Not that long ago (September 14th, 2021), Anycubic’s launched its first resin DLP 3D-printer on Kickstarter. This was, and still remains the first ever and only affordable DLP resin 3D-printer. Anycubic co-engineered the printer with Texas Instruments to introduce Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology into the desktop 3D-printing field. How not even a year later Anycubic already introduced its successor, the Anycubic Photon Ultra D2. In this article we look at the printer specifications of the new Photon Ultra D2 and compare it to the original Photon Ultra.
About the DLP resin 3D-printing technology
Last year, anycubic told their Photon Ultra DLP printer direct 405nm light with a high precision. This high precision makes it possible that even with a lower specified resolution of 720p, the results are visibly better than those coming out of a 4K LCD or MSLA 3D-printer. Because LCD printers stretch pixels the larger the screen, even higher resolution LCD printers don’t come close to to the life-like result of prints made on the Photon Ultra.
Anycubic Photon Ultra vs. Anycubic Photon Ultra D2
There is not a ton of information online, but some key metrics are available and listed below.
|Anycubic Photon Ultra||Anycubic Photon Ultra D2|
|Pixels||1280 * 720||2560 * 1440|
|Print size (L x W x H)||102 * 57 * 165 mm||131 * 73 * 165 mm|
|Pixel size||0,080 mm||0,051 mm|
According to an article on All3DP.com, the Anycubic Photon Ultra D2 has a 2K DLP resolution (2560 * 1440 pixels) , but this is not confirmed anywere. The reason to bring this up is that Anycubic was famous for printing an extremely affordable 720P (worse resolution) DLP chip to the market. when upgrading this to a 2K chip it will be much more expensive. But when they actually don’t use a 2K DLP chip, and manipulate the same 720P with an XRP actuater, it can get a in theory a “higher” resolution for an affordable price. Read all about XRP actuater technology here. The reason we suspect it is because All3DP wrote this: “Anycubic also claims its gray anti-aliasing algorithm for the Photon D2 can achieve “printed objects with life-like precision”, which hints on XRP technology.
Resin compatibility with the Anycubic Photon Ultra D2 3D-printer
Liqcreate recently received one of the first commercial Anycubic Photon D2 printers and settings will be available on this page: Anycubic Photon D2 parameters. Send an e-mail to email@example.com if you want to be informed on resin compatibility. Team Liqcreate wish you happy printing for the lucky people who get their hands on an Anycubic Photon Ultra D2 first. If there are any questions or remarks, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org any time.