Anet A8 Desktop 3D Printer £108.38 at  GearBest
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Anet A8 Desktop 3D Printer £108.38 at GearBest

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Found 17th Jan
The reviews are good and the price seems excellent. I've had no problems with GearBest in the past so am sorely tempted by this one.

Some features according to the accompanying blurb are that it's got an LCD screen, a superior extruder, a metal rod and screw, an excellent motor, an upgraded mainboard and a durable power supply.

Here's a nice review/instructions from someone who bought one with no previous experience of 3D printers - pevly.com/ane…ew/
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Get it for £105.37 using code "A8KIDA" 😁
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Get it for £105.37 using code "A8KIDA" 😁
Don't bother with gearbest, they are a nightmare for ordering
I also have never had a problem with GearBest

The A8 is a brilliant starter 3D printer but be prepared for much grindinding and nashing of teeth to start with, followed by elation when you get it 'right' then addiction. There are loads of support groups on the book of faces.
ahdvd1 h, 15 m ago

Don't bother with gearbest, they are a nightmare for ordering


You got to remember it's coming from China and expect delays!
I personaly have received all items bar one that I had ordered but they quickly replaced that item and average delivery expect it to take up to 6 weeks!
Oh well in for a penny in for £105.37 - I'm giving it a try!
I got one of these a year or so ago.

It came exactly when they said it would (6 weeks or so), with no VAT or duty to pay.
It had an EU mains cable in the box and an EU-UK adapter taped to the outside of the box.
It includes all tools needed, and the build videos are on the included SD card.
The only thing I didn't get with it was some filament, but Amazon has loads.
wonkothesane3 m ago

I got one of these a year or so ago.It came exactly when they said it …I got one of these a year or so ago.It came exactly when they said it would (6 weeks or so), with no VAT or duty to pay.It had an EU mains cable in the box and an EU-UK adapter taped to the outside of the box.It includes all tools needed, and the build videos are on the included SD card.The only thing I didn't get with it was some filament, but Amazon has loads.



It's interesting the price shown £108.38 (before code) is for EU plug - when i changed it to UK plug the price jumped to £151.83 so I left it on EU plug and will use an adapter if not supplied.
Ordered one on the 18/11/ 17 shipped 23/11/17 still waiting. I guess Christmas,New Year, Snow is not helping.
Dave_dave699 h, 58 m ago

It's interesting the price shown £108.38 (before code) is for EU plug - …It's interesting the price shown £108.38 (before code) is for EU plug - when i changed it to UK plug the price jumped to £151.83 so I left it on EU plug and will use an adapter if not supplied.



The power lead i think is the same as a pc power cable,as the wiring on the power supply is terminal connection. thingiverse.com/thi…909 i ordered a swich plug like this so i dont have to do this thingiverse.com/thi…29

You can get better prints off thingiverse that fit the power supply thingiverse.com/thi…523
Edited by: "m600" 17th Jan
m60011 m ago

The power lead i think is the same as a pc power cable,as the wiring on …The power lead i think is the same as a pc power cable,as the wiring on the power supply is terminal connection. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2496909 i ordered a swich plug like this so i dont have to do this https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2553029 You can get better prints off thingiverse that fit the power supply https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2000523



Thanks
I want one of these but people say you should print some better parts for it.

Can anyone confirm?
One of my last orders from gearbest has been stuck in clearance since the 4th of January, anyone else had this problem or know how to resolve, can not even be sure it is in the UK, it did at one point say it was in Prague Czech on the 29th of December but for some reason that part has been removed.

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Edited by: "SOUTHWALES" 18th Jan
SOUTHWALES22 h, 28 m ago

One of my last orders from gearbest has been stuck in clearance since the …One of my last orders from gearbest has been stuck in clearance since the 4th of January, anyone else had this problem or know how to resolve, can not even be sure it is in the UK, it did at one point say it was in Prague Czech on the 29th of December but for some reason that part has been removed.[Image] [Image]


How are you tracking that? The link in my orders just says it’s not been updated. I ordered 28th December nothing yet
Wings1817th Jan

I want one of these but people say you should print some better parts for …I want one of these but people say you should print some better parts for it.Can anyone confirm?


It prints adequately enough once set up. Good enough to be able to print improvements like belt tensioners and frame braces which will improve your print quality. Then it's a slippery slope as you add more and more improvements to it.
CABellamy2 h, 55 m ago

It prints adequately enough once set up. Good enough to be able to print …It prints adequately enough once set up. Good enough to be able to print improvements like belt tensioners and frame braces which will improve your print quality. Then it's a slippery slope as you add more and more improvements to it.


That's great thanks.

I'm just wondering where to start with parts when I get it built.

Need to purchase it first really.
Got this in the summer, took about 6 weeks to arrive. For noobs like me you need to be aware this is a kit, basically meccannoso you need to take. A look at the videos on you tube to see what you are letting yourself in for. Also lots of concerns about the weak power supply and associated components so you may want to order some extra bits and bobs from Amazon or eBay
I am just assembling my Anet A8 now (bought from ebay £110 from UK seller), its going fine except for a couple of quality issues. One of the top support plates had a hole cut that was not straight so the vertical rod that goes through it could not go into the bottom hole on top of the z-axis motor without me loosening the top support plate. Also one of the linear bearings was toast right out of the bag, sounded like it had sand or something in it, did not move smoothly.

I expect it will be done with about 1 hour more assembly, total about 4.5 hours to put it all together.

So as mentioned by someone else, there are loads of mods to be done to improve output quality, like 7 x Igus Drylin RJ4JP-01-08 to replace the noisy (or in my case, just broken) linear bearings, print some brackets yourself to strengthen the frame, print some belt tensioners, print yourselves some covers for the power and controller boxes. Print filament guides and filament holder...

Also, no filament in the box, had to order 1kg roll from ebay. You can use PLA or ABS, but ABS smells of burning plastic when being laid down so went for PLA which has a sweet smell.
KeepForgettingPassword20th Jan

there are loads of mods to be done to improve output quality, ... print …there are loads of mods to be done to improve output quality, ... print some brackets yourself to strengthen the frame, print some belt tensioners,


Is this not a chicken and egg scenario? You need to print these to get decent results but that means these will be rubbish too so what does it achieve?
It makes stuff to a reasonable quality out of the box, but upgrading some components and self making some parts will improve the quality quite a bit.

Or you could just spend £300+ to get a better 3d printer, your choice
KeepForgettingPassword11 h, 42 m ago

It makes stuff to a reasonable quality out of the box, but upgrading some …It makes stuff to a reasonable quality out of the box, but upgrading some components and self making some parts will improve the quality quite a bit.Or you could just spend £300+ to get a better 3d printer, your choice


That's OK then, thanks, just some of the vids show epic fail first runs and then they print new bits for it on a different printer which would kind of negate the whole point of this type of toe in the water printer, hence my comment.

A printer isn't worth £300 to me but £100 is the right price if it doesn't end up in the bin
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