Anycubic released 5 new printers in its event on March 27. Here is a summary of the information related to resin 3D-printing. The Anycubic Photon M3 series will include three variations: Anycubic Photon M3, Anycubic Photon M3 Plus, and Anycubic Photon M3 Max. All three serving up the finest print details with even faster print speeds thanks to the Anycubic LighTurbo light source.
Additionally, the M3 Plus and M3 Max have a new feature that could be a first among low-cost resin 3D printers: an automated resin filling system, called the “Anycubic Auto Resin Filler”. This would eliminate the problem of running out of resin in mid print, as the M3 Plus and M3 Max can automatically detect low resin levels and refill as required without human intervention.
Image by Anycubic: The new Anycubic Kobra (FDM), Anycubic Photon M3, Photon M3 Plus and Photon M3 Max
About the Anycubic Photon M3 resin 3D-printer
The full details can be found here. The price for this entry-level M3 printer is currently set at $299 and the printer will have a so called 4K+ resolution. Which in pixel size is marginally better compared to their Photon Mono 4K. To compare, the Photon M3 has an LCD screen with 4096 x 2560 pixels while the Photon Mono 4K has a 4K LCD screen with 3,840 x 2,400 pixels. The build volume of the Anycubic Photon M3 is 163 * 102 * 180 mm (L * W * H), having a pixel size of around 23 micron. Additionally the build plate is laser-engraved, which is said to improve adhesion of the base layer to the build plate, and an upgraded matrix light engine is used. All together, this seems like a good upgrade for the entry model printers, the only thing missing is a double z-axis.
About the Anycubic Photon M3 Plus resin 3D-printer
The full details can be found here. The price for this mid-level M3 printer is currently set at $699 and the printer has a 6K resolution, competing directly with its previously launched Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K in both specifications as price. To compare, the Photon M3 Plus has an LCD screen with 5760 x 3600 pixels, exactely the same as the Photon Mono X 6K. The build volume of the Anycubic Photon M3 Plus is 194 * 122 * 245 mm (L * W * H), having a pixel size of around 33 micron. Additionally the build plate is laser-engraved, which is said to improve adhesion of the base layer to the build plate, and an upgraded matrix light engine is used. All together, this seems like a minor upgrade from the Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K.
About the Anycubic Photon M3 Max resin 3D-printer
The full details can be found here. The price for this max-level M3 printer is currently set at $1099 and the printer has a 7K resolution, competing with other large LCD based printers like the Elegoo Jupiter, Peopoly Phenom Prime and Phrozen Sonic Mega 8K. To compare, the Anycubic Photon M3 Mas has an LCD screen with 6480x 3600 pixels. Quick calculation indicates that the pixel size if around 45 micron for this printer. Competing in both pixel size and build volume with the recently launched Phrozen Sonic Mega 8K. Additionally the build plate is laser-engraved, which is said to improve adhesion of the base layer to the build plate, and an upgraded matrix light engine is used. All together, this seems like a good upgrade to compete with other large MSLA 3D-printers
Anycubic Photon M3 / M3 Plus / M3 Max compatible resins
The Photon M3 and M3 Plus are available in the Liqcreate lab and our engineers have developed printing parameters for Liqcreate resins. you can find them here:
Image by Anycubic: High contrast ratio is beneficial for resin 3D-printing
Why is a high contrast ratio beneficial in resin 3D-printing?
The contrast ratio defines the difference in true white and true black color in the screen industry. The first generation of LCD printers, the contrast ratio was quite low. Meaning that the black pixels were not truly black and some light would come through anyway. For some very reactive resins, a build-up of this energy multiplied over many layers can cause unwanted polymerization. Additionally, if the bright / white pixels are even brighter, exposure times can be shorter.
Anycubic Photon Nex
Together with these five printers, there was also an unveiled concept 3D printer — Anycubic Photon Nex — which features super speeds, smart printing, and a science-fiction inspired design. We yet have to see what the Anycubic Photon Nex is all about as there is not much information available at the time of writing. According the currently available information “Printing speed has always been one of the most important settings for 3D printers. The Photon Nex is equipped with an unheard-of ultra-high speed printing module, which dramatically increases the printing speed to 1600mm/h! Ultra-high speed printing introduces a leap forward in user experience. A 200mm tall model of the Eiffel Tower currently takes around 4 hours to print on mainstream printers, while Photon Nex cuts this speed down to just 7 minutes and 30 seconds!”.
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