A DLP 3D printer under $500? That’s extremely affordable. In this "Anycubic Photon: Review the Facts" article, we take a look at the specifications of the 3D printer and give you first insights.
If you are searching for a low-cost DLP 3D printer, the new Anycubic Photon 3D Printer start showing up in search results. Anycubic has a reputation for building reliable and affordable printers like the Anycubic i3 Mega FDM 3D printer. When it comes to the price, the Anycubic Photon is no exception – it’s one of the cheapest DLP 3D printers available on the market.
Don’t miss: 20 Best Resin (SLA/DLP) 3D Printers 2018
Please note that this is not a full Anycubic Photon review, as All3DP’s editorial team hasn’t taken an in-depth look at the printer. But can provide you with our insights on the specifications.
The specs of the Anycubic Photon DLP 3D printer look very similar to most DLP 3D printers.
So let’s break down the special features of the printer.
First of all, the Anycubic Photon 3D printer a DLP machine. This technology significantly differs from the more common FDM 3D printing. Instead of melting plastic filament in a heated nozzle, DLP and SLA printers use liquid resins that are cured by light.
Whereas an SLA 3D printer like the Formlabs Form 2 uses a laser to harden the liquid resin, DLP printers use a technology called Digital Light Processing. The project a whole image of a layer (like a beamer would) that cures the resin. Once the resin is hardened, the build plate moves up and the projector then displays the next slice of the object.
The benefit of a DLP printer is that it can print highly detailed objects. As you can imagine, the screen resolution is the important part of any DLP 3D printer. The Anycubic Photon offers a 2K resolution, which is good.
Please be advised any resin-based 3D printer is not ideal for beginners. Post-processing involves washing the pieces with ethanol, curing them, cleaning the build plate – it’s a messy process. Also, the smell is not pleasant, even if the Anycubic Photon 3D printer has a carbon filter with a fan inside.
The build volume for the Anycubic Photon 3D printer is 115 x 65 x 155 mm. That’s not exactly big. If you need to print bigger objects, you’ll be better off with an FDM 3D printer.
The Anycubic Photon 3D printer comes prebuilt. In the box you’ll find:
Assembling and setting up the Anycubic Photon 3D printer is easy. It can be accomplished in under half an hour.
And you’re ready to go! The 8GB USB stick comes with some pre-sliced models. The Lattice cube in a 50-micron resolution should take around 4 hours to 3D print.
The printer uses its own dedicated 3D slicing software, which you can download from the company’s website.
The Anycubic Photon’s price is very low for a DLP 3D printer. The prices for desktop DLP printers range from $500 for a Wanhao Duplicator 7 to a SprintRay Moonray D/S for $4000 or even a machine like the Nyomo Makyn 6 for $9000. With a price of roughly $450, the Anycubic Photon is currently one of the cheapest DLP printers you can buy.
License: The text of "AnyCubic Photon 3D Printer: Review the Facts Here!" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Subscribe to updates from All3DP
You are subscribed to updates from All3DP
You can’t subscribe to updates from All3DP. Learn more…