Hotline: 555.555.1235

ANYCUBIC Photon S 3D Printer, UV LCD Resin Printer with Dual Z-axis Linear Rail and Upgraded UV Module & Print Quietly and...

4.5 93 reviews

USD379.99

Details
【Great starter 3D Printer】: Super easy to setup since it comes almost entirely preassembled, come with all the proper tools to get started, and just a single grub screw to level instead of having to level each corner. Great introduction to 3D printing. 【With the Dual Rails】: No worry about Z wobble issue; The dual Z axis rail make the bed very stable, this helps with the movement and to make sure the bed does not shift in the middle of printing; Better choice for large x-y objects with super-fine details. 【Upgraded LED Array】: With the UV upgraded lighting, it makes the resolution and the accuracy in your printing that much better and tighter than any other 3d printer in its class. The pitting in the skin, the hair and the texture in the clothing all can shows up. 【More Function】: ①Touch screen: offer a new-Level use experience ②Sanded Aluminum platform: greatly enhance adhesion make it more stable during printing ③Double air filtration system: effectively reduce the divergence of odor ④ CE Certified Power Supply 【Photon Owner's Group】:On Facebook as the people there are very knowledgeable and love to help with issues; They are eager to give suggestions and advice for everyone to get the best of their Photon and photon S.
Reviews
User says:

The original Anycubic Photon is probably the most popular LCD SLA printer on the market, and for good reason. It is affordable, easy to use, and has a great support base online. This is the followup to that machine. There is great debate within the Photon "community" as to which is better- But unlike most reviewers, we have BOTH machines here, and can give a genuine, objective review comparing the two.It is not just an upgrade to the original Photon- It is an entirely new machine. Other than some common parts, like the LCD screen, it shares nothing with the original. The control board, case, firmware, and even the file format supported are all different. In many cases, the changes made were great improvements. Others, not so much.First of all, the machine has a cheaper feel to it because, unlike the all-metal Photon, the Photon S has a plastic case. This is a cosmetic thing, though- as the mechanical parts of the Photon- The parts that matter to print quality- are all metal.A significant upgrade was made to the 'z' axis of the printer. The "S" uses a dual guide system and much stronger components, which makes the z axis a lot more stable than the original model.Another upgrade is the UV LED is more powerful, meaning shorter exposures and faster print times. The original Photon has a 25w LED array, where the S is 38w. This results in a SIGNIFICANT shortening of print times vs. the original photon. A good general guide to get started is to use a multiplier of about 0.7 for the Photon times. On larger prints, this makes a HUGE difference.Firmware is different. It's tough to say that one is 'better' than the other- they are just different. There are, as is to be expected, a few bugs to be worked out, but if the past is any indication Anycubic will get the issues straightened out. They still have some issues with the original photon that pop up from time to time.Slicing is supported by the anycubic slicer, but also by ChiTuBox. The Photon S profile is included with the program. As always, it is a much better choice for slicing than the anycubic slicer. The Photon S uses it's own unique file format (.photons).As it is somewhat new to the market, it doesn't enjoy the aftermarket support that the original does, but that will change. In the mean time, it also means that you'll have to do some tinkering on your own to get settings right and to fix some problems here and there, but overall this is a solid machine.Remember, there was a time that there was no support for the original photon as well. I can see where, some day, the original Photon will loose some of its support as this new machine gains a foothold. If I were choosing between models now, I'd probably go with the "S".----UPDATED----I want to update this review a bit, as we've had the machine for a few months now. We continue to get great prints from it- With no problems or issues. I have NEVER had a failed print on this machine that wasn't operator error- and even the, I find it pretty forgiving.

User says:

I absolutely love my photon! I've been printing with a FDM printer for about a year, and although it creates some incredible prints, it leaves some to be desired with print quality of DnD miniatures (and other small detailed prints). Right out of the box this printer was creating some wonderful prints. The rook and pig were my first two prints, and as you can see the detail is incredible! Leveling the build plate requires some paitence since it needs to be precise, but once you get it you're good to go! If you're wanting to get into SLA printing without breaking the bank, I'd highly recommend this printer!

User says:

I have always found anycubic to provide great value for money. I own 3 i3 Megas, 4 Chirons, and now 2 photon S'. I used to have 3 original photons but after buying my first Photon S I will be swapping them out over time as well.Everything is meticulously packaged and there is protective film on all the bits that should have it. Remove all the packaging, remove the vat, and attach the build plate. You may need to raise the Z so that you can get the vat out.This is where many people seem to struggle; leveling the build plate. To level the build plate, loosen the grub or "set" screw on the top of the build plate. It's near the red knob you used to attach the build plate to the Z. This should allow the build plate to wobble freely. With the vat still removed, cut a piece of standard printer paper so that it covers the whole area the vat covered. Rest this paper on top of the LCD and then use the on-screen menu to "home" the printer. This will bring the build plate "near" but not touching the paper. Using the 0.1mm button, continue to lower the build plate until you feel a good amount of resistance on the paper. Now, press firmly down on the sloped sides of the build plate, pressing it firmly against the paper and while pressing down with one hard, tighten the set screw with the other. Now go out to the menu that says z=0 and press that. we have now told the printer that its current position is "true 0" on the z.Raise the build plate, insert the vat and tighten it down and pour in some resin. My printer came with green resin but I know the colors are supposedly random. There is a test print file on the included usb but its not in the root folder so the printer (with my particular firmware version) doesn't read subfolders. Find the test print file and copy or move it to the root of the usb (not inside any folders). Anycubic, if you're reading this, please either add subfolder support or provide the test print file in the root to avoid confusion for newcomers.In the pictures I included you can see the details about the current print job, from time remaining, to how much resin it requires. I find the S also emits smells less than my original photon. Maybe due to differently routed ventilation or some charcoal-like filters they have in there. Either way I'll take it.The unit came with an older firmware on it. I appreciate this, because the newer firmwares only support printing .pws files and not .photons. This means that as of the date of this review, I wouldnt be able to use my slicer of choice, Chitubox, if the firmware was updated to the point of only supporting .pws.The biggest differences with the Photon S over the original are:1) Uses a uv matrix of led's instead of a larger one in the center. This should provide more consistent UV light across the phole LCD mask.2) Beefy, dual linear-guide Z rails. There is no way this Z can wobble. This is critical since we're usually dealing with super-fine details that any amount of wobble is painfully obvious and also if you print large x-y objects there are considerable peel forces on the fep film that this Z needs to overcome, again, without wobble or flex.If you made it this far, thanks for hanging in there. With proper leveling you should have no issues printing the test file. For the first while I suggest you stick with the stock resin. This way you can utilize the same exposure settings as their test file and focus more on proper part orientation and supports. You can view the exposure settings by pressing the gear icon on the print progress screen (see screenshot)

User says:

So this is my second personal MSLA printer so I will be making a lot of comparisons to the MP Mini SLA both V1 and V2.First impressions were that this machine felt a bit cheap because the housing was all plastic. The other machines in this category are typically made of metal or a one piece plastic housing. Anycubic chose to keep the door mechanism which means the hinges operate on a relatively thin sheet of plastic. It flexes a lot when you use it. Not a significant issue but it does affect my impression.I have never used the old photon firmware however I found the firmware on this machine to be quite intuitive and love the touchscreen functionality. It will remain to be seen how well it works with the inevitable resin contamination coating the screen. I especially love the preview of the build plate.For the Z axis, I am not as impressed as other reviewers have been. From a mechanical standpoint, having two linear rails causes an issue if you do not have great perpendicularity between the rails to the frame and low runout rails. I have found that my rails in particular are not great in terms of runout and cause minor binding about 20mm above the bed. The perpendicularity of the rails is decent and I have not seen more than a pixel or two worth of tilting of my printed parts.The screen is the same SHARP LS055R1SX03 2k screen that the MP Mini and I suspect most other MSLA printers of this class uses. Because of that I will not be talking about the resolution of the prints but rather design considerations that I observed. The bezel between the screen and the build plate is quite thick. It is thick enough to cause light diffusion which causes details to soften and letters to not come out as sharp. In my pictures you can see how on the torture test rook the green part which is printed on the Anycubic is significantly less sharp than on the grey part from the mini SLA. I used the same base resin but added the green to differentiate. As well on the Tardis, there looks like ringing which is again a side effect of the light diffusion. What this does help however is to round surfaces which look better with the diffusion. You see fewer voxels.This machine produces much more odor than the Mini SLA as well. I used to be very suspicions of all the people who complain about the smells of resin printers until I got this machine. I suspect it is because they are actively pumping the smell out of the machine through filters rather than creating a seal with the case and containing the fumes inside the machine.Leveling this printer was not terrible however due to the bezel I was not sure at first what my datum reference point should have been to lay the sheet of paper on. I am not fond of the printer only homing fully during a print though. It makes releveling and making minor adjustments to leveling difficult.But overall, it as good printer and my issues are mostly nitpicks and observations.

User says:

The Anycubic Photon S is an impressive printer for the price. I have extensive experience with FDM (aka rigid filament) printers and the major limitation of FDM technology is its inability to print smaller delicate parts. However, for resin (mSLA in this case) printers, this task is achievable. These mechanically simple wonders can print to almost injection molded surface finish with great resolution.Let's talk pros and cons.Pros:Amazing print qualityCompetitive priceReasonably simple to useDual Z-axis gantryMuch quieter than the PhotonCons:Plastic outer casing (as apposed to the metal casing on the Photon)Replacement LCD's are not cheap (around $50)Small build volume (but I use it primarily to print small things my FDM printer can't so this doesn’t really affect me)I own both a Photon S and a Photon. So, for those trying to decide which to buy, here are some facts as well as my thoughts about the two.Build Quality:Photon S: For those of you worried about the possibility of the Z-axis track loosening up, the Photon S is what you’ll want. It has a much quieter movement than the Photon also. Unfortunately, Anycubic decided to do away with the metal casing with this iteration. It is now plastic. But, as stated earlier, this doesn’t actually make the frame more or less rigid or affect the print quality.Photon: The metal casing makes the printer feel premium, however, it doesn't enhance the print quality because the Z-axis tower mounts straight to the LCD bracket. I have heard (but haven't experienced) that the single Z-axis track can wear out and loosen over time. I have used it for probably 20+ hours of printing and it is still rigid so this may or may not be true.Print Quality:The print quality of both printers is practically identical. They use the same LCD, stepper motor and frame design. However, the Photon S has an upgraded motherboard so it might be capable of more with future firmware upgrades.(The white lattice structure was printed on the Photon and the green on the Photon S)Accessories:Both printers come with identical tool sets and power supplies. However, the Photon S also includes 500mL of that beautiful green resin while the old Photon doesn’t include any resin.In conclusion, this printer is quite impressive for its price. However, after using both the Photon S and original Photon, I would recommend that you buy the Photon. The Photon S, even with the dual Z-axis and upgraded motherboard, isn’t worth twice the price. But this is just my humble opinion and I encourage you to do your own digging.I’ll leave you with one last comparison, in the last picture, the white lattice tree was printed on a Photon while the grey tree was printed on a $2,000 Formlabs Form2 SLA printer (which uses a UV laser instead of an LCD). As you can see, the Form2 is definitely cleaner and more precise but at less then 1/8th the price, the Photon held its own.I hope you found this review helpful. If you did then a click on the “Helpful” button would be much appreciated.P.S. Anycubic tech support is some of the best I've ever dealt with.

User says:

I’m Phil Freeman of Photonic Figures @photonicfigures and I make toys from my home as a side hobby/business. I prefer to make silicon molds to cast resin copies from, and I need high quality original pieces to do this. My previous 3D printer, the SparkMaker, always left lines in the prints that I had to sand down or paint over to smooth out, and if it was a small miniature this was very difficult if not impossible.That’s why I’ve been very impressed with the AnyCubic Photon S! Thanks to its higher quality screen, anti-aliasing, and ability to do smaller layers, most of my prints come out needing very little cleanup at all! I still wash them in alcohol and expose them to a UV lamp to cure them, but otherwise they’re ready to cast molds off of right off the bat. And the level of detail is insane, look at the antlers on the Deer print in my photos! I also print miniatures for Dungeons & Dragons, like the Barrel Robot in the photos, and this printer is so perfect for that.The machine itself has been very easy to operate and maintain. The LCD screen on the front has a very user-friendly interface and can store multiple prints at once. I have had to take it apart and clean it, but even that has been very doable and the company’s youtube channel has several helpful videos. I’m not an expert at 3d printing or mechanical engineering by any means and I was able to do the maintenance myself.I definitely recommend the AnyCubic Photon S! I’ve been a big fan of this type of 3D printing and I’m so glad it’s become more affordable and accessible to the common maker. If you have any further questions or need help, feel free to message me on instagram at @photonicfigures .

User says:

I started with one FDM printer a few years back. Then I got another one about 1.5-2 years ago. They are nice.. Real fun to play around with and create things with. I wasn't able to get some of the details I wanted. So I was looking around at SLA Printers. I looked at all of them.. I was on a certain budget. I'm pretty sure I got the best value for my money with the Photon S. The Customer Service is second to none. I have an issue with a screen and they sent out a new one right away.They answer your questions very fast as well. So once I got everything set up I printed one of the files that came with the printer (The Green Cube, see pics). I was so amazed. I'm a DnD player and mainly used the printer to make gaming miniatures. The detail you get in places like the face blew me away. It makes me strive to be a better painter to capture all the small details. I've printed a few other things as well. A "Baby Yoda" for Valentines day. My wife loves it! Again the details were amazing. See for yourself, it's in the pics.My daughter wanted Bruni from Frozen 2 and that had a small issue, but that was mostly my fault. I was still learning the software. You'll see some of the cleanup on the figures needs to be cleaned up, that's not the printer that's me. It prints so beautifully. I'd consider getting another one. My only complaint, and this isn't a big one, is the print bed is a little small compared to my FDMs. When I'm ready for the next one I'll look and see if they offer one with a larger build plate. Thank you Anycubic for this great printer, I look forward to using it for years to come!

User says:

My first resin printer was a formlabs form 1+ but it used expensive vats that were expendable, resin costing 2-3 times as much, and it had to be hooked up to the printer with usb cable to send the file to be printed.With the Anycubic Photon S you learn resin printing doesn’t have to be expensive. At the price I am surprised how much metal is used in the construction instead of plastic. For the ultimate experience I recommend using this with Anycubics washing station because it takes most of the mess out of resin printing. Bonus with the washing station is it’s great at washing the vat and build plate clean as well.If you’ve thought about getting into resin printing now is the time. I highly recommend the Photon S. The print quality is amazing and simple to use. Anycubic has their own slicing software so you don’t have to setup any printer settings in a new slicer.

User says:

I am very happy with my printer so far. I was able to begin printing within about 90 minutes of receiving the item and that includes picking what I wanted to print. I watched several videos on the site and many more on youtube while waiting for it to arrive.The item arrived well packed in a box and did not rattle, shake, or move due to being in bespoke foam. The printer was easy to retrieve. I followed the instructions of downloading the software but decided to use Chiti instead, which seems very similar but somehow has more options. Chiti has presets for the Photon, so that worked out. While it was downloading, I performed the plate leveling operation....which seems fairly easy based on videos(we'll see).I downloaded some files from dragon rest and titan forge, let the machine add supports, and loaded the files to a USB. The USB spot is tucked away neatly on the side of the machine, so booted it up, inserted the USB, and filled the reservoir. I've watched several videos, but still felt like I was eyeballing the amount of resin needed, as Chiti just estimated how much the cost of the resin used would be. Anyway, after that, it was just a matter of hitting the print button and selecting my project. It was fun to see the printer estimate the time the print would take(in this case, 12 hours).I'll be honest, I lost two of the four miniatures due to them not "sticking" to the plate(at least that is what YouTubers tell me). I don't think this is due to the machine as everyone pretty much stated "The first print always fails." That being said, the two miniatures that did print are pretty great, I'd say on par with CMON or not easily.I purchased the wash and cure station during a sale and I'll admit they look nice next to each other. The only thing I might change, the wash and cure station has a removed lid, the printer has a door. I think if I ever needed to clean up a leak...I'd prefer the lid.Additionally, I did contact customer service(who were very responsive and friendly) about the film(FEP) in my reservoir and he sticking and they are mailing a replacement no questions asked.

User says:

I bought the original Anycubic Photon because of the low price for an SLA printer. The others on the market just did not cut it. For example, I didn’t want to have remove a giant hood off a printer just to get to the new print. Also, issue I saw with online tutorials for other models made leveling the build plate a nightmare.That said, I bought the original version of the Anycubic Photon. I ran into some issues that were fixed with personal changes to exposure time and other parameters in the slicing software. For the original Photon, I switched to Chitubox for slicing. I was familiar with it, and it had far more tools than the slicing software that came with the printer.That said, let’s get to this Anycubic Photon S. Is it more expensive than the original Photon? Yes. Is it better than the original? Yes, very much so, but with some issues. Here is how I break it down…-Build plates are the same and can be calibrated the same ways. They are interchangeable.-Resin vats are the same. Again, they are interchangeable.-Z-axis rail(s) are entirely different. The original Photon has one rail, while the Photon S has two. Now, I currently have not had any issues with the original Photon printing, dual rails would theoretically have more stabilizing.-Z-axis on the Photon S is smoother than the original Photon. It slows down before reaching any height. This is likely due to the firmware.-The GUI for the Photon S is different. I like both touch-screen setups.FirmwareI’ll just come out and say it… the original Photon cannot have its firmware updated. It looks like various forums can confirm. However, the Photon S can have its firmware updated. I have personally done this myself. I updated my Photon S to V5.0.2 recently.EnclosureThe Anycubic Photon S has a plastic enclosure when the original Photon had a metal enclosure. The new setup works but is flimsy. The Photon S doesn’t have a knob for the window. Instead, the window has some magnets on the bottom of it to hold it in place. There isn’t even a bevel on the bottom of the vertical door so that you can lift it with your fingers.Again when it came to Anycubic claiming that these SLA printers were for “beginners”, no way are these printers for beginners. These Anycubic SLA printers are great for moderates that know their way around FDM 3D printing, but certainly not someone that is just looking into the hobby/trade.

User says:

This isn't my first resin printer. I actually purchased the Photon S as an upgrade to my old printer due to the new UV array. The new LED array alone makes it worth the extra cost, in my opinion. Print times have been cut in half due to the more powerful UV LED and the even brightness of the array.That said, I did have a problem with the printer right out of the box. The touch screen wasn't working so I couldn't control the printer at all. Contacting their tech support line was easy and they actually got back to me in just a couple hours with a full video guide on how to disassemble the printer and re-seat the ribbon cable. Other than that the printer worked beautifully right out of the box. I'm not a huge fan of the Photon Slicer software as it doesn't give you full control of the supports, but it does work and is simple enough to use for beginners. If you're more advanced at 3D printing I'm sure you'll find there are other options.As a printer for beginners, if you've never used a 3D printer before this printer, or resin printers in general, are a little bit tricky. Making sure you have the part oriented and supported properly so that it sticks to the build plate and you don't fail the print is something that comes with experience. The Photon Slicer does do a very good job trying to make sure that your parts print properly, but no software can do what you'll learn with a bit of practice. That's the only reason I dropped the "For Beginners" by a star. A beginner should know that they're going to be in for a mess with the resin if you're not careful, and you will have failed prints until you grow accustomed to the printer and its capabilities. I still think this is a great printer for beginners, as long as you have patience.

User says:

I've had the original Photon for about a year, and I've been very happy with it. I've printed countless things at this point, and never really had a problem.When the Photon S came out, I decided to wait since it was so similar. However once I saw a good enough deal on it, I decided to try it out. I'm glad I did.First off, this is basically the same machine in terms of print quality. The Anycubic Photon already puts out tremendous quality prints - almost as good as the Form printer which costs 6 times more. So, you're going to get basically the same prints and we're already in a good place there.The screen is a lot better - more responsive, brighter, easier to read. This is hugely improved.I never had z-wobble with my Photon, but people definitely reported it as an issue. The Photon S fixes this by improving the Z rail with 2 additional guides to keep it straight.The casing is now plastic, rather than steel. It's lighter, but I think it's still heavy enough to be pretty steady. I did notice it now doesn't have adjustable feet, though - you're going to need a good level surface to start with for this.The Photon S is much, much quieter than the Photon. Maybe it's because my Photon is old and the fan has run a long time, but the S is almost totally silent. It also has a carbon filter insert to absorb some fumes, but I have a really poor sense of smell so I don't really notice that either way.If you already have a Photon, then I'm not sure it's worth getting this as an upgrade unless you get a very good deal as I did, or simply need a second printer - but if you are looking for your first printer, I think this is the one. It doesn't have the biggest print area, but the value to price is very difficult to beat, and it is definitely a nice improvement in most ways over the already excellent Photon.

User says:

[[VIDEOID:726ac2b4cae030d011073f9a958be1a]] Coming from owning and exclusively printing on FDM printers for nearly 4 years, SLA printing on the Photon S is a game changer for smaller/detailed prints.Out of the box setup was relatively straightforward, but I highly recommend doing some research on best practices when printing with resin - whether you've been printing with filament on FDM printers already or are completely new to 3D printing. Anycubic includes starter safety gear (mask & gloves), but you'll definitely want to stock up on at least nitrile (not latex) gloves and some sort of cleaning solution for post-print cleanup (99% alcohol works great if you can get it).Updating to the latest firmware was quick and easy - just load onto the USB drive and follow the directions to get it loaded onto the machine itself. Anycubic's Photon Workshop is a solid enough slicer program, though I use PrusaSlicer for its auto-supports when needed and then loaded the supported .stl file back into the Photon software.Leveling the build plate was simple enough - I followed the paper method that Anycubic recommends. After leveling, reinstall the resin vat and pour in your resin of choice. The directions say to fill to about the 1/3 point, which appears to be the point where the chamfer inside the vat begins. From there, it's just a matter of selecting your sliced file from the USB stick and hitting print. Coming from FDM, I'm not used to being able to check for bed/build plate adhesion right away (since the first bit of the SLA prints are hidden in the resin vat for a while), but if your FEP film is properly tensioned you'll hear a nice "pop" sound when each layer is done being exposed and the build plate lifts it slightly to release.Speaking of FEP film, make sure you treat it with care. I managed to accidentally puncture mine and caused slight leakage of resin on the screen below. Cleanup took some TLC with the included plastic scraper and IPA sprayed onto a paper towel, but it cleaned up after about 30 min. Replacing the FEP film itself, using one of the included spares, was time consuming but worth the effort to get right. Be sure to look up some YouTube tutorials on this if and when you have to do it to get some great insights on how to determine the proper tension for the film (hint: you test how it sounds with a spectrum analyzer app).All of my prints have been at 0.05mm layer height so far, but the detail is absolutely incredible, especially compared to what a FDM printer can do. Post-processing is a lot more involved, but that's the trade-off for the level of detail you can achieve.I'll close with a few thoughts on the build quality of the machine. It's a solid, svelte little unit. The touch screen is responsive and software is straight forward. The hinged lid opens pretty wide, though I do have some concern about how far back it opens and rests - I wouldn't want to leave it open for long periods of time to avoid stressing the hinge. The metal vat & ball-hinged build plate are nice and sturdy. Ventilation on the unit is adequate - you'll definitely want to print in a well ventilated room either way. Odors from the machine are going to depend in part on your choice of resin. If I could change one thing about the design, I would have prefer the removable fan backplate of the original Photon as there's a lot of great ventilation mods available for that design.

User says:

First some background: I've owned several printers in the past. The Anycubic Mega series is how I started on this journey, and since then I've owned the Creality lines (Mini, CR10, 10S,Ender 3) and a Prusa MK2.I originally purchased 3D printers for rapid prototyping and quickly spun off a side hobby selling terrain and simple items....however my dream goal was to print miniatures. When I saw that a new model of the Photon was released I decided to take the plunge into SLA printing,In short: It is an AMAZING mini printing machine!!!High detail miniatures print really nicely on Photon-S with much less cleanup and fiddling than on an FDM printer(Ender 3, CR10 etc etc).The printing times are more consistent than on an FDM printer since printing multiple objects doesn't add too much time to the overall print. I greatly recommend this printer for anyone who wants to jump into printing high(and I mean high) quality minis.Pros:Amazing print qualitySmall footprintLoads of extras included in the packageFree resin (500ml is a decent amount!)Detailed manualWarranty card and customer service is top notchCons:Resin can smell a bit strong, be sure to print in a ventilated area. Can be made easier by getting some plant based resin.Leveling was a little awkward at first

User says:

Like the plain Photon, the S is an upgraded version of the same printer. Prints are fantastic and a far cry from my other FDM printers. SLA printers like this can do things FDM printers can only dream about. I had some initial issues leveling the bed, and the online tutorial from AnyCubic is ok, but not stellar. There are several others out there that clarify what is correct and what isn't far better. One hint I learned the hard and messy way is that for the first few layers you should hear a "thunk" every time the print bed rises up after a layer is cured. If you don't hear that for the first few layers it's not level. Absolutely get that plate flat before you print and watch out as you remove the prints because that plastic spatula is not really useful. Even though I scratched the paint with a beveled metal spatula, my prints still stick just fine. I also found that you absolutely must have the right resin. A multi-wavelength resin will work, but not as well as one specific to the LCD in this printer. It could also have been my settings, YMMV. I am very happy with my printer and I am using it to print bezels for my flight simulator. I just wish the print surface was maybe twice as large to at least come close to competing with my other FDM printers on the size of prints I can do.

User says:

This is my first 3D printer of this type. I did some research and selected the ANYCUBIC Photon S.I've had this printer for a few months now, and really enjoy printing with it.It provides awesome detail for minis (see the picture I attached - those are printed and primed).I consider myself to be a beginner - and this worked out well for me. I did have to watch through a few tutorials to learn the fine art of adding supports to STL files to print. So if you are a beginner be prepared to do a little research on how to print - which is true with ANY 3D printer of this type.Two awesome things about the Photon S:1) the printer itself is very solid design, easy to use, and performs for me with quality every time.2) ANYCUBIC has truly great customer service! How many other companies drop you a note just to make sure you are enjoying their product? I did have one question for them - and they responded to me quickly with the right answer and got me printing right away. Can't say enough about their support.I have been printing with water washable resin. I did have to slow down the 'lift' step to get it to work. The default speed was much faster than I have it set now.

User says:

I had been using an AnyCubic i3 Mega S for 6 months and decided that the miniatures I was printing just weren't detailed enough using FDM. I purchased this Photon S as my first resin printer, and have been very satisfied with the quality of the prints and the overall ease of use.My printer has not been without issues though. From the time I got it, I would occasionally get some weird lines on the LCD screen, which in turn would completely ruin the print as well as a significant portion of the resin in the vat as well as the FEP film if I wasn't careful in removing the cured resin. Initially, restarting the printer would resolve it, but it eventually came to a point where I could not get the lines to stop. After an email exchange and troubleshooting with their technical support, it was determined that I had a bad LCD screen, so they sent me a new one, which I installed easily with the supplied instructions. I will note that after research, I found that the LCD screens on all of these DLP/MSLA printers are considered a consumable part and will eventually need to be replaced.With the screen replaced, I have had ZERO issues with the printer that were not caused by user error (bad support placement or forgetting to tighten the build plate down). If you want a quality MSLA/DLP resin printer for a good price, then you should consider this one.

User says:

First and foremost, I will point out that this is my first 3D Printer. Overall I am extremely happy with the prints I'm getting but be warned there are some growing pains involved. Do yourself a favor and ignore what you read in most of the forums as there is soooo much misinformation out there about solutions to different issues. I had about a 50% success rate with my first prints. The issue was the prints where not sticking to the build plate. I tried everything that most forums suggested, I'm sure you'll see the same things. Long story short, the Anyqubic brand of resin is the problem, at least it was for me. after switching to a different brand I have had zero issues with about 70 prints. Now, as for the actual printer, it's fantastic! The build quality is amazing for the price, the software is easy to use, and the printer itself is east to set-up and use. The packaging the printer comes in is just one example on how much pride Anycubic takes in their products. I f it arrives at your place broken from shipping, then you just weren't meant to have one I guess...lol One last thing about the resin, the fumes that come off this thing during printing are wild. a good fume extraction system are a must!!!! The aftermarket brand of resin I now use have mush less of a fume situation. TL:DR Buy it, you won't be disappointed!

User says:

I ordered this Photon S on a recommendation from a friend. My first unit was not functioning correctly. I contacted Anycubic support and they promptly send me a new unit. A+. New unit arrived and i was unpacking and printing within 30 min. I updated the firmware, got the slicer and picked the rook stress test model. After leveling the build plate, and pouring in the resin, i was printing. The rook printed perfectly and with amazing detail. I used the packaged green resin and with default settings. I am in awe over the detail and clarity of the prints. The photon s has a decent touch screen and interface that is easy enough. The screen will show what each layer is printing, how long, and what percentage is done.For potential buyers: Update your machine to the latest firmware. This is located on the photon page. Put the files on the usb and "print" the firmware file. Easy peasy. This will allow you to use the new PWS file formate that Photon Workshop slices as. Photon workshop also has built in supports and fine tuning of exposure, etc. I'm still new to all this, but it seems to be fairly good slicer.Pros:- up and running quickly- ease of use- Support was super helpful and fast- small footprint and quietNeutral:- SLA is messy. This isn't a con for the photon, just an observation in general. You will need to clean and cure each print, which times more time than just popping off the print.- Print area is small, but it is perfect for types of models i will be printing.Cons:- Website english could be a little clearer- Needs more clarity on the need to update firmware to use the latest slicer

User says:

I'm going to review by comparing it to the Elegoo Mars.I had an Elegoo Mars until the resin tank bottom somehow adhered to the LCD screen and I accidentally tore the LCD screen out.In that time I printed lots with it and could never get dimensional accuracy out of it. Also, I had to re-level the print-bed almost ever time because only having 1 screw to hold position isn't secure enough. I also hated lifting the cover up and over the print rail every single time. It was also louder than the Photon S. The photon S doesn't have any of these problems.On the bright side, it was a bit cheaper, and folders worked in the interface.(I don't know if this is just me, but I can't use folders on my flash drive for the photon S. Also, it needed a firmware update right out of the box to work with Chitubox, my preferred slicer, but that wasn't hard to do and works fine now. Still can't use folders though for some reason. Oh well NBD.)

User says:

Up until the other day my 3D printing experience was limited to my Ender 3 FDM printer. I was getting to the point where I needed to add another printer to my work flow and wasn’t sure the direction to go. After doing some research I decided to go with the Photon S. Turns out this was a great choice.The Photon S comes preassembled and is nearly ready to print right out of the box. I attached the build plate and followed the instructions on how to level it and set the Z axis height. The resin vat simply slides into place and is held tight by a couple of thumb screws. There are a few YouTube videos out there I would recommend watching to get a feel for the bed leveling and how to clean and tighten the FEP on the vat. The overall design of the printer is simple but efficient. The dual exhaust fans are quite and do a good job of filtering out the resin smell, I never felt like I needed more ventilation and I have the printer set up in my basement. My only gripe about the printer is the plastic housing seems a bit cheap, but it doesn’t really effect the printing so it’s not a huge deal.Everything needed to print is in the box, including some green resin. I started off with a Deadpool bust that I downloaded from thingiverse. This is a support free file and it printed fantastic. I used Chitubox to slice the file and used the default setting for the Photon S. The print turned out pretty amazing. I have a UV light coming from Amazon to cure the prints, as living in Michigan the sun can be very elusive this time of year. So curing in the sun isn’t always an option.Using the included USB drive I selected my print from the screen, and began the process. The menu system on the printer is simple and easy to follow. Once the print has started there is a nice image of which layer is printing, and what that layer looks like.I would recommend as some of the other review mention grabbing a box of gloves from the get go, resin can be messy and you don’t want that stuff on your skin. There are a few filters included to filter the resin when putting it back in the bottle, I would also recommend having a few extra of those.Printing using resin is definitely more messy and involved than the standard FDM printing, but I think the end result is worth it. The resolution blows my other printer out of the water. I would definitely recommend the Anycubic Photon S. Happy printing.

User says:

Had this printer for a few days and have been running it nonstop! the print quality is awesome, although i do believe i do have to hone in on some of the print settings as one of my storm troopers had a facial abnormality, I was still shocked coming from FDM to SLA just how AWESOME the details are.Pros:1. Great quality prints2. Very easy to set up, pretty much plug and play3. Easy to use user interface although, if you are using Chitubox as your slicer, id recommend to make sure the printers firmware is upgraded to the newest version or the printer will not find the files.4. Printer is compact and very good looking5. Compared to my FDM printers, this thing is QUIET!Cons:I really only have one con with the printer and it isnt even really the printers fault, but the SMELL is not great. Although this is most likely due to the resin itself. Currently I am using elegoo brand resin and it is just stinky. The photon S does have charcoal filters in the machine that is supposed to cut down on smell, but the exhaust port on the back seems to pump the smell into the room. This can be alleviated with some other mods that you can find online.All in all, i would 100% recommend this printer to anyone looking into resin printing. I would normally hold off on writing reviews but having a ton of experience with FDM, this is a pretty similar beast. Just follow safety with gloves and not touch it with your bare hands and print in a well vented room, you should be fine!

User says:

I am no stranger to 3D printing. I have several FDM machines at home, and use them as work as well. I print functional items and toys and my printers print more often then they don't. I wanted to try some very small objects as well as get a few parts at higher detail than a traditional home 3d printer would.Starting with the box, it was boxed from Amazon well, with the Photon S in it's own box. It was packed in perfect form fitting foam, with foam on the inside of the unit as well. I think this would hold up to quite a few bumps before delivery. It was well protected for sure.Instructions were easy to follow to setup, and leveling it isn't that fundamentally different than FDM. Get a sheet of paper and set it at that height off of the LCD screen. Check, lock, move and double check and it should stay level across many prints I'd assume. All of that assembly is aluminum which is a nice upgrade over the plastic parts typically found in home printers.I followed the instructions and sliced the test object successfully, and was able to start printing. One neat thing about this printer is that it can print multiple objects at the same print time, each layer has a time, and how much is on the layer has no influence in print time. This is a big change from FDM where the amount of plastic has a direct impact on print time.It does smell, even with the air filter the Photon S has, which is an upgrade over the original that does not have one. I have placed it outside the main living area of the house and the smell doesn't travel too far. I may get an additional filter for it, and hope to try the organic resin they just came out with when it becomes available here for purchase as it should have very minimum smell compared to the stock resin.Prints take several hours, but really do cap out at a handful. Nothing like the multiple day prints that I can get from FDM machines with large objects or small layers.The print looks great and is currently curing out in the sun. I'm very impressed with how this was packaged and with how the print came out. Warranty covers the LCD too which makes me feel better as I've seen those going out.Photos are of what is in the box and how well it was packed.

User says:

Where do I begin.... the print quality is amazing on this printer. After following instructions in the manual and doing everything is said the printer was really easy to use. It’s really quiet almost making no noise. This printer came with everything someone needs to get a few prints out.I post pictures of my first few prints which are decent but as I’m learning the machine the quality will get better just like any other skill.I would recommend buying more gloves when purchasing this if your going to be using it a lot.The printer itself is small and doesn’t take up much space, I use it in my garage. I would absolutely recommend this Photon S over the other printers because the quality and easy of use is perfect, the upgrades make that possible in the S model.

User says:

First time 3d printer owner, so keep that in mind when reading my review.Set Up:As a visual learner I found the instructions to be confusing even with pictures, so I ended up just watching some videos on how to level the build plate, Pretty easy to do the paper trick once I knew how I was supposed to do it.Test Print:Oddly enough my USB drive did not come with their test model pre-sliced but had something else already on there so that is what I ended up printing. Being security minded I did check the USB in an offline environment just in case beforehand though.The test print came out fine, had a bunch of different shapes and came out fine, the plastic scrapper tool was okay, but for future prints I just used an old pocket knife I had and it worked much better.2nd Print:Cleaned off the build plate plugged in something I found online and started to print, for some reason it did not stick to the build plate, think it was because I z=0 a few .01 MM too high. Releveled3rd print:Everything printed and came out fine.All in all it looks like a decent little 3d printer

User says:

I purchased this printer last year and wanted to have time to test it before leaving a review. Let me just say that this is an incredible machine and, as my very first 3D printer, a joy to learn with, especially if you like printing high quality, small items for table top games like I do.The included software, if you aren't already familiar with other slicing programs like ChiTuBox, is very simple to learn and use for prepping your models. The printer itself is quiet and super easy to set up! My wife was worried that I'd be getting a very large machine that would take up a ton of space, but was pleasantly surprised to see how small it was.Above everything else, the print quality that you get from this machine is impeccable! A lot of people are so used to seeing lots of thin, individual layers on 3D prints that you'd get from a filament printer, that they don't believe that some of the things I've made are 3D printed. The models come out incredibly smooth and detailed. And it doesn't take very long to learn how to prepare models for printing. It took me a few tries with some of the models I was printing just to get the supports right, but I have had very few issues with it.Since it is a resin printer, there are a few extra things that you'll need prior to getting started: a dedicated isopropyl alcohol bath, a good stock of nitrile gloves, a respirator, and I would strongly suggest getting a UV light for hardening your models quickly, without leaving them outside.Honestly, I can not recommend this printer enough.

User says:

New to DLP/SLA printing, but have previous experience with FDM. The change is amazing, as the detail you receive in the small parts and prints is fantastic. You will experience amazement on how easy it is to make the print, clean, and then cure. I cant wait to make the small detailed miniatures and figures, looking forward to using this more than my FDM!Pros: very easy to use. Clean and precise details in the prints. Nice simple lcd and print options. No more spaghetti string from filament!Cons: Smaller build plate than what I am used to, but that is a minor factor. The new slicing program leaves some improvement, but you can utilize others out there to assist you.

User says:

I buy this resin printer to expend my printer collection try mini print and over all the review and the great online community I choice the photon s to start the résine experience. At first the printing size its Faire for a dlp printer. I like the color choice is come with the printer the result of the test print on the USB card come out really nice for my first try.You need few item not povided but easy to find in any local store,isopropilique alcohol 99% to clean your model before the cure on uv light or sun, towel to clean your mess.Now the pro and conPro :the printer is well build solid and no gap or warp anywhere the provide slicer it's easy to use not to many setting do deal with. The tools its good  quality. I found it's a great move frome anycubic to give 500ml of green resin to try at the reception of the printer.

User says:

I use this for my small business to print and paint.I'll admit it's a learning curve for someone like me! But it was well worth it.This machine is near silent and best of all, doesn't really give off that awful odor you hear about with 3D printers.But you do want it in a well ventilated room for safety.I use mine on a regular basis for both customers and myself!If you want to dip into the 3D universe with so many amazing sculpter artists out there then this is the way to go!All you need to do is take care of the printer, and keep it clean.It's all about trial and error with prints, but when you can finally get it right, it's well worth it in the end. ^^3D printing is a hobby of its own. So be prepared for the time it needs to come with it. But even if you don't have the time, if you can get the basics down like I have. You got this!

User says:

This thing is amazing! I've been using FDM printers for several years, and have printed parts on many different FDM printers, ranging in price.The Photon S literally blows even high-end printers out of the water (Stratasys)! The resolution is insanely better, and even the surface texture is smooth to the touch. Corners are sharp and crisp, and all features come out clearly. The layer lines are nearly invisible, and it's perfectly dimensionally accurate!The software that comes with the printer was easy to use for me, and I was able to have something printing within 10 minutes of unboxing.Literally my FIRST print ever on this printer, with no calibration or fine-tuning, is better than any print I've ever done before, even on a $15,000 machine.Every printer has some drawbacks, but for this printer, they were minor to me. The build volume is a little smaller than on a similarly priced FDM, and the plastic in about 1.5x more money per weight.I also did a print on both my FDM printer and this Photon S at the same time, as shown on the pictures. The Photon took longer, but the result was well worth it. Compared to my other printer, this one is light years ahead on part quality.Everything I care about with 3D printers is excellent on this printer, and I highly recommend this printer!

User says:

This is an incredible 3D printer! It’s my first time with any kind of 3D printer, and I’m in love with it. Make sure you learn everything possible about resin printing before you start your first print, as there is a lot of pre and post prep to do it cleanly and safely.•Things you should look up before starting:•How to set up your printer•How to clean up you prints and station after printing•Where to place your printer and how to handle venting smelly resin fumes if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing•Other supplies you’ll needWith that said I found it very easy to use Meshmixer, ChituBox, and Photon Workshop (look all of these up and how to use them to). I think Anycubic recently released a new workshop software that does all of the things all three of the previous mentioned titles do, so maybe I’ll update this later if it helps. The only thing I haven’t had 100% success on is how to create successful supports for all of my prints, but with my failures I have grown more knowledgeable on placement and have had more success after only my first few print cycles. I highly recommend this printer for beginners or higher.

User says:

I've been 3d printing now for a while, using traditional FDM printers, and while a lot of fun, they can be a good amount of work. The Photon S on the other hand is by the best experience I've ever had with a printer.After it arrived, I had it out of the box, set up, leveled, and printing inside of 10 minutes. In the time I've had the printer, I've had to do really no maintenance to it; no need to relevel, replace parts, fine tune anything. It is a real workhorse.The print quality is outstanding. I am getting detail out that I frankly didn't think was possible from anything on the market a few years ago. Plus, I have had way fewer fails compared to FDM printing, where so many things can impact the print quality. The only fails I've had, were all attributable to mistakes I made when prepping the 3d model, where as on normal filament style printer something as simple as walking by the printer can cause a measurable impact on the print quality because your body causing a slight breeze that lowers temperature. You really don't have to worry about any of that. Fewer fails, means you keep your costs down as well.I really cannot adequately describe how happy I am with this printer. It has been going pretty regularly, pumping out prints. I wholeheartedly recommend this.

