Additive manufacturing keeps on developing at a rapid pace, with a variety of new equipment emerging on the market. In today's review, Top 3D Shop presents the most notable 3D printing products of 2020. Read on to learn more about these devices and their capabilities.
Keeping up with the times, Anycubic offers a new cost-effective FDM model on the market of affordable 3D printers — the Mega Zero. Like its predecessors, it has a robust and reliable design: the rigid aluminum frame and double Y-axis guide rail ensure smooth movement of the print bed without any distortion. The Bowden dual-gear extruder provides more torque, allowing the printer to handle such demanding filaments as TPU. Instead of the Ultrabase heated bed used in the previous models, the Mega Zero has a full-metal build plate. Although the device cannot boast automatic platform leveling, the printer assists the user with calibration by defining the corners of the print area. Combined with large knobs, it doesn't seem to be difficult to calibrate the printer. Besides, the Anycubic Mega Zero has a function to resume printing after a power failure.
Thanks to the new design, the updated version of the Creality Ender 3 makes the device look more professional. The Ender 3 V2 uses plastic-coated metal profiles instead of the painted square metal structures like in the previous versions. The power supply was placed into the body of the printer to get rid of annoying redundant cables. Also, the body now has a small tool compartment. The control unit can be detached and installed separately, which eliminates the possible trouble of operating the device located on a high or low shelf.
The most notable innovation is probably the carbon silicone glass build plate. It allows to eliminate the damage to the first layers by plastic residues that could not be completely prevented with the magnetic bed of the Ender 3 Pro. The new screen and significantly improved interface, 32-bit motherboard, and a few other changes increase the usability and work speed of the printer as well as reduce the noise level.
With a build volume of 300 x 300 x 305 mm, the Anycubic Mega X is the largest device in the Mega family of 3D printers. The full-metal frame and compact chassis give the printer an elegant look and minimize print deformation. The power supply, motherboard, and touchscreen are installed in the base unit, which spares you from all those cables typically found in cheaper 3D printers. The large Anycubic Ultrabase bed of 300 x 300 mm heated up to 90°C is positioned on four adjustment screws for manual leveling. Once calibrated, the printer doesn’t have to be reconfigured for each new project.
This model uses dual proximity sensors in the X and Y axes. The printer comes with the Titan extruder capable of operating at temperatures of up to 250 °C. As with other Anycubic 3D printers, the spool holder is mounted at the bottom, which relieves pressure on the frame. Mega X is equipped with a 3.5” color touch screen to operate the machine and monitor the printing process.
Like Creality Ender 5, the Pro model comes as a DIY kit with pre-assembled axes. The complete assembly of the Ender 5 Pro takes less than an hour.
The Ender 5 Pro has the same X and Y dimensions as the Ender 5 but a larger build area in the Z-axis. One of the unique features of the Ender 5 Pro is the Y-axis drive, ensuring a smoother movement of the entire structure. The Pro V1.15 motherboard and the TMC2208 drivers are much quieter, more accurate, and faster. Additionally, the printer now has a thermal protection sensor to secure it against overheating during extended operation.
Creality Ender 5 Pro comes with a self-adhesive flexible magnetic print bed that can be detached from the mounting plate for easy removal of printed parts. This machine is also capable of resuming printing after a power outage.
The new model by the well-established Russian manufacturer Picaso 3D is a professional 3D printer for building large parts from a wide range of materials. The print head with two nozzles and the JetSwitch system allow for the use of support materials, and a high (up to 410 °C) extruder temperature enables you to print with ultra-strong refractory modern filaments. The glass-coated aluminum print bed is automatically leveled and heated to 150 °C. Filament spools are located inside the body, which allows the printer to be used as a dryer. The network operating mode makes it possible for one operator to manage a group of printers.
Making reliable and budget-friendly 3D printers, Anycubic always aims at lowering the price barrier for their products as much as possible. Meet one of the most affordable 3D printers on the market — Anycubic Photon Zero. Despite the relatively small build volume of 97 x 54 x 150 mm and the XY resolution of only 480 x 854 pixels offset by the built-in smoothing algorithms, the Photon Zero is capable of producing very high-quality parts. The aluminum print bed moving along the Dual Z Axis ensures excellent adhesion with no distortion. The printer features an efficient air filter to prevent emitting harmful substances and unpleasant odors. The functional and easy-to-use resin 3D printer will become a reliable tool for prototyping and souvenir making.
In 2020, Phrozen announced a new product to replace the old Sonic, Shuffle and Shuffle 4K models.
At the moment, the higher-end version of the printer is available for sale — the Sonic 4K XL:
The Raise3D E2 was designed as a 3D printer for educational use. The ability to print from a USB drive via a USB connection, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi allows you to integrate the device into any work environment. The IDEX dual extruder with two independent heads mounted on one horizontal bar can print with two filaments simultaneously to create a two-component model or two separate objects. The Raise3D E2 features two different bed calibration options: the fast 9-point leveling before each print and the high-precision one using 63 points. The BuildTak flexible magnetic plate makes it easy to pick up a printed item. For better security, the machine has:
HEPA filter blocking the release of harmful substances into the environment.
The ability to pause the printing process when opening the printer’s door. If you want to print with materials such as PLA, this feature can be disabled.
Energy-saving printing mode.
Print recovery after power failure.
User interface displaying the print progress and containing step-by-step videos for many printer's functions.
Proprietary IdeaMaker software and free video tutorials.
Resin 3D printers are great tools for fast and accurate printing. Yet, products made with such devices require obligatory post-processing: washing out resin leftover and exposure to powerful UV light of a specific wavelength for final curing. Today, many companies offer rather expensive devices for that, which, moreover, are of one function — either washing or UV curing. Anycubic combined both, creating the Wash and Cure machine, which is available at quite an attractive price.
The wash of products can be performed either on the build plate removed from the printer and fixed with special clamps along with the printed product or in a cleansing basket providing excellent access to detergent solutions. The process takes place in a hermetically sealed vessel, at the bottom of which are rotating blades for continuous stirring of the liquid.
Curing is carried out on a rotating platform as well; LEDs operating at 405 and 365 nm wavelengths. There is a transparent lid to protect the user's eyes from harmful UV light. The device will notify of its work having been finished with a sound signal.
Sinterit has released the second version of the PA12 Smooth nylon powder for 3D printers. The novelty differs from the previous version by a reduction by up to 26% in the rate of necessary renewal when reused. In addition, the product is now available in a new economic package of 6 kg.
With each year, new models of 3D equipment offer even more opportunities, making it possible for ordinary users to enjoy the quality and speed of printing that previously could only be employed by large enterprises with industrial equipment. The progress in 3D printing is observed not only in laboratories and pilot plants — its fruits are available to any user.