3D printing is quickly becoming an everyday activity for millions everywhere. As printers become cheaper and more accessible, it takes a lot to make one stand out amongst the crowd. With that said, the Anycubic Vyper shines bright amidst its competitors.
The most accessible 3D printer
The Anycubic Vyper is an immediately accessible printer for newcomers. Much like the child-friendly Monoprice Cadet, the Vyper is built with auto-levelling in mind. However, unlike the Cadet, the Vyper doesn't shirk on build volume, speed or upgradability.
Bed leveling, or trimming, is often seen as the most gruelling part of 3D printing. On entry-level printers like the Creality Ender 3, leveling the bed is a constant first-step for starting projects. On the Vyper, instead of twiddling knobs for minutes on end, you can get right into printing at the press of a button.
This is the experience for most of your time with the Anycubic Vyper. It's essentially plug and play after a very straightforward building process. There are a few inconsistencies that you'll have to deal with. For example, supports on the machine’s base Cura settings are far too strong and end up damaging prints during removal. Initial supports were so dense that they broke two pairs of clippers, the Vyper’s ones and my Ender 3 ones.
Other than that, printing on the Vyper requires common sense practice. The printer can handle most complex shapes as long as your speed settings are tuned perfectly. Slower prints have been able to bring out fantastic quality on objects like character busts that I've never been able to get on my Ender 3. However, they will take longer to print.
The Anycubic Vyper is remarkably quiet
Just like it's namesake, the Vyper is a silent beast. During printing, you'll mostly only hear its fans, keeping the device quiet during prints. With that said, noise creep is real and the Vyper does consistently increase in speed during constant use.
Despite having silent stepper motors, the Vyper’s once-stealthy appeal wanes after days of constant use. While never as loud as an Ender 3 or some cheaper options, the device will be audible from across the room. Nevertheless, its not too bad, and I've found myself working well next to the printer even at its loudest.
It makes printing fun again
The quietness of the Anycubic Vyper makes printing fun again, and its ease-of-use makes it easier than ever to just chuck on a print. There are other printers with silent stepper motors and auto-bed leveling, but the Vyper is one of the best all-rounders for veterans and newcomers alike.
That's not to say there weren't problems with our month and a half of testing. Our extruder did end up breaking very early on. However, the Vyper now comes with a secondary extruder block to remedy that, and it’s one of the easiest replacements. Additionally, it would be fantastic if Anycubic sold a perfectly-cut glass bed for the Vyper, but that's just for choice.
All-in-all, it’s hard to find fault with Anycubic's most accessible printer yet. At just $359.00 from their official website, it’s hard to not recommend the device for those who confidently want to enter the world of 3D printing. However, for veterans, you're likely already fine with constantly levelling your bed.