The Anet A8 PLUS is big, cheap and won't catch fire. 3D Printer Review

The A8 Plus from Anet is an affordable 3D Printer with a large print volume available as a DIY kit or semi-assembled, but is it the right machine for you? Watch to …


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  • Still have my Anet A8 since May 2017 still printing fine not problems with it

    Kostasoflow February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • When I saw I had to get it from dickhead china i was like meh

    Rotten Brainz February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • when some of the reviewers say "all these opinions are my own" i dont trust them all.

    Rotten Brainz February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • My only question is for Angus. WTF are you wearing?🤔

    broderp February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • Thanks for this video. Finally, I bought one!

    Susamruad Yilak February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • My highly upgraded A8 that I bought almost 4 years ago off of GearBest is currently running in the lab right now! I've put over 8000m of filament through it and have 1000 hours of print time on the original bed, original steppers, original couplers and z-rods. I still level the bed and x carriage by hand with a digital caliper and I feed it gcode via an OctoPi. It sits on a plastic AV cart on rubber casters, padded with playpen foam blocks. My wiring is all custom, with a divorced stock mainboard, high output MOSFETs, soldered heat bed with strain relief, fusing for the bed, hotend and control board and it's all powered (except for yhe Pi) off of an Astron 30A linear power supply (not switching). The Pi is powered by a 5v 2.5A wall wart for an old cellphone and everything is connected to an APC 1500VA BBU at the bottom of the cart, in case of power loss. It will run a PLA print for 5.5 hours before bbu exhaustion.

    I've been shopping for a bigger build volume and metal construction for awhile and this might be the way I go. I'll probably get some extra aluminium and box out the frame, put a duet and a touch screen on it and put better steppers in and put my mosfet setup on it. I can probably bulletproof it for the same price as a CR10 pro.

    Dagon Naxos February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • I have this same printer.
    I am upgrading the printer controller with the BTT SKR v1.4 Turbo as the original has a faulty controller chip for the extruder.

    One of my other findings is that the reported build area of 300x300x350 is really not that. I have found that I am short 30mm within the area of the clips that hold the glass to the print bed, and on the Z axis, I am nowhere near the 350 limit, I bottom out at the top of the printer way before getting to the 350mm mark. On the X axis, I can only get 295 from either edge of the print bed before the nozzle is over the edge.

    I am curious of what your findings are.

    AzurusNova February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • how do you think it compares with the e10 / e16 at about $20 more?

    Chris Alton February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • The Y axis was not wired wrong Angus, you mounted the motor to the wrong side of the plate, so it's spinning in the opposite direction of how it was intended to work.

    smoothdog001 February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • I have an original A8, never had issues but it's a pain in the butt. It's going to become a laser etcher and my next 3D printer will be SLA or none at all. I'm tired of messing with bed leveling, cheap extruders, and 'proof of concept' sold as a working unit.

    Argle Bargle February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • So at this price point would you go with the Ender 3 or this printer? I was also recommended the Hypercube Evolution but haven't found a review of it.

    Kyle Anderson February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • just received mine the rods are hardend in my case so thats good, the lcd cables are longer than yours

    Henry McCausland February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • That wavy pattern artifact means that somewhere there is a harmonic vibration happening when the axis moves probably from the belt teeth. I had this issue on the Y axis of my ender 3 when I tried to use the 3 point bed leveling plate you can buy. What was happening in my case, was the Y axis belt rolling across the smooth idler roller was creating a vibration, which was then being essentially amplified and transmitted into my part through the springs on the bed. Especially since the 3 point solution you can buy is kind of flawed in that it's a less stable mounting system, even if it is in theory more flat. The solution in my case was to replace the bed leveling springs with 4 solid silicone mounts since I use ABL anyway, and switch to toothed idler rollers. That got rid of the pattern entirely.

    If I had to guess, either your belts are causing it, or the bearings themselves. The bed springs might also benefit from being compressed more so vibrations don't transfer through them as much. If the wavy pattern is spaced the same or close to the tooth spacing on your belts, that's probably the source of the vibration. If the printer uses non-toothed idlers, swapping them to toothed will probably fix the problem, if that pattern is from what I think it is. Also switching to the plastic bushings might help as well. I'm suprised it's showing up on both axis though, I've only seen that pattern produced on the Y axis of an i3 design.

    Eric Barnett February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • I would almost buy this just to immediately upgrade the ridiculous y axis with the extruder to v slot aluminum and rollers like the rest of the printers out there. Why go this far an not change that part?

    Bo Bo February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • I have an original A8 and one of the first things I did was flash it with Marlin. You don't want to burn your house down by mistake.

    George I February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • i just manage to snag it for 160 euro from aliexpres shiped from spain it is my third printer and second printer within the month. im exited

    Henry McCausland February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • Time to turn off my old A8 thats snapping motor mounts as it prints and not burning my shed down. rip old boy better luck next time.

    Danial February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • What is a better ender 3 pr or anet 8 plus?

    astroeste123 February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • I have just finished assembling mine which I bought after seeing this review. I am old enough to have cut my teeth on Meccano and have been assembling PCs for a very long time so the build went smoothly.

