What is Anet A8?
So we’ll start from the beginning. What is the Anet A8. Simply a very accessible 3D printer with easy access. It usually costs between 120 and 150€. It can only be bought for the moment on Chinese retail sites (Gearbest / Aliexpress). The Anet A8 is particularly appreciated by bidouilleurs, of one because it is seen above it does not cost much, but in addition to many improvements are possible on it, such as for example the manufacture of a case for 3D printer from IKEA tables. If mounting is a bit difficult (see our assembly guide), once fully assembled, it will allow you to print 3D objects from different types of materials and create 3D objects of any shape. It can use different types of filaments, although it works best with PLA and ABS. I also invite you to read the article on electrical safety by installing MOSFETs.
How to buy Anet A8
It is one of the cheapest printers on the market. I bought it in October 2017 at 120€ but today we can find it cheaper. Although I’m a fan of Aliexpress, I opted for gearbest at the time. Because on Aliexpress it was mainly offered as a pack.
The Anet A8 is made up of many mechanical parts that are put to the test and if you chain the prints will end up getting damaged. I am also not talking about the parts that need to be replaced because they have been made “foolish”. Here are a few small selections of pieces that might be useful to you.
Anet A8 technical specifications
Printer Size 510 x 400 x 415 mm Printer weight 8.5 kg Size Printing zone 220 x 220 x 240mm Printing speed Nozzle Diameter 0.4mm Accurate printing 0.1-0.3mm X and Y axis accuracy 0.012 mm Z axis accuracy 0.004 mm Filament diameter 1.75mm Supported digital formats G-code, OBJ, STL
How the Anet A8 works
The steps below happen after you calibrate your 3D printer. Follow our guide to get started with the Anet A8.
Otherwise, here are the common steps of a print job:
- Switch on the printer
- Go to “Quick Settings” and start preheating according to the filaments used (PLA/ABS preheating)
- While it’s heating up, prepare your files to print on Cura (works with Windows / Linux)
- Once the extruder has reached the maximum temperature it is time to insert the filament (if it is not already there, you can leave the filament once the printing is finished /! \). It takes a little time before the plastic thread is well controlled. And at the beginning it’s a good kicking of the fingers:).
- Place your SD card on the printer’s electronic card and in the menus made: Mount SD Card. Then choose the file to print
- The printer heats up again and restarts printing.
- Thanks to its motor, the extruder pulls the filament and directs the wire into a PTFE tube which ends in the extruder where the plastic melts.
- The printer moves along the X, Y and Z axes and adds layer by layer of melted filament to the heating bed.
- When printing is complete, you will see 100% on the screen and the printer will be turned off, so you can move the heating tray by hand.
- All that remains is to retrieve his object. A small spatula can be useful 🙂
/!\ Warning: Never, but then never remove the filament cold, heat the nozzle to the melting temperature of the plastic filament and then only remove the filament.
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