I have this led strip 'chunk' lying around, and i was wondering if i could plug it directly into the PSU of my Anet A8? or will the high amps just blow it?
Hi guys. I just wanted to put this out there for anyone looking to buy a cheaper framed printer. I purchased one of the Anet A8 printers on eBay for 80 dollars. It came in great packaging and looked good. While inspecting all the parts, I noticed the frame was made from a cheap acrylic plastic material and thought it may be a problem. So I put everything together and printed my first print (a cube). The printer performed well and I was very pleased. I decided to print several smaller objects before going into a longer print as I had read many articles talking about poor wiring and fires with the A8 model, from overheating. A couple of weeks go by and now I have upgraded a lot of parts on my printer a couple of MOSFETs, belts, bearings. hotbed, hotend, and wiring were all things I had spent money on while upgrading. While upgrading the bearings I noticed the frame had cracked in the front and had broken in other places also. After spending 20 minutes yelling and banging my fist on the table, I decided to upgrade my frame to the metal design. Not wanting to spend another 100 bucks, I decided to build my own frame from some metal that I had in my building. I took the best designs from here and applied them to some of my own ideas and built the frame. I now have a great printer but only after spending an additional 90 dollars in upgrades and building my own metal frame from scrap metal I had. Just a warning to anyone who buys the acrylic frame printers, watch for cracks or breaks around the threaded rods that hold the front brace in place. DO NOT over tighten your belts!! I can't stress this enough. And if you have the money, buy the upgraded version of the Anet A8 printer. You are going to spend more money on upgrades and repairs if you don't. The metal frame Anet A8 runs around 200 bucks on eBay and had I known I was going to spend close to this anyway, I would have purchased the better version. Live and learn I guess. BTW- I will share some pics of my design as soon as I can, in case anyone wants to see it.