    – I put Igus bushings in directly on X and Y axis, I am very pleased I did, the supplied ones are very noisy
    – cables are much longer in my kit
    – no ptfe tube in the kit
    – several (3 or 4) errors in the printed manual but watching the assembly video clears things up. Some photos in the manual are too small to be of any use
    – the biggest pain is cable management

    The quality of the finished printer is satisfactory for 155€ delivered. Now I just need to learn how to 3D print… =;) Once I am up and running this seems to be a good base printer for upgrades like BL Touch, 32 bit MB with WiFi and a quality hot end/extruder.

    a kiwi February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • Great and clear review. But can i ask between this and the anet e16 wich i should be prefer?

    Gabriele Merenda February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • That's nice, but an incomplete way to prevent thermal runaway.

    GoatZilla February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • picked mine up for $213 from amazon

    Michael W. S. Grimm February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • Cheap? $349 “rolls eyes” if I’m paying that much I’m just going to buy a prusa i3 mk3 for 749. Wake be up when I’m not paying 3x the amount they’re actually worth. I’m not trusting them after my old a8 melted down. I like my house and I would like to keep it.

    cgwworldministries February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • Hey,

    I have been having issues with my Anet A8 Plus. When I try to set the temperature of the nozzel to i.e 30C it increases dramatically to 40C. I have replaced my thermostat 3 times, still same issue. I have had prints before but after 2 weeks it started to have this issue. I figured the thermostat is functioning correctly so I tried to upgrade the firmware since lots of people have found that helpful. I upgraded to 2.0 Marlin and I still had the same issue. So I looked into other discussions online and I saw that the MOFSET might have been the issue. So I brought a new board. I then installed Marlin again on the new board, and it is still showing the same issue. Any thoughts as to what may be the problem?


    hussein hussein February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • This is only going for a meager $138 on Amazon usd.

    Social Gamer February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • Hi I recently picked one of these up and I can not get a good print off of it. When its attempting to print the X axis will work its way to the left and will mess up the print or get to the point it dumps filament on my desk not the build table but my actual desk that it sits on lol. So far not too thrilled with it but I knew going into it I would have to figure it out. I watched a few of your videos and I love my monoprice mp mini delta. We had to tweak the gcode on that for it to work properly but I can't find much on the anet a8 plus and I need help from anyone

    Bryson Whelchel February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • Just bought it! Comes thursday!!

    Michael Nichol February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • hello everybody. I have made a little bit of research, and i want to get my first ever 3d printer. Can´t quite decide between the Ender 3 or the Anet A8 Plus. Any suggestions?

    Carlos Molina February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • the texture comes from the fact there is no idlers teeth pulley on the X/Y

    Raphael Aguirre February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • enough of these Chinese products..stop advertising their products!

    S G February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • The A8 Plus is cheaper than the ender 3 by $20-$30, however is it a good deal, or would the ender 3 pro or tarantula pro be better at the $200 price range even though you have $30-$40 extra to spend on upgrades for the A8 Plus to hit the same price point?

    MobileChaos February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • I don't own a printer, this was just in my reccomened. That being said this was a pretty good video!

    alisniper79 February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • So to summerize avoid this cheap chinese 3D printer!

    Pete Turner February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • as someone who own a few printers myself i have a anet a8 that has never had a single problem !!!! i have had way more problems out of ender 3 than i have ny cheap pos anet a8 i hope this anet machine is even better!!!!! nothing better than a direct drive extruder!!!!!! plus it cost a 1/8 of a pursa for almost the same damn machine !!!!!

    Chris Freeman February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • Great review thanks. Im on the fence whether or not to purchase an Anet A8 plus or a new Prusa Mini… The A8 Plus has a large build volume and is cheaper but Im looking for a solid, quality unit and I think the Prusa Mini is a good fit… Any advice would be appreciated? Maybe hit Prusa up for a demo model to review in depth for all of us in the Community?

    Brian Charlton February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • All of the smooth rods in my kit were deeply scored along their long axes and the linear bearings were noisy and were badly inconsistent. I replaced the bearings with Delrin aftermarket bearings. The belt tensioners also leave something to be desired. Prints so far are so-so, settings need tweaking. The threaded holes for the bed rods were out of alignment. I replaced the rod mounts with some I found on Thingiverse.

    Steve Schowiak February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • I haven't used my A8 in a while but after installing custom firmware on it when I first got it, I've never had any issues

    Havox February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • can you upgrade the hot end to a e3dv6? and can the bed have something modular added like the mk3?

    Me and My Son Fun Raising Him February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • I bought this printer a few months back. I really like it but I get the same artifacts despite changing to igus bearing also had to replace the board with an skr 1.3 and 2208 steppers and an e3d v6 hotend and bontech (clone) extruder. What else would cause this? Also I really like the content of your videos.

    Rodger Severns February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • ewww still using smooth rods. gross.

    huhhman February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • I honestly never had issue suggesting the original anet a8 with one caveat. The first thing a new owner should do is update the firmware and enable the thermal runaway protection. Nothing else on the market really approached the a8 for print quality and size for the price.

    harshbarj February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • I do quite like my A6 but lordy that thing took a lot of work to get together and upgrade for safety.

    The T-slot rails by default tho… That is a thing of beauty.

    thumbwarriordx February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply
  • open it up and see what board it has in it? it looks like a Bigtree 32 bit board or clone of it..

    N Olesen February 21, 2020 1:04 pm Reply

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