The Afinia H is a user-friendly printer, but what it boasts in user-friendliness it lacks in function. With a price range of $1000-$2000, the Afinia H is one of the cheaper 3D printers on the market. It is an attractive prospect for those who want to print their 3D creations, but do not want to break the bank in order to do so. The Afinia is pre-assembled when you buy it, which means that you do not have to toil with small pieces and confusing directions to simply assemble the device in order to make it ready to use.
In the following few sections the vital features and functions of the Afinia H will be discussed and analyzed as to present an overview of this printer’s performance and functionality, especially for personal use.
The technology behind the Afinia allows it to work just as well in standalone mode as it does when connected to a computer or laptop. This means that once you have started your project, the USB cable can be disconnected and the project you are working on will be completed in its entirety with no interruptions or errors.
Though this printer can work well when disconnected from a computer, the items it is able to print are quite small, measuring in at only about 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches.
The Afinia operates at a print speed of 30mm per second. This speed is slower than most other printers on the market though there is no doubt that the extra time it takes to turn designs into objects is well worth it. The variety of objects you are able to create is astounding and will undoubtedly make up for the slower printing speeds. The two filaments accepted by the Afinia H are ABS and PLA; two of the more standard filaments in the industry.
Included with the Afinia H is a standard white filament much like what you will find included with just about every other personal 3D printer on the market. Though only white filament is included with your purchase, the Afinia website sells filament in a variety of other colors as to make your designs more appealing.
One of the biggest drawbacks to the Afinia H is the fact that it poses a potential safety concern to those who use it.
In order to print, the printing plate must heat up to 110°C so caution when working with this device is avised. This hot temperature, coupled with a relatively unenclosed printing plate means that young children who may come across the printer are at risk of putting their hands on it and severely hurting themselves. Luckily there are safety instruction included with the printer which explain all the necessary precautions.
The Afinia H does not require you to spend excess amount of money on software as compatible software is included with your purchase. Also included are a USB cable and a power supply, though these are standard additions to most 3D printers.
It is important that you do not lose your USB cable because that is the only way which your printer can communicate with your computer. Unlike many other personal 3D printers, the Afinia H is not able to operate wirelessly.
The Afinia H is one of the top 3D printers in the world today because it can be purchased inexpensively while still being able to deliver strong and precise creations that you would only expect from more expensive printers. Its one drawback is the lack of safety features, though a little bit of caution is all you need to avoid any accidents.