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A8 3D Printer Reprap Prusa i3 DIY Kit

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Recently bought this for under $150 on Gearbest... It's a great printer for that price, not for $250 though.
Currently $220 on amazon with free 2 day shipping.
I don't have lengthy explanation, but a similar printer can be had for 160 bucks on gearbest. That being said, I would heavily advise against getting an acrylic frame printer, especially one like this. The assembly is very odd, it feels very hobbled together. If you're already spending almost 300 bucks on a 3D printer, you can do better. Do not get this unless you plan on rebuilding the frame, and you love wasting money.
Ok massdrop isn't even trying anymore... I got this printer in aust for 220. That's 173 USD! Complete ripoff if they are selling it for that price. Also ethanskneethans I have no idea how you got 8 hours plus to make it, I'm not an experienced person by any means but it took me a little less than 5 hours to build this. Also why does everyone hate the power supply? Honestly it's fine, just upgrade the wires going from it to the mainboard and heat bed and you're fine.
I said this the last time this drop came up: This printer is not worth the price they want! Unless it comes pre-assembled, with an upgraded (safe) power supply, tested, calibrated, dual fire extinguishers in SLI, and an OnStar-like service for when it catches on fire.
Seriously though, you can find these listed on Craigslist or Ebay, pre-assembled and tested, for not much more than this $250 asking price. The biggest pain with these printers is that they take a long time (I mean like 8+ hours) to assemble for experienced tinkerers. On top of that, there have been serious, legitimate cases of the stock power supplies catching on fire.
These printers do have some decent upgradeability though, so I would only consider one of these if you like building complex machines and investing time and more money into making it better/safer before you will be able to print much at a high quality. It has a decent community on Facebook, but most 3D printing enthusiast groups just label it as a fire hazard.
For somewhere around $5-600 usd you can buy the printer that this is cloned from, the Prusa I3 with all tested components, a warranty (the A8 has no warranty), and all of the same upgradability and more.
I feel bad for the people who haven't learned to do that.
ethanskneethans
Took me 4 hours and I'm nowhere near an experienced tinkerer. I got this one somewhere else for 150 euros. No fire issues so far. There should only ever be a small chance if you print with filaments that need a high bed temperature. I only print with PLA so my bed is always at a temperature of 50 C max.
@Alchemyfire I bought an E-Element mechanical keyboard on Massdrop, haven't had it for a year and it's starting to act up. Some keys register half of the time, or even less. It sucks. Besides with tax and all included Massdrop isn't all that cheap for me in the Netherlands.
If anybody actually wants this fire hazard, it's $240 (with filament, which this does not have) on Amazon with prime shipping, or around $160 directly from the Chinese distributor (gearbest). That being said, please steer clear of this one, you can get better, safer printers for $250
Enjoy this photo of one user's A8. Sorry about the lighting. The power was out.
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RoboErectus
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RoboErectus
On the bright side, you can totally reuse those linear rods!
Are there really ten people out there who've committed to buy this at this price? If any of you are reading this, can you explain why you'd do that when it's available for nearly $100 cheaper elsewhere?
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maker select v2 is 219$ on monoprice right now. crushing this deal.
The problem is that this IS the same thing being sold on gearbeat banggood and ebay. Massdrop isnt getting some magical high quality version, it’s trhe same damn thing and they’re marking it up 60% for no added value. They did this with Apple TV a few years ago and were charging Not only more than if you went to any retail store and bought it but more than Apple’s set pricing(which btw is against their reseller policy, that’s why whatever reputable store you go to you’ll never pay more than what Apple charges) sometimes you can find good deals, but here few and far between. Save you money, and get it a lot sooner by purchasing it else where.
Way over priced. Under 200 bucks on Gearbest right now.
Karlm770
Yup, bought it there a few days ago
Massdrop - Why do you not reply to any of the comments that are directed at you or in regards to the products price. I enjoy browsing your website, however I (and most other users) browse other websites and due to your poor customer service / shipping times am willing to spend a couple of extra (and sometimes even less) dollars with a company that values me as a customer.
I actually really LOL when I saw the price, thanks MD for the laughs.
Yet another overpriced Massdrop "discount"
http://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-printer-kits/pp_337314.html
Move along, they aren't going to change their business model (screwing folks over).
smoothy
Wow, that's not even close.
I'm interested in getting a 3Dprinter. And, while I appreciate the links in the comments, what printers do y'all have or recommend? I want something really accurate for less than $250. I expect build area similar to this one, though. Please only put a link if you have experience with that seller and product! Thanks!
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hey, I just wanted to make sure that you were aware that all of the more popular sub-$300 printers have decent communities where people will list their upgrades. And I wouldn't want you to expect any of these printers to be perfect without upgrades. Buying cheaper printers (which is exactly what I did) can give you a great base to build and improve on for cheaper than outright buying a more expensive printer with more features. You do, however, incur the liability of making sure everything is working properly.
I bought a FLsun detla mini for like $200 and nothing went smoothly. It was missing the stepper motor drivers and took like 3 more weeks to get them. Almost none of the firmware settings were correct for the printer so I had to re-measure tons of the parts and math out the correct values for some of the settings. Still have occasional issues with larger prints, but smallers ones are nearly perfect and this thing prints SO fast! All of the headaches aside, I learned soooooo much about how the printer works and about the firmware that expanding the print volume in the future will be much easier. Side note: the instructions that come with these chinese clones are beyond horrible. If you do buy a kit, find youtube videos or instructable.com walkthroughs or something before you buy. It will expedite your build and alleviate a ton of headache later.
