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25 Must-Have Anet A6 Upgrades & Mods in 2018

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by Max von Übel
Jun 4, 2018

Want to pimp your Anet A6? Thanks to the growing Anet A6 community, here are the 25 best Anet A6 upgrades and mods to improve your 3D printing experience.

The update to the immensely popular Anet A8, the Anet A6 has also become player in the low-cost end of the consumer 3D printing market. The Chinese manufactured printer has become a popular starting point for makers and hobbyists on a budget. For under $200, you get a DIY kit that will teach you the ins and outs of FDM 3D printing, and if all goes according to the build plan, will provide you with decent 3D prints for the price point.

However, as with the A8, many people in the 3D printing community have raised valid concerns about the safety and overall print quality of the Anet A6. As you might assume, an extremely cheap 3D printer kit will come equipped with similarly cheap components, which could ultimately impact performance and usability in a negative way.

But no need to fear. There’s a good reason why many users consider this DIY 3D printer to be an adequate project 3D printer. There are a number of Anet A6 upgrades and mods that will slowly transform your budget DIY 3D printer into an impressive machine. Some of the Anet A6 upgrades and mods can be 3D printed right on the spot. While others can be purchased and mounted onto the 3D printer to improve certain aspects of the 3D printing experience.

In the following list, we’ve got the ultimate collection of Anet A6 upgrades and mods on both sides of the spectrum. From an entirely new metal frame to a simple 3D printable extruder button, your 3D printer will look like an entirely new machine by the time you’re through.

There the first section is about the best Anet A6 upgrades can buy, the second section is about the upgrades you can 3D print or do yourself.

Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods to Buy

There are a lot of Anet A6 upgrades and mods that you can 3D print on your own. But for some of the most important ones, you’ll need to purchased or salvaged them elsewhere. In this section, we’ll show you some must-have components that improve both safety and 3D printing quality.

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods MOSFET

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Anet A8/A6 upgrades - MOSFET

What is this Anet A6 upgrade?  The addition of a MOSFET is one of the most important Anet A6 upgrades you can buy. Across growing Anet A6-related communities on the internet, some of the biggest concerns about this 3D printer are related to fire safety. This is why many users deem the MOSFET to be the essential upgrade for this DIY 3D printer.

The MOSFET will will help prevent the motherboard from potentially overheating and taking on too much pressure. This Anet A6 upgrade is said to reduce fire risk, and also provide better voltage to the motors.

The most common use of the MOSFET with the Anet A6 3D printer is to regulate the high workload that the heated bed places upon the mainboard. The high current of the hot bed can lead to stress for the mainboard connectors, and increases the possibility of a fire hazard or hardware malfunction.

Learn more: Anet A8 MOSFET Upgrade - Does It Help and How to Do It

Adding a MOSFET is especially important if you 3D print with ABS, as this filament generally requires high bed and extrusion temperatures. But even if you’re sticking to low-temperature 3D printing materials like PLA, it’s wise to ensure that your heated bed isn’t overpowering your motherboard.

Aside from the safety benefits, the MOSFET also allows users to apply a second power supply unit (PSU), which will drastically reduce the time it takes your heated bed to reach its set temperature.

Some users even take it a step further by using two, one for the heated bed and another for the extruder. Priced anywhere from $5-10 a piece, it’s difficult to argue that the MOSFET isn’t a worthwhile Anet A6 upgrade.

Properly assembling the MOSFET does require a bit of hands-on tinkering, but there are a number of resources on YouTube that can help you get started. We plan on installing this Anet A6 upgrade to our own 3D printer kit in the near future, and we’ll be sure to share our firsthand experience with fellow readers.

Once you have your MOSFET, you can even 3D print a holder that will enable you to safely mount it onto your 3D printer.

Where can I buy this Anet A6 upgrade? 

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Power Switch

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Anet A8/A6 Upgrades - Power Switch

What is this Anet A6 upgrade? This might seem like a simple addition to the Anet A6, but a power switch should be welcomed by 3D printer users with open arms. Believe it or not, the stock Anet A6 kit doesn’t have an actual power switch. You have to plug and unplug the 3D printer to control the power, which is not only an annoyance but also slightly dangerous.

This Anet A6 upgrade might not affect the way your 3D printer works, but convenience and usability can go a long way for 3D printer users, especially those with cheap DIY kits.

Where can I buy this Anet A6 upgrade? 

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URBEST Power Socket/Switch

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Fiber-Glass Reinforced Belts

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Anet A8/A6 Upgrades - Fiber-Glass Reinforced Belts

What is this Anet A6 upgrade? Another Anet A6 upgrade that is highly regarded by the 3D printing community is higher-performance belts, particularly the fiber-glass reinforced belts. Many Anet A6 users feel that the stock belts are cheap and easily stretchable, which of course has a direct impact on your 3D print quality.

