With the advancement of technology, more and more we see tools that can help us to do our tasks that were previously only accessible to a specific person. 3D Printing technology is one of these technologies that becomes more accessible with the passing days. With it, you can easily produce any kind of three-dimensional model and can witness said model real time. However, not all 3D printers are made the same. This time, we will take a look and compare two 3D printers made from experience in 3D printing, the Anet A8 3D printer against the Creality Ender 3 3D Printer.
Anet A8 3D Printer
First, let us take a look into the Anet A8 3D printer. Anet is one of producers who already has a long experience in the 3D printing market. The Anet A8 3D printer is one of the 3D printers among many variants that Anet has produced and sold into the market. Read also: Ender 5 Pro vs Cr 20 Pro.
If you get your hands on the Anet A8 3D printer for the first time, you will receive in a disassembled state. Inside the box it is shipped with, you can find all the necessary tools to assemble the printer into its functioning form. Not to forget that there is also a user guide book that can help you with the assembly and the usage of the 3D printer. You will also receive free gifts in forms of MicroSD card, USB flash disk with a test model inside, and some PLA filaments so that you can use it to print the test model.
|Anet A8||Creality Ender 3 3D Printer|
|Product Dimensions||20 x 19.5 x 7 inches||8.7 x 8.7 x 9.8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||21.75 Pounds||17.64 Pounds|
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The Anet A8 3D printer comes with various configurations that you can choose when you want to buy this 3D printer, from do you want to include automatic leveling or manual leveling, and the option to choose what type of power cord do you want it to come with.
For its technical specification, the Anet A8 3D printer has an overall dimension of 340 x 440 x 480 mm or 13.3 x 17.3 x 18.8 inches. This allows this 3D printer to have an effective build volume of around 220 x 220 x 240 mm or 8.6 x 8.6 x 9.4 inches that you can use. For its size, the A8 3D printer can be said to be quite heavy, as when fully assembled, the whole machine weighs at around 10 kg or 22 lbs.
The Anet A8 3D printer is compatible with a variety of materials that it can use to print, from the standard ABS and PLA, to the other materials such as HIPS, PP, Nylon, and many others. The A8 also comes with a pre heated bed which can reach up to 240 degree Celsius or 464-degree Fahrenheit in under five minutes. Depending on the usage, the A8 can reach printing speed from 40 mm/s or 0.7 inch/s up to 120 mm/s or 4.7 inch/s respectively.
Creality Ender 3
Now, let us take a look into the Creality Ender 3 3D printer. Creality is a company that specialized in the 3D printing business since its inception in 2014. The Ender 3 is one of the two series of 3D printers that they have already sold in the market and the third generation of the Ender series.
When you receive the Creality Ender 3 3D printer for the first time, you will receive in a box in parts. You will need to assemble the 3D printer before using it. Inside the box, there is a manual book that can help you to do this. You can also get this manual from the Creality official website.
For its price, the Ender 3 can be said as a big 3D printer, with the whole set up when it is finished being assembled, being 440 mm long, 410 mm wide, and 465 mm tall; 17” x 16” x 18.3”. Also, when fully assembled, the Ender 3 has a weight of 8 kgs, or 17.6 lbs. The Creality Ender 3 3D printer is powered with cord which requires 100-265 Volt 50-60 Hz to work.
The Creality Ender 3 3D printer uses FDM modeling technology, or Fused Deposition Modeling. This modeling technology uses heated plastic material as the main ingredients to create the result. For the printing size of the Ender 3, it has a surface area of 220 mm long and wide, and 250 mm tall; 8” tall and wide x 9.8” tall. The Ender 3 is also equipped with a heated bed. This will ensure your printed result does not cool too quickly after being cast, which might affect the result of the printing if it happens.
The heat up process of the heated bed is also fairly quick, with its bed being able to reach 110 degree Celsius in just under 5 minutes. This will speed up the printing process as you do not need to wait for the bed to reach the ideal temperature for long. To be operational, the Ender 3 requires a standard 1.75 mm plastic filament, be it PLA, TPU, or ABS, to be fed into its nozzle. The Ender 3 can print with a maximum of 0.4 mm thickness with printing precision of more or less 0.1 mm. The Ender 3 also can be said as a fast printer with its ability to print at maximum speed of 185 mm/s.
The Ender 3 can also be said to be versatile, as it can receive data from SD card or while directly connected into your computer. It also can resume its works after being shut down. This gives you flexibility of the time when you want to print your model. No longer you need to let it on for all day and night just to print a model until it is finished.
Anet A8 vs Creality Ender 3 3D Printer
All in all, if you are confused about whether to buy a new 3D printer between the Anet A8 or the Creality Ender 3, then I would suggest you get your hands on the Anet A8 3D Printer. While both machines are almost similar between each other in terms of looks, the Anet A8 has more capability such as in using varieties of materials, providing you with many variations of printing result and keeping the printed result in form due to the higher temperature compared to the Ender 3.