3D printing at home seemed like the next big thing ten years ago, but we hoped it would never fall to the ground. Of course, you can still buy your own 3D printers, but they are no better than machines that fail to attract the attention of the general public. Maybe it’s a matter of speed? Anchor, best known for its charging accessories, is betting people will be interested in a faster 3D printer. Its new AnkerMake M5 has a simple print mode, as well as a turbo mode that splits parts with some rough edges, but it uses AI to make sure everything goes smoothly. Maybe it’s a trade-off that will get people interested – the Kickstarter campaign has already blossomed through its initial bird deals and has raised over $ 1 million.
In its default mode, the AnkerMake M5 prints 250mm per second, which is comparable to other consumer-grade printers. It gets you a smooth, detailed print suitable for a final product. If you’re just prototyping or tinkering, the M5 has a fast mode that can do up to 2,500mm per second. This greatly reduces the printing time of a printing job, but you end up with a less detailed object and more potential errors. According to Ankar, this mode is about 70 percent faster than other consumer printers.
The AnkerMake M5 has an open design that is easy to assemble – it only takes 15 minutes to turn the machine on and off with a screw. With no fast-paced print heads and no protective enclosures, you may be concerned about the confusion of printing tasks. Anchor covers you with an integrated HD camera. This is not an uncommon feature in 3D printers today, but Anchor goes one step further with an AI engine that can detect potential problems through camera feeds. If your layers are not aligned or the print head is stuck, the printer will push a warning to your phone. You can monitor prints in real-time from the phone app and watch timelap videos of your completed projects.
Companies like Makerbot got a ton of press coverage and consumers had a keen interest in 3D printing as teenagers. Industrial 3D printing pioneers Stratasis have acquired Makerbot and Thingivers to encourage further development of in-house printing. However, due to declining sales, the company postponed consumer activities after only a few years. People at AnchorMake M5 have been excited though. Kickstarter launched today with a starting price of $ 429, but that prize level is already gone, as is the higher $ 499 option. To get an M5 you need to pay at least 599 right now, which is a 21 percent discount from the final retail price. Anchor expects to send the devices in November 2022 As usual, joining a Kickstarter campaign brings a measure of risk, even in the case of established companies like Anchor.