I just got it from gearbest, 7 days shipping (DHL), just under $300 CAD all in. See my hot deals thread: gearbest-a8-desktop-3d-printer-kit-300-cad-all-2055184/
This seems to be the cheapest decent specs 3D printer available, so sure will be popular with people new to 3D printing like myself. Hence the need to have a discussion thread here where we could exchange tips and tricks about the printer.Important features:
- Heated bed (allows for printing many kinds of plastics, not just PLA: ABS, Nylon PVA / PP etc.)
- Large printing volume (much larger than other cheap printers like Mini from MonoPrice): 220 x 220 x 240mm
- Open Source software and hardware (meaning lots of support online).
To be verified features (from GearBest FAQs):
Help resources:Upgrades and improvements:Youtube resources:Alternative firmware:
- (?) seems to have Pause and Stop features;
It looks like SkyNet v2
(open source Arduino code) is significantly better than the stock firmware on this printer, at least for the two following reasons:
- It supports auto-leveling . (One needs to install a proximity sensor for this to work)
- It has advanced thermal protection code (for cases when the hot end thermistor falls off; this has caused fire in the past, due to thermal runaway).
I think I'll switch to SkyNet v2 right away.
I just tested all electronics in my kit - everything works well. It's time to start assembling the mechanics...