Anet A8 Desktop 3D Printer Prusa i3 DIY Kit  -  EU PLUG  BLACK - £132 @ GearBest (Now £130.50 using code)
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Anet A8 Desktop 3D Printer Prusa i3 DIY Kit - EU PLUG BLACK - £132 @ GearBest (Now £130.50 using code)

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Found 23rd Mar 2017
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Model: A8
Engraving Area: 220 x 220 x 240mm
Frame material: Acrylic plate
Platform board: Aluminum Base
Nozzle quantity: Single
Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
Layer thickness: 0.1-0.3mm
Memory card offline print: SD card
LCD Screen: Yes
Print speed: 100mm / s
Supporting material: ABS,Luminescent,Nylon PVA,PLA,PP,Wood
Material diameter: 1.75mm
File format: G-code,OBJ,STL
XY-axis positioning accuracy: 0.012mm
Z-axis positioning accuracy: 0.004mm
Voltage: 12V
Host computer software: Cura,Repetier-Host
Packing Type: unassembled packing
Certificate: EMC,FCC,LVD,RoHs
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You need to add customs and charges to the price.
I bought one of these from Gearbest in February. Took a while to get here but am very happy with the printer.
Didnt get charged for customs or any other charges. Think its pot luck and you might get stung if you are unlucky for an extra 20% or more.
Would not recommend this to anyone that is not prepared for some serious tinkering. And the first thing you should do is ditch the power supply as there are many reports of them failing in a cloud of smoke.
While you wait for your printer to arrive search out the official facebook support page for the Anet A8 and get prepared for all the things you will need to do to get this printer working really well.
If that sounds like crazy talk to you then this is not the printer for you - you will need to pay at least double to get something ready to go but thats why this one is so cheap.
powerbrick

You need to add customs and charges to the price.



I bought one, arrived two weeks ago with no customs charge. In fact I have never paid any customs charge for purchases from Gearbest. I don't know if it's because I've been lucky, or whether they use some method to avoid this, such as artificially lowering the value on the shipping slip.
i ordered a wireless mouse from gearbest and not received anything in 2 months. customer service are useless too.
demos30

i ordered a wireless mouse from gearbest and not received anything in 2 … i ordered a wireless mouse from gearbest and not received anything in 2 months. customer service are useless too.



Hi demos30,

Could you please kindly send me your order number for re-checking ?
I am helpful/willing to provide the best solution and solve this issue for you
Hope to hear from you soon

Gearbest Store Rep.Alice
You can contact me here : Alice@gearbest.com
good prices with gear best..it's best to pay with paypal. that way your money is covered should the item not arrive
Soooo tempted.
Heat added

Too late ordered
Edited by: "Stormbringer2012" 24th Mar 2017
Isn't A8 really tiny? Could you even print a phone case in this?
HereKittyKitty

Isn't A8 really tiny? Could you even print a phone case in this?



A8 is the model number not the printing size. The bed is a good size (think its 220 x 220 x 240mm).
powerbrick

You need to add customs and charges to the price.



You don't, they ship to their uk warehouse first then onto you
Great printer, most definitely not plug & play or for someone with no patience. Invest the time though and you get prints comparable with a machine 4 times the cost.
Price is pretty much average though, I paid that in January
americanv8

You don't, they ship to their uk warehouse first then onto you


clever
save yourself a lot of needless stress and wasted money don't buy it, i is just a £132's worth of headaches

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deanochips

save yourself a lot of needless stress and wasted money don't buy it, i … save yourself a lot of needless stress and wasted money don't buy it, i is just a £132's worth of headacheshttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=prusa+i3+my+playhouse



Depends what you want. If you want a printer ready to go without some extra work this is not what you want. But you won't find a printer this cheap or even close to this price that's going to be ready to go.
Also you can treat this as a learning experience. I learned a huge amount from building and improving this printer.
Make sure you select the right plug. I updated the plug on a media streamer purchase, switched currency and it reverted my plug to EU which I missed. I then had no end of problems with Gearbest just simply trying to get the PSU. After weeks of trying, the customer service was abysmal with endless excuses and I just accpeted a power adapter I did not want. I'm still irritated about this due to the poor customer service and wasted time. The adapter doesn't fit properly in my tv unit.
Edited by: "EvilA" 24th Mar 2017
Good deal though.
zzleezz

