There was a time when 3D printing was quite rare, and those that were there were far too expensive for most people. However, things changed over the last couple of years, as resin-based printers started coming into the market, and were going for pretty affordable options. Now, the Anycubic photon printer is one of the cheapest, and the most effective. In this review, we will take a deeper look at it;
Design and build quality
This printer is so budget-friendly and the resin tub and the build plate is made of machined aluminum while the machine frame is made from stamped sheet metal and nothing about it feels cheap. Talking of the design, it is fairly basic. Apart from the touchscreen printer, it may lack many thoughtful design elements which are common on higher-end machines. All the things considered, the print is well built but lacking slightly in terms of design at least from a performance and engineering perspective.
Setup and configuration
Setting up the DLP/SLA printer and the FDM printer, are notably different but the good news is that when it comes to the photon it is easier. The printer comes all but fully assembled and getting it ready for the first print is a breeze. It is actually two steps: manually level the build plate and install then attach the resin vat. The build plate leveling process it is relatively simple to complete and is not automated in any way and to make sure that the Z-axis home point at the correct height.
Features and specs
There are some of the things that make the printer stand out from the rest of the pack. One of them is the DLP printer which means that instead of squirting the plastic filament through a hot nozzle to create objects and it shines UV light into a vat full of photoreactive resin to cure each layer.
Secondly, it is tiny. Most consumer’s 3D printers as a photon which is roughly the size of two shoeboxes which are sandwiched together which can fit your desktop. Also, the tint footprints have a tiny corresponding build area, so that the printing cannot be anything bigger than 4.5 x 2.5 x 6.1 inches (115 x 65 x 155 millimeters ) with this machine. The photos make up for its minuscule build area with some incredible accuracy and resolution stats which is able to print layers that are thinner than 10 microns, making it far more detailed than even the most high-end FDM printers that we have tested. The photon is also equipped with a 2.8inch touchscreen interface that makes the adjustments settings easier and initiates prints.
This printer is for sure one of the best printers in its price range. It may not be the same as other high-end printers, when it comes to its features and reliability, but in terms of sheer print quality, it is giving the high-end printer a run for their money, in that if you were to print a similar object on both printers, you won’t be able to tell the difference. That’s pretty impressive, right??