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ANYCUBIC Photon S 3D Printer, UV LCD Resin Printer with Dual Z-axis Linear Rail and Upgraded UV Module & Print Quietly and Off-line Printing, Build Size 4.53"(L) x 2.56"(W) x 6.49"(H), Black
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- 【Great starter 3D Printer】: Super easy to setup since it comes almost entirely preassembled, come with all the proper tools to get started, and just a single grub screw to level instead of having to level each corner. Great introduction to 3D printing.
- 【With the Dual Rails】: No worry about Z wobble issue; The dual Z axis rail make the bed very stable, this helps with the movement and to make sure the bed does not shift in the middle of printing; Better choice for large x-y objects with super-fine details.
- 【Upgraded LED Array】: With the UV upgraded lighting, it makes the resolution and the accuracy in your printing that much better and tighter than any other 3d printer in its class. The pitting in the skin, the hair and the texture in the clothing all can shows up.
- 【More Function】: ①Touch screen: offer a new-Level use experience ②Sanded Aluminum platform: greatly enhance adhesion make it more stable during printing ③Double air filtration system: effectively reduce the divergence of odor ④ CE Certified Power Supply
- 【Photon Owner's Group】:On Facebook as the people there are very knowledgeable and love to help with issues; They are eager to give suggestions and advice for everyone to get the best of their Photon and photon S.
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|Material||Sturdy structure of the all-aluminum fuselage plus acrylic cover, elegant and durable.|
|Model Number||Anycubic Photon [ S ]|
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ANYCUBIC has gathered a strong R&D team from domestic to overseas. A simpler, smarter and more practical philosophy has been applied to create high-quality 3D printers to meet professional and daily life needs.
Service & Support : If you need any further assistance,or any professional suggestions to the machine,please contact with us by the service card.The technology support team will response within 24 hours.
Our "Photons Workshop" software is engineered by our engineers to give users a new slicing experience. It sliced documents in * .photon / * .photons, perfectly compatible with Anycubic Photon/Photon S.
ANYCUBIC Photon S - easy to set up
make sure the FEP movie is on the vat
- Build the print platform together
- Set the printing platform (Leveling)
- Build the resin container together
- And now you can enjoy the world of 3D printing
- Machine size ：230 x 200 x 400 mm
- Build volume : 115 x 65 x 165 mm
Upgraded UV Module
Adopt matrix UV lighting and 2560*1440 high resolution screen, which will contribute to uniform distribution of energy and enhancement of prototype precision.
Z-axis Dual Linear Rail Design
Maximally improve the stability of Z axis, and ensure its smooth surface and detailed reconstruction. Start with the details for a more enjoyful print experience.
Air filtration system
This 3d printer equipped with dual fans for excellent ventilation, and applies activated carbon air filtration, thus able to effectively reduce the divergence of odor.
Creative structure offers more easiness to leveling
Refined details and high degree of accuracy for excellent visual quality
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It is not just an upgrade to the original Photon- It is an entirely new machine. Other than some common parts, like the LCD screen, it shares nothing with the original. The control board, case, firmware, and even the file format supported are all different. In many cases, the changes made were great improvements. Others, not so much.
First of all, the machine has a cheaper feel to it because, unlike the all-metal Photon, the Photon S has a plastic case. This is a cosmetic thing, though- as the mechanical parts of the Photon- The parts that matter to print quality- are all metal.
A significant upgrade was made to the 'z' axis of the printer. The "S" uses a dual guide system and much stronger components, which makes the z axis a lot more stable than the original model.
Another upgrade is the UV LED is more powerful, meaning shorter exposures and faster print times. The original Photon has a 25w LED array, where the S is 38w. This results in a SIGNIFICANT shortening of print times vs. the original photon. A good general guide to get started is to use a multiplier of about 0.7 for the Photon times. On larger prints, this makes a HUGE difference.
Firmware is different. It's tough to say that one is 'better' than the other- they are just different. There are, as is to be expected, a few bugs to be worked out, but if the past is any indication Anycubic will get the issues straightened out. They still have some issues with the original photon that pop up from time to time.
Slicing is supported by the anycubic slicer, but also by ChiTuBox. The Photon S profile is included with the program. As always, it is a much better choice for slicing than the anycubic slicer. The Photon S uses it's own unique file format (.photons).
As it is somewhat new to the market, it doesn't enjoy the aftermarket support that the original does, but that will change. In the mean time, it also means that you'll have to do some tinkering on your own to get settings right and to fix some problems here and there, but overall this is a solid machine.
Remember, there was a time that there was no support for the original photon as well. I can see where, some day, the original Photon will loose some of its support as this new machine gains a foothold. If I were choosing between models now, I'd probably go with the "S".
I want to update this review a bit, as we've had the machine for a few months now. We continue to get great prints from it- With no problems or issues. I have NEVER had a failed print on this machine that wasn't operator error- and even the, I find it pretty forgiving.
