon Fiber PLA

If you are looking for our print specific settings please check our Instagram (@avk3d) posts or shoot us a DM.

You can also see the timelapses on our YouTube here: AVK3D YouTube

Anycubic Mega X Assembled
Black PLA filament on the ultrabase bed
First few layer lines are always satisfying!

Wrapping Up

Overall the Anycubic Mega X is a prime example of getting what you pay for. It’s currently $599 CAD | (499 USD) from Amazon.ca/com and in our opinion is a solid mid range hobby printer that’s capable of printing PLA, ABS, TPU, HIPS and more.

If you are in the market for an above average, mid-range hobby printer with a large build volume you should definitely consider the Anycubic Mega X.

POSITIVES:

  1. Dual axis Z design ensures it’s level all of the time
  2. Frame is very solid
  3. Touch screen is bright and responsive
  4. Included Ultrabase bed is very impressive

NEGATIVES:

  1. The screen GUI could use some work (such as the back buttons being in different places depending on what screen you are on)
  2. Louder than our other printers, something to consider if you will be working next to 

**The below link is an amazon referral link and AVK3D will receive a portion of the sale.

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