Anycubic Kobra Max Review |

If you were a fan of the Anycubic Kobra, we have a handy review for the Anycubic Kobra Max! For the veteran looking to take their printing a little more seriously, or want to upgrade from a smaller build plate, the Kobra Max is certainly an attractive (if expensive) new contender in the printer market.


  • Estimated Price: $569 (Anycubic – $539, Amazon – $599)
  • Product Type: FDM
  • Structure: Cartesian
  • Printing platform: 15.7 x 15.7 inch / 40 x 40 cm
  • Print dimensions: 17.7 x 15.7 x 15.7 inches / 45 x 40 x 40 cm (HWD)
  • Print Material: PLA / ABS / PETG & TPU
  • Extruder: In-house development
  • Extruder type: separate bowden cable
  • Extruder quantity: 1
  • Nozzle dimensions: ø 0.4 mm (replaceable)
  • Filament dimensions: ø 1.75 mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: ≤ 500°F / 260°C
  • Fan: 2
  • Machine leveling: Anycubic LeviQ, automatic bed leveling with strain gauge sensor (25-point)
  • Platform Material: Carborundum Glass
  • Hatchery Temperature: ≤ 194°F / 90°C
  • Y axis: rail x 1
  • Operating noise: ≤ 60dB
  • Printing Accuracy: ±0.1mm
  • Horizontal accuracy: 12.5 μm
  • Vertical accuracy: 2 μm
  • Z axis: threaded rod x 2
  • Layer thickness: 50 – 300 µm
  • Print speed ≤ 7.1 in/s / ≤ 18 cm/s
  • Control panel: 4.3 inch LCD touch control
  • Data input: microSD card
  • Mainboard: 32-bit stepper motor driver TCM2209
  • Resume Printing: Yes
  • Filament sensor: Yes
  • Body material aluminum alloy
  • Modular construction: Yes
  • Machine Dimensions: 28.3 x 28.1 x 26.2 inch / 72.0 x 71.5 x 66.5 cm
  • Machine weight: 16 kg

If the Anycubic Kobra was a sea of ​​machines, then the Anycubic Kobra Max is an ocean! After lugging the 35 pound box up a flight of stairs in my apartment and unpacking it in the middle of my office, I was honestly stunned by the size of this device. To say that the machine’s sheer size is an upgrade from its smaller Cobra counterpart is a gross understatement. If you’re comparing the printers side-by-side, you could probably fit two or three of the Kobra into the Kobra Max unit.

Like the Kobra, the Kobra Max comes with a nice selection of tools and parts, nicely packaged and separated so the parts don’t get lost when reassembling. Along with a handy tool kit, screws, washers, a spare nozzle and lube, this iteration includes some cable clips to use later in the assembly process for cable management. But I’m anticipating something. Like the Kobra, the Kobra Max comes semi-assembled with the frame detached from the base. That means you still have the problem of needing two hands and a cumbersome tilt to attach the two, but assembly goes smoothly after that. I think it probably took me a solid hour just to do the unboxing, evaluation and assembly given my experience with the Kobra instructions. (And I remembered to use the included card reader this time!) The assembly is almost identical to the Kobra, except for some new handrails and the bowden cable.


Why exactly does the Kobra Max use a Bowden tube extruder as opposed to the Kobra’s direct drive? It’s most likely because the Kobra Max is a much larger device at 28.3 x 28.1 x 26.2 inches (72.0 x 71.5 x 66.5 cm). Because the extruder is mounted to the frame instead of the print head (like the Kobra), there’s a lot more freedom for faster, quieter movements. Just looking at the specs, the Kobra Max pushes out 60db when printing, which is just 2db higher than the Kobra’s 58db. I noticed very little difference in operating noise between the two and was pleasantly surprised that the background noise wasn’t intrusive at all. Having the printer in my office allowed me to still keep an eye on the print while I continued my work as usual. Both the Anycubic and Anycubic Kobra printers also have a “print pause” feature. So if you’re worried about background fan noise during a meeting, you can pause the print and resume at a later time.


Another feature I loved about the Kobra Max is the improved print bed. The Kobra came with a removable, heavy-duty magnetic plate that’s slammed onto the bed for easy cleaning, but the Kobra Max comes with a luxurious carborundum glass platform. Both beds have the Anycubic label on them, but the Kobra Max just looks and feels like you’re getting your money’s worth. Glass is a wonderful choice for a 3D printer because it helps distribute heat evenly, lasts longer, and has a smooth surface to print on. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I’m a little apprehensive about mixing my clumsy nature with hauling a large slab of glass downstairs. Well, that’s what future Emily has to worry about.


The Kobra Max also includes the Anycubic LeviQ, which is the same automatic leveling system used by the Kobra, except for the Kobra Max, which uses strain gauges. Strain gauge sensors make leveling a lot easier as they help the Kobra Max perform an automatic mesh bed calibration. After struggling to get just the right spacing for my print nozzle, resulting in several small sailboat failures on the Kobra, I was fairly pleased with the Kobra Max’s out-of-the-box prints. There was really little to no adjustments or calibrations I had to make on my part to start producing quality prints non-stop right away.


Since working with the Kobra, I’ve delved a bit into the world of 3D printing and secured myself a nice air purifier for the office. Most printers are familiar with the small plastic particles that are airborne during and after printing and how they can be harmful to your health. While the filament Anycubic provided us with was non-toxic, it doesn’t hurt to be safe. And besides, cat hair and dust are one thing. Looking at the two printers side by side on my small angled desk and my new little air purifier, I think this is it. This is my life now. I unleashed a kind of urge to print that I never knew I had deep inside me. Soon my office will be covered in neon green owls as I work tirelessly to perfect my printer settings and continue to print prop weapons to proudly display on my wall. If my partner can have movie posters, can I have guns, okay?


Final Thoughts

The elephant in the room is of course the price. From the Kobra to the Kobra Max there is a huge jump in price. The Kobra Max will start at a price of ~$569 while the Kobra starts at ~$299. Having used both printers, I am pleased to state that the Kobra is a powerhouse of a small printer, with very comparable quality to the Kobra Max. There are subtle details that the Kobra Max is better at bringing out, and due to that given the sheer size of the machine it can certainly print much, much larger jobs, but the Cobra is nothing to scoff at if you’re looking to get into the hobby for the first time.

However, the Kobra Max is a fantastic upgrade for those interested in maybe printing some terrain or generally larger prints. You’re paying a lot of money for more build space, but it’s definitely worth it if you’re looking to upgrade. Not only that, you can really feel the quality difference in the parts and know you’re getting a strong machine that will last you a long time. Also, Anycubic usually has some great special offers running around the holidays! If you’ve been saving up for a while to upgrade or take your printing to the next level, I highly recommend looking into adding the Kobra Max to your printing toolkit.

The product described in this article was provided by the manufacturer for evaluation purposes. Anycubic Kobra Max Review |

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