A review of the Anet E10 3D Printer
The online 3D printing community was divided over whether Anet did the right thing in modeling their new printer after a machine that enjoys a cult following of sorts, which is a tad peculiar considering that clones are an accepted norm for 3D printers, especially the ones in the budget segment.
The controversy aside, Anet E10 looks like a promising device offering high precision prints. Let’s examine the different aspects of this new offering from Anet to understand how well it really works:
Unboxing the Anet E10 3D Printer
Since the Anet E10 is also a DIY 3D Printer Kit, the unboxing of the device becomes somewhat of an event in itself because what lies inside that box determines how much time you’d spend trying to put the whole thing together.
On the count, Anet gets its share of brownie points for they really know how to pack their devices securely.
The E10, unlike most DIY kits available in the market, comes mostly pre-assembled.
There are just three major pieces that need to be put together and a box of accessories for finishing touches.
Anet also seems to be taking note of the users’ grievance regarding a lack of assembly tools in its previous offering such as the Anet A8.
In the case of the E10, you get an all-inclusive set of tools, complete with side-cutters and putty knife.
Assembling the Anet E10
Assembling the E10 is a breeze, as the 3D printer is essentially pre-assembled. You begin by placing the Upper assembly on to the bed assembly, insert the 2 bottom bolts, and tighten it down.
Next comes connecting the wires, which is again fairly simple as everything is labeled well followed by inserting the hot-end and fastening it in the designated spot.
And finally, you get down to the last bit of inserting the Bowden tube – meant to carry the filament from the extruder all the way to the hot-end without any messy spills – into the now assembled printer.
That’s it, you are good to start printing with your Anet E10.
As with all Anet printers, the E10 also comes with an SD card that is pre-loaded with Repetier Host and Cura software, besides the typical samples of G-code files and STL.
If you have trouble following the instructions on the Anet E10’s written manual, you can always turn to the PDF files and instruction videos loaded in the SD card.
This SD card can later be slotted inside the E10 to support offline printing. With 16GB of memory, it has enough space to save a large number of files and designs for printing.
Anet E10 Specs and Features
The E10 boasts of some decent specs for an entry-level printer, with a modest build volume that saves space and an above-average print volume of 220x270x300 mm.
In terms of looks and appeal, the Anet E10 has a classy appeal and an easy-to-use vibe to it. Operating this printer is fairly simple, making it ideal for beginners.
The frame is made of aluminum alloys, fitted with a large screen with rotary knobs. These elements work well together to enhance the visual appeal of this printer.
A big highlight of the E10 is its long runtime, going up to 48 hours at a stretch. It runs on leads screw and high precision pulley, which makes the printer less noisy.
On the flip side, the E10 has been fitted with a Bowden extruder and lacks a full metal end, which means it cannot be used to print at temperatures above 240C.
You can, however, fix that by simply adding a higher PSU to the printer and take its temperature capacity to 360C at an additional cost of roughly $29.
Whether you’d want to invest in an additional accessory to enhance the performance of a 3D printer like the E10 when there is no dearth of options in terms of specifications and performance even in the budget segment is a personal choice.
For a lot of users, a model that comes with a larger PSU would be the way to go.
The Anet E10 also comes with a cooling fan that helps in keeping the temperatures in control whenever required as well as a separate console box.
It is a single extruder printer with a nozzle diameter of 0.4mm, which supports a material diameter of 1.75 mm and offers a layer thickness of 0.1-0.3 mm.
Anet E10 is a highly versatile device when it comes to compatibility with printing materials, operating systems as well as software support.
You may require a few tweaks when shifting from one print filament to another, but once you get a hang of these adjustments, the print results are exceptionally good with a high level of precision, thanks to its great extruder design with very little space between the assembly and gear.
The E10 can be used to print with PLA, PETG, Nylon PVA, Wood, PP, and Luminescent filament.
It is also compatible with all popular operating systems, including Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10, Linux, and Mac, and has multi-language support for Cura and Repetier-Host, both of which come pre-loaded in the SD card.
The one thing that works clearly in favor of the Anet E10 is its print quality. It is hands down, the best Anet printer so far as the quality of prints is concerned.
But what the E10 achieves in terms of print results, it fails to deliver vis-à-vis the build quality.
Some of the parts of the E10 3D printer, such as the Z motors, are wobbly and even arranged in the wrong direction, giving a sense that Anet released this into the market a tad too soon.
You the prime focus for you is the print result, and you can wrap your head around a few loose ends (quite literally) on the E10, it is definitely a device worthy of a shot.