Anycubic Wash&Cure – Review of the post-treatment machine for resin

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If there is one disadvantage with 3D resin printing, it is the post-processing. Between the cleaning and then the UV curing phase, you will spend a lot of time there.

The Anycubic Wash&Cure machine, which is a 2-in-1 machine, will save you precious time and make you appreciate SLA printing more.

If you already have a resin printer, you may use an ultrasonic box, and a home-made UV box, even if this is efficient it may take up a lot of space.

The Anycubic Wash&Cure will allow you to both clean your prints (no more need for an ultrasonic tank), but also to run your prints under UV light on a turntable, and all this in one and the same machine.

Sold on Amazon UK around £180, and $190 on Amazon US you can also find this machine sometimes in promotion on Aliexpress around $150, this price is relatively interesting, knowing that a 3L ultrasonic tank generally costs more than $100.

At unboxing, the machine is already assembled, and quickly operational, it is delivered with some accessories, such as a turntable, a metal basket, a tank with a capacity of 3.5L, a propeller, spare bearings, and supports to fix the tray of your resin printer (Photon/Photon S compatible support). If you have another machine, like here Elegoo Mars, or the Creality LD002R, you will need an adapter that you can print with a FDM printer (or why not in ABS resin like).

In terms of functionality, nothing complicated, you have 2 modes, a cleaning mode, and a UV lighting mode. As well as a timer with 3 possible options.

No cleaning product is delivered with this machine, you will be able to use isopropanol alcohol in this machine, without danger, unlike an ultrasonic tank, in which it is not advisable to use IPA alcohol, which is highly flammable (as a reminder, the ultrasonic tank will generally heat your liquid, it generates electrical energy at high frequency).

Here is a video showing the running of the machine.

During the cleaning cycle, the Wash&Cure will generate a vortex with the propeller at the bottom of the tray, you will have to plunge directly your printer plate with the print still attached to it (to avoid it falling to the bottom and breaking with the propeller). This swirl hitting your part will have the same mechanical effect as if you were using a brush to clean your part.

Important information: you might be tempted to use water with a diluted cleaning product such as Green Star (which I did for my first test), it will work, but it might damage the propeller of your machine, which according to the feedback of several users does not like this product too much and/or the water user, indeed after some time it will strongly oxidize your propeller. It is therefore preferable to use isopropanol alcohol.  You will be able to keep the IPA in the tank, thanks to a completely hermetic lid.

Once your part is cleaned, you can dry it with a dryer, I also use a hair dryer to accelerate the drying process, and proceed to the last step, the passage under the UV lamp.

The Wash&Cure is equipped with a turntable, and 16 UV LEDs, more than enough to complete the polymerization process of your print and cure it definitively. You will have the choice between 3 timers, of 2, 4 or 6min, for my part I mainly use the 6min program, except for the white if I want to avoid yellowing my piece.

This machine, is simple, efficient, I did not find any particular defect, the components of this machine are of quality, to see in the time and the life span of the LED ramp.

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