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Anet A8 - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives
When 3D printing first emerged, the lego bulding kid in me, and the sci-fi geek was roused to excitement. When we look at 3D printing today, we see hulking machines churning out impressive 3D representations of objects and its quite an amazing piece of technology and I wanted one so bad. I was fascinated with it. I thought that this must be the next big thing. The machine you use to build everything you ever wanted, like a star - trek replicator. One thing it isnt is cheap though. I was immensely surprised to see that theres a 3D printer at just shy of $200 and I was ecstatic.
Anet A8 is a totally DIY 3D printer that uses various materials to make 3D objects of any shape, and it primarily uses PLA and ABS (polylactic acid, and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) to mould its objects. Imagine a regular PC printer. It prints ink onto a flat surface piece of paper. Well, a 3D printer does the same with the exeption that It prints melted material onto a heat bed and moves around it’s X, Y, and Z axis, applying material one layer over another building the object from the bottom up. If youre a novice, this is easy as there is a step by step manual that even old people can understand.
It is noisy however given its quite a large machine, and you need to keep the heat bed in perfect level lest you want to print out a homunculus monstrosity instead of baymax. I did mention that it was easy to understand, but the actual application and mastery has a steep learning curve. Maintaining it can be a chore especially when the filament extruders get clogged after a good printing. But with a lot of patience, enough practice, and the less than $200 price tag you can start building your own plastic doodads just like the kid you were back then.
- Easy to understand
- Hard to master
- High maintenance
- Prints 8 types of filament
- Install instructions
- 220x220x240mm Print Size
- Auto Levelling
Anet A8 is a top selling option at the bottom of the price range. It's a #1 bestseller in 3D printers category and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as XYZprinting Da Vinci Mini or Orion Motor MK8 Extruder .
Anet A8 is $189.15 cheaper than the average 3D printer ($399).
- Affordable and competent 3D printer from a reputable company
- Equipped with a MK.8 Extruder and a MK.3 Hot Bed
- Prints a wide range of filaments including PLA and ABS
- 1KG of PLA/ABS is included.
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