Anet E12 is a budget desktop 3D printer from the Chinese manufacturer Anet. This Cartesian-style machine ships semi-assembled. You’ll only need to screw the pre-assembled frames together and plug the cables to start printing. It is an open-source device that can be upgraded according to your printing needs. Its limitless expandability offers wide design possibilities. Indeed, with the right mods, you can print engineering-grade tools from your desk. The build volume of 300 x 300 x 400 mm is surely a plus considering the low price tag.
The printer comes with an aluminum, open frame, which makes it easily accessible and hackable. The aluminum bed alongside the all-metal nozzle makes it compatible with a range of high-temp materials. The machine features an adjustable Y belt that can be easily tightened turning a screw.
Ideal for hobbyists and tinkerers as well as newbies, the machine has been used to produce several objects, including home decorations, functional tools, accessories, and more. Read our complete review.
An Italian designer 3D printed this cool vase. Look at the thickness uniformity and dimensional accuracy of each wall.
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Another maker used it to 3D print a custom Christmas tree.
The Anet E12 is an FDM 3D printer that can print layers at 100 microns. The surface finish is not as smooth as you get with more expensive printers, but is more than enough for prototyping and household use. The sturdy structure along with dual stepper motors and adjustable Y axis with dual rods allow for higher quality, reliable prints.
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The Anet E12 has a 0.4 mm all-metal nozzle, giving you the best balance between speed and detail. The nozzle can heat up to 260°C, making it compatible with a broader range of filaments.
The print head runs on rails, which makes printing reliable, fast and precise. A dual stepper motor system drives the Z-axis movement, providing great accuracy. The Y-axis features dual rods for higher bed stability and a lower need for calibration.
Anet E12 prints with ABS, PLA, HIPS and other materials.
The fan-cooled extruder cools the model down while printing. It reduces warping, stringing and, generally, makes for higher quality prints.
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The Anet E12 has a heated print bed, which makes it suitable for printing with ABS-type materials.
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 E12 prints with 1.75 mm filament, providing you with a wide choice of materials. You can pick the filament you prefer from any vendor and start printing hassle-free.
The build area of 11.8 x 11.8 x 15.7 inches (300 x 300 x 400 mm) lets you print just about anything.
For example, this user 3D printed a 35cm tall, multi-part Dobby.
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Just turn the knob and select the printing settings you prefer between the ones shown on the LCD display placed on the independent control box.
To print your models, you can pair the printer with a computer or plug an SD card in it.
The printer is compatible with both Cura and Repetier-Host 3D slicing software. The programs support both OBJ and STL file formats. You can easily install them on Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. Linux users will have to use a virtual machine or other software.
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Anet E12 is available in an orange and black color scheme. Its stylish look makes it ideal for both home and professional use.
The printer dimensions are 19.13 x 19.69 x 23.39 inches (486 x 500 x 594 mm). It weighs 55.1 lb (8.8 kg). The spool holder is mounted atop the control box.
The price of Anet E12 is $498.79, which is reasonable considering its functionality and features.