I bought one of these from Gearbest in February. Took a while to get here … I bought one of these from Gearbest in February. Took a while to get here but am very happy with the printer.Didnt get charged for customs or any other charges. Think its pot luck and you might get stung if you are unlucky for an extra 20% or more.Would not recommend this to anyone that is not prepared for some serious tinkering. And the first thing you should do is ditch the power supply as there are many reports of them failing in a cloud of smoke. While you wait for your printer to arrive search out the official facebook support page for the Anet A8 and get prepared for all the things you will need to do to get this printer working really well. If that sounds like crazy talk to you then this is not the printer for you - you will need to pay at least double to get something ready to go but thats why this one is so cheap.



cheers for the advice its greatly appreciated! I was wondering what software do you use to create and then print the 3D models with? have some heat btw OP
bignigglet

cheers for the advice its greatly appreciated! I was wondering what … cheers for the advice its greatly appreciated! I was wondering what software do you use to create and then print the 3D models with? have some heat btw OP



​Tinkercad is really easy for a beginner. Solidworks would be the next step up from that. Either of those will be good places to start for creating models.

I use Slic3r Prusa Edition to slice but Cura is also very good.

Highly recommend seeking out the official anet a8 Facebook support page. There's a wealth of info there.
zzleezz

While you wait for your printer to arrive search out the official … While you wait for your printer to arrive search out the official facebook support page for the Anet A8 and get prepared for all the things you will need to do to get this printer working really well.


Sounds like a great tip about the Facebook page I have just been having a read there is some tinkering to be done. I've been tempted to get a 3d printer for a while how much would you say it would cost to get this working right from standard? Looking at the Facebook page some of the upgrades can be printed but some others need to be bought. Very tempted by this though, heat added.
marra

Sounds like a great tip about the Facebook page I have just been having a … Sounds like a great tip about the Facebook page I have just been having a read there is some tinkering to be done. I've been tempted to get a 3d printer for a while how much would you say it would cost to get this working right from standard? Looking at the Facebook page some of the upgrades can be printed but some others need to be bought. Very tempted by this though, heat added.



​I used a spare compote ATX power supply to replace the Chinese fire starter.
A mosfet for the heat bed is highly recommended. they are about £5 on gearbest or £10-15 from a uk supplier.
All they other upgrades are just to improve the quality or speed of the printer and can be done at leisure.
Another point of failure is the heat bed connector. I removed mine and soldered thicker wires directly to the bed.
Do Gearbest sell an auto levelling sensor that works with the A8?
so tempted by this. I've been wanting a 3d printer for a while but they are so expensive. This seems an ideal price to get started
pedropdx

so tempted by this. I've been wanting a 3d printer for a while but they … so tempted by this. I've been wanting a 3d printer for a while but they are so expensive. This seems an ideal price to get started



​Another option if you're really handy at diy is to build one from scratch. Thomas Sanladerer on YouTube is a really good place to start. He just completed something like a 12 hour total live stream building a prusa mk2 clone from cheap parts. Very steep learning curve but would end up with a good machine.
I would still recommend the Anet A8 as it can be made to be just as good.
That's the one I'm thinking off. But it will not be from GearBest. I had that "pleasure" of speaking with their customer support - never again. Even on Reddit the opinion is to buy it 20-30 pound more expensive from Ebay than have a chance to sort problem out over GearBest Customer Suport
Edited by: "lukaszjambor" 24th Mar 2017
zzleezz

I bought one, arrived two weeks ago with no customs charge. In fact I … I bought one, arrived two weeks ago with no customs charge. In fact I have never paid any customs charge for purchases from Gearbest. I don't know if it's because I've been lucky, or whether they use some method to avoid this, such as artificially lowering the value on the shipping slip.


if you dont mind me asking, did you go with the free shipping or opt for paid? ive seen many decent deals from Gearbest but dont want to get hit by customs charges

Edited by: "hcm145" 24th Mar 2017
hcm145

if you dont mind me asking, did you go with the free shipping or opt for … if you dont mind me asking, did you go with the free shipping or opt for paid? ive seen many decent deals from Gearbest but dont want to get hit by customs charges