There are a couple of reasons why fiber-glass reinforced belts are a good alternative. First and foremost, these enhanced belts are quieter and easier on your 3D printer motors. This Anet A6 upgrade will also provide better smoothness and accuracy of positioning.

Another factor is that, once you cut the stock belts to install on the X-axis and Y-axis, they are usually too short to use with a tensioner. As you’ll find further down our list of Anet A6 upgrades and mods, 3D printable X and Y-axis tensioners will improve the state of your 3D printer. But to really optimize the way your Anet A6 operates, fiber-glass reinforced belts are a must-have upgrade.

Where can I buy this Anet A6 upgrade? 

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6mm GT2 RF Fiber-Glass Reinforced Belts

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Igus DryLin Bearings

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Anet A8/A6 Upgrades - Igus DryLin Bearings

What is this Anet A6 upgrade? If your idea of an Anet A6 upgrade is one the will reduce the sound of the relatively noisy stock DIY kit, you need to get your hands on some Igus DryLin bearings.

By replacing the stock metal linear bearings with the DryLin alternatives, your Anet A6 will become silent and smooth. These upgraded bearings also don’t rust and are self-lubricating, making them even smoother as time goes on.

You can find a pack of seven Igus DryLin bearings for under $15, a low cost for such an impactful upgrade.

Where can I buy this Anet A6 upgrade? 

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Igus DryLin Bearings

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Glass Bed

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Anet A8/A6 Upgrades - Glass Bed

What is this Anet A6 upgrade? Another area of the stock Anet A6 3D printer that can easily be improved upon is the print area. By installing a glass bed onto your Anet A6, you’ll gain a vast range of benefits. This includes higher adhesive power, making 3D printed parts easier to separate while cooling.

A glass bed will also offer a longer lifespan. If you opt for tempered silicon glass over normal sheet glass, you’ll be able to consistently reach higher temperatures without worrying about cracking your new bed.

Where can I buy this Anet A6 upgrade? 

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Power Supply Upgrade

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Anet A8 Upgrades - Power Supply Upgrade

What is this Anet A6 upgrade? Some users feel that the stock power supply unit (PSU) that comes with the Anet A6 is both undersized and underpowered. Luckily, you can upgrade this crucial component with improved alternatives.

However, other users feel that the PSU that comes with the Anet A6 is good enough, and opt to simply 3D print or purchase a mountable fan and attach a fused socket (power switch). While a new PSU isn’t a necessity to improve your 3D printer kit, a higher quality unit will offer a bit more safety and has less chance of breaking down.

There are a few options when it comes to finding a better PSU for this 3D printer. One popular choice seems to be the eTopxizu 30amp power supply, but it’s worth doing your own research to see whether you want to add a new PSU or not. You can learn more by searching through forums like Thingiverse and the 3D printing subreddit r/3Dprinting.

Where can I buy this Anet A6 upgrade? 

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eTopxizu 30amp Power Supply Upgrade

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Auto-level Sensor

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Anet A8/A6 Upgrades - Auto-Level

What is this Anet A6 upgrade?  Any 3D printer user that has had to manually calibrate their machine knows how convenient an auto-level sensor is. Manual calibration can take a long time, and even after you’re finished, the slightest imbalance can cause immense frustration among other assorted 3D printing issues.

So why not make life easier with an auto-level sensor for your Anet A6 kit. You can find this Anet A6 upgrade for around or less than $10, and once installed, you’ll save enough time that makes the small investment undoubtedly worth it.

There are a few factors to consider when shopping for an auto-level sensor. Some, like the BL Touch, are more expensive than other options, but are superior to inductive sensors when utilizing a glass bed. If you still have the stock Anet A6 print bed, than a cheaper sensor might actually work better.

Needless to say, this is one of the Anet A6 upgrades that demands research and other considerations, such as your bed setup, your budget, and your experience with modifying 3D printers.

Where can I buy this Anet A6 upgrade? 

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods E3D Titan Extruder

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Anet A8/A6 Upgrades - E3D Titan Extruder

What is this Anet A6 upgrade? If you’re willing to invest some extra money into making your Anet A6 3D printer is good as possible, one of the first Anet A6 upgrades you should look into is the Titan extruder. Originally made by the UK 3D printing accessories producer E3D, this popular extruder setup is perfect for those who want to go beyond 3D printing with basic materials like PLA.

The E3D Titan extruder reduces the risk of material clogging, but that’s not all that this lightweight setup can offer. According to E3D, the Titan extruder includes custom machined teeth on the hobbed gearing, which improves filament group. The lightweight nature of this kit also provides more torque and higher resolution to the print quality.

All in all, Anet A6 users who wish to print with materials that require high-temperatures will have to tinker a bit. But the Titan extruder is the perfect place to start. If you’re on a budget, you can even opt for a clone extruder rather than E3D’s original.

Where can I buy this Anet A6 upgrade? 

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods E3D v6 Hotend

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Anet A8/A6 Upgrades- E3D v6 Hotend

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? In addition to upgrading your Anet A6 with the Titan Extruder, the E3D v6 hotend is another worthwhile way to improve this DIY kit. This all-metal hotend will grant more reliable high-temperature 3D printing, and will also reduce stringiness and clogging.

Another great thing about the v6 is that it’s fully customizable and compatible with the rest of the E3D ecosystem. This Anet A6 upgrade makes a perfect pair with the Titan Extruder.

Interestingly enough, you can find a clone E3D V6 for much less, but it’s debatable how this replica will perform in comparison to the original hotend. Regardless of which route you choose, the V6 hotend is a must-have Anet A6 upgrade that will take your 3D printer kit to the next level.

Who made this? E3D Online

Where can I buy this Anet A6 upgrade? 

Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods to 3D Print or DIY

So, now you have your Anet A6 upgraded with a few components and accessories purchased from online retailers or the local hardware shop. However, you can also your very own 3D printer to create parts that will improve your 3D printing experience.

You can find an endless amount of 3D printable Anet A6 upgrades and mods on platforms like Thingiverse or MyMiniFactory. Here are some of our favorites Anet A6 upgrades to 3D print.

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Extruder Button

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Anet A6 Upgrades - Extruder Button

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? Perhaps the most basic Anet A6 upgrade on our entire list, the extruder button is an easy way to increase the comfort of the user. Don’t be fooled, once you start pressing down the stock extruder’s screw, you’ll soon realize how helpful a 3D printed button would be.

You can 3D print the extruder button at 100% infill in just a few moments. Once you mount this Anet A6 upgrade onto the extruder, your calloused fingers will most certainly thank you.

Who made this? Eloma33

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Thumbwheel Upgrade

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Anet A8/A6 Upgrades - Thumbwheel Upgrade

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? The stock screws on the Anet are small and sometimes just flat out difficult to adjust. This makes it even more frustrating when it comes to achieving that perfect bed level. Using these 3D printable thumbwheels will make fine adjustments easier, and will also keep your fingers more protected.

This 3D printable Anet A6 upgrade screws right into the stock print bed, so you will not need any other components to succeed here. Some kind of automatic bed level sensor is obviously preferable to manual thumbscrew twisting, but those of us that don’t have an auto-leveling sensor can settle for this quick 3D printable fix.

Who made this? Area51

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods X-Belt Tensioner

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Anet A6 Upgrades - X-Belt Tensioner

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? It’s great when certain Anet A6 upgrades and mods are designed to work well with others. These 3D printable X-belt tensioners are designed to seamlessly screw into the X carriage in the last point. Having the correct belt tension is an integral part of the FDM 3D printing process.

The belt tension will ultimately prevent your layers from shifting and keep those tolerances super tight. These belt tensioners allow you to better adjust and maintain the right tension of the belts.

Who made this? Rodribanez

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Y-Belt Tensioner

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Anet A6 Upgrades - Y-Belt Tensioner

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? Similarly to the X-axis Tensioner featured on this list, this Y-Belt Tensioner will help keep your belts tightened and your DIY 3D printer kit in peak condition. Aside from the 3D printed parts, you’ll also need five M3 screws and bolts to mount this Anet A6 upgrade to your 3D printer.

Who made this? Area51

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Bowden Extruder Mount

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Anet A6 Upgrades - Bowden Extruder Mount

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? This is a great Anet A6 upgrade if you want to speed up your printer. The best way to achieve that is to transform your stock extruder into a Bowden setup.

This 3D printable Bowden setup snaps right to the stock frame and reuses the stock extruder and motor setup. This mount will make your X carriage lighter, helping to push your printer a little faster and increasing accuracy. Bowden extruders are generally found on Delta-style 3D printers and weigh less than direct extruders. While they are said to be more complex, lightweight Bowden setup could result in more accurate prints at higher speeds.

Who made this? MakerMaveric

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Frame Brace

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Anet A6 Upgrades - Frame Brace

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? Another common issue that Anet A6 users generally discuss is the stability of the frame. By 3D printing your own frame brace, you can ensure smoother 3D printing that has less z-wobble.

With this brace, however, you can keep the 3D printer’s frame in a stable and properly assembled condition. In turn, you’ll notice the vast improvement in 3D printing quality once this Anet A6 upgrade is on your 3D printer.

Who made this? Star_Rider

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods X-Axis Endstop

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Anet A6 Upgrades - X-Axis Endstop

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? Truth be told, the Anet A6 has issues with print quality due to Z-wobble. Another fix has been designed by jgbbob8. He switched the endstop from the center carriage to the left side bracket. This way, there are also fewer moving wires. So, your 3D printer will be neat and tidy. The weight saved with this Anet A6 upgrade means the 3D printer works more accurately.

