Anet A8 Cheap ($194) DIY 3D Printer Kit Review - Great Bargain - RC Groups
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Aug 28, 2016, 04:29 AM
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Anet A8 Cheap ($194) DIY 3D Printer Kit Review - Great Bargain


Hey guys, just grabbed one of these a few weeks back and Ive spent some time now getting to know this thing and its a great buy for newbies without much money looking to 3d print some of their own parts. I made a video review on it for my youtube channel, and figured Id share it here too since RC is the main reason I picked one up. Cheers guys and hope some of you all find this useful!
Anet A8 - BEST DIY 3D Printer Kit (2016) - Full Review! (15 min 25 sec)


Specifications


General:



● Model: A8
● Hot Bed Size: 220 x 220 x 240mm
● Frame material: Acrylic
● Platform board: Aluminum Base
● Nozzle quantity: Single
● Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
● Layer thickness: 0.1-0.3mm
● Memory card / offline print: SD card
● LCD screen: Yes
● Print speed: 100mm / s
● Supported Printing Material: ABS, Luminescent, Nylon PVA, PLA, PP, Wood
● Filament diameter: 1.75mm
● Supported File format: G-code, OBJ and STL
● XY-axis positioning accuracy: 0.012mm
● Z-axis positioning accuracy: 0.004mm
● Voltage: 12V
● Host computer software: Cura 14.07 (or newer), Repetier-Host
● Supported OS: Windows XP / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10 / Mac / Linux
● Certificate: EMC, FCC, LVD, RoHs

Dimensions and Weight:

●Product weight: 8.500 kg
●Package weight: 9.550 kg
● Package size: 51.00 x 34.50 x 21.50 cm / 20.08 x 13.58 x 8.46 inches

Package Contents:

● 1 x A8 DIY 3D Desktop Printer (Self Assembly )

Additional Details @ GearBest (Pricing floats around $135-190 depending on when you catch it so keep an eye out!)
Last edited by Alwaysbless; Sep 10, 2016 at 10:43 AM.
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Aug 28, 2016, 06:47 PM
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Couple questions
- Does it use a micro SD card or a regular size SD card?
- Can you print via USB connection to PC?
Thx
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Aug 28, 2016, 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted by DonA
Couple questions
- Does it use a micro SD card or a regular size SD card?
- Can you print via USB connection to PC?
Thx
Don
(1) It uses a micro sd card (They include a 4GB for free in the packaging)
(2) It does also come with a USB cable if you'd like to hardwire to your PC I just went with the SD card for the sake of convenience.
Aug 30, 2016, 11:50 AM
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Does it have a heated bed?
Aug 31, 2016, 02:52 AM
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Does it have a heated bed?
Indeed it does!
Aug 31, 2016, 08:09 AM
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How well does it print ABS? Do you get alot of warping?
Aug 31, 2016, 08:36 AM
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How well does it print ABS? Do you get alot of warping?
Thats all Ive been printing with and I havent seen any of my prints come out warped, even after cooling down. If you wanna see more examples of prints there is a facebook group setup for users you can find here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1068531466501015/
Apr 11, 2017, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbless
(1) It uses a micro sd card (They include a 4GB for free in the packaging)
(2) It does also come with a USB cable if you'd like to hardwire to your PC I just went with the SD card for the sake of convenience.
The mini SD card slot on my motherboard failed after three days and probably as many times as I used it. I am not alone it seems. Added to my problems was the fact that I use Apple OS X - 1 21inch iMac and a mini mac. ANET support Repetier and Cura. Cura is OK as a slicer - but basically does next to nothing else. Repetier Host allows you to slice and adjust the scale of your "model" and has a print panel which uses the USB connection to run your print.
My Macs had issues with the supplied driver. Repetier Host is a free download - BUT if you want any support from them - you have to make a us$10 "donation". Through a Facebook group I eventually had a guy who not only gave me a link to a more up to date driver - but also walked me through its installation and removal of the old driver. Repetier also seems to have issues with WIndows 10 - as do other applications - but I don't have it so I don't know the real details. WIn7 seems devoid of issues and works OK - I am told.

During assembly DO NOT over tighten any screws - it could crack the acrylic frame. Common problems are bad threads on the z drive rods, a 20 amp PSU that most seems to ditch and use either a PSU from a PC or from a computer supplies outlet. If you are buying a printer - get on eBay and order a couple of Mosfets - they help protect the mother board. many use two PSU and have the hotbed on a separate supply.

Take your time over building the frame - it will take 4 - 10 hours depending on any issues that crop up and you ability to deal with out of date videos and the included step by step PDF. DO NOT use the old GearBest youTube video - search fro ANET A8 assembly on youTube.

BangGood have a better after sales support - although its not perfect - they do respond within 48 hours and refunds are to your source of payment. Notify any issues you find in the build as they occur with a short video and photos. ADD into your email that there may be more issues and ask they accept you cannot proceed with new parts being sent and any issues which are found after will be notified and ask them to confirm that. They did with me for some really poor quality Z ( worm) drive rods and bad threads in the two brass T bearings. Obviously with the printer being functional without them...I could not check anything else. BG may be higher in price - contact support and tell them where you can get it at a lower price and ask ask for a price match, however its may be an offer and counter offer rather than a simply OK.
Apr 13, 2017, 11:41 AM
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Very pleased with mine. Minimal maintenance issues. About 4kg of PLA so far. The best $160 I've spent in a long time.

Ken
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