Unboxing Anycubic Kobra 2 Max: Affordable High-Speed, Large-Scale Desktop 3D Printing First Impressions


The 3D printer manufacturer based in Shenzhen, Anycubic, recently announced the latest addition to its desktop FDM 3D printer collection, the Kobra 2 Max.

The Kobra 2 Max, which is an upgrade from the previous Kobra 2 model, is designed for high-speed, large-scale desktop 3D printing at an affordable price. The newer model stands out due to its upgraded bed leveling, extrusion, and cooling systems. It also features its PID calibration and vibration compensation.

This article is a brief overview of our first impressions of the Kobra 2 Max and its key features. The Kobra 2 Max can be ordered for $549 from the official Anycubic online store.

Key features of the Anycubic Kobra 2 Max

What truly sets the Kobra 2 Max apart is its remarkable speed. Anycubic claims that its maximum 3D printing speed of 500mm/s and an acceleration of 10,000mm/s² makes it 10 times faster than most conventional FDM 3D printers available. In fact, the suggested 3D printing speeds of 300mm/s for the Kobra 2 Max can purportedly create a 3D Benchy in a mere 18 minutes, which is 83% quicker than other 50mm/s devices.

This superior high-speed 3D printing capability is made possible by a powerful Cortex-A7 1.2GHz processor. This provides the necessary computing strength for quick calculations, instruction execution, and motor control.

Another standout aspect of this new 3D printer from Anycubic is its impressive 500 x 420 x 420 mm build volume. This allows users to create models up to 88 liters volume in a single 3D print with the Kobra 2 Max. This larger 3D print size enables users to experiment with more complicated 3D prints and larger projects that simply could not be achieved on smaller desktop models.

The Kobra 2 Max offers connectivity to the innovative Anycubic APP. This advanced app provides remote connectivity, letting users monitor their 3D printer’s status in real-time. Upcoming updates are anticipated to include features such as online slicing and 3D printing, real-time video monitoring, time-lapse photography, remote control and management, plus an open model library function module.

The Kobra 2 Max uses a new direct drive extruder combined with a dual-motor dual-z-axis motion structure. This design greatly improves the 3D printer’s ability to feed materials in an efficient and precise manner. The 3D printer features a 7,000 rpm/min high-speed cooling fan to maintain optimal temperatures during printing, though it may produce significant noise. The Kobra 2 Max supports a broad array of materials, including PLA, ABS, PETG, and TPU, providing versatility for users in their 3D printing projects.

Initial Thoughts

Right out of the packaging, the Kobra 2 Max leaves a significant impact. This 3D printer features a sturdy, full-metal structure that is conducive to high-velocity 3D printing. Its overall construction quality is commendable. The Kobra 2 Max, being a large open system, might not appear as composed as some other fully enclosed systems. Despite this, considering its reasonable cost, this new 3D printer from Anycubic offers substantial value.

The Kobra 2 Max comes equipped with a dual motor and dual Z-axis. It also features dual metal spindles and SG15 bearings. These add-ons enable superior, swift movement of the extruder.

The user interface of the Kobra 2 Max is designed for simplicity. It is user-friendly and easy to navigate through. The 4.3-inch full-color touchscreen provides effortless control and exhibits smooth responsiveness.

Our team has been specifically impressed with the Kobra 2 Max’s ‘Vibration Compensation’ and PID calibration. With a single click, the ‘Vibration Compensation’ feature offers resonance frequency detection on the X/Y axis, eliminating vertical and bracket lines for 3D print stability. ‘Flow Control’ is also available, compensating for retraction and refilling, ensuring uniform and detailed results.

Another nice feature is the inclusion of a smart Z-axis offset into the Kobra 2 Max’s automatic bed leveling system. This allows the 3D printer to compensate for Z-axis offset while catering for custom Z-axis compensation values. An exclusive inductive sensor is incorporated for the automatic bed leveling process.

The spring steel magnetic build plate is flexible, and allows for easy part removal. However, we believe this could be improved by the addition of grippers to further secure the build plate during 3D printing. 

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