Anycubic’s desktop Mega SE system features a simplified modular assembly that’s designed to be accessible for entry-level users, while the firm’s upgraded Wash and Cure can be paired with its Mono X printer, to create a fully-integrated workflow.
The two machines are being marketed as cost-effective options for hobbyists and designers, that enable them to “unleash their imagination and turn creativity into reality.” Although exact pricing details are yet to be announced, the company has slated both systems for a May 2021 launch.
“3D printing technology significantly reduces time of production and saves cost from demand on expensive modeling,” said James Ouyang, Anycubic’s VP of R&D. “Anycubic will continue to invest in R&D and diverse partnerships to launch 3D printing equipment and solutions that are reliable, easily deployed, and in-line with actual production needs.”
Anycubic’s accessible Mega range
Priced between $169 and $399, Anycubic’s Mega 3D printing platforms represent a budget-friendly way for would-be hobbyists to access FDM for the first time. The company’s current product line-up includes the Megas i3, i3 S, Pro, X, Zero, Zero 2 and now the new SE, with each featuring the same characteristic metal frame.
Anycubic’s latest system is distinguished by a patented glass lattice structure, that’s designed to prevent materials from contracting and warping during printing. In terms of volume, the device’s 220mm x 220mm x 250mm build plate should be more than sufficient for entry-level users, but it’s not quite as large as the print area of the firm’s more premium Mega X model.
Like its predecessors, the Mega SE includes an easy-to-use LCD screen, and its modular layout means that it can be assembled in just five steps, making it ideal for new adopters. Similarly, Anycubic’s machine features a large levelling nut, reducing the complexity of bed levelling, something that can be tricky for newcomers.
With regards to materials, the system includes a blue Capricorn high-temperature teflon tube, enabling users to easily load and print parts using PLA, ABS, PETG or TPU polymers. Finally, the Mega SE is powered by a dual-gear extruder that, according to Anycubic, produces smoother guiding and “excellent” quality prints compared to other entry-level machines.
A combined post-processing offering
Alongside its Mega machines, Anycubic markets its Photon SLA printers, and it released four new iterations last year to mark its five-year anniversary. More recently at CES, the firm opted to showcase the Mono X together with the Wash & Cure Plus, touting them as a pairing that could provide users with an integrated curing and washing solution.
With a 192 x 120 x 245mm build volume, the Mono X effectively represents Anycubic’s spin on large-format resin-based printing. Anycubic’s new post-processing machine, meanwhile, has a sizeable 190 x 120 x 245mm washing area, potentially making it an ideal partner for curing those more substantial 3D printed models.
Compared to its predecessors, the new Wash & Cure Plus is not only larger dimensionally, but it offers users a more customizable finishing solution. The system now includes a more complex dual-color LED display, and its timer can be set incrementally from 1-60 minutes, instead of using presets capped at six minutes.
Technical specifications and pricing
Below are the technical specifications for Anycubic’s new Mega SE and Wash & Cure Plus machines. Pricing details haven’t been announced ahead of launch, but their releases remains scheduled for May 2021.
|Mega SE||Wash & Cure Plus|
|Print Technology||FDM||Function||Washing, Curing|
|Build Volume||220mm x 220mm x 250mm||Time Selection||Washing 2-60mins, Curing 1-60mins|
|Print accuracy||±0.1 mm||UV Light Wavelength||450nm|
|Print Speed||20~100mm/s (suggested 60mm/s)||Washing Size||192mm x 120mm x 245mm|
|Operating Extruder Temperature||Max 250ºC||Curing Size||192mm x 245mm|
|Materials||PLA, TPU, ABS, HIPS, PETG, Wood||Weight||8.5 kg|
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Featured image shows Anycubic’s upcoming Wash & Cure Plus and Mega SE systems. Image via Anycubic.