ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test

ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test

ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test: test

Not so long ago I had the Anet A8 in my test workshop and many warnings that could burn cable connections, my kit obviously did not belong to the "fire dangerous". With some of his own improvements, he continues to work reliably on all his orders.

The new 3D printer test, the Anet E10: Many have criticized that this is "only" a cheap replica of the Creality CR-10 3D printer. For this I would like to anticipate that my test is not about the comparison of two 3D printers, but only the Anet E10 is reviewed. However, that does not exclude that the Creality CR-10 still does not find the way into my test workshop. Then a comparison of the 3D printer can take place.

It is obvious that both models have a lot in common, but just as many differences. Since I do not (yet) have both models available for testing, I do not want to comment on that for the time being.

Technical data and features of the Anet E10
Product Information:

Frame: aluminum profiles
Single nozzle 0.4 mm
Print bed: 220 x 270 x 300 mm heatable
Print from SD card possible
LCD display
Printing speed: 40 - 120 mm / s
Filament: ABS, PLA, HIPS... 1.75 mm
File formats: STL, G-code
Positioning accuracy: X- and Y-axis 0,015 mm, Z-axis 0,004 mm
Power supply: 110 V / 230 V.
Power consumption: 250 W
Comuter software: Cura (specified but flexible)

The delivery and assembly of the ANET E10 from Gearbest

The test printer was supplied by Gearbest.com, the well-known Chinese online shop. Thanks to a German site, no problems with customs and PayPal, shopping hardly differs from a German online retailer. Only from the German warranty right you have to say goodbye. Currently the Anet E10 is available for € 265.42.

Who has now surrendered to 3D printing, certainly knows the excited feeling when a new delivery is due. It happened to me and I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I opened the box. "Nothing to build?"

No, it is not much that needs to be built up. The ANET E10 just consists of two large parts that need to be connected together. Then add the extruder, plug in the cables and after about 30 minutes the printer should be ready for printing. Should!

Unfortunately, the assembly revealed a minor problem. According to the instructions and after the preassembled motors, the connections of the Z engines should point inwards under the bed. However, if connected, they would collide with the nuts to level the bed. A "technical novice" could be at this point in front of a problem and the 3D printer would be useless for him. That's not how it works!

However, if you do not sit in front of the first printer, you know that the steppers (stepper motors) have a square base and can be easily rotated by 90°. So loosen the screws and insert the motors so that the cable connections point to the rear. The planned 30 minutes should already be exceeded. But I'm not a freshman and I do not see a big problem in such things.

The support frame (H-shape made of aluminum) under the heating bed, which had already been warped, was not so positive (photo somewhat exaggerated for clarity). Although this does not affect the heating bed, as this can be aligned with the adjusting screws, but it is to be assumed that the bearings on which the print bed is guided, do not align.

Also unfavorable is the type of belt tension on the Y-axis, although it is considered positive that there is a belt tensioner. The belt is tensioned by means of a screw which pulls on one side at a second, which forms the axis of the bearing. Under tension, it is inevitable that the bearing axis (screw) is inclined and the bearing thus can no longer lead the belt clean. To install a belt tensioner is good, but the implementation is thoughtless.

In the next step, the well-labeled cables are connected and the ANET E10 can already be started. "What's this?" When you press the Home function, only the Z and Y axes move. The X-axis remains and instead the filament is conveyed. Here is probably the next problem. The labels of the X-axis and the extruder motor were reversed. Now a little more basic knowledge is needed to immediately recognize the mistake. However, the solution is quite simple with the replacement of the plug. The actually simple structure leaves but unfortunately a bland aftertaste.

Overall, it can be said that the base of the E10 really like. The frame is fast, stable and all guides run smoothly. If there were not these little mistakes. Mistakes that can put so many beginners before a big problem. Slightly experienced users simply twist the Y-axis engines, swap the connectors between the extruder and Z engines and everything is fine. A really bad light throws this only on the quality control of the manufacturer. The printer does not really get any worse, just needs a bit of attention.

A manual or not?

As already mentioned, the structure is quite simple and accordingly the assembly instructions are also missing. A small booklet with six pages, which explains the structure with colored pictures. The term "manual" would not be correct in this case, because the operation is not explained. However, the instructions are absolutely sufficient for the construction. Basically, the structure should even be possible without any instructions.

I have only used the manual to check the error of the misfiring engines. But unfortunately, the wrong seat is also shown here. The manual therefore leads to the error. Is this not checked at Anet? I suspect a subsequent design change or the replacement of any parts, which was not controlled.

As with the Anet A8, however, the printer also has a small memory card with additional information and required programs. There is also a colored assembly instructions, a video to build, tips to minimize errors in printing and, which I think is great, all the files to print the printed parts on the Anet E10 itself. Unfortunately, the A8 had shown that the quality did not really inspire. The E10 is much better and currently there is no need to make parts new and better.

Which is a pity, of course - all instructions are only available in English. On the other hand, you have a choice in the software to be used. Cura and Repetier Host can be found on the memory card. Since everyone has to find his own way and the network also provides other free software, it makes little sense to attach a correct user manual to the printer. He is ultimately served by the software used.

Overall, the simple assembly instructions and the files on the memory card are completely sufficient and useful.

