Anet A8 Installing second extruder without changing board


I am wondering if it is possible and safe to add a second extruder to my Anet A8 without changing the main board. I was thinking splitting my Z motor wires to free up the Z2 axis motor connector on the main board, using this connector for the second extruder motor. Is this possible? If so, how would i configure Marlin to use those extruder pins Can I overload the board by using two motor on the same connector?


Posted 2020-03-05T20:50:49.593

Reputation: 15

Even if there were a spare stepper, where would you get the additional power to heat both extruders? – Carl Witthoft – 2020-03-06T15:28:13.643



That is not possible without changing to a different printer main board. The Anet A8 board has 4 integrated (A4988) stepper drivers, one for X, one for Y, one for Z and one for E (extruder 0).

enter image description here Both Z steppers are controlled by a single stepper driver (they are wired in parallel to the single Z stepper driver), there is nothing to free up nor is there to configure in Marlin without replacing the main board.


Posted 2020-03-05T20:50:49.593

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