Read: Anet A8 Review
Let’s dive into the details of the printer to know it better:
Anet A8 Desktop 3D Printer – Too Cheap, Yet Too Awesome
The built quality of this 3D Printer is way better than the price tag. We have a robust design with those quick-release gears, stainless steel metal pulleys, rods, and screws. However, the belts are still plastic. That is why this DIY Desktop 3D printer ways 8.5 kg and occupies a space of 51.00 x 34.50 x 21.50 cm. Despite the large volume, the engraving area is 220 x 220 x 240mm which I think is the best for everyone starting with the rookie to an amateur.
The base of the printer is solid aluminum while the frame forges from an acrylic plate. One thing that we loved about Anet A8 Desktop 3D Printer is that it’s a DIY printer, which means that you have to setup yourself from the manual. It’s a bit difficult. However, setting it up yourself enables you to know the parts of the 3D Printer better. The only thing that is a pain is to insert filament in the extruder. You can get the information of all the parts from here. At the end, here’s how it will look like.
The best part is that, unlike most of the budget-friendly 3D printers, Anet A8 integrates a pixelated screen at the top which shows the temperature, printer status, buff, flow rate, and Z-axis positioning. For a bigger and detailed project, the motor has the durability and capacity for work for 1000 hours straight with the 12 V power supply.
You can connect the printer supports Windows (XP, 7, 8, 10), Apple’s Mac, as well as Linux via software like Cura and Repetier-Host. For the offline printer, there’s an SD slot situated at the base. The file formats supported are G-code, OBJ, and STL.
For a wide approach, Anet A8 Desktop 3D Printer supports all types of 3D filaments including ABS, PLA, wood, nylon PVA, PP, and luminescent. However, the working environment is limited from 10 – 30 degrees temperature and 20 – 50 humidity. Those the room temperature is within this range and the printer can cope with the changing environment but don’t even think to run a 3D Printer under extreme environment.
The 100 mm/s printing speed is good for a printer under $150, especially when we have the XY-axis positioning accuracy of 0.012mm and Z-axis positioning accuracy of 0.004mm. It gets the job done in less than 50 minutes, depending on what you are making. Meanwhile, a 10 mm/s 3D printer takes 1 hour 35 minutes.
Here are some of the models made from this printer:
Pros & Cons
- 100 mm/s Speed
- DIY printer, enjoyable when to set up
- Highly precise
- Great Support
- Belts are still plastic
- A bit difficult to set up
- Acrylic frame
Price & Availability
Anet A8 Desktop 3D Printer can be purchased from Gearbest for a price of $121.11. Here’s the link to the store: