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    Hi,

    Dose anyone here have a resin printer? I would be interested to know your experiences, good and bad.

    Good purchase or Buyers regret?

    I’m literally waiting for my Elegoo mars pro to arrive today.

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    I have experimented with a low-end resin printer, not the Elegoo, and found it an unpleasant experience. First, even after trying every trick, I could find, I was unable to get the prints to stick to the print platform. Unfortunately, you do not know this is a problem until you wait for the print to "complete". The materials are a mess to deal with and unless you have multiple resin vats changing materials takes a long time, is very messy, and creates a lot of waste.

    I was let with the impression that unless you have a specific need for a resin printer, quality, etc, these machines are not appropriate for home use.

    Please share your experience as the Elegoo has gotten very good reviews.

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    • #3
      Thanks for your input.
      I am anticipating some frustration, but hoping I can get it dialed in before throwing it out of the top floor window.
      The main reason I acquired it, was to help out my sister make some prototype jewellery. Plus, I have a few other ideas for putting it to use.
      Probably wouldn’t have got a resin printer just for my personal use otherwise.
      I bought it at a reasonable price, and I could sell it, if it's more trouble than it’s worth.

      Looking forward comparing the prints to my FDM printer though. I’ll be sure to share my experiences.

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      • #4
        Hi Stuart
        I have several Resin printers ( DLP, MSLA, SLS)
        Thinking simple is the hardest way.....

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        • #5
          Hi Vassili,

          Oh nice! I now know who to ask when I have a problem, I’ll put you on speed dial ;-)

          I’ve not got my machine up and running yet. I’m still working on a work space for it in my spare room.
          Soon though.

          With so many machines, do you use them for business or just personal use?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Stuart View Post
            Hi Vassili,

            Oh nice! I now know who to ask when I have a problem, I’ll put you on speed dial ;-)

            I’ve not got my machine up and running yet. I’m still working on a work space for it in my spare room.
            Soon though.

            With so many machines, do you use them for business or just personal use?
            Business mostly. You can ask me what ever you might need on SLA printing!
            Thinking simple is the hardest way.....

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            • #7
              Thanks Vassils.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by irvshapiro View Post
                I have experimented with a low-end resin printer, not the Elegoo, and found it an unpleasant experience. First, even after trying every trick, I could find, I was unable to get the prints to stick to the print platform. Unfortunately, you do not know this is a problem until you wait for the print to "complete". The materials are a mess to deal with and unless you have multiple resin vats changing materials takes a long time, is very messy, and creates a lot of waste.

                I was let with the impression that unless you have a specific need for a resin printer, quality, etc, these machines are not appropriate for home use.

                Please share your experience as the Elegoo has gotten very good reviews.
                The low end MSLA chinese printers starts with Anicubic Photon. A well known cheap resin printer together with Micromake L type have changed the game. Anicubc just made the difference by using CDB controller board -instead of Micromake- and 2K masking screen. Many people from inside Anicubic have left and eshtablished their own brand such as KELANT, ELEGOO, EPAX etc and " by mistaken " share the same electronics & mechanics architecture..................
                Thinking simple is the hardest way.....

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Vassili Finellis View Post

                  The low end MSLA chinese printers starts with Anicubic Photon. A well known cheap resin printer together with Micromake L type have changed the game. Anicubc just made the difference by using CDB controller board -instead of Micromake- and 2K masking screen. Many people from inside Anicubic have left and eshtablished their own brand such as KELANT, ELEGOO, EPAX etc and " by mistaken " share the same electronics & mechanics architecture..................
                  Hi Vassilli,

                  What do you think will be the next “big thing” or improvement in the home / consumer market for 3d printing?
                  Do you think we could see a cheap home SLS machine?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Stuart View Post

                    Hi Vassilli,

                    What do you think will be the next “big thing” or improvement in the home / consumer market for 3d printing?
                    Do you think we could see a cheap home SLS machine?
                    It's like the appearence of the first ( long after 3dsystems ) FDM printer system from Makerbot. After Makerbot's FFF, other new brands made cheaper FFF systems. Will be the same with SLS as well as SLA etc. I'll post a complete guide of a DIY MSLA resin printer for a start!
                    Thinking simple is the hardest way.....

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                    • irvshapiro
                      irvshapiro commented
                      Editing a comment
                      I agree the resin printer space will continue to evolve and understand that a number of manufacturers have improved the reliability of bed adhesion. My bigger problem is the mess of dealing with resin. As a home-based user, doing this as a hobby, I want my technology tools to be relatively mess-free. I do woodworking, use 3d printers, do a bit of programming, and some electronics. I will be teaching about all of these technologies on the DrVax channel. My goal is to make low-cost technology available to hobbyists by helping them with the learning curve. If the technology is too dangerous or messy many hobbyists will not find it interesting.

                      Even with woodworking, the sawdust produced is easy to clean up and does not ruin everything it touches. So for me, until resin printers used fully enclosed cartridges like inkjet printers I will probably avoid them.

                      For industrial users, the calculus is completely different. Resin printers produce outstanding prints that are not currently possible with FDM printers. 3d printers using masked arrays have a significant speed advantage when printing many copies of the same part since layer times are the same for one or multiple copies. I fully understand the advantages of resin printers in manufacturing but so far they have not been right for me.

                  • #11
                    I’ll be honest, the idea of the post processing side of resin printing doesn’t fill me with joy.

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                    • #12
                      Well mr. Shapiro, i work with CNC machining centers for over 28 years. My second profession is mechanical engineer ( 1st is High class jewellery designer and 3d Orthotic engineer ) and dealing with designing and building cnc machining centers, gave me lots of experience in robotics.
                      Resin printers bed adhesion is a trick that can be overpassed for good easily. I can help on this as much as on other problems you might have.
                      No mess on draining the resin from the build plate on VAT ( there are lots of tricks , believe me) Changing the VAT film, choosing the right one, cheap alternatives, Z axises upgrades, Masking screens, controller alternatives, UI alternatives, slicers, add-ons, etc is only for the start. I can help and i will help you and everyone here to get perfect resin prints.
                      Please teach us electronics as well as programming and we'll find the way to our problems....together
                      Thinking simple is the hardest way.....

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Vassili Finellis View Post
                        Well mr. Shapiro, i work with CNC machining centers for over 28 years. My second profession is mechanical engineer ( 1st is High class jewellery designer and 3d Orthotic engineer ) and dealing with designing and building cnc machining centers, gave me lots of experience in robotics.
                        Resin printers bed adhesion is a trick that can be overpassed for good easily. I can help on this as much as on other problems you might have.
                        No mess on draining the resin from the build plate on VAT ( there are lots of tricks , believe me) Changing the VAT film, choosing the right one, cheap alternatives, Z axises upgrades, Masking screens, controller alternatives, UI alternatives, slicers, add-ons, etc is only for the start. I can help and i will help you and everyone here to get perfect resin prints.
                        Please teach us electronics as well as programming and we'll find the way to our problems....together
                        I’m glad you are here on our forum. Your experience, knowledge and willingness to help will be put to good use, I’m sure

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                        • #14
                          There is a Greek proverb: One hand wash the other hand and both hands wash the face.
                          Thinking simple is the hardest way.....

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                          • #15
                            #Vassili. Have you seen the new Elegoo Saturn b/w LCD printer? The reviews seem encouraging. Resolution is fractionally lower but it has a significantly larger build volume.
                            MrD

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