Is this the right entry level printer for me?
The big difference between entry level 3D printers and the higher end (€2-3k printers) is that they usually require a bit more setup and tweaking to get them working.
That said the only thing that’s fair to call “entry level” about the Anycubic Photon printer is the price!! The printer itself and the prints it can produce are decent quality and do compete well with the industrial level printers – in fact, part of L3D’s market for these printers is Colleges, Dentists and other industries in Ireland.
The main difference between this kit and the FDM (Ender 3) printer kit is that this printer uses resin. Resin prints achievable are generally smaller that what can be achieved on an FDM printer, there is a notable smell from the resin printers that requires ventilation and the resin prints require post processing (equipment included in kit). However, if you can live with this trade off, the the prints are much more aesthetic, better detail and accuracy compared to FDM prints. The trade off is really dependent on what kind of prints you want to be doing and if you have a suitable space for a resin printer.
In summary – if you or the person you’re purchasing this printer for is technically savvy, you have a PC with a USB drive, you want the printer for hobby or possibly even some light industrial use and you don’t mind the resin handling (smell and post processing) then this is a pretty decent kit to get you going.
Who is this 3D printer kit not for?
This printer is absolutely NOT for younger people as the resins and resin prints need a level of discipline to avoid accidental swallowing of the fluids and generally having sense around the use of UV resin, UV curing etc. Also, all 3D printers require a mechanical mind to be able to successfully use, so if the person you are buying this printer for is in no way technical, then they will struggle with 3D printing generally speaking in our view.
What do I need to supply to be able to use this 3D printer kit?
- Laptop or PC with USB Key or SD card slot
- Access to the internet to download required software etc.
- Facebook account is required to access the support groups (not essential)
- A well ventilated area to place the printer, somewhere away from the main living area and bedrooms as most resins smell very plasticy!
- A standard plug socket beside the printer
- A sink / wet area (e.g. utility room) to clean the prints before post-curing.
- 70% IPA or rubbing alcohol – we no longer sell this but it is available for purchase on eBay and similar sources.