The race for the biggest budget top dog for a 3D resin printer is underway, with the Anycubics Photon Mono X being the final candidate. With a 4K monochrome display and a build volume of 192 x 120 x 245 mm, the Mono X promises large prints and lightning-fast coating drying times.
While this isn’t the first engine of its kind – the Elegoo Saturn first appeared in early 2020 – it is the first from the brand. Will it be overtaken in the end or will this head-start concluded the race before it actually starts? Read on while we take a look at what the Anycubic Photon Mono X has to offer at the table.
The design is without much complexity, supported in part by the excellent AnyCubic setup guide, which truly reflects the functionality of the machine. The design of the printer is not complex as the main printing area and resin bath are covered at the top with a large yellow UV protective screen, then in front of the base is an LCD touch screen that can be used to navigate through all the settings.
The power supply, USB, and on/off switch are on the side and back. Everything is very clean and simple. Above is the main station for subsequent washing and drying, after the tub has been removed, with a button to switch between washing and hardening with a rotary knob to set the time. The design is smart, simple and the use is very effective.
At 4K resolution, the display arrives with 3840 x 2400 pixels that extends to a printable area of 192 x 125 mm, which affords it a pixel size of XY 50 microns – on par with similar large format competitors. The total volume of the Mono X is 192 x 125 x 250 mm, which (given the early sheets that Phrozen published at the time of writing) should exceed the strong 4K (200 x 125 x 220 mm), and the Elegoo Saturn (192.) x 120 x 200 mm. ) big.
When printing with Anycubic Mono X, we started off on a bumpy note or should we say gooey? After our first print failed and we encountered a phenomenon we had never seen before – sticky membrane hardening on the mold and manufacturing plate – our contacts at Anycubic provided us with a fixed profile for the printer.
With the UV light source selected and the new printer profile selected – which is now the Mono X standard at Photon Workshop (1.24), we have overcome the stutter.
When we got to work the mold turned out fine, although we found that even though the mold was perfect, bits of preserved resin remained in the tank over time. In the end, we feel like the Mono X is almost a finished product, but it could do with some additional tweaking. This despite more than a week of continuous use with nothing but printing success (with updated profiles). If only to save you from accidentally having to comb the resin container for residual particles.
The Anycubic Resin Exposure Sensor (RERF) is very helpful in finding the best curing setting. The curing test seal included in all new Photon printers helps users determine the optimal set time for the resin. Scrub the test prints and attach this file to any resin printer we shall say.
Your slicing options with the Mono X are somewhat limited, with Anycubic’s patented Photon Workshop slicer and Lychee slicer (albeit with a beta profile) being the only two options we know of.
Once the file is sliced, this data must be transferred by hand (and a USB stick).
Although equipped with a WiFi antenna, the printer can only be connected wirelessly via the Anycubic Mobile App to monitor, start and pause printouts, and change settings. This is great, but not a fix for the direct link between your chainsaw and the printer. This will turn it from a trick into a useful feature. Setting up the app for the first time takes a long time if your WiFi password contains special characters. The effort was barely worth it.
Mono X has a powerful user interface – the touch screen is very responsive and allows you to change print settings such as coating drying time and mid-life ultraviolet light, giving you a lot of control over your prints.
The new Photon Mono X from AnyCubic is a large format SLA 3D printer. Not only does this offer one of the largest printing areas for this type of machine, but in combination with the new Wash and Cure module, available separately or in a package, this combination offers a major technological leap forward for SLA printing for homes and small businesses. Purchase this 3D printer at the Banggood 15th Anniversary which started August 25th and will end September 13th. Buy items at the lowest prices and get up to 85% discount. Banggood is the global leading online shop; passion shopping on Banggood.