Anycubic DIY Prusa I3 3D Printer Kit: Strong Build, Customizable
Are you looking for a great value 3D printer kit that you can assemble yourself and that produces excellent quality 3D prints? If so, then the Anycubic DIY Prusa i3 printer kit would make a really good choice.
Basically, the Anycubic Prusa i3 is a re-branded Prusa i3 with some extra enhancements which make this printer an excellent choice for 3D printing beginners and enthusiasts. The kit is fairly easy to put together and the prints that it can produce are of excellent quality with some amazingly fine details.
|Print material||Auto Calibration||Maximum print size(inches)||Heating bed||layer thickness||Customer support||Assembly time||Warranty|
|PLA, ABS, Wood, More||No||8.27"x8.27"x9.84"||Yes||100-400 microns||Excellent||4-8 Hours||3 Months|
- Key Features
- What’s In The Box?
- Is This Printer Easy To Assemble?
- Is There Much Support Available Online?
- What Software Can You Use For The Anycubic Prusa i3 Printer?
- How Does The Anycubic Prusa i3 compare to the Anycubic i3 Mega?
- What Is The Difference Between An MK8 Extruder And A Bowden?
- What Customers Are Saying
Let’s look at some of the key features of this printer kit
The Anycubic Prusa i3 has an easy to use LCD screen which allows you to control the printer without having to be connected to a computer. Navigation is simple using just a single turn and press knob.
Strong Acrylic Frame
This printer has an 8 mm thick acrylic frame which is reinforced with a fixed metal bar. This makes the printer extremely rigid and stable and therefore allows it to produce excellent quality prints.
Precise Linear Bearings
The linear bearings on this 3D printer are designed to slide smoothly to give you better print quality. This also means that they’re highly durable and will allow the printer to produce highly accurate prints.
High Quality Stepper Motors
The stepper motors are of the highest quality and work on constant rotation. This enables accurate positioning even at top speed.
MK8 Nozzle And Direct Drive Extruder
The Anycubic Prusa i3 kit comes with an MK8 nozzle which allows for accurate and smooth printing. The nozzle features an anti-blockage design which means you’ll be able to spend more time printing rather than constantly unblocking the nozzle.
The direct drive extruder is equipped with dual turbo fans to allow for fast cooling of the filament and to prevent overheating. It has a 42 mm stepper motor which allows for smooth feeding of the filament.
Safe And Reliable Power Supply
The power supply is highly durable and reliable and is also highly energy efficient which helps to keep your power bills under control. Just make sure that you select the correct voltage for your region.
Aluminum Heat Bed
The Anycubic i3 is equipped with an aluminum heat bed which has a patented Ultrabase coating. This coating allows for superb adhesion of your print job but will still allow you to remove the finished prints quickly and easily. Prints just snap off the bed without the need of a scraper.
The bed can heat up to a maximum of 110 degrees Celsius (230 degrees Fahrenheit). It will heat up quite quickly and the heat will remain steady once it’s reached the desired temperature.
The maximum print area is 8.3 inches x 8.3 inches x 9.8 inches which is quite generous for a printer in this price range.
Supports A Range Of Filaments
Because the Anycubic i3 has a heated print bed, it can support a wide range of different filaments such as PLA, ABS, HIPS and Wood.
TriGorilla Main Board
The TriGorilla main board has been exclusively developed by Anycubic for their 3D printers. It’s simple to assemble and easy to operate. It features a rich extension port which means that you can easily do some upgrades if you wish, after you’re comfortable with how your printer works.
What’s In The Box?
The Anycubic i3 is a printer kit so it will require some assembly. Here’s what you’ll find in the box:
- All the printer parts to allow you to build the printer
- A 1 kg spool of sample PLA filament
- An SD Card and SD Card Reader
- A spool holder
- A tool set
- A scraper just in case you need it
- A ruler
- A pair of gloves
- A pair of tweezers
- A USB cable to connect the printer to your computer
- A power cord
- A complete user manual with detailed tutorials to make your assembly quick and easy
All of this comes well packaged with foam padding to ensure that your printer kit arrives safe and sound and in perfect condition.
Is This Printer Easy To Assemble?
The Anycubic i3 is fairly easy to assemble as a lot of the main structural parts are already pre-assembled so it’s just a case of putting the pieces together in the right order. This should make assembly quite easy and straight forward.
The manual which comes with the printer kit is quite extensive and runs through the assembly of the printer in a step by step format with clear photos and easy to understand written instructions.
