Just taken delivery of your Anet A8 Printer…?
Not got a clue where to begin..?
Chances are, if you’ve decided to buy a 3D printer in kit form, you may already have a reasonable level of technical ability. Whether you do or not, Please be aware that these printers lack some of the safety features that you may be used to. The power supply cover that comes with the unit leaves a lot to be desired, so take great care while working with it, not to come into contact with the live wires. One of the first things you should do when you have completed the printer is to print out a better power supply cover, as that tiny little flap of plastic is probably not going to save you from the potentially lethal voltage that lurking beneath!
Pre-Testing Your New 3D Printer
It's worth following the video guide below before you go to the trouble of building your newly arrived 3D printer. Many Anet A8 suppliers will require the whole unit to be returned if faults are found with any of the equipment. A full visual inspection of all frame parts for damage and testing of the electronics beforehand is highly recommended to minimise hassle if you're unlucky enough to get a duff one!
Assembling your Anet A8 3D Printer
OK, so it all works as it should and the delivery service hasn't smashed any of the bits of plasticky goodness contained within. It's time to start putting it all together then.
The official Anet assembly videos are below. These videos were updated around June/July 2016 so if you've ended up with an older kit certain bits may not apply. The older build videos are further down the page. LINK VIDEOS
Newest Anet A8 Assembly Video - Part 1
Newest Anet A8 Assembly Video - Part 2
The above videos show the unit being built with the protective cover sheets left on the acrylic pieces. It is recommended to remove this before construction of the printer, as it's considerably more difficult to do so after. A Stanley/Exacto blade can helpful to lift the edges of the film, but fingernails work with a bit of perseverence.
Things to note.
If the electrical info in the videos above differs from what you see in front of you. i.e. The positive (+) and negative (-) markings are in different places on your mainboard. Always go with the markings on your equipment, rather than trying to copy what you see in the video. Getting these wrong will likely cause the magic smoke to escape from your equipment. Once the magic smoke has got out there's no easy way of getting it back in again.
Make sure you construct the frame with it sitting on a completely flat surface.
If you think you may need to move it around at a later date, mounting the base to a small plywood/MDF/etc panel can help prevent damage or knocking your printer out of alignment while doing so. LINKS TO MOUNTS
Make sure you secure the cables to the extruder carriage as the constant movement will eventually damage them. This also prevents the hotend from falling out and causing a fire should it come loose at any point.
The screws supplied for mounting the X-axis motor are commonly a couple of mm too long. These can either be trimmed/filed down to fit or you can just use some washers or spare nuts as spacers to allow a tight fit. PHOTO
Initial Setup, Setting of Z-Axis Limit Switch Positions and Heatbed Levelling and Test Print
Older Anet A8 Assembly Guide videos are included below for anyone who may need them.