We usually know Anker for their high-quality chargers for smartphones and laptops, but the company has had success with other types of products like docking stations and audio accessories.
Now it can add 3D printers to its roster as the AnkerMake M5 gets one enormous number of backers on Kickstarterraising more than $1 million in the first hour of the project’s launch.
Its main feature seems to be its speed. Anker claims to be 5x faster than many competitors, which translates to a Printing speed of 250mm/s. This would have a huge impact on a designer’s schedule as a seven hour print job would now be completed two hours. And that with an accuracy of 0.1 mm, says Anker.
Because CAD engineers and industrial designers are highly creative and equally highly paid, a studio could quickly pay for itself if the printer can handle their needs. Anker says its printer is at least as accurate as the Prusa i3 MK3 or the Makerbot Replicator 2 as measured on FDM evaluation protocol.
Finally, users don’t have to babysit the printing process anymore as there’s a built-in camera that keeps an eye on the job and compares it to the 3D model to make sure everything goes according to plan (pretty smart!).
The main benefit of Kickstarter is getting the Super Early Bird type discounts which start at $429. In comparison, the normal price would be around $749, which isn’t terrible either. Remember that Kickstarter is a “funding” and not a “buying” platform, so there is always a risk that the product will be delayed or not shipped at all (read more here).
If you’d rather buy it when it’s generally available, visit the Official anchor page from time to time.
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