Yes, I finally took the leap to get my own 3D printer. After quite a bit of webby research I landed on the Anycubic I3 Mega as hitting the sweetspot for price, quality and features.

There is quite an array of  options on the market these days and it can be quite hard to weigh up the relative value of all the different aspects that go into making the final choice. They key differentiators for me were: Price (there is a big range here), Build Volume (small is easy, larger not so common), Reliability (how much trouble they give people), Quality (how nice are those prints going to be and Extras (what other features might shine on the various models). The other 3D Printers I was checking out closely included the models from Prusa, Flashforge, Creality and Ultimaker but the Anycubic I3 Mega just seems so well regarded, esp at this pricepoint (Direct through Ebay). Note I am also tempted by the gorgeous smaller prints that might come from something like the Anycubic Photon – but that is for another day.

Why am I getting one – I really like the idea of being able to bring the digital work into the world and am keen to do so for things like: tabletop gaming including x-wing, roleplaying minis, promotional models, custom pots, jewellery pieces, household bits and bobs, design prototypes and figurines. First cab off the rank will be some custom laptop wedges for my Razer Blade Pro (which runs pretty hot esp. when gaming).

Ok, so here are some pics showing the unboxing, assembly and printing of the sample owls. Things went together very easily indeed with just a few screws and cable connections (note that the red connector is there, it is just tucked away). Bed levelling was simple enough and you can see how well the first print adhered to the nice build plate. The prints took 1hr23mins and are really very good. The pics are zoomed in pretty close and the lighting accentuates the layer lines more than they feel to the eye. They are definitely there and are a real aspect of FDM prints that I am going to want to handle either with sanding, printing at higher res or other forms of finishing/smoothing.

I installed the Ultimaker Cura Slicer which has a profile for the printer and now I feel setup and ready to go. I will post more on the Anycubic I3 Mega once I have done more than a single test print 🙂

Enjoy the pics: