Elegoo Saturn Product Review

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Introduction

Elegoo is another amazing brand to come out of China’s silicon valley, Shenzhen. The meaning of its name ties in directly with its mission, “With the help of programming and 3D printing technology, we can create almost anything—Elegoo provides geeks with the key to a new world.”

Founded in 2015 by Chris Hong, Elegoo has managed to enter the consumer market with its offering of its Mars 2 LCD Printer. This was a great addition to the line of affordable MSLA printers at the time. Now Elegoo is taking up a new challenge, with the release of the Elegoo Saturn 3D printer.

With a market of budget LCD printers already, what can the Saturn offer to consumers and MSLA enthusiasts?

In this article, we’ll take a look at all the improved offerings of this printer compared to the Mars 2. How does this printer really stand out compared to its in-house counterparts?

Elegoo Saturn 3D Printer

Pros

  • Absolutely stunning print quality
  • Larger build platform and resin vat
  • User-friendly
  • Network connectivity for remote printing
  • Newly designed resin vat with feet to avoid scratching FEP
  • Compatible with 405 nm UV-sensitive resins
  • 4K screen

Cons

  • No built-in carbon filter
  • Rear-mounted power switch; side or front would be easier to access
  • Messy cleanup, slow print times, involved post-processing (issues universal to resin 3D printing)

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Top Features

On the surface, the Saturn looks like a bigger version of the Mars 2. But what are the subtle differences if we take a closer look at this machine?

With a base unit of the size of a 280 X 240 mm footprint, the all-metal foundation includes the 3.5-inch color touchscreen (frontside), two back fans, and a USB port on the right.

As a larger version of the Mars and Mars Pro, the Saturn also had to be designed to accommodate for its increased size.

The manufacturers at Elegoo also had to address how to improve the practical performance of the Saturn.

With that said, what are the top features of the Elegoo Saturn that make it such a great printer?

Vat

The vat, which is placed on the top, is now much more conveniently removable and compared to its Mars predecessors, it does not have to be slid out to the side.

The four bumps in the corners underneath the vat also allow you to place it on the side without damaging the FEP film.

For a better transition during the change of resin material, there is now a pouring aid in one corner of the vat.

Something in the Saturn’s vat that was not brought over from the Mars Pro is a level indicator showing you how much resin was inside the vat. We recommend extra caution when using the measuring cup, as it can get quite messy!

The Z-axis of this printer now has a much more expanded frame. There is one rail on both sides of the Z-axis, and it adds to the stability of the build plates movement up and down while printing.

Elegoo Saturn 3D Printer Monochrome Display

LCD Display

The monochrome display of the Saturn is truly breathtaking.

The 4K screen is 8.9 inches wide and has a resolution of 3840 x 2400 pixels.  The LCD on an MSLA printer is where the magic happens, and in Saturn’s case, the monochrome display truly is magical.

The 8.9-inch 4K screen has a resolution of 3840 x 2400 pixels. Comparing this to the 2K screen, it sounds like almost double the pixels (but would actually be quadruple), but the reality is a little more complicated.

It might not seem to be a huge upgrade for those new to the industry but the monochrome really does make the difference. Monochrome allows a greater intensity of light to penetrate through, which makes the curing time way faster.

For those that want stats to prove it, the Saturn should average 2 second layer times, whereas the Mars clocks in at 8 seconds.

It is also worth noting that the official consensus on monochrome displays is that they do last longer than LCD panels. This is great as you won’t have to upgrade your panel as quickly.

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