Thelooks to be a formidable machine in the budget FDM printer category, with many premium features tucked neatly into its all-metal frame. Let's review the specs.
Anet has made waves in the 3D printing community before with its tremendously popular A8 FDM printer. A sub-$200 kit, it had a rare price-to-performance ratio that, in addition to being extremely hackable, made it the most popular printer of its day. Unfortunately for the Shenzen-based manufacturer, a spate of social media posts detailing 3D printers catching fire – sometimes Anet A8s, and often attributed to alleged electrical faults – meant that the A8’s shining star quickly dulled.
Fast forward a couple of years, and Anet’s next horse in the race is the ET4. This machine is undoubtedly modern, with a tidy all-metal construction and a 2.8-inch touchscreen. With a retail price of around $279, the ET4 could be a top FDM machine in the budget space.
Read on as we review the Anet ET4’s notable specs.
Filament detection sensors were once rare at this price point, but not anymore. The Anet ET4 claims to know when you run out of filament, and how to save your print progress when the power goes out. This suite of print saving features should allay any long distance print anxiety, especially for beginners who might not know what can go wrong.
We all know how frustrating it can be to fine-tune the nozzle temperature with a fiddly plastic knob. So you might be pleased to know that Anet has gone the touchscreen route, allowing you to manipulate variables such as printing temperature and fan speed fairly easily.
256-microstepping Trinamic Drivers are available as an extra for approximately $15. With these drivers, the ET4 will be almost silent, even when operating at full speed.
Auto-leveling is fairly common in FDM machines these days, and the Anet ET4 is no exception. Measuring 25 points across the area of the print bed and noting the deviations for compensation as it prints, this should result in first layers across the 220 x 220 mm print area being consistent and level.
This machine appears unusually wire-free at first glance. That’s because most of the internals are tucked neatly inside an all-metal frame. This makes the modular design easy to assemble, too, which should make for a pleasant setup experience for beginners.
Currently, the Anet ET4 is available from Gearbest. You can find the link below.