2 weeks in resin 3d printing with the Anycubic Photon S

There are a lot of guides out there for what I learned in 3d printing, but I find that a simple accessible post on what you’ve learned is always helpful and may just have something that someone had missed or didn’t know.

You don’t need an entire room or even desk to get into printing.
Mine is in my storage rack beside the door in my apartment.
Just some of the successful prints so far

So here are a few things I learned:

  1. You can filter your used Isopropyl using paint filters, these will remove any larger chunks of resin. You can buy them from any paint supply store, they come in packs of 200, are affordable and disposable. This is by far the fastest method I have found, I’m not going to use any of the recommended methods that have 2-3 day processes.
  2. Using a different USB than the one that comes with the machine. I read this everywhere and thought ‘what on earth difference could that make, it either works or it doesn’t right?’ Wrong. From what I can tell the USB can affect parts of the print if it is unreliable, it is not just a case of pass or fail. I had a lot of small issues that seemed to straighten out after changing USBs.
  3. Learn to do your own supports. It’s really not that hard, and it opens up SO many options. I found 3D Printing Pro’s videos on youtube to be the most helpful as he uses Chitubox and explains it right from step 1. You only need to watch 5-6 to become very competent.
  4. Do not clean your FEP with ISO. It goes cloudy and you’ll have to replace it.
  5. When replacing the FEP that you accidentally cleaned with ISO, do not tighten it all the way. You have to tune it like a drum.
  6. When you do tighten your FEP all the way and it tears, clean up thoroughly before you print so you don’t ruin your machine.
  7. If you hollow your prints, you can cure the insides using a UV laser
  8. Removing supports is a lot easier in hot water BUT if you do this straight after the iso bath your prints may stain white.
  9. Milliput is an amazing putty for gap filling and can be easily smoothed out and thinned using isopropyl alcohol (or any white spirit)
  10. You don’t have to clean the machine after every print, but it’s strongly recommended after every fail.
  11. The smell. NOWHERE near as bad as what was prepared for. I still wouldn’t put the printer in a baby’s bedroom but mine is in my apartment living room only 6 metres from my bedroom and it’s not a problem.
photo of organised work space using 3d printed parts