There’s also a very clear and fully marked wiring diagram for the mother board and photos and written instructions on where to connect all the individual parts.
The firmware has already been pre-loaded onto the mother boards so once you’ve assembled the printer, all you need to do is level the bed and you’re ready for your first test print.
Manual leveling instructions for the heat bed are also included in the manual.
Is There Much Support Available Online?
You’ll find a few support groups for this particular printer online but because it is a remake of the original Prusa i3, you can also join those groups as most of their tips and advice can be related to the Anycubic i3 printer.
The Anycubic company have their own Facebook page with lots of helpful tips and tricks for their 3d printers. You can of course, ask questions if you are having problems with anything. There’s also a dedicated Anycubic 3D printer Facebook support group which has over 1200 members.
You’ll also find a dedicated Anycubic i3 group on Thingiverse as well as lots of useful print files.
What Software Can You Use For The Anycubic Prusa i3 Printer?
Basically you can use any open source slicing software that you’re familiar with but the recommended one is Cura. This can be downloaded from the internet or there will be a link in the user manual to download the software from Anycubic’s google drive.
The user manual actually shows you exactly how you should configure Cura so that it works well with the Anycubic i3.
How Does The Anycubic Prusa i3 compare to the Anycubic i3 Mega?
The main difference between these two 3D printers from Anycubic is that the Prusa i3 is a kit and the i3 Mega is pre-assembled except for some minor assembly. So the i3 Mega is pretty much a plug and play 3D printer.
There are some other minor differences which are worth noting. These include:
Whereas the Prusa i3 comes with an LCD screen with a single knob operation, the Mega is equipped with a 3.5 inch TFT touch screen.
The Mega also has a full metal frame while the Prusa i3’s frame is heavy duty acrylic with metal supports.
The Prusa i3 features an MK8 extruder while the Mega comes with a Bowden extruder.
They both come with the new UltraBase heated beds with nearly identical build volumes, however, the print bed on the Mega is auto leveling whereas the bed on the Prusa i3 needs to be leveled manually.
The i3 Mega also has a filament sensor which detects when the filament is about to run out and a ‘resume from outage’ function in case of power failures. The Prusa i3 is not equipped with these functions.
So which one is better? The choice really depends on your budget and whether you would prefer an easy to assemble printer kit or an almost fully assembled plug and play printer. At the time of writing this review the price difference between the two was around $140.
What Is The Difference Between An MK8 Extruder And A Bowden?
An MK8 extruder is more commonly referred to as a direct drive extruder simply because the filament is directly inserted into the hot end. This means that the extruder and the hot end are connected to each other.
In a Bowden extruder, the extruder and the hot end are separated by a tube through which the filament is fed. Put simply the filament is inserted into the extruder gears and pushed through the filament tube until it reaches the hot end.
One advantage of using a Bowden extruder is that the stepper motor and mounts are positioned away from the hot end which reduces the weight of the moving parts. This can result in more accurate prints especially at high speeds.
There are disadvantages too, however, as the hot end can become clogged and this can be difficult to remove due to the filament tube. Bowden extruders are also not recommended for flexible filament as it can be difficult to push the filament through the tube into the hot end.
Although Bowden extruders can produce more accurate prints and can generally print faster, for 3D printing beginners, a direct drive extruder is probably better and easier, at least until you’ve had some more 3D printing experience.
What Customers Are Saying
We read many reviews for the Anycubic Prusa i3 3D printer and found that most people were extremely happy with their purchase. Most said that the printer was easy to assemble and that the instructions were clear and concise.
Almost everyone who commented said that this printer was excellent value for money and that it could produce excellent quality prints.
A lot of customers commented on the excellent customer support offered by the Anycubic team, with some people saying that they received same day responses for their queries.
Overall, the consensus was that this is a good quality 3D printer kit for the price and if you do happen to run into any problems, then help is not far away.
The Anycubic Prusa i3 printer kit is a great project for both 3D printing beginners and more advanced hobbyists. It’s exceptional value for money especially with the new Ultrabase heated print bed and the large print area.
The heavy duty acrylic frame which is supported by a metal bar, makes this printer very stable during print jobs even at high speed. The ability to be able to print in a variety of filaments is also a huge advantage of this printer.
Add to this the excellent and unfailing customer support, we believe that this 3D printer kit is a great buy especially if you don’t mind assembling it yourself.