Chinese 3D printer manufacturers are known to push interesting 3D printers to the market with breathtaking speed. It took Shenzen-based manufacturer Geeetech just three months to clone the Creality Ender 3. It is one the most popular and cheapest printers to date; and the print quality made the Ender 3 All3DP’s winner in the category Best 3D Printers under $200.
With the Geeetech A10, the price for an affordable 3D printer now has dropped even further. But, how do the specs compare? Can the Geeetech A10 beat the original? Let’s dive in.
In early 2018, Creality hit the bullseye with the Ender 3. The machine is open source (something Creality can be proud of), so it’s perfectly legal for everyone to manufacture a clone and sell it, like Geeetech does with it’s A10.
With that out of the way, let’s start commenting the most important Geeetech A10 specs.
Building the Geeetech A10 should be a no-brainer. It comes pre-assembled and with a dedicated set of tools. You just attach the upper gantry to the lower gantry, mount the power supply unit and the LCD screen, add the spool holder and you‘re ready for your first print. There‘s a 2-page quick start guide that should get you through the building process in less than 30 minutes. You can download the documentation here.
The build volume is 220 x 220 x 260mm, which lets the Geeetech A10 print one centimeter higher than its competitor Ender 3. Compared to other printers, that’s average – for example, the Monoprice Mini Select offers 120 x 120 x 120 mm, a Prusa i3 MK3 has a print volume of 250 x 210 x 200mm, and the Creality CR-10 goes up to 300 x 300 x 400mm.
Everything advertised as “super” should be taken with a grain of salt… but in this case, Geeetech offers an interesting alternative to Anycubic’s Ultrabase (review here). This means the glass plate is covered with a thin layer of tiny dots that makes the print bed more adhesive when it’s hot. Some first impressions on YouTube indicate that it‘s extremely easy to remove the prints once the bed is cold – they just pop off with a satisfying sound. Just make sure not to use a spatula and brute force when removing the prints; otherwise, the Kryptonite “Superplate” will lose its superpowers.
The heated bed has to be leveled manually – not perfect, but not uncommon for a budget 3D printer.
Geeetech offers a software called Easyprint 3D (download it here). It’s free; available for Windows, Mac, and Linux; and – on our first impression – easy to use. If you don’t get along with it, you still can resort to Cura and make your own printer profile there.
What makes the Geeetech A10 interesting is the choice of components. The power supply offers 24 V, the main board is a custom-built, open source Geeetech GT2560. Everything is properly wired – consider the Geeetech A10 to be electrically safe.
While the Ender 3 has a proper high-resolution display, the Geeetech comes with a retro calculator type LCD screen. This won’t affect the print quality, of course.
Geeetech also offers an optional Wifi dongle for the A10, so you can access the printer directly from your PC. It costs around $20.
These are the current technical specifications of the Geeetech A10.
It’s interesting to see that the prices for 3D printers could drop below $200 – and the Geeetech A10 definitely offers some interesting specifications. Currently, the printer costs between $180 and $200, depending on the retailer.
So, if you are thinking of picking up a Geeetech A10 3D printer for yourself, please check the list of retailers listed below.
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