All photo from anker kickstarter campaign and credit goes fully to them.
For those interested AnkerMake recently announced this add-on that they are coming out with along with their new 3D printer. I am pretty interested in how this will work out and could be another huge part in Anker entering the 3d market.
According to the Kickstarter page, the V6 can hold up to 6 different color filaments allowing you to have prints in up to six different colors.
The V6 also serves as a nice storage for six spools of filament and on the top appears to indicate temperature and some percentage that I believe is for humidity ( all filaments, some more than others, are susceptible to humidity). They also say that they heat the filaments to dry it seems that there is an interface on the 3D printer, the app, and possibly even the slicer. In the app and interfaces, it appears that it would show how much is remaining on each spool (this might be the bard graphs seen below)
To set up they say that it is three simple steps: changing the extruder connecting to the pinter and clicking print.
My main questions are how will they be able to switch colors without a purge block?
On the Kickstarter, they say that it does this by auto calculating the exact color and material lengths needed so there isn’t extra material to purge. I am interested in seeing how well this will work out and if the swap to the next color will be seamless. Is something curing the filament or does it have to be retracted still to prevent it still coming out the nozzle?
What does the custom-built M5 Extruder really entail?
I am guessing that it would allow all six different filaments to connect to the extruder to switch between which is pushed in and not.
Will people be able to buy Custom-Built M5 extruders on their own and implement this type of setup without the V6?
Feel free to share your thoughts, comments, and questions below. There is a chance some of this information is inaccurate because of how little information there is currently this is what I was able to put together and come up with. I am hoping that AnkerMake comes out with more information about this product coming up.