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    Anet a8 Vs. Wanhao i3 V2.1

    I want to know which of these printers is better. Money is not a factor in this decision I just mainly want to know which printer is better and why. Thank you in advance for your help.

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    I like the steel frame of the i3, because the A8 frame is pretty flexible. But, you'd be surprised how much the little brackets you can print to stiffen it up really help. Then I see you can get 3 A8's for one i3. I'd rather have three printers myself.

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    Would like to give you a third option to think about.

    My Suggestion is for an aluminum frame 3D Printer. light weight and strong. assembly instructions videos.
    Easiest to assemble is CR-10, assembles in 20 minutes. 1st 3D print starting in 30 minutes or less.

    https://www.hic3dprinter.com/collections/3d-printers

    There are 3 more on this page I would suggest. 2 additional are on the top line, the last is on the bottom line at $269.00 which was my first choice.
    Meaning That was my first 3D printer, Would I do it again YES. My Second 3d printer is $310.00 being on The first line.
    These have many You-Tube video of how to assemble I choose hackaweektv https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-2d3tjvMPA
    These are open air printers which means if you decide to print ABS you should build an enclosure for your printer to be able to make better prints.

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    the wanhao is easily the better printer out of the 2 mentioned.

    Anytime you can buy a printer kit for 120 - there are going to be quality issues.

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