3D Printer Coupons and Discounts at GearBest

GearBest is currently offering discount coupons for a couple of sub-$400 DIY 3D printers. This includes the recently released TronXY X3S which is a serious competitor to the highly popular Creality CR-10. Also included in the list are the Zonestar Z5F, Anet A8 and Ender 2 Mini. First, let’s begin with the TronXY X3S.

If you’re into 3D printing and looking for an affordable large capacity printer, there is a lot to be excited about the X3S. It was designed to compete against the CR-10 but is available at a much lower price point — $320 to be exact if you include the coupon code GBX3S. Now that’s about $171 less than the CR-10 for a printer that quite closely matches it on paper.

That’s not to say the CR-10 is an expensive printer. With the CR-10, you get a lot for just $491 but the X3S looks set to redefine the term “affordable” in the market of large capacity DIY 3D printers.

TronXY X3S
  • Normal price: $379
  • Discounted price: $320
  • Savings: $59
  • Coupon code: GBX3S
  • Print capacity: 300 x 300 x 400mm
  • Full metal frame with V-slot aluminum extrusions
  • MK10 Bowden extruder with MK8 nozzle
  • Full metal hot end
  • Dual rails for heated bed carriage
  • Adjustable leg height
  • Enclosed console box with power supply
  • 2004 LCD screen

The X3S is actually the updated version of the X3 which was released earlier this year. Although the X3 had CR-10 aspirations, it didn’t even come close to matching the CR-10. The first reason for this is its medium print capacity — 220 x 220 x 300mm which is about the same print capacity you get with most entry level Prusa i3 clones. Another reason is a serious flaw in the design of its Y-axis carriage which holds the heated bed. Early users of the X3 quickly found out that the carriage would wobble on the single V-slot aluminum extrusion even after it was properly assembled.

Although the TronXY user community quickly came up with a 3D-printed solution for this problem, it didn’t help any new X3 users who didn’t have a second 3D printer to print the upgrade. This meant the X3 could not print properly once fully assembled. With its V-slot aluminum extrusions, dual Z-axis lead rods, full metal hot end and Bowden extruder, the X3 looked like a promising printer but its critical flaw meant it was no threat to the CR-10 at all.

Realizing these issues, TronXY gave the new X3S dual V-slot extrusions for the heated bed which solve the wobbling problem. The X3S also comes with adjustable legs to keep it stable on uneven surfaces. The best part of it all is the larger print bed — 300 x 300 x 400mm which now puts the X3S on par with the CR-10 where print capacity is concerned. With that said, the X3S is a very good CR-10 alternative if you’re looking for something more affordable.

Click here for more details on the TronXY X3S.

Ender 2 Mini
  • Normal price: $202
  • Discounted price: $163
  • Savings: $39
  • Coupon code: ENDERC
  • Print capacity: 150 x 150 x 200mm
  • Automatic bed leveling with inductive sensor
  • MK10 Bowden extruder
  • Full metal frame with V-slot aluminum extrusions
  • Enclosed console box with power supply
  • OLED LCD screen with control dial

The Ender 2 Mini is a small capacity printer with heated bed that doesn’t take up a lot of space on your desk. It’s one of those small and compact models that’s great for users who don’t have much space to place their printers and want less clutter on their workspace. In fact, the Mini’s footprint measures no larger than the heated bed of an Anet A6. Even the filament spool is placed at the top to help reduce its footprint.

The Mini features a full aluminum frame with V-slot extrusions which offer better print accuracy and stability compared to T-slot extrusions and rollers. The most impressive feature on the Ender is its inductive bed leveling sensor which allows for automatic leveling of the heated bed. The Ender 2 Mini normally sells for $202 but with coupon code ENDERC it is available for just $163 shipped.

Click here for more details on the Ender 2 Mini.

Anet A8
  • Normal price: $166
  • Discounted price: $147
  • Savings: $19
  • Coupon code: GBA8EU
  • Print capacity: 220 x 220 x 240mm
  • Direct drive extruder
  • LM80UU linear bearings
  • Acrylic frame

The Anet A8 is a Prusa i3 clone that needs no introduction. It is a highly popular model that works great when set up properly. Best of all, it is very affordable costing less than $200. Now with coupon code GBA8EU, it is available for just $147 if you purchase it from GearBest’s EU warehouse. Now that’s a pretty good price for a 3D printer that has plenty of community support and a wide user base.

Due to its large user community, there are plenty of resources online on how to troubleshoot or upgrade the Anet A8. The A8 along with the A6 are probably some of the most widely supported DIY 3D printers on the market currently. If you’re a beginner and facing some technical issues with your A8, be rest assured that you’ll find some kind of solution or help for your problem online.

Click here for more details on the Anet A8.

Zonestar Z5F
  • Normal price: $274
  • Discounted price: $230
  • Savings: $44
  • Coupon code: 3DZ5F
  • Print capacity: 220 x 220 x 220mm
  • Automatic bed leveling with inductive sensor
  • MK3 heated bed
  • EM4(EM5) Bowden extruder
  • Full metal frame with V-slot aluminum extrusions
  • Large LCD screen with multi-language support

Like the Anet A8, the Zonestar Z5F is yet another Prusa i3 clone albeit with slightly better components and frame. Zonestar is a brand that is known to deliver DIY kits with better parts than entry-level brands such as Anet. The Z5F comes with a large LCD screen (20 char X 4 rows) which supports multiple languages compared to the smaller 2004 LCD screen on the A8 which supports only English. The aluminum frame with V-slot extrusions on the Z5F is very similar in design to the Tevo Tarantula which costs significantly more.

It also comes with a regulated power supply unit with its own cooling fan (The PSU on the Anet A8 and A6 do not feature cooling fans). The Z5F also features a better MK3 heated bed compared to the A8’s MK2 and an EM4(EM5) Bowden extruder. Best of all, with coupon code 3DZ5F, the Z5F is available for just $230. That’s only $70 more for a Prusa i3 clone with reasonably good parts, a full metal frame and comes 90% pre-assembled.

In fact, the Z5F is shipped with only 3 pre-built sections that just need to be screwed together to get the printer up and running. Assembling it would probably take less than 30 minutes. That’s certainly a lot faster than building other DIY kits which require 5 to 10 hours of building.

Click here for more details on the Zonestar Z5F.

Adrin Sham

Adrin Sham is a designer and photographer turned drone enthusiast. Since buying a drone for aerial photography some years ago, he has since developed a passion for UAVs and all things related.

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