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Anet A8 problems – Are They Real?

Anet A8 3d printer – A fire hazard out of the box?Anet A8 problems : Anet A8 3d printer

There has been a lot of talk on the internet about the Anet A8 problems.

I disagree that it is in itself dangerous.

The Anet A8 printer has sold in its thousands and is continuing to sell.

There will always be problems selling a product in this quantity and due to the fact you put it together there is another factor at play.

I have one of these machines and at the moment it is working fine.

The areas that are of concern are :

  1. The power supply is not up to the job.

  2. The mosfets on the main board for the bed and nozzle are not up to the job.

  3. The connector for the heated bed is not up to the job.

  4. The frame is not up to the job.

With all of these known problems it is a wonder that it sell in the quantities it does! Continue reading Anet A8 problems – Are They Real?

Anet A8 Power Supply – Adding a Mains Socket.

Adding a mains socket to the anet a8 power supply

The anet a8 is powered from the mains.

The supplied kit has a mains lead which is connecteanet a8 power supply mains switchd to the anet a8 power supply directly.

To switch on and off the printer involves pulling the plug.

If the printer starts going wrong and you need to stop it quickly, then pulling the plug may be the only option – can you reach yours quickly?

If not there is a mod you can do easily to add a mains switch and socket.

This mod makes it easy to move the printer around, with out the cable trailing and allows the printer to be switched on and off when stood in front of it.

So would you like to see how easy it is and what is involved? Of course you would. Continue reading Anet A8 Power Supply – Adding a Mains Socket.

5 Mods for the Anet A8 3d Printer

The Anet A8 is a cost effective introductory printer into the 3d 5 mods for the anet a8 : Anet A8 3d printerprinting world.

As a build it yourself model, it is up to you how you modify it.

The standard build is good and will teach you a lot about 3d printing.

But it can be improved on easily and cheaply. Continue reading 5 Mods for the Anet A8 3d Printer

Cooling nozzles for 3d Printers – What do you need?

Testing the cooling nozzles on an anet a8cooling nozzles in situ

Are you happy with your prints from your 3d printer? Could your cooling nozzles on your 3d printer be part of the problem?

Check out what it is for and how it does what it does. Continue reading Cooling nozzles for 3d Printers – What do you need?

Ups for a 3d Printer: Do you need one?

Why would you need a UPS for a 3d printer?

UPS for a 3d printer can be useful to prevent interruptions (#amazon link)

Why do you need a UPS for a 3d printer?

Let me describe the scenario…

You have spent a lot of time on your 3d printer, adding this and that mod, improving the quality and repeatability of your prints. So now you can slice a model and print it knowing that it will be as good as it can be.

Ok, now for the big one. The 100 hour print,the one you keep putting off knowing it will tie up your printer for over 4 days – but it will be worth it. Continue reading Ups for a 3d Printer: Do you need one?

3D print Nozzle secrets

All about a 3d print nozzle

3d print nozzle : main

Continue reading 3D print Nozzle secrets

Anet A8 3d printer review – Should you buy this DIY 3d printer?

This Anet A8 3d printer review has been done after buying and building it, this is my third printer build – first a prusa clone, second a

Anet A8 3d printerrenren3d delta printer and this one.

The 3d printing market is starting to hot up now (Aug 17). The introduction by XYZ printing of a full colour 3d FFF printer using inkjet technology along with FFF will open up the market, but at a cost of £3k few will be able to justify it. Continue reading Anet A8 3d printer review – Should you buy this DIY 3d printer?

How to smooth PLA prints

Smooth PLA prints – how to achieve them

Have you ever wondered how to smooth PLA prints – if so read on…

You have invested money into your printer, and time if you have built it yourself.

You have got to know how it works and are happy that you can download and print within its capabilities.

But some days you look at the prints and think why is there not a vapour bath for PLA as there is for ABS?

Well I’m not here to tell you there is a safe bath available for PLA, but that there is an easy way to get your models to look polished.

As most of you are aware the finish of your model will depend on the layer height you select when you slice it.

But as with most things there is a downside to picking the smallest layer height you can – time and lots of it.

You can quickly go up from an hour to 5 hours or more by going down in layer height. Continue reading How to smooth PLA prints

3d print problems : Become an investigative detective

 Are you a destroyer or a detective?

You know what it is like when you have 3d print problems.

3d print problems : first failure
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You come back to the printer after waiting 12 hours only to find this heap of spaghetti.

ARGHHH!!!!!

You rip it off the printer and throw it into the corner – where it bounces back and sits on the floor laughing at you!!

I know the feeling – I have been there many times – and yes I have done the same.

But after a while you get to thinking – if you don’t change anything you will get the same results. Continue reading 3d print problems : Become an investigative detective

Where to place your 3d printer for the best results

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So you have bought yourself a 3d printer- excellent, now- where to place your 3d printer for the best results.

With the helpful hints in this post you can be sure that if you follow them you will get the best results from your 3d printer. Continue reading Where to place your 3d printer for the best results