Who made this? jgbbob8

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Evolution Cube Frame

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What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? A common topic of discussion among Anet A6 users is the stability of the frame. If you find that your 3D prints suffer from too much Z-wobble you may want to think about counter measures. Although there are some simple fixes to the problem, why not turn the A6 into a 3D printer with spectacular properties?

This comprehensive Anet A6 upgrade takes some of its inspiration from projects like the HyperCube Evolution. You basically enclose the 3D printer into a stiff, strong frame which will then result in superior print quality. The clamps and joints are 3D printed, and the metal parts can be bought on the usual platforms.

Who made this? jgbbob8

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Circular Fan Duct

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Anet A6 Upgrades - Circular Fan Duct

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? When 3D printing with certain materials, a nozzle fan helps to cool freshly extruded plastic and keep the 3D print in tip-top quality. In its stock format, the Anet A6 doesn’t include one of these fans, but they can easily be 3D printed.

There are a plethora of duct fans available on Thingiverse for this 3D printer, this one made was designed specifically for the Anet A6 by Paclanc This unique design snaps right into the extruder fan and forms a UFO-like shape around the nozzle. With holes placed around the entire circle, the nozzle receives fan cooling from every angle, greatly improving the overall quality of your 3D prints.

Who made this? Paclanc

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Threaded Frame Clamp

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Anet A6 Upgrades - Threaded Frame Clamp

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? This is an easy fix to enhance the stiffness of the Anet A6. Other solutions to this problem like the Evolution frame are far more expensive and require complicated tinkering.

This Anet A6 upgrade consists of U-shaped clamps. Their purpose is to hold down and stabilize the printer base so it doesn’t flex while printing or come out of alignment when moved. Print off 4 of these clamps and mount the Y-carriage M8 rods to a solid base plate using 8 screws. The designer recommends plywood or something similar.

Who made this? Area51

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Y-Axis Cable Chain

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Anet A6 Upgrades - X-Axis Cable Chain

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? When assembling the Anet A6 3D printer–particularly if it’s your first rodeo with a DIY kit– the cabling and wiring can get a bit messy. This 3D printable Y-axis cable chain will help you tidy up the cables that you couldn’t properly route.

Not only does this 3D printable Anet A6 upgrade eliminate the mess of wires from spilling out of your 3D printer, it also promotes wire strain relief as well.

There are also plenty of X Axis cable chains that you can download and 3D print from Thingiverse. These 3D printable Anet A6 upgrades will put you on the path towards having one of the cleanest looking DIY kits on the block.

Who made this? jantzenday

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Glass Bed Corner Holders

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Anet A6 Upgrades - Glass Bed Corners

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? The standard printing bed of the A6 may be OK for the first steps in 3D printing. But you will quickly realize that the filament does not stick well to it and changing the blue-tape constantly is also not an option. For this reason, you should get a glass bed siẓed 215 x 215 mm. Borosilicate glass is your weapon of choice, because it is shows high chemical resistance and allows high temperatures.

Not only will your 3D printing results improve, but the glass bed is also easy to clean. To fasten this Anet A6 upgrade print these simple glass bed holders. The designer recommends that the glass plate be 3mm thick.

Who made this? Xerses

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Filament Guide

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Anet A6 Upgrades - Filament Guide

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? This is another essential Anet A6 upgrade. One aspect that the stock Anet A6 is lacking is a designated route or guidance system for your filament. This 3d printable upgrade will prevent your filament from getting tangled up. It gently guides the filament towards the extruder

Who made this? CanalVap

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Power Supply Cover

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Anet A6 Upgrades - Power Supply Cover

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? Let’s face it: The default PSU setup on this DIY kit is not exactly known for its safety. If you want to be on the safe side, you can protect yourself and turn your 3D printer on and off with a power supply cover and switch. Once you get your power switch setup, you can 3D print this enclosure designed by Area51. Equipped with this Anet A6 upgrade you can safely print off to your heart’s desire.

Who made this? Area51

Download the files: Thingiverse

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Anet A6 Upgrades and Mods Extruder Heatsink Fan Support

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Anet A6 Upgrades - Extruder Heatsink Fan Support

What is this Anet A6 Upgrade? The A6 brings many good components to the table. However, the manufacturer often did not make the effort to use them all to their full advantage. The extruder fan is a case in point, since it is not fastened to the filament assembly drive. This design error results in vibrations that can be visible in your prints. Print off this Anet A6 upgrade to get an extra edge in terms of print quality!

Who made this? Area51

Download the files: Thingiverse

Did we miss any of your favorite Anet A6 upgrades? Comment below and we’ll be sure to add them in the future! 

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