An SLA 3D printer under $300? Unbelievable! We take a look at the specs of the3D printer. Review the specs here!
An SLA 3D printer for $249? That was an offer 2.137 people couldn’t refuse: They backed the Sparkmaker 3D printer on Kickstarter.
The Sparkmaker is an SLA 3D printer. These machines are mostly used to manufacture small objects with the most intricate details. Previously, the SLA printer sector was dominated by Formlabs and their Form 2 desktop printer. Since early 2017, more affordable alternatives have surfaced. Besides the Sparkmaker, the Anycubic Photon, the Wanhao Duplicator D7, and the Peopoly Moai are affordable SLA/DLP machines available on the market.
Please note this is not a full Sparkmaker review, yet. But we can provide you with insights on the specifications and give you insights from the community.
If you want to dive even deeper, take a look at this interview with Sparkmaker’s Co-Founder Blue Zeng.
The specifications of the Sparkmaker 3D Printer are very similar to other SLA 3D printers.
The printer comes pre-assembled, you just have to mount build plate, put the tank in place and add the resin.
In the box you find:
You will need additional parts before you start 3D printing:
In the long run, you’ll probably invest in an FEP replacement sheet for the resin vat and even a UV curing light.
The Sparkmaker is an SLA machine. This technology 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. The resins are stored in a tank. The build plate dips into this tank to build the desired object. Whereas DLP 3D printers use a screen to harden the liquid resin, SLA printers use a laser to harden the resin. Once it’s cured, the build plate moves up a layer and the process repeats.
The benefit of SLA printers is that they can print highly detailed objects.
Please be advised resin-based 3D printers are not perfect for beginners. Post-processing involves washing the prints with ethanol, curing them, cleaning the build plate – it can be a messy process. Also, the smell is not pleasant.
Here are some pros of the machine:
No printer is perfect, and the Sparkmaker is no exception. Here are some drawbacks the Sparkmaker 3D printing community ran into:
Currently, the Sparkmaker is on Gearbest, Amazon, on the company website and some online dealers.
Unlike other SLA 3D printers that require a computer connection, SparkMaker supports offline printing and has the ability to print in higher resolution compared to DLP 3D printers.
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