AnyCubic just recently sent us their beautiful Photon Mono X 3D printer as well as Laundry as well as Treatment station to try out. This was our very first, cough, exposure to 3D printing with material, although we * have lots of experience with filament/FDM 3D printers. Rest assured, this review is independent as well as was not shown to AnyCubic in advance of publication.
We spent a few weeks utilizing AnyCubic’s Photon Mono X, and, generally, we found it to be a superb item with a couple of remarkable drawbacks, primarily pertaining to the difficulties inherent to publishing with material as well as not the printer itself.
The Upshot: This Printer Is Incredible.
It’s big. It’s attractive. It’s an MSLA printer. What does that indicate? MSLA stands for concealed stereolithography. As we kept in mind in our write-up about how 3D printing functions, “MSLA printers use lasers to cure a fluid resin right into a solid plastic product. Typically, the object is ‘pulled’ from a vat of material, forming layer by layer as it rises from the product.”.
To put it simply, it’s magic.
The Caveat: You’ve Got Some Learning (and also Cleaning) to Do.
It’s going to take a while to get to the point where you excel with the Photon Mono X or any material printer. When you recognize what you’re doing, using this printer is simple, however getting there can be irritating.
We’ve been guaranteed by professionals that this experience is global. It is an initiation rite, comparable to obtaining the initial layer to find out exactly on an FDM printer. The only distinction is that if your initial layer falls short to adhere to the develop plate on a material printer, there’s a lot of messy clean-up included.
That’s since at any time a print falls short on a material printer, you need to clean up every little thing. Given that the material is a poisonous product, that implies you’ll experience a great deal of handwear covers, masks, paper towels, Windex, and alcohol. (Note: We utilized Everclear since it’s less expensive than isopropyl, although we’re unsure the cashier at the alcohol store believed us.) Nonetheless, as you improve, there’s less and less clean-up involved.
Resin vs. Filament: What’s the Difference?
A material printer allows you to publish items with unbelievably fine details. If you’re originating from the filament world, the resolution will surprise you. Nonetheless good you believe it will be, it’ll most likely be better.
Develop Quantity & Printing Speed.
The Photon Mono X has a bigger build quantity than practically any various other consumer-level MSLA printer on the marketplace today. Additionally, printing time is completely dependent on the direct exposure time and also the number of layers, not on how much product is cured per layer.
You can cram as high as you want onto the build plate, as well as it will not impact your print time.
Item Top Quality & Safety and Security.
The Z-axis rails on the Photon Mono X are seriously. They’re superior to the linear rails on any kind of printer we have actually seen. Straight rails maintain your print from shaking while printing, as well as there’s no recognizable play on the Photon Mono X The Z screw is beefy with no noticeable wobble.
Furthermore, the touchscreen is responsive and also simple to check out, and the menus are instinctive. The general look is tidy as well as sleek.
The optional security features are more than adequate to secure your eyes from UV light and also shield the resin from sunshine. As a matter of fact, we left the material in the printer for three days alongside a home window, as well as none of the material healed from the sunshine.
Laundering & Healing Your Publish.
AnyCubic’s wash and also cure station completely match the resin printer. They look great with each other. The laundry station has a built-in magnetic stirrer that upsets the cleaning service, permitting you to clean your print in less than 5 mins. It’s nearly uncomplicated.
After printing, you can remove the print from the bed or you can put the bed itself into the wash terminal, alleviating several of the demand for cleaning we discussed above.
Note: You do require a great deal of cleansing liquid, whether that’s alcohol or the cleaning solution of your choice. The cleansing option enters into a huge plastic container with a snap-on top.
To wash, you established the clean timer, hit Go, and you’re done. Beware taking care of the uncured print. It will certainly be soft and also not completely cured, so it’s easy to deform the print if you’re not mindful.
To cure the print, you position it on a carousel that includes the Wash & Treatment terminal. Optionally, you can readjust the angle of the upper LEDs to direct light towards the print.
It’s just as easy to treat as it is to wash. Set the timer, press the Beginning button, as well as a couple of minutes later, your print is treated. Enjoy the weird, creepy glow of the print as it’s curing.
AnyCubic’s cutting software does not really feel as polished as Cura or Slic3r, however it does have lots of intriguing functionality that, admittedly, we haven’t completely explored. You can include handbook or automatic supports, boatings, and drain holes.
PhotonWorkshop is a little awkward to navigate as well as discovering how to put assistances correctly takes some experimentation. If you do not sufficiently sustain your print, it will certainly fall short and afterwards you’ll need to cleanse the material vat before your following effort, so it’s crucial that you find out how supports job.
Transferring data to the Mono X is a snap. Publish a data to a USB drive, and stick it in the printer. Bam. As it publishes, you’ll see images on the LCD screen of each layer as it’s being subjected. It’s quite fun to view. And also, AnyCubic has a phone application you can make use of to check your prints as well as start them from another location.
Keeping the Photon Mono X.
Regarding maintenance, we want the material vat’s pour spout were far better developed. Resin doesn’t pour out cleanly, making clean-up harder. Moreover, when printing, the material covers the top of the build plate, not simply all-time low, so when it’s time to tidy up, you need to clean the material off of both sides. That’s unfavorable, but we doubt how maybe avoided.
An additional problem: it’s difficult to get rid of the build plate without trickling material on the device. You have to do a dance when you eliminate the develop plate. It’s difficult to maintain it over the vat so the resin doesn’t trickle anywhere. When you’re continually obtaining great prints, this won’t be as much of a concern.
At some point you’ll need to put the resin back into the container it was available in, and you’ll have to clean off the develop plate. That process is not as hassle-free as it could be. Preferably, you ‘d only need to clean off the bottom and the sides of the develop plate. As it is, there are a great deal of nooks as well as crannies that loaded with resin, as well as they all require to be cleansed. It’s sort of like drying out tupperware off when it comes out of the dishwasher.
We suspect this is a style tradeoff to make best use of the print area while allowing for sufficient resin for a large print. Additionally, the printer doesn’t consist of any kind of funnels or filters, both of which you’ll wish to have.
We also attempted altering the FEP sheet. The FEP sheet is the film at the bottom of the resin vat. If it obtains unclean, scraped, or punctured, it needs to be replaced. As full newbies to resin printing, we discovered setting up a brand-new FEP sheet to be pretty uncomplicated. There are a lots of screws to tighten up, but following the instructions was straightforward. It was like transforming and tuning an entrapment drum head, and the audio was similar, also!
If you’re someone who wants points to just work out of the box with little initiative, after that maybe resin printing isn’t for you. That’s not an objection of the Photon Mono X.
If, on the various other hand, you’re a person that will certainly place in the called for time to truly discover the ins and also outs of brand-new technology, then, yes, we definitely suggest AnyCubic’s Photon Mono X 3D printer. You’re going to like it (ultimately). It can print things that would be difficult to print on a filament printer. Plus, it just looks remarkable.