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Anker has already found great success in the portable charger business, but how well can it do in the 3D printing market? Very well, if the results of the Kickstarter for its first 3D printer, the AnkerMake M5, are anything to go by. As noted by the project’s first official update, Anker was able to collect $1 million for the AnkerMake M5 from backers in just one hour, a feat that was almost certainly driven by the 3D printer’s impressive specs. These include a standard printing speed of up to 250 mm/s and standard acceleration speed of 2,500 mm/s2, making the device 5x faster than traditional models, as well as a built-in AI camera to help ensure accurate printing. Processing is provided by the XBurst, a 3-core CPU that’s specialized for video and image recognition.

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The AnkerMake M5’s most appealing feature is that Anker promises it’s easy to assemble and can go from unboxing to ready to print in roughly 15 minutes. A 49-point auto-leveling system is also used for the print bed which should make a process that’s absolutely critical for successful prints much easier for those with no experience in battling finicky 3D printers.

[…] out of the box it features an integrated webcam that not only allows timelapse recording of prints to be captured and shared on social media, it also allows the user to sporadically monitor the printer’s progress remotely through a smartphone. The AnkerMake M5 also goes one step further by upgrading its camera with AI smarts that can automatically detect issues with a print, and send alerts to the user that they’ll need to intervene, potentially allowing a failed print to be saved before it becomes a giant mess of extruded plastic.

Anker’s boldest claim about its new 3D printer is its speed. Out of the box and post-assembly Anker claims the AnkerMake M5 can print at 250 mm/s at its default speed for those wanting to create a high-fidelity model with a relatively smooth finish. That’s already much faster than the highest print speed on other popular 3D printers available today, but for those who don’t need as much detail and are simply looking to quickly churn out rough iterative prototypes, the AnkerMake M5 also offers an accelerated mode that boosts print speeds up to 2,500 mm/s², reducing print times by up to 70 percent.

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6 comments

  1. Tagline reads like a typical crowdfunding scam. Lots of buzzwords, that make very little sense in the context. I bet they also have some CGI animation, with emotionally charged narration.

    FFS, I Should be a betting man. I just watched the kickstarter video. CGI check, emotionally charged check, OK, they have subtitles instead of narration, but basically the same thing.

    Printer looks like any old Creality, except with fancy plastic molds covering every part to make it look like more expensive (and harder to use / service)

    With the printing speed, all I can say is BS. The reason I can't use high speed printing and fast acceleration is not because the printer is not capable. It's because larger prints will start to flop around as the printer moves, resulting in low quality prints. I'm already having trouble with this at 80mm/s. 250mm/s? No way, unless you encase the printer in a giant concrete foundation.
  2. Oh, I didn't even mention that with this the bed moves also instead of only the print head. There is no way you can successfully print at a high speed when every movement of the bed will rattle the print and the higher it goes the worse the quality becomes. You can't just ignore physics.
  3. I've had good luck with Anker USB hubs and stuff like that... I found it hilarious they got themselves kicked off of Amazon for review stuffing though. A 3D printer is a bit of a different game though.

    I still don't get the point. I could really use a way to fabricate parts at home - but most of the parts I need would need to be a bit more sturdy than cheapy ABS plastic, and probably bigger than the 3"x3"x3" that most home consumer printers will do. And I'd have to learn to CAD/model... although the camera would help.

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