I had a problem at first and my problem was two-fold. First, I'm pretty sure I didn't level it correctly. I did go by the manual and it was good but there was one small detail that I missed which is where a YouTube video came to the rescue. I couldn't get a print right because I was about .1mm to high and when you are printing at .05mm layers that's a lot. Second, the FEP may have not been as tight as it is supposed to or should be. There is an audio analyzer app called Spectrum (free) that you can use to check the tightness of the FEP. There are plenty of videos on this as well. I suggest that before you print your first print you should watch a couple of videos, there are some good ones out there.
I ended up messing up my original FEP sheet by not having it properly set up and had to replace it. Again, there are some good YouTube videos on this as well. As I stated earlier, I was getting frustrated with it until I got everything set up right. Now it works great and I haven't had to make anymore adjustments.
1. Although the Anycubic Photon Workshop program will work and you can print from it there is a better option. A free program called ChiTuBox does a much better job at supports and slicing. They do have a profile for the Anycubic Photon S. I did not change any of the settings for my prints other than changing Light-Off Delay to 1 second. You have much more control over supports as well.
2. Supports: I feel like supports are going to be a learning experience. The green War Ram in the pictures was printed with auto generated supports. The detail is awesome but the support removal was not. I could have printed that with far less supports than what was auto-generated. Changing the anle of the print can also minimize the amount of supports needed,
3. There are extra supplies that you need, some are almost mandatory and others just make it more convenient. I have pictures of a lot of the supplies I use.
a. Get a box of latex gloves. Always wear them when working with the resin. Only use one time, trust me.
b. Order extra filters if you plan to print a lot. I got a 50 pack of paint filters cheap. Only use one time.
c. If you have an FDM printer then print a funnel from thingiverse. This is almost a must have. (Optional)
d. 95% or better IPA (alcohol). this is to clean the prints and everything else.
e. Masks, if the smell bothers you then these are invaluable. (Optional)
f. Paper towels, and plenty of them. Resin printing is a little messy.
g. Small file set to clean support marks or random pieces from your prints. (Optional)
h. Small containers or hyper-sonic cleaner (Optional) for cleaning parts and prints.
i. Small 405nm nail curing UV station or UV lamp. Make a UV curing box (Optional)
4. ALWAYS shake your resin well before use. Not shaking the resin could have been one of my issues as well (I forgot to shake).
5. NEVER put it back into the bottle without using a filter. There can and probably will be small pieces in the resin after a print. This can cause problems with your next print and if large enough it could ruin your FEP or potentially crack your LCD.
6. Use at east 2 containers of IPA to clean your parts. The first to get most of the resin off and the second to rinse.
7. This is NOT an FDM printer. Even if you're an expert at FDM 3D printing there will be a learning curve on a resin printer.
8. Buy another thumb drive as soon as you can. This one isn't bad (yet) but I have seen many reviews that state the thumb drive that comes with it can fail.
9. Remember to always clean you resin vat after each print since there can be loose particles in the resin from the previous print. When printing at .05mm it doesn't take a very big piece of cured resin from a previous print to ruin your print or worse.
10. There can be some cured resin on the FEP that needs to be cleaned before the next print. The best way is to keep flushing it with IPA and carefully pick a small piece. Be careful though not to damage your FEP.
11. Check your FEP tightness often. It can loosen up and will cause problems with prints. Watch videos on how to tighten the FEP if you need to.
Conclusion: After having some self-induced difficulties I am now printing cool little highly detailed prints. This printer is a great value and prints really well. It is made sturdy where it needs to be and is still lightweight. The LCD menu is simple and easy to use. I am very satisfied with my purchase.
Out of the box, it looks exactly as pictured, no surprises. It has a yellow tinted glass which is supposed to block outside UV rays from causing the resin to harden - seems to work since I leave it in my office where there is a lot of sun light.
1. Easy set up compared to a lot of the printers on the market
2. Amazing print quality
3. Comes with a flash drive that has the slicing software for windows and mac (I have tried it on both my windows and mac pcs and it works)
4. The touch screen is very responsive and has pretty good accuracy
5. It comes with extra film screens for the resin vat which is very convenient.
1. The printer lets off a lot of the fumes from the resin. It has a very strong smell although the printer has a built in filter. I would put it in a very well ventilated location. It can cause headaches if you are around the fumes too long.
1. Scraping your model off of the platform is very annoying since it sticks strongly. The plastic scraper doesn't help much so i use a scalpel to carefully pick it up from a side.
2. Very messy process and you can get resin all over the place, so I recommend using a plastic cover on the table that you are working. When cleaning the models, use 90% isopropyl alcohol. Clean the models away from the printer (the resin is hard to remove when it touches the printer exterior)
3. The slicing software is very basic - I hope they offer a better version in the future