The pre-sale of the latest 3D printer Anet A8E has been running since the beginning of September. For currently $ 172 the device can be pre-ordered in the manufacturer’s shop.
The new A8E hardly has anything to do with the old Plexiglas kit A8. The frame, which now consists of aluminum profiles, should give the printer the necessary stability to deliver good print quality without further tuning measures such as screwing on a base plate or frame reinforcements.
The installation space is almost unchanged at 220 mm × 220 mm. However, the printing table now consists of an aluminum frame made from one piece. Constant re-leveling should therefore no longer be necessary.
The A8E is also a kit. However, it only consists of three parts, the print head, the portal bridge and the base platform with printing table. Assembly can be done in well under an hour.
Anet has also taken on the much-criticized fire hazard of the first A8 model, which was mainly due to the high heating currents in the rather thin cables and weak connectors due to the 12V power supply. The printer now works with 24V. With the same heating power, this halves the currents, so that cables and plugs are no longer operated outside their specifications and are hardly allowed to heat up even at full load (table and print head heat at the same time).
The new power supply should now be better protected against overload, overvoltage and excessively high temperatures. The electronics are now in a well-ventilated aluminum housing on the side of the printer frame. The two connection sockets for the display / keyboard unit are accessible from the outside. The display is no longer permanently attached to the frame, but can be moved freely. This makes it much easier to accommodate the printer in cabinets or housings.
The ease of use has been increased significantly by an automatic filament change: one click should be enough to eject or retract the filament.
Anet uses the open source software Marlin as firmware, which is probably one of, if not the most widespread printer firmware in the 3D scene.