May 25, 2022

Today Anchor launched a 3D printing brand called Anchormake. The first AnkerMake M5 printer just debuted on Kickstarter for $499. There is a rich set of features at a low price, including cameras that monitor your prints with artificial intelligence without stopping the printer. He discovers that something has gone wrong.

In recent years, Anker has carved a niche for itself as a company that makes a wide variety of products on Alibaba that you can buy: batteries, wireless chargers for phones, laptops, high-speed USB charger, and whatever. The bottom line is that Anker has excellent quality control and impeccable customer support, making it “Thank God I hope it doesn’t catch fire in its first class products.”

Anker also owns its own brand Eufy, audio and smart wearable brand Soundcore, home projector brand Nebula, and office device brand Anchorworks. The new Anchormake brand fits into this range of price-competitive yet high-quality products, adding a few bells and whistles to the world of 3D printing.

Home 3D printing has long been hailed as the future… Well, that’s a market problem; He never understood whose future he wanted to be, and as a result, he turned into hobby laboratories, workshops and toys. Entry-level printers are unbearable, frustratingly unreliable, and for beginners, it’s a quick nail in the box. When two-thirds of your prints fail in an hour and it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out how it all works, many printers go back to the graveyard of forgotten curiosities.

This is where Anchormake tries to find its niche.

“3D printers help us envision a world where ideas and creative concepts can be brought into physical form instantly. However, the reality is that 3D printing can be slow, cumbersome and complex,” said Stephen Young, CEO of Anker Innovations. “Anchormake aims to address these pain points so that artists, inventors, hobbyists, and hobbyists can benefit from a more practical tool to bring their creations to life.”

The M5 is designed to be quickly set up, used and maintained. This includes 7×7 auto leveling, soft magnet PEI print bed, auto resume after power failure and print notifications. He also has some quick tricks up his sleeve. The AnkerMake M5 has a native print speed of 250mm/s which can be used for print jobs that require smoother and more detailed finishes. For faster print jobs such as prototyping and less detailed finishing, the M5 itself can increase input speed by up to 10 times, which can significantly reduce print times.

The built-in camera monitors your print jobs, pausing printing if it detects a problem – a godsend compared to manually checking printouts or returning to the printer with a giant hodgepodge of spaghetti thread. This saves time (you can fix the problem or resume printing) and resources – you don’t have to waste media. The camera allows you to view the live feed of the printer using the mobile app, and automatically creates a slow-motion video of printing at the end of a print job.

Personally, I’m a little bored with big, established companies doing Kickstarter campaigns instead of ramping up production and launching a product, but I think from Anchormake’s point of view, it’s a good way to get some support and gauge the market’s reaction. There have been $1.5 million worth of printers sold to 2,700 supporters so far, so it’s probably safe to say the market is saying, “Hey, send us our printers already.” The Kickstarter campaign is 44 days away.

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