As before, Anycubic impresses me with the packaging. I originally got into 3D printing because I bought a Creality printer for a partner’s birthday, so she could make her own gaming stuff, and it reminded me of that it can be quite a daunting hobby. She had so much trouble assembling and calibrating that very first Ender 3 that she gave up, and although I then bought her an Anycubic Photon S, the barrier was already there from that first frustration and she ended up giving up the idea of 3D printing. absolutely. In short, a poor experience in packaging and assembling FDM printers can completely alienate a new person from the hobby.
The Kobra Plus comes in just four parts: the bed, the gantry, the glass build plate, and the touchscreen panel. Assembling it means attaching the gantry to the bed with four screws – they’re thumbscrews, which makes it even easier – clip the glass bed in, insert a handful of screws for the touchscreen, then remove lots of fasteners zippers and pieces of foam.
Even with this simple process, Anycubic’s documentation goes above and beyond. It even details the specific number of zip ties to find and remove in each location, zero insertion force connectors for cables, includes basic if/then troubleshooting steps right in the manual, and then lists some clear instructions on how to adjust for z-index height, belt tension, bed wobble, extruder force, etc. There is an art to providing clear, concise and comprehensive information without being overwhelming and I was very impressed with their efforts: as an intermediate user printer this is perfect.