Not too long ago, dual extrusion was considered to be a rarity among desktop FDM 3D printers, typically reserved for machines that were priced somewhere in the thousands. However, as an endless avalanche of new products hit the budget market, we’ve noticed a small flurry of affordable 3D printers that offer multi-color and multi-material 3D printing.
Previously, makers that wanted cheap access to dual extrusion 3D printing were severely limited in their options. But lately, a number of Chinese 3D printer manufacturers have become deadset on making this relatively complicated and expensive feature more accessible to the masses.
With new printers like the Creality CR-X and Geeetech A20M rising in popularity, it’s safe to assume that dual extrusion is something that many frugally-minded makers desire. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the A20M’s little brother, the Geeetech A10M, a dual extrusion 3D printer that can be purchased for under $300.
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Aside from its ability to print with multiple materials, the A10M is equipped with a wide range of impressive features that, quite frankly, make its extremely low price perplexing. Despite sounding a bit too good to be true, the Geeetech A10M has received rave reviews from its users, quickly becoming one of the go-to options when it comes to affordable dual extrusion 3D printers.
So, are you looking to add a bit of color to your 3D creations? Want to know if this is the right 3D printer for you? Let’s review the features and specs of the Geeetech A10M to find out.
Like the A20M, the highlight of the Geeetech A10M is obviously its dual color 3D printing capabilities. In fact, this 3D printer offers four essential modes: single color, dual color, graded color, and mixed color.
Instead of using two independent extruders, the Geeetech A10M utilizes just a single nozzle, enabling users to mix colors or create gradient patterns within their prints. Using Geeetech’s Color Mixer software, you can blend different colors to make different hues and shades. To generate a clean color break between the two materials instead of blending them, simply add a priming tower via the slicer software.
The manufacturer appears to have modeled its extruder after the esteemed Titan extruder created by E3D. It has a 220 x 220 x 260mm build volume, which isn’t too shabby for a dual extrusion 3D printer that is priced under $300. Aside from that, there are a number of other features and high-grade components that make the Geeetech A10M well worth a close look.
Equipped with a 360-degree ventilation fan system, the A10M is able to enhance the dissipation of heat, reducing the risk of clogging or leaking and improving the overall print quality. The aluminum frame includes V-shaped rails that lead to a quieter and smoother printing process.
Taking inspiration from the popular Anycubic Ultrabase, the Geeetech A10M comes with a heated printed bed that is made from silicone carbide glass and covered with a microporous surface, improving first layer adhesion and making it easier to remove finished prints.
Other features include power recovery, stop-save-resume print function, and a filament detector that halts the print job when the material runs out. There’s also an optional auto-leveling mechanism for those who want to simplify the setup process. Geeetech claims that the A10M takes around ten minutes to assemble, only requiring users to mount the Z-axis onto the XY plane and connect the wires.
Geeetech has also created the EasyPrint 3D App, which allows users to start and monitor the 3D printing process on their smartphone. We haven’t tested this cloud-based application out ourselves, but if it does what it’s purported to do, this also earns the A10M some extra brownie points in our eyes.
Sure, all of these features sound fantastic, but how does the Geeetech A10M compare to the more expensive A20M?
The A10M has a slightly smaller build volume than its counterpart (the A20M has a255 x 255 x 255 mm build volume), but the 220 x 220 x 260mm print area should still be adequate for most 3D printing projects.
Other than the divergence in build volume, there are a few other advantages that the A20M offers over the A10M. For instance, the higher-end model has an LCD with better graphics and detail. The A20M also has a more sturdy base, which offers additional protection to the electronics and cables, reducing the risk of anything breaking or coming undone.
Otherwise, the electronics and dual extrusion mechanism are nearly identical between the 3D printers. According to popular 3D printing YouTuber CHEP, who posted a video exploring the differences between the A20M and A10M, the print quality is indistinguishable between the two models. Considering that the Geeetech A10M can be found for around $100 less, we expect it to be the more popular choice for makers who are strapped for cash.
Here are the technical specifications for the Geeetech A10M 3D printer:
You can purchase the Geeetech A10M from the following online retailers:
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