Anycubic Photon

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Anycubic Photon
Tool AnycubicPhoton.jpg
Manufacturer Anycubic
Model Photon
Obtained Pledge drive (August 2019)
Location CNC Area
Team 3D Printing
Induction Required Yes (use request form)
Booking Yes (use HMS)
Status Defunct
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The Anycubic Photon is a resin based SLA 3D Printer. It produces higher definition models than typical filament based printers (such as the filament based Ultimaker Original+). It was purchased in August 2019 via a Pledge drive.

The printer is located in the CNC Area.

Booking the Printer

You can book the printer for one 6 hour maximum period at once. Be aware that some prints can take several hours so be careful when timing it.

Basic Operation

Always wear gloves when handling the resin and resulting prints. Gloves are available and if none are look upstairs in the safety area.

The manual is available for download. It contains a guide to how to setup and use the printer and some basic guidance on the software and settings to use for prints.

Designing

You first of all design your 3d print on your own computer or one in the Blue Room using suitable software such as ChiTuBox which supports Windows, Mac and Linux.

You can also use the slicer provided by Photo called Anycubic Photo Slicer (downloads available on the AnyCubic website for Windows and Mac). This however cannot open sliced models while ChiTuBox can.

The settings for the print should be tailored within the specifications below. Experimenting is key.

Printing

To print first use your RFID to active the printer. You can upload the finished design via. memory stick - one is with the machine to use if you don't have one yourself.

The prints done it in can take several hours - the height will affect the builds the most (a larger layer thickness tends to need a higher amount of time per layer to cure). Different types of resin may have different setting to use due to opacity and other reasons.

Due to the nature of the machine you may not see a failed print for 30mm or so depth unless it is paused and you move it (you shouldn't usually do this). For long prints if you are unsure it will go well book extra time to cover reprinting if it fails the first time.

Finished Parts

Printed parts need to be washed. There is IPA available for rinsing and water for removing the IPA.

Curing Station

A UV Nail Lamp is available to cure the finished print. It automatically rotates when turned on since the turntable is solar powered.

Specs

Make Model Dimensions (mm) Max Print Size (mm) Resolution (mm) Platform Screen Size Z axis accuracy (mm) Suggested Layer Thickness (mm) Suggested Print Speed (mm/h) UV Wavelength (nm) Rated Power Spec sticker
Anycubic Photon SLA 220 * 200 * 400 115 * 65 * 115 0.00125 2560x1440 (2K), 5" diagonal 0.047 0.01 ~ 0.2 20 405 40W SLA 3D Printer Back Sticker.jpg

Resin

Photon printer

Resin typically costs: £20/500ml, plus wastage.

Settings

Exposure time per layer depends on the specific resin, layer thickness, and potentially temperature.

It is possible to print a Calibration Chart for a specific layer height with your resin to find a good starting point. If doing so please make sure you fully understand the process and will leave the printer in a good state for the next user.

The Resin Calibration Charts page collects charts for various resins that have been tried so far, members are encouraged to update it with any new resins they try.

Videos

Resources