What you need to know
- First 1000 orders of Kobra Go get it for $189 instead of $219
- Version size 220 x 220 x 250
- Flexible PEI plate as standard
- Solid Composite Bed with Automatic Leveling
In its seemingly endless quest to launch a 3D printer at every price point, Anycubic is back with the new Kobra Go, an inexpensive 3D printer that actually has a few features you might want to take a look at, like a removable magnetic flex panel. LevIQ bed leveling sensor, click wheel return and non-touch LCD screen.
Starting with the build size, Anycubic stuck to the standard “ender 3” size of 220 x 220 x 250mm here, which is fine, however, I would have thought the word “Go” in the name, as this would be positioned as a more portable printer , where something a little smaller is chosen, such as 180x180x180mm, and also allows them to lower the price even more. Unlike traditional Ender 3 beds, there are no anchor springs and bolts that hold the bed down so you can manually trample the tram, instead the bed is screwed into the bed carriage and all the rest is done in software, something we as a community have been asking for for a while.
Anycubic has also taken the initiative to put PEI powder-coated spring steel plate as a bed. Most inexpensive 3D printers use thin, flexible fridge magnets like beds or solid pieces of glass coated on top. The flexible plate allows you to remove the bed from the printer without worrying about damaging the bed, the printer, or the 3D printing itself, and as the name suggests, you can bend the sheet to help remove the print, which also happens to be very satisfying.
The rest of the printer is a very simple machine in the best possible way, there is a standard single gear extruder attached to the hotspot via PTFE tube, and the slots between the connection point and extruder are spaced out in standard sizes, which means upgrades like an E3D Revo CR hotend or Bondtech BMG extruder are a breeze If you like it, and the screen is a small color LCD with a rotary encoder rather than a touch screen, it goes back to the old days of 3D printing, but I actually prefer using touch screens in a lot of circumstances.
So how can Anycubic deliver a solid mount bed, textured PEI flexible plate, automatic bed leveling and custom injection-molded parts for less than the cost of the Creality Ender 3 V2? Quite simply, it comes in less assembled than its competitors, and I think that’s a big trade-off.
Instead of installing 2 parts with 4 screws in the base, it will take 15 minutes to fully assemble it. The Kobra Go comes in so many pieces you will need to build the X axis bridge, as well as support the Z axis. All in all the Kobra Go will take about an hour to assemble if you take your time and read the instructions.
For some, this can be daunting and not worth it, they may want to spend $299 on the real Ender 3 V2 Neo, a printer the same size in design, flexible panel, automatic bed leveling, and larger screen, but it mostly comes bundled. However, Kobra Go’s strategy of giving the user more features, but having them do more grouping is something I think will work for Anycubic.
As of today, you can buy Kobra Go from Anycubic for $189 (Opens in a new tab)but only the first 1,000 orders you get at that price, after the early bird price, the Kobra go is $219, which is still an incredibly good price for this printer.
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