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. Today, we will take a look and compare two 3D printers made from experience brand in 3D printing, the Creality CR-10 3D printer against the Anet A8 3D Printer.
Creality CR-10 3D Printer
First, let us take a look into the Creality CR-10 3D printer. The CR series is one of the two 3D printer series that Creality own, the other one being Ender Series. Meanwhile, the CR-10 3D printer itself is the first of this series line. The design of the CR series put build volume in mind, with results in the CR series having the largest build volume compared to the other Creality 3D printer.
When you decide to get your hand on the Creality CR-10 3D printer, it will come in a box in a disassembled state. Inside the box, you can find all the necessary tools to build and operate the 3D printer. There is also a user guide available to help you assemble and operate the 3D printer. Read also: Artillery Sidewinder X1 vs Creality Ender 3 Pro.
|Anet A8 3D Printer
|11.81 x 11.81 x 15.75 inches
|20 x 19.5 x 7 inches
The CR-10 also comes with two different color variants, blue and black, in case you want to match the color of the 3D printer with your room. When fully assembled, the CR-10 can be said as lightweight compared to its look, as the whole machine is only weight around 8.7 kg.
As previously mentioned, the CR series from Creality focus on the build volume of the 3D printer. This results in the CR-10 series 3D printer having a large build volume available for the printer use. To be exact, the build volume of the CR-10 3D printer is 300 x 300 x 400 mm or 11.8 x 11.8 x 15.7 inches. This allows Creality to enter the market of large 3D printing, which previously was limited from the small build volume the Ender series has.
Due to this however, there are some functions that need to be sacrificed, one of them being the printing speed. The printing speed of the CR-10 can be said as very slow, as the maximum printing speed of this 3D printer is under 100mm/s or 3.9 inch/s. While it might not impact the result of the printing, it will impact the duration of how long it needs to print a model.
With that being said, the CR-10 also has its own advantage other than having large build volume. For one, Creality chose to use glass as the material of CR-10 bed. This will ensure that the 3D printer bed will be 100 percent usable and flat to ensure good printing results. Creality also uses a high quality aluminum frame, which allows the 3D printer to last long.
Anet A8 3D Printer
Now, 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.
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. 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 CR-10 vs Anet A8 3D Printer
All in all, if you are looking for a new or to replace your previous 3D printer, I would suggest you get your hands on the Anet A8 3D printer instead. From the price being half of the Creality CR-10, which is 379.00 USD for Creality CR-10 and 169.00 USD for Anet A8, the Anet A8 also has the advantage of it having the same features that the Creality CR-10 has. Unless you plan to print something large that requires it to be printed at once, then it is much better to use the Anet A8 instead. The slow printing speed that CR-10 has also becomes the downfall of this 3D printer, when compared to the 120mm/s printing speed of A8 3D printer.