While repairing my old 3d-printer I searched for some upgrades for it. One thing on my wish-list was a bigger printing volume - I soon realised that it's cheaper and easier to buy a new printer (a kit for self-assembly for under 190€). While ordering some parts on Gearbest I saw the Anet A2 Plus kit, did some research (finding out the flaws of the machine via Youtube and Thingiverse) and finally ordered it.
It arrived about one month later (shipped from China). One package with all the parts - neatly packaged in labelled bags for all the screws and nuts. I already knew that they do not include a paper manual - so I used the Youtube video for instructions till I realised that the Video is for the Anet A2 - not the A2 Plus - some instructions did not work (you have to start with the longest Aluminum profile, the heat-bed has the connector on the short side, the end stop for the x-axis is on the other side, the cables for the display are too short). The included SD-card had a PDF-Version of a very short manual that filled in the gaps (that also has some errors - some cables are too short, they will not fit if you follow the instructions, also the parts mentioned are not always correct, like the length of some screws). It took about 6 hours to assemble the printer - it would have been faster with a good manual, but it was not really a problem. I had to rewire the switch for the z-axis end stop - that was much too short.
The kit includes tools (hex wrenches, screwdrivers,...) - I did not use those.
Apart from levelling the build plate and tightening the belts I did not optimise the machine - worked fine from the first start. I use Repetier Host to make the Gcode. I tried Cura first, but the new Cura versions do not work well with this machine. There is room for improvement - I'll probably add a fan to cool the extruded material and a spool holder that sits on top of the machine. A custom printing profile could also improve the print quality (but the standard is good enough for now - the layer adhesion is excellent, only the retract setting is a bit off).
So far the results have been very good. The print quality of my Flashforge Creator is better, but I spent days to repair and tweak that machine - and it also did cost 6 times a much. The Anet A2 Plus is certainly good enough to print parts for fursuits, puppets and cosplay props. ( Photos of my first prints...Collapse )