Meet the New Anet E10 DIY 3D Printer Kit
Anet has just released its latest DIY 3D printer kit — the Anet E10. At a glance, the E10 looks very promising and shares a strong resemblance to the highly popular Creality CR-10 though it is not actually a copy of the CR-10.
The E10 is currently available for pre-order at GearBest for $367.87 shipped. For a limited time only, GearBest is offering a discount for the E10 with coupon code ANETE10. The discounted price is an amazing $289.99. Now that’s almost $100 off!
- Aluminum frame
- Dual Z axis lead rods and motors
- Build size: 220 x 270 x 300mm
- Technology: FDM
- Layer thickness: 0.1 – 0.4mm
- Extruder(s): 1
- Extruder drive: Bowden
- Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
- Filament diameter: 1.75mm
- Maximum nozzle temperature: 240C
- Maximum bed temperature: about 105C
- Print speed: 40 – 120mm/s
- LCD screen: Yes (12864 screen with rotary knob control)
- Console box houses LCD screen, PSU, mainboard and filament roll mount
- Includes X and Y axis belt tensioners
- Includes adhesive layer for hot bed
Now I’ll tell you why $290 is an amazing price for a printer like this. Firstly, it has a print volume of 220 x 270 x 300mm. Though not exactly matching the CR-10’s significantly larger 300 x 300 x 400mm volume, it is still larger than previous DIY Anets such as the A6, A8 and the newer A2. The Anet A2 Plus, for instance, has a print volume of 220 x 220 x 270mm and currently sells for $213 — only $77 cheaper than the E10.
Not only that, the E10 is simply a lot more superior than the A2 Plus or any other Anet DIY kits currently available. One negative point I can see on the E10 is that it doesn’t come with a full metal hot end although equipped with a Bowden extruder. Though this isn’t exactly a flaw, not having a full metal hot end means the E10 is not quite suitable for printing at temperatures above 240C. Official product photos aren’t very clear but it does look like the E10’s hot end does have a layer cooling fan — something that was left out on the A2.
Another weakness on the E10 is its power supply unit which, according to product pages, is rated at 240W. My guess is the E10 is using the same PSU as earlier DIY Anets. The PSU doesn’t come with a cooling fan and with only 240W, it has just enough power for the printer to operate. Adding any additional upgrades to the E10 that consumes power such as LED lights may stress the PSU close to its limits especially when printing at high nozzle and bed temperatures. This issue can be solved by simply upgrading to a PSU with a higher 360W power rating.
The Zhuolan PSU rated at 10A 360W is a good option that costs just $29 shipped. Although lacking a cooling fan, the E10’s 240W PSU is housed in the console box which has its own cooling fan so keeping the heat down might not be an issue after all.
One thing really neat about the E10 is its console box which houses the LCD screen, main board and PSU. It also has a mount for the filament holder. This approach is a lot more neat than previous Anets that have these components partially exposed. The box even has a power supply socket at the rear with switch — a mod that many A6 and A8 owners had to print for their PSUs. Another neat feature are the X and Y axis belt tensioners that come pre-built so you don’t have to print your own upgrades.
There isn’t any mention about a MOSFET for the heated bed so my guess is that it probably doesn’t come with one pre-installed. This means users will have to install their own MOSFETs. Having a MOSFET powering the heated bed is a must if you want to heat it up to high temperatures (above 60C) regularly. A heated bed without a MOSFET is a fire hazard and not only that, the printer’s main board can be damaged if the heated bed power is drawn directly from it.
Overall, the E10 is quite a significant improvement over past Anet DIY kits and best of all, it doesn’t cost significantly more. For these reasons, I’m sure it’s going to gain a large following soon as did the A6 and A8 that came before it.