User says:

[[VIDEOID:ed88c1b07d71c98c90704c21a2fda518]] So I've been mainly printing with filament printers, Anet A8, and a bunch of Creality printers (CR-10, Ender 2, Ender 3). This is my first resin printer, so it's like night and day for me, detail wise. Filament printers are good for decent size to large objects, but no matter how hard you try, filament printers always lacked one thing, the very fine details for smaller objects. That's where the Photon S comes in and blows filament printers out of the water.There's virtually no setup for the Photon S, since it comes completely assembled. Setup wise, it's way easier than a filament printer, but you just have to make sure you level it correctly, or you'll just get frustrated like I did initially.1st Leveling of build plate - first print (benchy) didn't stick to the build plate at all.2nd leveling of build plate - second print (photon cube) stuck to build plate, but something was off, and two corners of the cube ended up missing as it printed3rd leveling of build plate - third print (eiffel tower), I finally had it and 10+ hours later after it was done printing, a successful print. Well there was one little thing close to top of the tower point that stuck out a bit, but easily removed.Although setup is simple, find a good video and just make sure to follow it completely to level your build plate properly and don't rush it.In my first print, I couldn't tell if it stuck to the build plate or not and had to wait like 2+ hours before the build plate was high enough for me to see. To save you 2+ hours of time on your first print. If you check my video, there's an easier way to tell. If you check the 6-7 second mark in the video, every time the Photon S does a small lift a little after the LCD fires to do the layer print, you should hear a sound (layer of the print that's being removed from the fep film that is between the LCD and resin). That's how you know that it's properly sticking to the build plate each time a layer is formed. If you don't hear anything at all, probably nothing is sticking to the build plate, and just stuck on the fep film.For those that may be worried about the resin smell. I think they do recommend having it in a ventilated area. I have it in an unfinished basement room that is roughly 12x14' and there's virtually almost no smell. It's very slight, but for me, it's almost not noticeable. My filament printers put off a stronger smell than the Photon S.All in all, with this being my first resin printer. I couldn't be happier with the purchase. I'll still continue to use my filament printers for bigger models, but the Photon S will definitely be my go to for anything with fine details. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities, where your imagination is your limit.

User says:

I've been playing around with a PLA printer to fight off the boredom during COVID-19 but there were some things that PLA just isn't capable of. There's this wall you eventually hit that leaves you wanting more.So, my friend recommended that I look at resin printers, and whoof! It all looked very intimidating compared to PLA. I'll admit, I was a bit scared to take that plunge.Finally, I stopped waffling and began researching. I quickly found the Anycubic Photon, which seemed to be a good starter printer.During my research into the Photon, I noticed this printer, the Photon S. I was a bit surprised by the price difference, because there didn't seem to be any noticable differences between the S and the original.After looking deeper, I saw that there are some issues with the Z-axis on the original. I looked into some of the DIY upgrades that fixed it and got a little headache. They looked really frustrating to set up and while I have more time than I did before the pandemic started, I still have to work from home.Knowing for sure that I wanted something that worked out of the box, I put down the extra cash.It took me a lot of trial and error to get good at PLA printing, but resin printing with the Anycubic Photon S is a breeze. Resin printing is quite messy (and a bit smelly!) but you can get it printing very quickly. Once the bed was levelled and the resin tub filled I didn't have to do anything else other than turn it on. I'm blown away. And the quality is amazing. I turned the Anti-Aliasing up to 8 and it completely eliminated the jagged edges that are common on other SLA printers.Three notes I'd like to make that I couldn't fit into my first review.First is that despite how much I wanted a printer that was ready out of the box, my printer actually got damaged during shipping and I had a bit of a surprise when I opened the box. It was a huge bummer and I didn't want to deal with Amazon's returns department. I figured I'd try out Anycubic's support staff before taking the plunge with Amazon.I reached Lily at Anycubic and she took care of my problem immediately with no hassle and no 5th degree over how it got damaged. I ended up receiving my replacement part in just a few days.I would absolutely recommend you contact them if you ever have any issues.Second is more of a complaint. I would have liked a slicer that runs on Linux. I use Cura on my Linux laptop and having to go back and forth between my printer and my desktop for slicing is a bit of a bummer.Third is a tip: The reason I was able to get my gorgeous transparent Falcon print you see in the pictures done so quickly because I found a super helpful spreadsheet on resin exposure times. Google is your friend.Anyway, that's about it. I'm going to wrap this up and check on my Enterprise-D that just finished printing.

User says:

Overall im very happy with this printer! Im a 3d artist and ive wanted a printer for a while to make minis and figurines from zbrush but i didnt like the quality of filament printers. This one does a really great job especially for the price!Setup was pretty easy and it came well packaged. I did have a few issues getting it going first i was missing a screw for the resin cat it still prints without it but i asked customer support and they sent me a new one no problem at all. I also had a problem getting it to recognize the usb too. But after talking to tech support i reformated the usb and put only the photon up front and ive never had a problem getting files again. They really are the best tech support ive ever had this is no exageration.Id recomend stocking up on gloves, isopropyl alcohol and paint strainer funnels too. The printer comes with enough to get you going but you will need more. Also the prints will be sticky and unsafe to touch until cured with uv light so id recomend getting a uv lamp or gel nail light to help with that. Also you will not want this printer in your main living area. Its pretty quiet and the odor isnt terrible but its noticeable if you are in the same room. Last tip is to download chitubox, its free and its great for hollowing, adding drain holes and supports to your model. The photon software is a bit lacking tbh i just use it to slice.Overall this printer is really good if you are an absolute beginner and you want to print good quality minis and figurines. The tech support is also really really good which i think is pretty valuable dealing with technology like this.

User says:

[[VIDEOID:f61bc3ed27a5b800c86db00ea9d04edc]] I'll preface this review by stating that I ordered this printer in a used condition. Upon unboxing this printer, I found there was some damage to the plastic housing for the printer. There was also a bit of resin mess left in the printer. Being used, I was prepared for these issues and they did not phase me one bit. I cleaned this printer up and ran it though its paces.Everything about this printer was spot on, and works like a champ. That being said, There is a bit of a learning curve for any SLA printer as compared to its filament based cousins with regards to the support quantity and placement. I have run into particular shapes that did not do well with a low number of supports. Once learning what the supports can and cannot handle, everything will fall into place extremely well.I love the quality of the prints produced by this machine, and I still have yet to run the finest resolution of which it is capable (25 um). All of the prints I have attached to this review are produced with a 50 um resolution. I intend to produce miniatures of common everyday items, such as the bowling set, small mechanical parts for scale models and machines, as well as an odd art piece here and there. This printer is going to fit the bill wonderfully.Going back to the damaged housing, Anycubic had mailed replacement parts to me right away. I had the new parts in hand and installed within two weeks. During that time, I was still able to print to my heart's content. Working with Lily from Anycubic has been nothing short of a joy, as she is very focused on ensuring a satisfied customer. Thanks, Lily!Honestly, for the price and quality, if you want to eliminate almost all of your post processing sanding and sealing, this printer is the perfect tool for your home fab! I wouldn't hesitate to purchase again!

