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Anycubic i3 Mega 3D printer normally $200 $169.99

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I have and love this pritner. Hands down best for the price.

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Nice! I've been looking for a decent printer for under $190. Going to give this one a shot!
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How does this compare to an Ender 3?
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No auto level, extruder tube, yuk.

Hands down not the best for everyone.

Ok deal, but ....well we all have butt's ;-)
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210 x 210 x 205mm build volume for anyone curious. Ender 3 is 220 x 220 x 250 for comparison.
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How does this compare to an Ender 3?
From all I've read it's better and waaaay easier to set up. I've printed for hundreds of hours with this and after a very easy learning curve you'll be printing everything.
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This is only $10 less than from the manufacture?

https://www.anycubic.com/collections/anycubic-mega-3d-printers
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No auto level, extruder tube, yuk.

Hands down not the best for everyone.

Ok deal, but ....well we all have butt's ;-)
It's great out of the box and with a couple cheap upgrades (tmc2208 and extruder upgrade) its amazing.
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This is only $10 less than from the manufacture?

https://www.anycubic.com/collecti...d-printers
Sorry just the cheapest I'd seen. I kept seeing it for 189 or 200
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Print farm workhorse printer!, Scooped up a couple...thanks

They also have the Chiron (large format) for a pretty solid price that I got as well.
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No auto level, extruder tube, yuk.

Hands down not the best for everyone.

Ok deal, but ....well we all have butt's ;-)
How many quality $170 3D printers have you seen with auto bed leveling?

"Extruder tube, yuk" are you referring to the Bowden (non-direct drive) extruder? What's so yuck about it? I'd say the majority of lower priced consumer printers use them now. There's pros and cons to both bowden and direct drive. Most people just getting into 3D Printing won't know/care about the difference. Even Prusa is using a bowden on the new mini.
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How does this compare to an Ender 3?
  • i3 Mega has a touch screen which some ppl like others don't. Compared to the Ender 3's rotary dial and 4 line LCD display
  • i3 Mega has Dual Z motors - again big bonus to some others say it's unnecessary or even a detriment since you have to make sure your Z/X gantry is square to the frame. But Anycubic uses double limit switches which should take care of that for you.
  • Similar bed size
  • Similar foot print. Both have psu, electronics and controls under the Y-axis
  • I think both have power loss recovery
  • New i3 Mega's come with the Anycubic Ultrabase - another hate it or love it.
  • Ender 3 has strain relief on the bed out of the box. I don't think the i3 Mega does but you can print one.
  • Assembly on the i3 Mega is really fast. Similar to the Monoprice Maker Select and CR-10s. Just connect the Y-axis base to the Z/X gantry. connect wires and you're done. Depending on where you get your Ender-3 from (Creality vs 3rd parties like SainSmart) it'll probably take a bit more assembly
  • PSU - i3 Mega is 12v (I think), Ender 3 is 24v. Means Ender 3 has lower amperage and probably heats up faster
  • Temps/Materials: both can probably achieve similar temps and print most of the same materials
Other things I can't really speak to:
  • Print quality. My two Ender 3's print great out of the box without any mods. I don't have an i3 Mega
  • Noise
  • Support
  • Thermal Runaway - One of my Ender 3's had this enabled by default. The other didn't. I don't know about the i3 Mega

It's worth noting that there's been dozens of revisions of the Ender 3 and quite a few for the i3 Mega. On top of the typical varying experiences ppl have with consumer electronics there's often quite a bit more with 3d Printers.

There's 3rd party sellers which reflash the firmware for printers they sell and/or do extra upgrades and Quality Control. Sometimes their support is better then the OEM.

Some people don't put their printers together or maintain them properly and just generally don't know what they're doing or talking about.

It makes comparing printers and people's experiences with them really difficult.
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Wow. Member since 2012 yet only 16 posts? Huh.
Well that's 1 more than he had before this. Is this supposed to encourage him to post more?
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It's also listed on eBay for $159 with free shipping and sold by Anycubic. I picked one up a few weeks ago for that price.
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