Review: Auto Leveling Anet A8 with Included Filament 2018

An Auto leveling Anet A8 with included filament is a very popular model. Its Prusa i3 variant makes it more reputed among others. Because of its reasonable cost, of its user community is huge.Auto Leveling Anet A8 with Included Filament

There are many customization options are available for loyal users and new users to instantly gear up their 3D experience.
Its affordable price does not mean that the company has compromised any of its features or specifications.

It has a NEMA 17 motor which is helpful for easy navigation of its print space.

This device comes with an auto-leveling sensor, heated bed, a versatile extruder and a filament. It is capable to print a diverse variety of filaments. The kit comes un-assembled with a video of assembly instructions.

Features of Auto Leveling Anet A8

This is a very useful 3D printer under 300 for new learners. Its price makes it most selling 3D printer. A low-cost and capable 3D printer kit now available with .5kg of ABS/PLA along with auto leveling sensor

  • This auto leveling sensor in installed for ease of use
  • The kit comes with after sale warranty
  • The frame is shiny and stylish, comes with piano-black acrylic.
  • This comes with a user manual guide and a video for assembly instruction
  • The kit comes with a filament, micro SD card, and an extruder.
  • It has a user-friendly interface
  • Great for a new experience as well as field printing work
  • Installation of Micro SD card would be found on it.

Specifications

Frame Material:                                                           Acrylic

XY Axis Accuracy:                                                    0.012mm

Z-Axis Accuracy:                                                        0.004mm

Extruders:                                                                   1

Extruder Diameter:                                                     0.4mm

Print Speed:                                                                Max100mm/s

Print Size:                                                                    Max 220x220x240mm

Filament Diameter:                                                     1.75mm

 

Temperature Required

Nozzle Temp:                                                              Adjustable, Maximum 250C

Hot Bed Temperature:                                                50-100C

 

Material, connectivity and product weight

Heating Plate Material:                                               Aluminum

Printable Materials:                                                     PLA, ABS, TPU, Wood Poly, PVA, PP, Nylon, Luminescent

Data Input:                                                                  microSD or USB

Weight:                                                                       11.95 Lbs

 

How does it work?

The first thing you should know about automatic bed leveling is that your printer must have some type of sensor or switch near the extruder that claims that your 3D printer can support automatic bed leveling.

When you start using an auto-leveling Anet A8, this sensor starts analyzing different locations of build platform to calculate the space between the nozzle and hotbed at one point.

This complete data will then be used to figure out an authentic location of a hotbed. This whole process is done according to the nozzle’s movement on XY axis.

The printer’s firmware actively uses this statistics so that nozzle’s position could be adjusted as it needs to move diagonally to a hotbed. If the build platform is a bit unleveled, printer’s firmware will make some adjustments to the Z-axis and ensure that the nozzle should always be distant away from the hotbed.

Inductive sensor

First, you need to update your firmware by replacing z probe with an inductive sensor to set up your printer for auto-leveling. Sensors are used to sense iron-based metals.

If you are using inductive sensor so detection range should be adjusted according to the metal type.

If 8mm inductive sensor is being used to detect aluminum (metal type) the sensing distance should be measured between 2.4mm or 3.6mm.

if you purchase the sensor (auto-leveling bed) make sure you test it’s sensing or detecting performance before installation.

In inductive sensor magnetic fields are used for detection and they are only able to detect metal. Inductive sensors are capable to detect metals even under the glass provided that the range is high.

Capacitive sensor

In capacitive sensor electrical fields are used for detection. They are able to sense materials including glass. It has some little screws for adjustment to fit your needs and material. the main disadvantage of the capacitive sensor is that it is affected by temperature and moisture.

A general recommendation by experts is that always use the capacitive sensor for glass sensor while for metals it is better to use the inductive sensor.

Pros
  • Time-saving
  • Cost effective or worthy 3d printer
  • Decent quality print
  • Run one time before starting printing
  • No screws and springs are involved to use in assembling
  • Minimize the issues related to nozzle jamming and unlevel print bed.
  • it assembled you can start printing right away
  • Compatible with most filament types
  • Proficient to print large and complex models
  • Good printing speed
  • Best compatible with 3d printing lovers, teachers, and newbies
Cons
  • Sometimes the first layer of print does not stick to the bed
  • Some of the parts of printing object might not be completed in the first layer
  • While printing the second layer, print head sometimes pick an initial layer
  • While printing first and second layer, plastic gathers around the print head.
  • It requires upgrades
Conclusion

Typically users have to adjust screws, springs, and bolts to adjust the bed for printing which would be time-consuming. An Anet A8 auto leveling with included filament provides the users an easy to adjust the print bed automatically by the help of sensors.

It is possible that automatic adjustment could be required again after some prints because of the print bed could be out of alignment.

So make sure to adjust this alignment again according to the sensor you are using so that you would not have an issue with an initial layer of your printing objects.

An out alignment can lead to several problems, for example, scratches on the build surface, blocked extruder. This all happens due to the nozzle, it is very close to the print bed.

But all you need to take care of these things, some of the new technologies are able to adjust automatically but some points are left sometimes that needs to be checked properly in order to start printing.

It is very easy in Anet A8 auto leveling 3D printer to adjust print bed. Auto-leveling could also be installed in a simple 3D printer which had manual adjustments features when you bought it.

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