Anet A8 V2 – A Good Start for Energy Saving in 3D Printing
The new Anet A8 V2 3D printer was released a while ago. The most significant change we find on it, comparing to the most common type desktop FDM 3D printers, is its non-heating print bed. According to Anet Technology technician, the new feature reduces the A8 V2’s power consumption to only 60 watts per hour. It’s energy-saving and may lead a new trend of environmentally friendly design in desktop 3D printing industry.
In recent years, climate change really increases our concern about our planet. Ice is melting in Arctic and global warming seems to become irreversible. According to a report, the highest temperature recorded in 2021 was 53.3 degrees Celsius in the shade and 70 degrees Celsius in the sun in Kuwait.
A temperature map shows the hottest temperatures in North America (Image source: inf.news).
Under these circumstances, energy saving is what we should and must take into consideration when we’re about to develop something, especially in 3D printing industry as the demand for desktop 3D printer keeps growing and growing.
According to a research, the global 3D printing market size reached 13.78 billion USD in 2020, and was expected to expand at 21% annually. 2.1 million 3D printers were sold worldwide and it’s expected the figure will reach 15.3 million in 2028 (data from grandviewresearch.com).
North American 3D printing market size (image source: grandviewresearch.com)
Comparing to an average power consumption of around 250 watts per hour or even higher on the most common type 3D printer with a heat bed, the new Anet A8 V2 decreases no less than 190 watts per hour.
A 3D printer sells on Amazon consumes 270 watts per hour (source: Amazon).
Assuming 50 hours printing per week, it consumes more 503,500 watts with a heat bed type 3D printer than with an A8 V2 per year. In other words, if we use non-heating print bed type 3D printers like the A8 V2 to replace the common types, it will save us at least 1,006 million kilowatts per year in 2020. Hence coal and other electricity related raw material consumption would be remarkably reduced and much less carbon dioxide would be emitted into the air.
Giving energy-saving a try in 3D printing should be a way to help our planet, and certainly it’s a good start with the new Anet A8 V2 3D printer.