AnyCubic Photon Review – A Great Affordable Resin 3D Printer
AnyCubic Photon has proved itself as an affordable and reliable DLP 3D printer and using DLP instead of FDM contributes to why it can be so affordable.
DLP printers use a Digital Light Processing technology in which a whole image of a layer is projected to cure the resin layer by layer.
And once one layer becomes solid, the build plate moves up to add the next slice of the 3D model.
DLP technology provides you with a high degree of accuracy as you can add details to each layer of your object, making the printer a great choice for producing miniatures.
This mechanism is beneficial when it comes to printing highly-detailed objects –which you can view on the 2K resolution screen.
The AnyCubic Photon Review
The 115 x 65 x 115 mm build volume of the AnyCubic Photon is quite small compared to other alternatives, so you should look for a bigger option if you intend to print larger objects.
I was able to add a lot of intricate details at a high-quality thanks to the 25 to 100 microns layer resolution.
For printing miniatures and smaller objects, I couldn’t find a better option that doesn’t break the bank.
Although it’s not the first option I’d recommend for beginners, it still comes with some pre-sliced models on its 8 GB USB stick which can help those who are starting out.
I wouldn't recommend a resin-based 3D printer to an absolute beginner as the post-processing is quite a tedious task. You have to wash the pieces with ethanol, cure them, and clean the build plate.
Moreover, they produce an unbearable odor. And even though the AnyCubic Photon has a carbon filter with a fan inside, it still doesn’t stifle the smell as much as I would have hoped for.
I had no problem whatsoever with the AnyCubic Photon's assembly as it was practically ready to use out-of-the-box. Only some parts were not assembled and those took around 20 or 30 minutes.
To level the print platform, however, you’ll need to remove the resin tank from the print chamber as it may get in the way of leveling.
Inside the box, you’ll find the printer, power brick and cable, a manual, the resin tank, various tools such as an M4*8 Screw, gloves and safety mask, a resin bottle, resin filters, and an 8 GB USB-stick.
As I’ve mentioned above, cleaning the AnyPhoton Cubic is no walk in the park –especially that you need to do it before and after use.
After you’re done printing, you should pull the resin vat out and remove any parts floating around.
Then, place the filters provided above the mouth of the UV resin bottle and pour the material through the filter to remove solid parts.
Only after you've removed all the resin can you proceed to clean the vat and LCD projector.
To make sure that you remove all the dust, resin, or any particles that may stand between the light projector and the resin vat, dab a cloth with isopropyl alcohol and wipe your unit clean.
When you want to connect to your unit, you can use an SD card or USB options.
Moreover, you can control the processes through a 2.8-inch color touchscreen.
When it’s up and running, the AnyCubic Photon occupies a space of 8.66 x 8.66 x 15.75 inches and weighs 14.5 pounds. So it’s pretty compact and portable compared to other options.
- Affordable compared to other SLA and DLP printers
- Easy to set up and use
- Good quality prints with a 25-100 microns resolution
- Compact design
- Easy to assemble and clean
- Custom slicer that generates good support structures
- Printing with resin can be messy
- Hazardous materials require extra care
- Build volume isn’t that big
- Post-processing is a demanding job
- Takes a lot of time to clean
Generally, the AnyCubic Photon’s performance really impressed me in terms of both the print quality and ease of use.
Most options you’ll find on the market would be priced above 1,000, but this one is a lot more affordable and works well for both beginners and more experienced users.
While there is a little bit of a learning curve for users who aren’t familiar with SLA /DLP, it’s nothing too complicated.
The majority of AnyCubic Photo’s cons are what you’d usually find on a resin printer such as post-processing, safety, and handling material.
I’d highly recommend this unit for any entry-level user that’s looking to get more familiar with resin 3D printing. It doesn’t suit more professional users, however.