Anycubic's Photon is a massively popular resin 3D printer, which uses its own proprietary slicer. Dig into this Anycubic Photon slicer guide. We show you all you need to know to get started!
The success of your 3D printed object depends on how you get your design to your printer. To do that, you need a good slicer program.
A slicer converts 3D digital designs into instructions for the machine to follow. It controls the resolution, printing speed, and other details that make or break the model.
It’s especially important to know how your slicer program works when it’s interacting with a 3D printer that uses unusual materials, such as resin. Resin printing requires specific knowledge since it’s very different than filament-based 3D printing.
Every Anycubic Photon 3D printer comes with the Anycubic Photon Slicer software on an SD card as part of the whole printer package. Once you find the SD card, insert it into your computer’s SD card reader and find the installation files:
Once you’ve done that, all you have to do is follow the installation prompts, including choosing where you want to store the program on your hard drive. Afterward, you’ll be able to open the program and see what it can do for you.
To help you get to know the Anycubic Photon Slicer better, they’ve also added a sample file to the SD card so you can see what each command does.
Even if you use slicer software regularly, it’s recommended to check out the sample file to play around with this particular program. Luckily, the Anycubic Photon Slicer has a clean, simple interface that’s easy to learn. Here are a few highlights:
Anycubic also posts regular updates of its slicer software on its website, so you can keep up with the latest fixes and enhancements.
Once you’ve mastered the basic commands, the Anycubic Photon Slicer has advanced settings that help you optimize your Photon’s output. We recommend using the test design at this stage, too, so you can see what different choices look like in real practice before you commit to your own. Here’s what you can manipulate:
After adjusting whatever settings you need, all you have to do is click on the slice button at the top of the screen. It’s the icon with three squares layered on top of each other. You’ll get a chance to preview your design, then the program will slice it for 3D printing with your printer.
As always, frequent experimentation is necessary to obtain the best results for your setup, but this guide should give you a solid head start!
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License: The text of "Anycubic Photon Slicer – All You Need to Know" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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