Anet A6 vs Anet A8: Which 3D Printer is Better?

Not so many years ago, the idea of having a 3D printer in your home would have been a luxury. As with most modern technology, prices soon start to drop and now it is perfectly reasonable to have one in your home. 3D printers open the door to a world of creativity. Today, we will be going over the features and specifics of the Anet A6 vs Anet A8. There will be quite a few technical numbers, so we will put all of the information in a comparison chart.

Let’s start by taking a closer look at how the Anet A6 and the Anet A8 are similar.

Anet A6 vs Anet A8

Anet A6 vs Anet A8 – Similarities

Controls

The Anet A6 and the Anet A8 have LCD screens. With these screens, you can see the status of your printing and make slight adjustments, even during the printing process. There is a slight difference in the controls in that the A6 has a turn knob while the A8 has a keypad.

Operating Systems and Software

Both the Anet 3D printers can be used with Windows XP, 7, 8, 9, and 10, Mac, and Linux. The software included is Cura.

Nozzle

The nozzle functions with the single color filament. They have a diameter of 0.4mm, which will help with the intricate details of your printing. The temperature of the nozzles ranges from room temperature to 260 degrees C.

Layer Thickness

If you are new to 3D printing, the layer thickness is the thickness of the filament in each layer of printing. To add to the Anet A6 and Anet A8’s ability to capture detail, the layer thickness is as little as 0.1mm, and a material diameter of 1.75mm.

Accessories

You will receive the same accessories when you buy either the Anet A6 or the Anet A8. They come with an SD card that contains the installation instructions, a card reader, 4 hex wrenches, an open spanner, a nipper, a screwdriver, one filament of 10m, and an Aibecy cleaning cloth.

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Size
20.1 x 13.6 x 8.5 inches
18.9 x 15.7 x 7.1 inches
Weight
19.3lbs
18.3lbs
Materials
ABS, plastic, wood nylon, PVA, pp, and luminescent
ABS, plastic, TPV, wood nylon, PVA, pp, and luminescent
Maximum Printing Size
220 x 220 x 240mm
220 x 220 x 250mm
Material Diameter
1.75mm
1.75mm
Nozzle Diameter
0.4mm
0.4mm
Nozzle Temperature
Room Temperature to 260 degrees
Room Temperature to 260 degrees
XY Accuracy
0.015mm
0.012mm
Z Accuracy
0.005mm
0.004mm
Print Speed
10-120mm
10-150mm
Software
Cura
Cura
Operating Systems
Windows, Linux, Mac
Windows, Linux, Mac
Accessories
SD card with installation instructions, card reader, 4 hex wrenches, nipper, screwdriver, 10m filament, aibecy cleaning cloth
SD card with installation instructions, card reader, 4 hex wrenches, nipper, screwdriver, 10m filament, aibecy cleaning cloth
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Auto Levelling Anet A8 with Included Filament - Prusa i3 DIY 3D Printer w/Self Levelling Sensor
Size
20.1 x 13.6 x 8.5 inches
Weight
19.3lbs
Materials
ABS, plastic, wood nylon, PVA, pp, and luminescent
Maximum Printing Size
220 x 220 x 240mm
Material Diameter
1.75mm
Nozzle Diameter
0.4mm
Nozzle Temperature
Room Temperature to 260 degrees
XY Accuracy
0.015mm
Z Accuracy
0.005mm
Print Speed
10-120mm
Software
Cura
Operating Systems
Windows, Linux, Mac
Accessories
SD card with installation instructions, card reader, 4 hex wrenches, nipper, screwdriver, 10m filament, aibecy cleaning cloth
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Anet A6 3D Printer Kit - Upgraded Prusa i3 Variant
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Anet A6 3D Printer Kit - Upgraded Prusa i3 Variant
Size
18.9 x 15.7 x 7.1 inches
Weight
18.3lbs
Materials
ABS, plastic, TPV, wood nylon, PVA, pp, and luminescent
Maximum Printing Size
220 x 220 x 250mm
Material Diameter
1.75mm
Nozzle Diameter
0.4mm
Nozzle Temperature
Room Temperature to 260 degrees
XY Accuracy
0.012mm
Z Accuracy
0.004mm
Print Speed
10-150mm
Software
Cura
Operating Systems
Windows, Linux, Mac
Accessories
SD card with installation instructions, card reader, 4 hex wrenches, nipper, screwdriver, 10m filament, aibecy cleaning cloth
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So, now let’s go over how the Anet A6 and the Anet A8 are different.

Differences Between Anet A6 and Anet A8

Appearance

Anet A8

You will recognize a 3D printer at first sight. The best way to describe them is metal bars with the printer component (similar to a normal printer) running along the bars.

Anet A6

It is considered the big sister/brother of the Anet A8 and therefore it is slightly larger. The assembled dimensions are 18.9 x 15.7 x 7.1 inches. It weighs 18.3 pounds. The maximum printer size is 220 x 220 x 250mm.

Anet A8

The dimensions are very similar at 20.1 x 13.6 x 8.5 inches. It weighs a bit more at 19.31 pounds. The maximum printing size is a tiny bit smaller at 220 x 220 x 240mm.

The Winner Is- The Anet A6

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Material to Use

Anet A8 review

One might assume that a 3D printer will only print using plastic, especially printers within this price range.

Anet 6

You can use ABS, plastic, TPV, wood, nylon, PVA, pp, and luminescent. This is a great range of materials.

 Anet 8

You will be able to use the same variety of materials with the exception of the TPV.

The Winner Is- The Anet A6

Accuracy

Anet A6 parts

So, from your computer, you have sent the image you wanted to be printed to the 3D printer. The question is, is it going to print the same as you, and the computer had imagined. This boils down to the accuracy of the axises. Looking straight on to the 3D printer, the X-axis is the width the Y-axis is the depth, and the Z-axis is the heigh.

Anet A6

The accuracy is truly quite incredible. The XY axis has an accuracy of 0.012mm. The Z-axis has an accuracy of 0.004mm.

Anet A8

The XY axis has an accuracy of 0.015mm and a Z-axis accuracy of 0.005mm. Although less than the Anet A6, it is still very impressive.

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Printer Speed

Anet A8 Comparison

It is not always about the speed of a printer. While we don’t want to have to wait forever, a 3D printer that goes too fast will become less accurate.

Anet A6

This has a printing speed of between 10-150mm per second.

Anet A6

The precise speed has been difficlt to nail down. Some product information has said a maximum speed of 100mm per second, others have said between 10mm and 120mm per second.

The Winner Is- A Tie

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Pros and Cons

The following section is dedicated to the pros and cons of the Anet A6 and the Anet A8

Anet A6

Anet A6 Comparison

Pros:

  • Amazing value for money
  • The LCD display has been improved and it is easier to use
  • Excellent resolution and print quality

Cons:

  • There is no power switch, it must be unplugged to turn it off

Anet A8

Anet A8

Pros:

  • This is an ideal entry-level 3D printer
  • The assembly is not too difficult
  • Good construction on all of the moving parts

Cons:

  • It is quite noisy

The Final Verdict

Both the Anet A6 and the Anet A8 are excellent value for money. They work extremely well and very accurate 3D printing. Neither will require a lot of follow up work to tidy up your projects. Although the Aent A6 is slightly more expensive, in this case, we decided that it was worth it. Anet has made various upgrades to A6’s LCD screen, the motherboard and the mainboard.

If you aren’t inclined to spend the extra money or you are just beginning in the world of 3D printing, you might be better off wth the Anet A8. For everybody else, the A6 will make a brilliant addition to your technology projects.


Last update on 2020-07-11 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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