The Anet A8 is a desktop 3D printer the comes with a very attractive price tag. Chances are if you are reading this then you are likely to have one or are considering buying one. Within this section I want to share with you my experience of owning and using my Anet A8 as well as provide a helpful guide to how to get the most out of it. I still have a long way to go and a rather long list of R&D to be done so I will update this as I go along.
The A8 is designed and built by Shenzhen Anet Technology Co. Ltd and is often referred to as a Prusa i3 Clone. It typically costs around £120 which puts it as one of the cheapest 3D printers on the market.
This printer is a brilliant piece of kit, as long as you are willing to put in the effort. For £120, you should not be expecting a plug and play printer that will print production quality products straight off the bat. There is still a long way to go for 3D printing technology and the benefits are huge. What the A8 provides you with is a great foundation to build upon and an excellent introduction to world of FDM/FFF; Fused Deposition Modelling or Fused Filament Fabrication.
The simplicity of the design means that you can take it apart and put it back together numerous times and each time you will learn more and more about it. This leads to the urge to tinker, tweak and upgrade. You’ll begin to notice little bits about the printer that either need slightly more support, better usability and increased performance.