Anker launches fast 3D printer with AI camera control

Device charging specialist Anker has decided to enter the 3D printing market. In a way, he’s cautious, as this will be a crowdfunding-backed project, but in another, he’s very bold. Audacity is revealed by its claims for the new AnkerMake M5, it is said to be 5x faster than contemporary rivals, and has an AI camera for (remote) print monitoring as standard. Other cool features touted to attract new 3D printer users include built-in touchscreen controls, cloud connectivity, and supposedly 15-minute unboxing to first print.

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Anker decided to enter the 3D printer market after discovering what it saw as a barrier to adoption for many potential users. “3D printing can be slow, tedious and difficult to understand,” said Steven Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations. “AnkerMake is committed to removing these pain points so that artists, inventors, hobbyists, and DIY enthusiasts can enjoy a more convenient tool to bring their creations to life.”

To get our first look at the first member of the AnkerMake family, let’s first consider the headlining print speed claims made by Anker. In its standard mode, the AnkerMake M5 prints at 250mm/s and you will use this mode for projects that require a smoother, more detailed finish. Resin printers are generally considered the best for fine detail, but with good software, fine tuning, and a bit of patience, FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) filament printers such as AnkerMake can achieve good results. If you feel the need for speed, for a quick prototype for example, and are happy with a less detailed or rougher finish, the extruder can be accelerated up to 2500mm/s.

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The built-in AI camera has a number of useful functions. Users can monitor print jobs remotely with the camera. However, when you are busy, the AI ​​system will be able to detect common issues for you. Things like layer separation, spaghetti mess, or nozzle clogging can be monitored by AI. In addition to smart features, the camera can be used for manual monitoring and time lapse recording – with configurable notifications when the print job is complete.

AnkerMake M5 3D Printer

Maximum print size

235x235x250mm

Print speeds

250 mm/s standard, 2500 mm/s accelerated

Filament

1.75mm filament with easy loading and extraction with thermal assistance. PLA, PETG, TPU or ABS plastics can be used

Connectivity

Wi-Fi and USB

Control

Via your device or the built-in 4.3-inch touchscreen. Printing is accurate to 0.1mm

Smart features

AI camera with 1.2GHz Double XBurst 2 Core and XBurst 0 processor, providing AI recognition and real-time monitoring, automatic shutdown

Software

One-click printing from device and AnkerMake Cloud app option to print from anywhere

Device size

502 x 438 x 470 mm / 19.76 x 17.24 x 18.50 inch, weighs 12.4 kg / 27.3 lbs

Anker is also keen to point out the build quality of the AnkerMake M5 and talks about the aluminum alloy die-cast motor parts, soft magnetic printer bed, and 7×7 auto-leveling feature of this machine.

As of this writing, the Kickstarter campaign has just gone live. The page has more details and comparisons to digest if the above appeals to you. It seems to be a very popular crowdfunding campaign already. The $429 super early bird price level evaporated as we were writing about this launch. The next best deal currently still available is $499. The full retail price of the AnkerMake M5 would be $759.

Anker has a pretty good reputation when it comes to smart device charging and accessories, so hopefully it can keep up with the quality and reliability of this much more substantial product.

Supporting a crowdfunding campaign is not the same as making a pre-order purchase. Generally, you are not guaranteed to receive a finished product for your “pledge”. Anker says it plans to start delivering these new 3D printers to those who have signed up by November this year.

If you’re interested in 3D printing but prefer to consider the devices currently available, please see our guides to the best 3D printer deals of 2022, and we’ve also recently reviewed the best models available for under $250 so that you can dip a toe in without too much expense.

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