The Anet A3 is a personal FDM 3D printer manufactured by the Chinese Anet. Inspired by the popular Makerbot printer, it comes in a self-contained, stable box. It is already assembled and ready-to-print right-out-the-box. Its small footprint makes it ideal for almost any desk. Considering its price, it is a good choice for anyone who wants to get its feet wet in the 3D printing world.
In its semi-enclosed frame, you will find a heated platform and a direct drive extruder, which make it compatible with several filaments (PLA, ABS, HIPS, and more). The LCD interface along with an integrated SD port enables standalone 3D printing. With the right upgrades - such as the auto bed leveling-, it will perform better than you can expect.
If you are interested in an affordable yet quality Makerbot alternative, continue reading for the full review.
The Anet A3 has been used to print a wide variety of models, including functional parts, useful tools, masks, and figures.
This interlocking skeleton looks pretty good. Doesn’t it?
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The Anet A3 is an FDM 3D printer that can print layers at 100 microns. The surface finish is not as smooth as you get with the more expensive printers, but is more than enough for prototyping and household use. The machine is able to produce thin walls, overhangs, curves, and other difficult elements delivering decent outputs.
The Anet A3 has a 0.4 mm nozzle, giving you the best balance between speed and detail. Below you can see a Cybran T1 Assault Bot from the Supreme Commander. It shows accurate details and finishing. Thanks to their dimensional accuracy, the parts perfectly splice together.
The print head runs on rods with linear bearings, making the design more simple, lightweight and effective, all characteristics that are desirable in a 3D printer.
The Anet A3 prints with ABS, PLA and other materials.
The printer includes an extruder with a fan and a heated print bed. Thus, it is capable of producing quality prints with both PLA- and ABS-type materials minimizing the risk of warping.
These two models are a good example of what the Anet A3 can do.
To ensure high reproducibility, we recommend installing an enclosed print chamber. This way the print quality would not be affected by temperature fluctuations as a result of drafts and other factors.
The Anet A3 prints with 1.75 mm filament. It is compatible with all commercial, third-party filaments, providing you with a wide choice of materials.
The build area of 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches (150 x 150 x 150 mm) lets you print just about anything, even Han Solo’s blaster from the Star Wars saga.
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The printer is controlled via an integrated LCD interface with a rotating knob.
3D models can be printed from a tethered computer or via a MicroSD card.
The printer software works with 3D models in STL format and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
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The Anet A3 is available with a semi-enclosed black frame. Its stylish look makes it ideal for both home and professional use.
The printer dimensions are 12.4 x 13.1 x 14.8 inches (315 × 333 × 375 mm). It weighs 22 lb (10 kg). The spool holder is mounted on the back of the printer.
The price of the Anet A3 is $450.00, which is reasonable considering its functionality and upgradability.