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Afinia H-Series 3D Printer

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Afinia H-Series 3D Printer
The H480 3D Printer
 
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The Afinia H480 printer provides the perfect combination of precision and affordable pricing for your 3D printing needs. The H480 has the added features of Auto-Leveling Platform Calibration and Nozzle Height Detection for fast/easy setup and reliable printing results.

All Afinia H-Series Printers include a 1-year Manufacturers Warranty with an optional 2nd year extended warranty.  The 2nd-Year Extended Warranty, extends the life of your machine, trouble free, by covering it for unexpected parts and labor for an additional year.  The Extended Warranty may be purchased up to 30 days after the purchase date of your Afinia H480 3D printer.

Make Magazine awarded the Afinia H480 "Best Overall Experience" with "Easiest Setup" and "Easiest To Use" in their 2012 3D Printing Buyer's Guide.
2012 Make Magazine 3D Printing Buyer's Guide

CNET gives the AFINIA H-Series 4 out of 5 stars (April 2013).


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Specifications
Auto-Leveling Platform Calibration and Nozzle Height Detection
Build Platform:  W:140 x D:140 x H:135mm
Supports:  Auto-generated by software
Layer Thickness:  0.15 - 0.40mm
Operating System:  Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1, Mac OS 10.6 and above
Printer Size:  W:245 x D:260 x H:350mm
Printer Weight: 11 lbs
Warranty: 1 year (parts and labor)

Included Accessories
Power Supply and Cable
Auto-Leveling Platform Calibration Tool and Cable
USB Cable
1 Roll Filament (700g),  White/Natural-Color  
Spatula
Utility Knife with 6 Blades
Snippers
Allen Wrench and spare screws
Extruder Wrench
3 Platform Perforated Board
Filament Feeder Tube
Tweezers
Gloves
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Rating Interesting but still a novelty
 
This printer is O.K. Wouldn't call it plug and play but fairly easy to get started. There is a learning curve and the manual is vague at times. Calibrating the table height to the nozzle was confusing even with the manual but we eventually figured it out. Thought their would be some sort of design program to get started on your own objects, but there is only a print driver. If it's cold where you live below 50 Fahrenheit, make sure to let the printing table warm to 100 Celsius before starting, otherwise your project may not stick. Makes it easier to remove when done also. You have to check on it periodically, as we had the filament get tangled multiple times. Once the printer errors you have start all over. The extruder stopped working twice and both times a piece of plastic was stuck at the entrance of the extruder and had to be removed to get it going again. Not sure what the real world use for it is yet other than prototyping but I did make a button for an old stopwatch that had broke and it worked great. The natural filament that came with the machine is strong compared to the less expensive red and black filament we purchased separately. It's nice that it comes with the the tools you need to get started. I quickly ran out of ideas for things to print. Still a novelty I believe at this point but the future looks promising. Take this review with a grain a salt since this is the only 3D printer I have used so far. I give 3 stars with the cheaper filament and 4 with the roll that came with it.
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Reviewed by:  from Olympia, WA. - 3/13/2013
3/5
Rating H-Series 3D Printer Review
 
I am a Mechanical Engineer with 23 years of product development experience. I have worked at several fortune 100 companies and have used several different kinds/brands of expensive 3d printers. The AFINIA H479 3D printer works very well and the output is comparible to machines I have used. I was very surprised and amazed at how the printer and software handled a small helical gear (1.25" dia. X 0.375" tall X 48 teeth.) Printed gear was functional. Start up kit was complete and set-up straight forward. Software occasionally hangs up when sending a print job from the PC to the printer, but a reset of the printer resolves the issue. I would like to see some software enhancements that will provide you control over the fixed wall thickness of 1.5mm. I would also like to see the software "solid" function provide a more refined internal print matrix to achieve improved part density. This is a great product for the money.
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Reviewed by:  from Madison Wisconsin. - 1/19/2013
5/5
Rating Teacher
 
Very satisfied with Afinia 3D printer. Software works well. Machine does a good job making models. Accuracy is excellent based on this printing technology. Setup took a bit of time getting the platform level and printing height set. Have made many models for engineering school and old car restoration. Best to withdraw filament after a printing job. Have had filament stick and had to drill out nozzle.
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Reviewed by:  from St. Louis Missouri. - 2/10/2013
5/5
Rating Hobbiest
 
Well the printer is working well. I'm still exploring it. I would say you have a product that is 75% of what I would like. The lack of extruder temp control is the biggest problem I have. There are filaments (nylon)that can't be used without modification. In addition, the software could have more info on the main screen extruder and print bed temptures for example. These items have been on your customers wish lists for a long time. It seems that, your supplier, DP does not listen to their customers. Dick L
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Virginia. - 10/4/2013
5/5
Rating Plug and Print
 
I'm loving it. Such a solid and well made product! Great documentation and Great Support! Very good quality prints.
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Reviewed by:  from New York. - 3/8/2013
5/5
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