Anycubic Photon Mono X Product Review
Anycubic has released their first MSLA tech 3D printer. It boasts a large build volume, 4K screen and a monochrome display. These are all the trendy features that go along with other resin 3D printers.
Here’s our full breakdown of this amazing machine that Anycubic released late last year.
One thing that first caught our eye was the 8.9 inch monochrome LCD. For modern MSLA printers, the monochrome LCD has been considered the new basic feature to have. What are the benefits of this feature?
Faster curing times, more energy efficient, and a screen that has a much longer lifespan.
Monochrome screens work better than RGB screens as the LCD filters out less of the UV light that is used to cure each layer being printed. The performance with RGB screens of 6 seconds per layer is cut down to 1.5-2 seconds per layer.
Mono screens also last four times longer than non-mono screens. The creators of the Anycubic Photon Mono X made sure to provide users with the option of adjusting the UV-light strength so that the lifespan of the Mono screen can be prolonged.
Ideally, if you want your mono screen to last longer, you would be dialing down the intensity of the UV-light. A great option to have!
The Photon Mono X is also known for having two large fans at the back to cool down itself. As most monochrome screen printers can get quite hot during the print process, having an effective cooling system is extremely important.
For the Photon Mono X, not only are the cooling fans effective, but they are also extremely quiet! We found a recorded level of 47db while it was printing!
- Well-sized build volume
- Prints fast
- Produces high-detailed print models.
- Minimal setup
- In-house slicer software not good.
- Wifi feature has no significant benefit
- Highly Priced
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The team at Anycubic should also receive compliments for their ambitions of producing a great 3D printer with a 4K resolution screen that can match similar-sized competitors.
The Mono X’s build volume is 192 x 125 x 250mm. This outshines competitors such as the Mighty 4K (200 x 125 x 220 mm) and the Elegoo Saturn (192 x 120 x 200 mm).
The Mono X’s Z-axis also moves with a high-level of stability and precision. This is due to the implementation of a dual linear rail and anti-backlash nut combination.
As the case is usually with MSLA printers, build plate leveling is also pretty simple and easy to manage on the Mono X. Release the screws to loosen the build plate, afterwards, use a piece of paper to balance out the plate. Once you’re done, tighten the screws again.
There has been some feedback that the build plate not being perfectly fitted with the corners of the machine. As of the writing of this article, we recommend anyone who suspects that they’ve received a printer with a defective build plate to contact Anycubic for a replacement.
Design-wise, we really appreciate the Mono-x’s style. It has a sturdy, all-metal chassis that holds a 3.5-inch color touchscreen at the front. We’re also admiring the Anycubic-esque yellow removable lid.
How does it Print?
Feedback with this new Anycubic machine is that it might require some time to get used to. One possible problem that you might run into is a sticky membrane that appears on the prints. If you run into issues where your final prints and the build plate has a lot of sticky membrane, we recommend contacting Anycubic directly for an adjusted profile!
Once your prints are turning out neatly, you may notice small scraps of cured resin that remain in the tank. This is normal, and also a by-product that the team at Anycubic can continue working on. In the meantime, you might have to continue combing through the resin vat for leftover scraps.
With Anycubic’s Resin Exposure Range Finder (RERF), you can adjust and achieve the best curing settings. For all of their new photon printers, the curing test print can help a new user like you to find the resin’s optimal layer cure time.
For the Mono X, there are only 2 slicer software options available. This is much less than what you get with other machines but for now, this is what you’re getting.
You have the choice of Anycubic’s Photon Workshop slicer and the Lychee slicer.
Anycubic’s Photon Workshop is great for print preparation and has some interesting features. You can turn a collection of images into a 3D face model.
One major setback is that in order to preview what your file will be printed like, you must save the file. For larger prints, this means that your preview will take over 10 minutes to render.
Not to worry though! An update from Anycubic says that they’re working with ChituBox to support the Mono X.
At the moment you’ll have to find solutions to certain issues you have with the Photon Workshop.
One quick fix for most of you would be to prepare your print in an external slicer and export the rendered model as an STL file to import into Photon Workshop.
After slicing your file, you must transfer the data through a USB stick. Even though the Mono X may be equipped with a WiFi antenna, the printer can only be wirelessly connected using the Anycubic mobile app.
We suggest that the manufacturer update this machine with the ability for your computer’s slicer software to connect directly with the machine. The setup for the mobile app is also quite tedious considering the fact that your Wifi password may be a long one.
Despite an inconvenient wifi setup, the Mono X has a great UI. With the touchscreen you can adjust print settings such as layer cure time and the UV light strength during the print job itself.
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The top MSLA printers in today’s market are competing on 2 main things, print speed and high resolution.
Through the introduction of monochrome displays, many options in the market have been able to offer a much faster layer curing time of around 2 seconds. These fast cure times are made possible through the monochrome LCD’s light permeability. What does this mean? The screen allows greater light intensity to pass through which helps with the speed of the curing.
The Mono X’s monochrome display allows it to go up to print speeds of 60 mm/h at 0.05 mm layer height. This speed is about 3 times faster than all of its Anycubic MSLA predecessors.
With its large build volume and the layer curing time is not affected by the size of the print, this could mean more prints completed much faster.
The second feature that sets the Mono X apart from its counterparts is screen resolution. The Photon Mono X features an 8.9-inch 4K (monochrome) LCD with 3840 x 2400 pixels. This translates to an XY resolution of 50 microns. A much better resolution compared to other 4K MSLA printers holding 35 microns.
This means a better print resolution. Although most of us can’t tell the difference between 50 microns and 35 microns, this difference in quality could be more useful for certain printed objects that have more specialized practical applications.
Keep in mind, while other smaller screen-size 4K MSLA printers, such as the Phrozen Sonic Mini 4k, can achieve an XY resolution as low as 35 microns, this is due to the smaller screen size. The larger your screen, the more pixels you need to achieve smaller voxels (and finer print resolution.) The difference between 35 and 50 microns might be almost impossible to tell with the naked eye, but for some specialist applications, it could matter.
The Anycubic Photon Mono X has a great range of admirable qualities.
First of all, the removable top cover gives the user easy access to the print bed and vat.
The new light engine also promises a much better distribution of UV light with its “matrix design”. You can also find the Z-axis lead screw is held in position by two linear rails for better stability.
On top of that, you also have the 3.5-inch touchscreen as well to play around with. You get all the good basics here!
What is anti-aliasing? This is one of the functionalities that is offered in the Mono X’s settings. This is a relatively new setting being offered by Anycubic.
Anti-aliasing helps make the surface on 3d objects smoother and to also decrease the number of wavy layer lines that sometimes appears on MSLA prints.
One setback of this function is that it might remove a print’s more subtle details.
When printing out something that you’re prototyping at home, it would be great to test out how printing with an anti-aliasing value of 4 or above affects your designs.
Play around with this setting and find out what works best for your design!
As expected with many printers, there is the need for fans to cool down the machine during the printing process. For the Mono X, the fan noise can be much louder than its MSLA counterparts.
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