I recently picked up an Anycubic Photon S for the lab. I had never done SLA printing myself, only vicariously through others who made things for me. But the high temp-resistant bio-resins are too tempting to not spend a few hundred bucks on a new printer... even if that makes my 3rd 3D printer... I might have a problem [not enough space for more printers].
Living in New England limits the amount of UV processing of prints you can do outside so, I got the obligatory UV light and solar-powered turntable. I had this on my workbench when I was curing prints but felt that the PPE and safety precautions I was taking needed to be upgraded, especially if I was to spend a lot of time in the workshop or lab with it on.
Hence, employing one 3d printer to make useful things for the other.
I made a box to hold anything that the 115 x 65 x 155 mm print volume of the Anycubic can put out.
You might notice the dual-tone print. Although I really like this, I wasn't intentionally getting fancy. My eSun bright white PLA ran out before it could finish the box, so I witched it over to my favorite test print PLA, eSun Grey.
I have thought about making a version that could be printed on the Anycubic, but that would be rather difficult to split into the segments... perhaps when I get some time I will give it a go.
I used this box customizer to make the base construction, then imported into Fusion 360 to build the rest of the details: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2594893
I did three test prints and compared the curing time for the box vs sitting on the bench. Saw a 43% reduction in time to cure in the box. I would say that is a significant difference, making me very happy with the results. Now it is safer but also a quicker to end result.
- UV curing light and solar-powered turntable - https://amzn.to/3hTZ0uu
- PLA used two types
- eSun cool white PLA - https://amzn.to/2Z09dgi
- eSun grey PLA - https://amzn.to/3ewzGsv
- Mirrored window film - https://amzn.to/2Nn3cVw
- Gorilla glue spray adhesive - https://amzn.to/2VeawHA
If you don't have or are considering an SLR printer I've been surprised how easy it was to get started and successfully print. Way easier then FDM printing. Anycubic worked really well for me overall and decent build quality.
- Anycubic Photon S - https://amzn.to/2YXSlqk
- Anycubic Photon (a little cheaper) - https://amzn.to/3ewvkl8
- Anycubic zero (the cheapest) - https://amzn.to/3hXj6nI
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