Of course I don't mind you asking...I always go for the free delivery.
I've also bought 4 CCTV cameras from Gearbest, but I ordered each one separately, just in case there was a customs charge. I know there is a £ limit under which there is no charge, and as Gearbest ship free, there was no disadvantage to ordering separately.
hcm145

if you dont mind me asking, did you go with the free shipping or opt for … if you dont mind me asking, did you go with the free shipping or opt for paid? ive seen many decent deals from Gearbest but dont want to get hit by customs charges



​I paid a little extra for insurance, just a couple of quid. But yes the shipping was free. Arrived by Yodel.
zzleezz

​Tinkercad is really easy for a beginner. Solidworks would be the next s … ​Tinkercad is really easy for a beginner. Solidworks would be the next step up from that. Either of those will be good places to start for creating models. I use Slic3r Prusa Edition to slice but Cura is also very good. Highly recommend seeking out the official anet a8 Facebook support page. There's a wealth of info there.


Solidworks is not something for beginners, nor is it cheap. Fusion 360 is similar but free from Autodesk.

I've also used Cura and its support-strut featuresare sub-par compared to something like Simplify3D. But Cura would be a good place to start until you get frustrated with the lack of control.
My mistake. Meant to say OnShape. Always getting those 2 confused.

Simplify3D has some neat features like the excellent support control but i personally don't think it's worth the very high price. Not sure paying almost as much for a slicer as my printer makes a whole lot of sense. The free slicers are just fine and in some ways even better. Slic3r just introduced variable layer height which for me is all sorts of amazing.
Chaps can anyone recommend a good psu as a replacement for the one that comes supplied with this.
I've bit the bullet and ordered one woot woot! Just read up that theres quite a few problems with the PSU that comes supplied with this.
bignigglet

Chaps can anyone recommend a good psu as a replacement for the one that … Chaps can anyone recommend a good psu as a replacement for the one that comes supplied with this. I've bit the bullet and ordered one woot woot! Just read up that theres quite a few problems with the PSU that comes supplied with this.



​I used a good quality 600w atx psu but that does require some extra work to make it useable. Another diy option is an old xbox 360 power supply but that's even more shonky and depends on the model of the psu.
The psu that comes with the printer is 20a which is right on the limit. There are some available to buy that are 30a which would be fine. Have a search on the Anet a8 Facebook groups (there's 2 big groups now).
powerbrick

You need to add customs and charges to the price.


You may have to pay customs charges, you may not, its hit and miss if you do.
I paid £19 customs import duty this time but not last time when I bought something about the same value.
Hi all, thinking of buying my first 3D printer, how does this handle printing multi colour objects? does it support more than one spool of ABS filament or how does that work?
demos30

i ordered a wireless mouse from gearbest and not received anything in 2 … i ordered a wireless mouse from gearbest and not received anything in 2 months. customer service are useless too.


Ive found their customer service to be pretty good. Ive had many quads from Gearbest over the years and any that were faulty, they have changed (might require photo/video evidence but thats no problem)
zzleezz

​Another option if you're really handy at diy is to build one from s … ​Another option if you're really handy at diy is to build one from scratch. Thomas Sanladerer on YouTube is a really good place to start. He just completed something like a 12 hour total live stream building a prusa mk2 clone from cheap parts. Very steep learning curve but would end up with a good machine. I would still recommend the Anet A8 as it can be made to be just as good.



With that build though he went for as cheap as possible which he admitted maybe actually comes out at more than the cheapest pre-built. I watched it and really enjoyed it but be mentioned on so many things why am i using this component rather than something which is known to be better and price was the thing every time. I think the A8 represents pretty good quality and you can print some good upgrades. The biggest worry is the powersupply and heated bed connections.
Be careful guys, this is a kit, there are a lot of self assembly involved. Definitely not plug and play.
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It is unassembled DIY kit, provide you an unforgettable step-by-step learning experience of 3D printer from scratch

Unforgettable experience i'm sure hahahah
Single filament too? hmmm....
No autolevelling ? hmmm
Chinese ? hmmm
Exploding PSU? hmm

Hot for price, cold for the above. Why isn't there a warm option ?
Edited by: "deleted1545998" 28th Mar 2017
great price, i contacted them to ask if it supports windows 10, they told me no, no support for 10 as yet, works with xp, win 7, win 8 & 8.1
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