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And here is a second LCD resin printer test, after the Elegoo Mars, it is the turn of the Photon S, the new version proposed by Anycubic.
The Photon (version 1) is probably one of the most popular LCD resin printers, Anycubic recently announced that it has sold more than 100,000 units worldwide.
The Photon S is therefore an evolution of the Photon, the major difference is located at the level of the Z axis, on a double rail, but also the presence of a carbon filter to limit resin odors during printing.
Sold for €499 on Amazon (currently at €430), you can also find it around €350 on other sites.
In this test I won’t go into too much detail, if you want more information on how it works, you can take a look at my previous article on the Elegoo Mars, the principle is the same!
Unboxing of the Photon S
When unpacking all the accessories necessary for a quick start are provided, an English manual, a 500ml resin bottle, a spare FEP film, a plastic spatula, gloves and a USB key.
I was quite surprised by the simplicity of commissioning, the printer is fully assembled, there is only the resin tray to install and then adjust the height of the tray, I advise you to watch some videos on the internet, but it remains quite simple, count a 10aine de minute.
On the USB key there is an example file to print, as well as a special “slicer” software for resin printers, compatible with mac and pc.
After now 2 months of use, I finally switched to the ChiTuBox software, which offers more options than the Anycubic version.
The advantages of this machine:
– Very quiet, you can barely hear the ventilation
– Mac and PC compatible
– Double linear rail for the Z axis
– Amazing print quality (it’s really another world compared to FDM)
– The double carbon filter seems really effective, you can smell a small odor but it is largely bearable
– The price of resin is a consumable that remains quite expensive
– The printing area is not very large, but it is the same for all competing machines in this price range
– The plastic box, it looks a little “cheap” even if it does the job, you have to be careful not to pour resin on the box and let it dry… it leaves nasty traces! The hinges of the cover also look a little fragile, to be seen over time
– The price is also quite high, 499€ against 299€ for the Photon (version 1) for a similar printing quality.
That’s a lot of negative points, but I can reassure you, it’s still a very good machine!
Here are some printing results, when you are used to the FDM it’s just amazing!
Anycubic Green Resin
Elegoo Gray Resin
3D Prima Red resin
And in comparison with Mars then?
It must be said that the price of Mars is very attractive, currently at 249€, compared to the Photon S at 499€ (around 400-430€ on offer on Amazon, possible to have it in the 350€ on other sites…), for a similar printing quality, it is therefore quite expensive compared to the competition.
The big positive point of the Photon S compared to the Mars is that it is much quieter, the printing itself does not make any noise (it is a simple motor with a dumper and a UV LED lamp), but there is a large fan that cools the LED lighting, on the Photon S this fan is really very quiet.
Anycubic after-sales service is generally quite effective (as is Elegoo’s).
I know several users who like me have a Photon(S) and a Mars, and they appreciate both machines so much, I think it’s ultimately more a question of budget, and affinity towards the brand!
Anycubic is much better known, the user community is important… this can be a complementary criteria of choice! But Mars is also a good choice:-)