Another 3D printer has joined the series of Anet E10 clones. The Alfawise U30 in our review today, it’s the third generation of 3D printer.
Now, there are many deals, for example, a Gearbest self-product, is available on the market since about mid-November and costs around $169.
The Alfawise U30 is quite unspectacular and offers hardly any innovations to the basic model of the Anet E10 with the touch display. So, let’s see the main specs of the new 3D printer.
Alfawise U30: Specifications
|Size of the printer:||42.50 x 40.20 x 50.50 cm|
|Construction volume:||22 x 22 x 25cm|
|Frame material:||Aluminum Alloy|
|Filament diameter:||1.75 mm|
|Supporting material:||ABS,PLA,Wood Filled|
|Print speed:||30 - 120mm/s|
|Connector Type:||SD card,USB|
|Product weight:||7.8 kg|
Alfawise U30: Unboxing and Unpacking
As always packed in a huge pile of foam, the Alfawise U30 reached us after about 4 weeks delivery time.
When unpacking, we noticed chips from the mechanical processing on the aluminum profiles, this may sometimes lead to printing problems later.
Alfawise or Gearbest should improve the production chain here again.
The structure is very simple, fast and uncomplicated. It is noticeable that the side T-plates on the lower aluminum profile are not bolted with hammer nuts, but with a direct thread.
Whether this is a real improvement remains to be seen.
Alfawise U30: Design and Appearance
Mechanically, the Alfawise U30 in our test is very similar to the Anet E10. All axes run along the aluminum profiles via V-slot rollers.
In some cases, the rollers can also be adjusted via eccentric so that the game can be adjusted.
Nice is the easy adjustability of the X-axis belt, simply loosen two screws, tighten the belt and tighten again.
In the Y-axis, however, one looks for this adjustment unfortunately in vain. There, the retightening is only possible on the heating bed, since the holder of the pulley is not connected with hammer nuts, but directly to the frame.
The fact that the Alfawise U30 in our analisis is also noticeable in the construction of the Z-axis. This is copied from the CR-10 “basic model” and also works with only one drive.
The length of the X-axis can sometimes cause problems with the pressure because the opposite side can tip over.
Otherwise, the printer is quite stable. The heating bed sits on a solid carrier and thus offers little possibility of warping.
Unfortunately, the leveling of the printer, through the little nuts, is not quite as user-friendly as one would wish. However, a leveling assist helps find the optimal setpoints and makes things easier.
Alfawise U30: First impressive
Already at the first pressure test, we noticed that the extruder is good. The filament was only very slightly clamped between conveyor pinion and counter-pressure roller and slipped on no occasion.
With a slightly longer screw passing through the filament sensor and a nut, we were able to give the extruder more “pressure” so that the filament is now properly conveyed.
On this occasion, we also exchanged the PTFE tube as it did not lead the filament cleanly to the Hotend.
Speaking of Hotend, the Alfawise U30 in the test is equipped with an MK8 Hotend, which, like the CR-10, is attached to the X-axis carrier with two screws.
Component cooling is provided by a 40mm axial fan attached to the side of the hot-end protection.
Despite this unusual arrangement, we have so far found no problems with the cooling.
The heating bed is a “normal” MK3 heating bed with 220 x 220mm footprint, so again nothing spectacular to find.
Alfawise U30: Features and Electronics
Of course, we had to take another look in the control box of Alfawise U30 and see what is installed there.
In electronics, however, the Alfawise differs significantly from the CR-10. So the 3D printer does not run on 12, but on 24 volts.
The power supply with 15A thus provides a total of 360 watts of power, which seems completely sufficient with the U30.
What we noticed, however, is that the printer looks very sluggish despite the sufficient power.
The heating up of the print bed obviously takes a long time and also the heating up of the Nozzle is not characterized by speed.
Inside the Alfawise U30 in the analisis, a motherboard unknown to us does its job. The only thing that can be seen is the inscription Longer3D.
So far we could not find out more. Whether this board runs on Marlin or Repetier or whether it has its own firmware or whether it can be updated, remains questionable for us.
On the motherboard itself, the stepper drivers are soldered and if you believe in the information given by the chip, an ARM 32bit processor will do its job in the printer.
Otherwise, there is still a Mosfet with a large heat sink, which apparently is responsible for the “firing” of the heating bed.
Also, we are aware of the manufacturer of the touch display. Here you will find the information T0280A.
We assume that there will be no custom firmware for the U30 and advise all those who would like to have this on the printer directly to a conversion to another board, such as the MKS GEN L 1.0 from Makerbase.
And something interesting has been noticed: the extruder engine comes from Tronxy, whether Gearbest or Alfawise cooperates with the well-known manufacturer or just bought a large batch of engines, remains unclear.
Alfawise U30: Conclusions and Reviews
In summary, the Alfawise U30 is a solid beginner printer with a few minor weaknesses. It delivers decent print results and is also well-made.
Unfortunately, due to the unknown motherboard and firmware, it does not provide any updating capabilities for a custom firmware, such as Marlin.
The Alfawise U30 is a rather inconspicuous model, which simply joins the series of Anet E10 clones. But in general, it is a good choice for beginners or as for the first experience in a 3D printer.
Alfawise U30: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
The price of Alfawise U30 as already described for about $169.99 to buy. A pretty decent price compared to the E10, especially when you see what the U30 adds to the Anet E10:
- 24V power supply
- TFT touch display
Features like filament sensor, power failure protection etc.
The quality and workmanship of the 3D printer are fine and reasonable for the price. You get pretty good printing results and easy operation.