Pressure of PLA is great, ABS will only be possible after conversion

I like the Anet E10. It is stable, has a large print bed and stands on rubber feet. The connection works with the already existing Repetier host immediately and with just a few clicks Benchy (has to print every time) is ready to give information about the print quality. For this I set all values ​​to "standard" (new installation) and started the first attempt with PLA. The selected temperatures corresponded exactly to the mean value of the filament data (heating bed 60° C and pressure temperature 195° C). The Anet E10 needs about 5.5 minutes to heat up, first heating the heating bed (3 minutes) and then the hotend (2.5 minutes). If both are switched on manually, the heating time will be shortened accordingly.

ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test: test

ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test: printer

ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test: printer

The first expression turned out surprisingly good to even very good. Without any adjustments, which are always necessary for 3D printing, the print result is absolutely impressive. Only the many threads (stringing) were noticeable. However, this could be remedied. According to the instructions, the hose of the Bowdenextruder remains rather long and is placed around the frame. However, the longer a Bowden cable is, the greater the inaccuracy, since the filament can move easily in the hose and can lay a minimal spiral. So it fits more filament into the tube than when pulled. These are the smallest deviations that adversely affect the filament flow. So the tube was cut to the smallest possible size and the threads were gone. With further tuning measures, the expression will certainly be even better, but for "Out of the Box", ie without any further adjustments, the result looks very good already after the first test.

ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test: test

ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test: printer

With the same settings and "Spiral Vase" (a perimeter as the outer wall, the printer prints in a spiral from bottom to top) was the second example with transparent filament. Again, I was thrilled. A great result, which made me almost forget the mistakes in the construction. Almost... Because I was brought back to the bottom of the facts at the next test. And while printing ABS.

Again, I took over the default settings and would probably still sitting in front of the printer today. Neither the temperature of the heating bed 110° C nor the pressure temperature of 240° C were reached. Even after a long wait, the display stopped at 211° C (Hotend) and 90° C bed.

ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test: printer

Well, the temperature of the heating bed is certainly owed to the missing pressure chamber, which proved a test with a provisional housing (thick ceiling). But 111° C at the Hotend are too few and the problem can not be easily avoided. The pressure of PLA is (so) unfortunately not possible.

On closer inspection, I was of the opinion to have found the error. With his finger held the fan at the Hotend and behold, the temperature rose quickly to the desired value. The fault lies with the fan, which distributes its air too generously and at the same time cools the hot end. Without rebuilding the cooling, no pressure is possible from ABS and other materials that require a pressure of more than 210° C. Too bad, another problem that did not have to be.

ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test: test

ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test: test

After a short search on thingiverse.com I found a fan bracket that should center the cooling and fix the problem. So download the program and print the new holder from PLA. If it works, it can later be reprinted from ABS. And it worked! With the new fan mount even temperatures of 250° C are easily possible at the Hotend.

Likewise, the belt tensioner has been reprinted, which ensures even tension and does not skew the roller.

Problems that do not have to be and their elimination

As already written, I like the Anet E10 3D printer in the test very well. If there were not the small defects that need to be eliminated. Actually, they should not even be called "little mistakes", because without their elimination, working with the E10 is not possible.

errorroot causedisposal
Table can not be moved all the way.
Adjustment screws abut the cable connection of the Z-motors.
Loosen the motors and turn them so that the connections point to the rear.
Hotend does not reach the desired temperature.
Fan bracket is poorly thought out and cools the hotend.
New fan mount from thingiverse.com.
Tension roller of the Y-axis is skewed and belt moves.
The tension of the roll is unilaterally tilted.
New belt tension from thingiverse.com.
X-axis motor does not move.
Designation of the connections of the motors X-axis and extruder were reversed.
Swap the plug on the motors.
Rattling when moving the Y-axis.
In some cases, not all screws were properly tightened.
Loosen the heating bed, slightly loosen all screws of the pedestals and tighten them crosswise, piece by piece.
Stringing (threads on the printout)
The long hose of the Bowdenextruder leaves the filament too much play. The material feed is thus inaccurate.
Move the extruder to the right and determine the maximum required length of the hose. Then shorten appropriately.

The table lists the errors that have come to my attention and the possibilities for elimination. It is good to see that some of them are gross errors, but they can be corrected just as easily.

Conclusion: Failed or a great printer?

ANET E10 - new 3D printer under test: anet

Rarely have I faced such a difficult decision to judge a test device. I am thrilled with the Anet E10 and at the same time disappointed that it only works after a few alterations. How do you judge such a 3D printer test?

If the E10 is seen from the eyes of a newcomer and you do not see it as a kit - after all, it is delivered pre-assembled - he must fail in this test. It can not print the way it is delivered because the bed can not be moved completely and the motor connections have been reversed. But even after the correction, ABS can not be printed without using a new fan bracket.

Assuming that fans of 3D printing are in most cases hobbyists who tweak their devices anyway and screw it on, the mentioned errors can be eliminated quite quickly and the Anet E10 convinced by a rapid printing with a very good quality, Now here is a fairly stable printer who performs his work to my satisfaction.

It's a pity the Anet E10 3D printer could perform really well in the test if the manufacturer made more effort. The above-mentioned deficiencies would have been avoidable (without great difficulty). Nevertheless, I do not want to disdain him completely and even give him my buy recommendation. Nevertheless, I expect a better quality check and a 3D printer that works according to the assembly instructions at a price of over € 200. Therefore, the rating is rather mediocre, although the Anet E10 was able to convince even very positive after small renovations.

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Video Board: Testing the new Anet E10 3D printer