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Anycubic Kobra vs Vyper

Last Updated: August 11th, 2022

The Anycubic Kobra is their new feature-packed printer that outperforms other Ender 3 alternatives and rivals the Artillery Genius and Prusa MK3S. In relation to the Anycubic Vyper, the Kobra is 29% smaller in build volume and only has a single z-axis, but it is cheaper and has a direct drive extruder.

The Vyper has reports that the strain gauge leveling is prone to being damaged and needing replaced.

Anycubic Kobra

$260-300
($20 Off)
Assembly: Partial
Extruder: Direct Drive
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: 230°C (260°C)
Max Bed Temp: 110°C
Print Volume: 220mm (L) 220mm (W) 250mm (H)

Kobra vs Vyper

Anycubic Kobra
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Anycubic Vyper

$320-360
($20 Off)
Assembly: Partial
Extruder: Bowden
Auto-Leveling: Yes
Max Nozzle Temp: 230°C (260°C)
Max Bed Temp: 110°C
Print Volume: 245mm (L) 245mm (W) 260mm (H)

Kobra vs Vyper

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Anycubic Kobra and Anycubic Vyper

  • Both printers use a PEI coated spring steel sheet as the print surface.
  • Both printers come with a touch screen control interface.
  • Both printers do not have an all-metal hotend, which means that the PTFE tube will begin to off-gas above 230°C. It is recommended to replace the heatbreak or hotend if you want to print at higher temperatures.
  • What filaments can they print at 260°C? PLA, PETG, ABS, ASA, PP and flexibles like TPU.
  • Both printers can be connected locally via SD Card and networked over USB. The Kobra uses Micro-SD, while the Vyper uses regular SD cards.

Anycubic Kobra

  • The Anycubic Kobra comes with a build volume of 220x220x250mm.
  • The Anycubic Kobra has a direct drive extruder, which provides a higher level of reliability with retractions and flexible filament.
  • The Anycubic Kobra has a single z-axis.
  • The Anycubic Kobra uses an induction probe for auto-leveling.
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Specifications

  • Release Year: 2022
  • Assembly: Partial
  • Build Volume: 220 x 220 x 250 mm
  • Extruder: Direct
  • PTFE-Lined: Yes
  • Max Nozzle Temp: 230°C (260°C)1
  • Max Bed Temp: 110°C
  • Bed Material: PEI Spring Steel Sheet
  • Auto-Leveling: Yes - Induction
  • Z-Axis: Single
  • Connections: microSD & USB Type B
1 - Dupont's maximum service temperature for PTFE is 260°C, but documentation notes that PTFE begins to decompose at 230°C. The decomposition rate at 260°C is 2 to 20 times higher than at 230°C, and we recommend using 230°C as a safety limit if you do not have adequate ventilation or filtration.

Anycubic Vyper

  • The Anycubic Vyper comes with a build volume of 245x245x260mm, which is 29% larger than the Kobra.
  • The Anycubic Vyper has a bowden extruder, which is ideal for faster print speeds due to the lower weight.
  • The Anycubic Vyper will have more stability with its dual z-axis.
  • The Anycubic Vyper uses the nozzle and an internal strain gauge for auto-leveling, and will need to be replaced if you swap the hotend.
Anycubic Vyper Big

Specifications

  • Release Year: 2021
  • Assembly: Partial
  • Build Volume: 245 x 245 x 260 mm
  • Extruder: Bowden
  • PTFE-Lined: Yes
  • Max Nozzle Temp: 230°C (260°C)1
  • Max Bed Temp: 110°C
  • Bed Material: PEI Spring Steel Sheet
  • Auto-Leveling: Yes - Touch
  • Z-Axis: Dual
  • Connections: SD & USB Type B
1 - Dupont's maximum service temperature for PTFE is 260°C, but documentation notes that PTFE begins to decompose at 230°C. The decomposition rate at 260°C is 2 to 20 times higher than at 230°C, and we recommend using 230°C as a safety limit if you do not have adequate ventilation or filtration.

Final Thoughts

Between the two printers, we would recommend the Kobra for most users. The Vyper would only be necessary for its additional build volume or speed capability. The Kobra should prove to be a better pick than the other Ender alternatives such as the Neptune 2 and Artillery Hornet.

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