The Anet A8 is, perhaps, the best entry-level 3D printer. Taking into account the price, great print quality and a wide variety of upgrades and modifications as well as a huge community behind it, this 3D printer is ideal for beginners. With that said, you must be ready to get your hands dirty and spend a few hours, assembling the machine. Well, the pride that comes with building your own printer is priceless.
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It’s been used to print a wide variety of models, including the iron man suit, the Wolverine and Deadpool figurines, a jet engine and so much more.
Here’s an example of the giant Lego Christmas wreath:
The Anet A8 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.
With enough determination you can print very smooth models though. Below is a model of the Wolverine:
While you’re probably as excited as us about the minimal layering, you should know that this model took 30 hours to build.
The Anet A8 has a 0.4 mm nozzle, giving you the best balance between speed and detail. To demonstrate Anet’s abilities, here’s the model of the Notre-Dame de Paris. You can see how the Rosetta window and each spire are well printed despite their small size.
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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. Although assembly kits tend to have more play in the printer body, after you assemble the Anet A8 nothing in the 3D printing world will ever stop you from building. You'll have solid knowledge of all the printer parts and how they interact together. This will make it easy for to modify the machine, so you can print anything that you imagine.
Below is a model of Deadpool which was printed on the Anet A8, and then painted:
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The Anet A8 prints with PLA, ABS, PETG and other materials.
Below is a jet engine printed with PLA. It took weeks to build and assemble, it is 15” long with an 8” diameter fan, has around 80 nuts, bolts and washers, and 4 bearings.
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In part, the model is done so well because the extruder comes with a fan. By cooling the model down, it reduces warping, stringing and, generally, makes for higher quality prints.
Below is a model of Hulk, printed with ABS at 150 microns:
Thanks to the heated print bed, this is a quality print with minimal warping.
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 A8 prints with 1.75 mm filament, providing you with a wide choice of materials.
Below is a 3D printed part of the Iron Man suit:
The build area of 8.7 x 8.7 x 9.4 inches (220 x 220 x 240 mm) lets you print just about anything. Even a Star Wars ship:
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Surely this is a multi-part piece.
The printer is controlled via PC or the built-in LCD interface.
3D models can be printed from computer via an SD card or USB.
The printer software works with 3D models in .OBJ, .STL formats, and is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux.
Anet A8 is available in black color. Its stylish look makes ideal for both home and professional use.
The printer dimensions are 19.6 x 15.7 x 17.7 inches (498 x 398 x 450 mm). It weighs 18.7 lb (8.5 kg). The spool holder is mounted separately from the printer.
The price Anet A8 is $179.00, which is reasonable considering its functionality.