The Anet A8 is an entry-level, hackable FDM 3D printer kit. It is a well-known alternative to the renowned, open-source Prusa i3 MK3. According to All3DP, it has been the most popular 3D printer in 2018. Shipped as a kit, getting it up and running is enough straightforward. Just follow the manufacturer's instructions to get your job done in just a few hours. Once ready, the device will deliver high-quality print results comparable to those of high-end 3D printers.
The Anet A8 comes with a robust acrylic construction and a print area of 220 x 220 x 240. It features a user-friendly, intuitive interface providing you with a seamless 3D printing experience. Equipped with a flexible extruder and a heated bed, the device offers wide material compatibility, being capable of handling even difficult-to-print filaments. It includes some smart functionalities, such as end-of-the-filament detection and pause-and-print.
This sturdy yet capable 3D printer is really cheap, costing less than 200$. It can be easily upgraded for improved performance and safety. With the right enhancements, you will be able to print almost anything, from functional parts and end-user products to useful upgrades for the printer itself. The manufacturer has also released two additional versions of the standard A8: the dual-extrusion A8M double and the all-metal A8 Plus. In case of any need, a huge and knowledgeable online community will have you covered. Continue reading for a complete review.
One user 3D printed a real-scale replica of the Lego Christmas wreath. Thanks to the printer dimensional accuracy, the parts perfectly splice together.
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. If properly assembled and upgraded, it is capable of delivering high smoothness and top-notch accuracy.
This all-black Wolverine took almost 30 hours of printing. Rich in detail, it shows minimal layering and polished surfaces.
The Anet A8 comes stock with a high-precision brass nozzle of 0.4 mm in diameter, giving you the best balance between speed and detail.
This Notre-Dame de Paris reconstruction highlights the printer capability. Indeed, despite its small size, it shows capillary details and vertical layer uniformity.
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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. While assembling the device, you will get a solid knowledge of its operation. Also, you will be able to repair and upgrade it in no time.
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As already mentioned, the Anet A8 boasts wide material compatibility. It can print with ABS, PLA, HIPS, PP, PETG, Nylon, and other materials.
This jet engine is 15” long and it actually works. The fan is 8” in diameter. The entire model is composed of around 80 nuts, bolts and washers, and 4 bearings. It is made with PLA and took some weeks of printing and assembly, but it was all worth it.
The printer has been able to achieve such a quality result thanks to the model cooling fan included in the extruder module. By cooling the model down, it reduces warping, stringing and, generally, makes for higher quality prints.
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The included hot bed allows printing ABS-type materials with minimal warping. This ABS-made Hulk is just an example. It has been printed at 150 microns.
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 from any 3rd-party vendor.
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 spacecraft.
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Surely this is a multi-part piece.
The printer can be controlled via PC or the built-in LCD interface. The integrated HD display is equipped with 5 different buttons for easy navigation and control. It enables standalone operation.
You can easily transfer your print-ready models via a USB-tethered computer or you can simply upload them to a dedicated SD card, plug it into the device and start printing.
The printer can work with both Cura and Repetier-Host software. Both programs support OBJ and STL formats and are available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
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Anet A8 is available in black. Its stylish look makes it 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 and infinite upgradability.