Lets try The Anet A8 from GearBest
After several bad experiences of low price kits which have taken too many shortcuts, I was very skeptical to try out the Anet A8. I expected a challenge, but the kit arrived complete and in order, slightly unpolished, but a lot better than expected to the price point.
Of course, it takes many hours to assemble an Anet A8, if you want to do it carefully. No steps were particularly difficult, but to make sure to review the inherent quality, not my own sloppiness, I took the time to do everything carefully without haste. The less you pay the more you are expected to do yourself. Sometimes instructions were quite confusing but far from impossible. The whole thing is a good fun assembly experience that most people can manage if they follow the video clips found online.
Anet A8 is a typical Prusa clone with few excesses. Most subsystems are variations of well-proven constructions, albeit in their most affordable form. Reliable, but these clones contributes very little innovation to the 3d printer community. The contribution, instead, is to be able to put affordable machines in the hands of tens of thousands of users who never had the chance before. Much like Clive Sinclair's Z80 computers in the 80's. And just like them, Anet A8 is so slimmed down on parts quality that it just barely works without further upgrades and frequent maintenance. These deliberately cut corners result in a pricing that is absolutely outstanding and an overall printer quality that can, with a little effort, be at least really good, if not top shelf.
To calibrate a printer manually without any automation takes great patience. With the Anet A8, the procedure is very naked, bare metal and you probably need to repeat the steps several times before it's tuned in properly. There are excellent general calibration guides available online, but it is sometimes difficult to understand how the different procedures affect each other. A lot of the money you saved on purchase the Anet A8 shows up here, in time you spend to perform and understand calibration.
Being a clone with excellent heritage, the Anet A8 is a pretty good machine in basic form, but after assembly, further upgrades just feels like a natural continuation. And this is where A8 really shines. For a small sum of money, you can get a foot in the door with 3d printing and can from there on developing the hobby at your own pace and price range. There are lots of printable upgrades for the A8 and even more for its sibling clones that with a little challenge can be adapted to Anet. Do you want to upgrade firmware, mount a bed leveling probe or a sticky PEI sheet on your hotbed? Do you want to remotely control your machine with an OctoPrint module or build an enclosure? The possibilities are endless with upgrades.
The Anet A8 can become the first printer that you quickly move on from after your first taste of 3d printing and are ready to take the plunge with something more expensive. Or you could continue to build and upgrade this machine far into the future. Building and operating an Anet A8 is a highly educational experience that will take the user through a curious labyrinth of soft and hardware challenges. A truly entertaining path that is likely to imprint a lasting passion for the 3D printer hobby.
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