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3D printer features 5x faster printing, AI camera

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By Rich Pell


The company’s first 3D printer, the AnkerMake M5 is designed to solve the most critical issues that have prevented 3D printing from becoming a more mainstream endeavor. These issues, says the company, include slow print speeds, the need to constantly supervise printing for errors and a needlessly complicated user experience.

“3D printers help us imagine a world where ideas and creative concepts can be instantly transformed into physical form. However, the reality is 3D printing can be slow, cumbersome, and difficult to figure out,” says Steven Yang, CEO of Anker Innovations. “AnkerMake is committed to removing these pain points so that artists, inventors, hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts can take advantage of a more practical tool to bring their creations to life.”

The AnkerMake M5 is offered has having the following key features:

Quick and Easy Assembly – The M5 is designed is easy to set up in just three steps within 15 minutes. Several user-friendly features including 7×7 auto-leveling, PEI soft magnetic printing bed, auto-resume after power outage and printing notifications. These enhancements help the user focus completely on their prints instead of technical aspects and handcrafting.

A New Standard in Print Speeds – Thanks to its new PowerBoost technology, the AnkerMake M5 basic print speed is 250 mm/s, which can be used for printing jobs that require a smoother and more detailed finish. For faster print jobs, perfect for prototyping and less detailed finishes, the M5 can save even more time with an acceleration of the extruder up to 2,500 mm/s². In this print mode, the M5 can reduce the average print times by up to 70% in comparison to other 3D printers.

Stable, Quality Printing – The aluminum alloy die-casting design increases the weight of the base, reducing the center of gravity of the machine. The sleek design makes printing more stable and allows fast speeds and extreme acceleration. The installation error of the base is also reduced, improving the accuracy of the printing tool and surface even at high speeds with 0.1 mm precision.

AI Print Monitoring – The built-in HD camera will monitor print jobs for issues like layer splitting, spaghetti mess or nozzle plugging. When it detects an issue, the AnkerMake M5 will alert users. This feature helps avoid wasting time and valuable printing materials.

Live WebCam View With Time Lapse – Users can view live feeds of their print jobs from anywhere using the AnkerMake mobile app. Time lapse videos are also automatically generated after the printing job is complete. With an adaptive light-sensing algorithm, users can see the printer output clearly, even at night.

Smart, Connected Printing – The AnkerMake M5 can be seamlessly connected and controlled through both the AnkerMake mobile app and AnkerMake slicing software. Multi-device management and remote messaging notifications enable the user to start printing from their smartphone or computer anytime, anywhere.

Additional specs include:

  • 5X industry average print speed (250 mm/s in standard print mode)
  • 2,500 mm/s² in accelerated print mode
  • Can reduce average print time by up to 70 percent
  • AI print monitoring with auto shut-off
  • Integrated HD cam with remote viewing
  • Supports WiFi and USB connectivity
  • Easy filament loading and extraction with heat assist
  • Magnetic base for easy removal and cleaning
  • Weight: 12.4 kg / 27.3 lb
  • Measurement: 502x438x470 mm / 19.76×17.24×18.50 inches

The AnkerMake M5 is available today on Kickstarter.com, starting at an super early bird price of $429.

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