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Afinia H480 3D Printer
H480 Desktop 3D Printer

Afinia 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).


3 Stars
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. on 3/13/2013
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5 Stars
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. on 1/19/2013
5
5 Stars
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. on 10/4/2013
5
5 Stars
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. on 2/10/2013
5
5 Stars
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. on 3/8/2013
5
5 Stars
As Advertised
This printer lived up to the positive reviews. The first item I printed turned out very well and the overall print quality was better than I expected. Leveling the print bed does take some time and the quality of the file you choose to print matters significantly. I highly recommend this printer for anyone that does prototyping.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Pennsylvania. on 7/9/2015
5
5 Stars
Great printer
I have been agonizing over buying a 3D Printer for quite a while, and finally decided to take the plunge. I wanted reasonable resolution and a printer that would behave much like a commercial grade unit. This printer has met all my expectations, and it is very easy to use. You do have to attend to some things (like adjusting the nozzle height), that you don't have to do on commercial units, but the price tag is also about one sixth of what you would pay for the least expensive commercial unit. The material is considerably less costly than with commercial units too. This printer is a great choice.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Nevada, USA. on 2/13/2014
5
5 Stars
Excellent and easy to use
When I first started researching 3D printing, I noticed that a lot of the 3D printing community were very into making their own printers, tweaking, upgrading, etc. I realized that while this was cool, I really just wanted something that worked out of the box. 3D printing is a means to an end for me, and I really appreciate that Afinia offers an affordable, high-quality, and easy to use printer for those of us that just want to print stuff. I really don't think you could make it easier to get excellent results so quickly. If you're not interested in spending valuable time building your own printer, then this is an excellent choice.
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Reviewed by:  from Philadelphia, PA. on 2/10/2013
5
5 Stars
Very impressed!
So far, I'm very pleased with the unit. It worked as I expected it would. Easy to use and good print quality. The software is better than expected. I like the way it builds its own base below the actual print. My 10 year old daughter imported a cat into sketchup. We exported it into an STL, using a free plugin and it printed perfectly, without any tweaking. I'm looking forward to using it for more serious jobs.
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Reviewed by:  from Saskatoon, Canada. on 1/13/2013
5
5 Stars
Overall a lot of fun
This was a Christmas present for my husband, but it has been a lot of fun for both of us. The quality of the prints is very good, definitely good enough for small things and sturdy enough to give most things to our toddler. I'm glad we waiting a couple years for the technology to mature, but this printer is pretty user friendly. The setup for the printer once we received it was pretty simple. The only things that needed tweaking from shipping were the platform leveling, and entering the values from the included calibration print file after we printed it. So far most of what we've done is print other peoples' designs from Thingiverse, but we also make some cool stuff in SketchUp. You need a free plugin to export the files from sketchup to the afinia software, and I had to check the "unsolid model" in print preference so it didn't do weird things with overlaps, but overall it wasn't too hard. If I could add one feature, it would be a bigger build platform, but the flip side is that it's a pretty small thing to fit on your desk, which is nice. Dualstrusion (to print in two colors a once) and faster production would be nice, but not a must have. The lack of an integrated display is no biggie for us, since we just leave it cabled to the computer and get the status from the software.
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Reviewed by:  from Denver, CO. on 1/10/2013
5

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