Hope this helps!
ethanskneethans
Thanks! Sorry, I just read your comment, and I should have followed up. I purchased a TEVO Tarantula in the first week of June, and I have been really having fun with my printer all summer long. I haven't had many issues yet, and my coworkers at my summer job keep paying me to print all this stuff, so I am about to make some upgrades by printing all new angle brackets to reinforce the frame, add in some lighting, and sleeve all my cables. Thanks for the tips anyways. I am super happy with what I got, but for my next printer, I would like some more features, like a full-metal hot end.
I RECOMMEND THE TEVO TARANTULA OVER THIS ONE MAINLY BECAUSE THE A8 USES ACRYLIC FRAME COMPARED TO TO TEVO USING A METAL FRAME, AND THE TEVO PRINTS BETTER IN QUALITY!
https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/2016-Newest-TEVO-Tarantula-I3Aluminium-Extrusion-3D-Printer-kit-printer-3d-printing-2-Rolls-Filament-8GB/2010004_32596996503.html
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that caps lock tho
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Acrylic frame is also a lot cheaper than a metal frame allowing it to be much cheaper overall (comparing to the gearbest price of a8 vs the ali price of that printer) for an entry level 3d printer
Cambo
I PREFER METAL FRAME EVEN FOR A HIGHER PRICE IN THE LONG RUN!
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I'm just gonna leave this here for price comparison http://www.ebay.com/itm/DIY-high-precision-3D-Level-Kossel-Delta-Rostock-one-Extruder-3D-Printer-A-/272667951073?hash=item3f7c46bfe1:g:vg8AAOSwaeRZFQEv but this one has a different controller board but it is probably still an atmega2560 based board like almost every 3d printer.
yeah pretty sure that this printer is $160ish
Don't buy it guys. You can easily find it for less than $200 + free shipping with a simple google search. It actually appears someone at massdrop may have typed 2 instead of 1 in front of the price.
Get the Monoprice MPkni, 30 cheaper and already assembled and ready to ship.
I wonder why did MD bring back such a terrible "deal"? Not only it can be had cheaper elsewhere (gearbest), it also needs multiple upgrades to be of any use!
This can be had cheaper just about anywhere else, even amazon https://www.amazon.com/Anet-A8-Prusa-Printer-Prints/dp/B01GBNEDK2
I bought one on eBay last summer for $185. You can do better Massdrop.
Did anyone else get theirs with no guide or parts list?
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joelkg
Guide, part list & software come in the MicroSD card.
tag605
True, but there still not the best instructions.
It's been said already, but I'll add, this isn't much of a "deal." Amazon has it for $4 more, those $4 buys me the option to return the device if it turns out to be a hunk of junk.
Also, it's ACRYLIC, which is not known in the 3D printing community for stability. $250 for the steel frame, and I would be there.
GungHo-in-Tx
That's still way overpriced. I paid under $200 for mine, they're typically around $175 on eBay/Gearbest.
This is a fire hazard out of the box and should not be sold anywhere or bought by anyone that is expecting a workable kit.
The electronics board connectors are not properly rated for the current.
Frequently this kit comes with screws that aren't threaded.
One of the latest batches swapped polarity on the silkscreen of the electronics board, so it will fry at your first power on. At least it's dead right away instead of catching on fire.
The belts are so bad that you can actually spend $1.50 and get better belts. That's right, the kit is so cheap that a $1.50 set of belts are an upgrade.
The frame is made of a material that is unsuitable for the temperatures and pressures it experiences in regular use.
There are some good reviews on it. Some people win the lottery and after a significant amount of tweaking (and spending a lot more money) they can get ok prints out of it. Most don't really know any better or don't care that their prints are garbage.
I don't even care that it's almost double price. Nobody is here to save money. The safety and quality here are inexcusable.
Wtf are you guys even thinking with this? This isn't hypothetical, I kinda want an answer.
RoboErectus
Thank you. It's a great help.
Only point of contention is I'm only here, Massdrop, to save money. ;)
m8oman
Well you're actually losing money on this deal, so the "only point of contention" isn't valid. The most expensive place you can buy this is actually right here, it is literally cheaper everywhere else.
WTF is up with this price? Not even close to a deal. Currently available on Gearbest for $163 http://www.gearbest.com/3d-printers-3d-printer-kits/pp_337314.html
Normal price is around $200 or less, usually closer to $180
Really good printer, but very long to assemble and some parts may have problems. You can found it much cheaper on gearbest (150€ right now)
Can this make prints with a smooth side? I want to print some small speaker boxes for small drivers. A smooth side is preferred. Thnx
m8oman
Most consumer-grade 3D printers will have visible layer-lines on their prints directly off the printer. That said, you can sand the print smooth or apply Bondo to it and sand that smooth.
Warning, I have owned this printer for about a year now. It's really nice, and for the price (I bought mine on eBay for less) you can not compare. However, the build takes a reallllllllllyyyyyy long time. It took me and a friend who are both post grad engineers about 10 hrs to assemble. After that it also took a decent amount of time to really nail the calibration.
For us, this was an awesome time though so don't be turned away from it. It's a blast doing the problem solving and finally getting a successful print. For Steve's fun Pro-Tips of the day. Start learning how to bed level on youtube now, Start with simple prints from thingiverse, get yourself some super tacky adhesive for the bed (hairspray, actual printer spray, tape), and start with PLA (It is way more forgiving).
As another note. I also did add a few mods and printed a bunch of improved parts. I think you will find yourself doing this with every printer.