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Anycubic Kobra Neo & Go : Completing the Kobra series

Anycubic with its Kobra series has managed to have a model for each type of user with machines with a great quality/price ratio that surely will not disappoint us given the experience of Anycubic in 3D printing in both FDM and SLA machines.

Today we are going to present two models, the Kobra Neo and Kobra Go, which although they have an identical base differ in two important aspects… their extrusion system and its assembly, something that is reflected in the final price of both machines.

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Anycubic Kobra Neo y Go

As we have already mentioned, these two new printers are practically identical except for the extrusion system and its assembly.

We leave you with the presentation videos of both machines.

Below you have its technical specifications:

Kobra NeoKobra Go
Print volume220 x 220 x 250 mm (8.7 x 8.7 x 9.8 in)220 x 220 x 250 mm (8.7 x 8.7 x 9.8 in)
Printing surface typePEI magneticPEI magnetic
Extrusion typeDirectBowden
HotendMK8 with PTFEMK8 with PTFE
Print speedBetween 60-100mm/sBetween 60-100mm/s
Leveling sensorInductiveInductive
Z-axisSingle stepper motorSingle stepper motor
Display/Connections2.4″ LCD encoder with push-button, USB-C and MicroSD2.4″ LCD encoder with push-button, USB-C and MicroSD

As you can see both maintain the perfect functions that simplify and improve the operation and use of the machine:

  • Print size 220 x 220 x 250 mm
  • 25-point Anycubic LeviQ leveling system
  • Color display with a simple interface
  • Using magnetic PEI as a printing surface

But what are the differences between Kobra Neo and Go?

As we have already mentioned basically there are two big differences between both machines, well 3 if we count the price.

  • Extrusion system, while in the Anycubic Kobra Neo we have a direct extrusion system that will allow us greater control of the filament flow the Anycubic Kobra Go mounts a traditional bowden extrusion system
  • Assembly, here another important aspect is the assembly of the machine… while the Kobra Neo comes pre-assembled having the machine ready in a few minutes and without much effort, the Kobra Go requires more work in this aspect and can be more laborious assembly and adjustment.
    In any case, we have some great instructions both physically on paper and in electronic format.
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Where to buy the Anycubic Kobra Neo and Go?

Anycubic is a reference brand in 3D printing and we can find its products in the most important online stores in addition to its own store:

Anycubic Kobra Neoaliexpress logo
Anycubic Kobra Goaliexpress logo

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Content of Kobra Neo and Go kits

Anycubic as always has done a great job with well-protected kit packaging in addition to including everything necessary for commissioning and assembly.

The Kobra Neo comes practically pre-assembled from the factory and the commissioning process is very simple between 15 to 30 minutes will take you to assemble and start printing the example test.

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On the other hand, the Kobra Go as commented has only assembled the base and platform of the printer and we must mount the XZ axes, the kinematics, and the extrusion system. In this case and depending on your expertise we can have the machine ready in about 45m to 1h15m.

We advise you to carefully follow the assembly manual included both in physical format and in addition to paying special attention to the alignment/square of the different profiles or movement wheels.

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The contents of both kits include in addition to the printer parts:

  • 2.4″ color LCD display
  • PEI magnetic printing platform
  • filament support and a sample for testing
  • Tool kit and screws needed
  • Cables
  • SD card and USB adapter including manuals, laminator profiles and test parts
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Components and mechanics

Both models have a chassis made of aluminum profiles although they are not the typical v-slot which can limit us in the future if we want to make modifications to the printer.

As usual in the Anycubic Kobra series, all the electronics and wiring are located at the base of the printer which allows it to be protected as well as perfectly ventilated.


The Kobra Neo and Geo use Cartesian kinematics where it is the bed that moves on the Y axis. In this aspect, including a magnetic PEI surface that lightens the whole gives us more play when it comes to obtaining better performance in the machine.

Continuing with the bed is anchored to the axle by 4 eccentric wheels that make it firm.

We also have tensioners on the X and Y axes that are always appreciated for the maintenance and adjustment of our printer.


As usual in their machines, Anycubic mounts a board manufactured/designed by them, on which unfortunately we do not have much information being this something that can limit us if we think about making mods to the machine.

In any case, we can confirm that it uses an MCU 32b like the rest of the Kobra series mounting silent drivers that are always appreciated and that allow the machine to run in the same work area by generating an acceptable 45dB in normal operation.

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We have to say that it comes refrigerated with a large fan that will prevent us from overheating.

As usual, we have a USB port to connect our electronics to other devices and an SD port to transfer/print our parts.

Hotend, extruder and bed

As we mentioned before, one of the differences between the Kobra Neo and the Kobra Go is its extrusion system.

As we mentioned before, one of the differences between the Kobra Neo and the Kobra Go is its extrusion system.

Our personal opinion is that the use of direct extrusion, despite adding more weight on the shaft and limiting the speed a little, maintains finer control of the filament extrusion flow. The block/nozzle section is a traditional MK8.

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On the other hand, we have the Kobra Go with Bowden extrusion system that mounts an MK8 hotend too, the set is very compact also including layer and hotend fan in addition to the leveling sensor.

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In both cases, the whole looks compact, stylish, and quite quiet… Although an improvable part would be the layer ventilation nozzle and its fan can fall short and limit us in certain aspects.

A negative aspect is that the extruder does not have an adjustable filament tensioner which can complicate working with flexible filaments.

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Anyway, we have to understand the price of the machine so we can not ask for much more quality.

Hopefully, soon we will have mods from the community that allow us to improve this part that is usually greatly forgotten by the manufacturers.

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With respect to the hotbed, it behaves properly although it is not especially fast in reaching working temperatures. On the other hand, it seems that it is limited to 110º so if we plan to work with some technical materials we may have some limitations.

Display and printer management interface

Both models have the same 2.4″ color screen controllable by a mechanical push-button control with a simple interface, perhaps too much for our taste.

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And it is here in this component where we see that this printer has some limitations or points of improvement that although they are not critical and surely Anycubic corrects in future versions of firmware we miss some adjustment functions both of the printer and during printing. It is a pity that more importance is not paid to this aspect that although it is not critical can limit according to which users.

Print quality

As always for tests, we use default settings which is what normally 90% of people do when using a new printer, if you are starting in 3D printing, the first thing we did was launch the example object that carries the SD.

All the tests were carried out with the profiles that come with the printer, only the temperature of the filament was adjusted to verify what results we can obtain with the default configurations.
Obviously, we advise, although the results are correct, to perform calibration tests to correctly adjust these values to our taste/printing conditions.

Using the excellent filament of Anycubic PLA Silk silver that also serves to highlight any artifact we dedicated ourselves to printing different prints of our own tests on both printers, and of course, they were not simple pieces since we wanted to see the potential of these machines.

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To our Kobra Neo we throw some pieces in glass mode, some with internal geometry and overhangs/bridges and others with quite a few curvatures.

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To our Kobra Go apart from performing some tests in glass mode we immediately embarked on an impression of about 2 days with the octopus bottle rack so famous lately.

In both cases, the printers behaved impeccably although as we already mentioned the layer ventilation was a little fair for our taste. The direct extrusion system of the Kobra Neo took muscle with a very good extrusion control that was noticeable in the overall final quality, especially in filament retractions.

We still have to do some tests with TPU, PETG, or ASA / ABS to see how our Kobra Neo and Go behave.

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