User says:

I want to start off with stating this is the first DLP style printed I have owned and got to work directly with. My experience has been to send my friends a file for them to print for me. I do a lot of printing with FDF style machines and have a very set way I process for my current machines. That being said; I found this machine to be great.I didn’t have the privilege of using the original Photon so I can’t compare this to that like a lot of reviews that I read before I decided to give this machine a try.The machine came boxed well from Amazon/Factory. Everything was snug and protected well. Upon unboxing the machine, you do notice the machine is defiantly plastic. But outside of the physical touch it felt solid and looked sleek. As long as you don’t drop the machine or torque the door, I think you will be fine with the machine quality.The machine is boxed with gloves, masks and a plastic scrapper. Because of the resin material you use, immediately buy a box, if not 2 of gloves, masks, and upgrade to a metal paint scraper. DON’T, I repeat, don’t throw out the plastic one. Here’s why, if you are like me and learning to use resin printers. Sometimes the model doesn’t stick to the printing platform. Instead the resin builds up and cures to the film in you resin vat. The metal one will destroy the film. The plastic one worked great for me to get the resin off there, just not well for the models on the platform.You do get a random color of resin with your order. I wish I could have selected from simply black, white or gray. From what I can find online, I for the most part will be painting my models anyways, so why not start with a neutral color.The machine did come with a USB stick that had their slicing software ready to be installed from it. It’s great because you don’t need internet, and now you have a dedicated USB you can use to load your files to the machine for printing. I do wish the machine had an Ethernet port and a way to save repeated files to it.My biggest complaint about the Photon S, actually has nothing to do with the machine but the software they provide. I know I’m learning it DLP printing, so model orientation and preparation on my end needs work. But the software lacks. I crashed on me multiple times in a row when I would try and auto generate supports. When I would run it an administrator mode, and what I believe is take the same steps, it would magically work. WATCH where the auto supports get generated. Many of my models they were to close left to right and couldn’t be snapped off. Plus and some, they didn’t generated supports across a hole beam and caused a print to fail.The software also can’t auto position models on to the bed.The last thing it doesn’t do is hollow out the model and add an air hole to save on resin cost and pull force. This is all on top of the slicing being slow. I’m comparing the slow slicing to my FDF printers, what takes seconds in FDF is now minutes with their slicer.So tips I’ve read about after all of my issues, is print all your models on an angle. It improves appears and with proper orientation you can probably hide support break offs better. Second, hollow out your model. I’m told CHITUBOX has the ability to hollow out models and add holes. I have not tried this yet. I was also told you might be better off preparing your model and adding supports in other software, but to use the included software to simply slice the file.Here are my 3 Pros, Cons, and Wishes for the AnyCubic Photon S line.Pros, easy to level, software included, right of the box all in one solution.Cons, software (poor support generation and resin saving features), No Ethernet or WiFi connection, no internal file storage.Wishes, Ethernet preferred, but I’d take wifi. I want to be able to setup a print farm with them. Software that can hollow a model and auto position multiple models on to the print surface.Reminders for you if you are ordering this printer or any other resin printer. More gloves, masks, and probably a set of googles. A metal paint scrapper with a good edge. I’d throw a cheap pan under the printer to catch drips. And don’t forget your Isopropyl Alcohol, and UV light (if you don’t have adequate sun light).A Note on my photos. The white is from not cleaning my models enough before curing them with a UV light. My understanding is this is common for beginners. Washing in in the alcohol and rinse in a water basin before curing.

User says:

This is my third 3D printer, and my first 3D resin printer. The thing you can make with this are way far smoother and astonishing than with a regular PLA printer. If you want to print minis or jewelry (smaller stuff that needs a lot of details), this is the thing! Anycubic, once again, provide a product of high quality with the Photon S.Be prepare to have a print space dedicated for the printer, since you have to be careful with your environment (resin is toxic and tools will be contaminated), but I did not encounter any problem or difficulties with this. I was just precocious working with it.PROS :- You'll never get anything more detailed than with this printer (resolution of 0.01) it is really awesome!- It's very simple once you start the print, not much adjustment to do, like a PLA printer- The slicing software that come with it is easy to use- Very good after sale support from Anycubic- The price is very goodCONS:- You have to be careful with your working space- You have to buy some stuff to clean and cure your print- You have to test a bit to find the right parameters for your resin

User says:

If you are looking to get into resin 3D printing this is the machine to get. The print quality is amazing.The build of the machine is strong and solid. Strong uv light.This was my first resin printer and the process using this machine was an easy setup.There is a learning curve with resin printing but it is not too bad. Customer supportbhss been amazing as I contacted them with a few questions and received quite a detailed answer. Overall I am very happy with my purchase and look forward to seeing what else this company comes out with.Resin printing is a bit different than fdm printing.

User says:

I have had 3 FDM printers,and decided on upgrading to a resin printer. After researching them online I purchased my first Photon. Was the best purchase I made until I upgraded to the Photon S!It comes with everything you need to start printing fast, high quality 3d resin prints. The detail it is capable of is perfect for miniatures.If you are a beginner that wants an easy to use printer that gives fantastic results and at a great price the Photon S is the machine.If you are an avid 3d printer and are looking to upgrade or expand your printing capabilities for aprice that won’t empty your wallet, the Poton S is a great choice.Do you want a printer that is pretty much ready to print 10 minutes after unboxing? This is the printer you want.The Photon software that comes with it is pretty good and will get you going. If you choose to change, (I use chitubox), you might have to upgrade the firmware. But that is available on the anycubic site, with instructions. And it is as easy as pressing the print button.The Pros:Upgraded motherboard and GUI.The machine is compact, will easily fit on your desk.It is quiet, and easy to use.Minimal smell due to the upgraded filters.Quicker layer times with the new uv light.The dual linear rail is more stable, giving you better printsLeveling is simple and the build plate and rein vat can be removed by hand (no tools needed.).They have an extensive line of help videos on youtube that will go step by step to do most stuff to it.You might be able to drop the package from a good height and the packaging will keep it safe. It is shipped extremely secure.Anycubic’s customer service is incredible. They are quick to answer, knowledgeable and really want to help you solve your issues. That alone is one of the biggest reasons why I highly recommend their machines..The Cons:I miss the leveling feet that are on the photon. But it doesn't affect printing. That’s about it.Get a Photon S, and you will be happy with your purchase.

User says:

The Photon S is an amazing little printer. I used a Photon for a while, and while I had no issues with it, I personally consider this a worthwhile upgrade due to three main things - the upgraded LED panel, the dual Z-axis rails, and the noise levels.While there's not a huge difference in curing times while printing between a Photon and Photon S, I run a D&D campaign for 8 people, so I need to really churn out the bad guys and 1-2 seconds per layer adds up. If sheer volume of consistently good prints is a consideration for which printer to get, here's the printer.My OG Photon was on the noisy (and kinda smelly) side. The Z-axis motors must be different, because this is CONSIDERABLY quieter and I cannot hear this printing in the adjacent room.This is a great little piece of electronics, and Anycubic hit it out of the park.

User says:

Great Printer, Great Price. Full stop.AnyCubic’s photon and photon S have become the industry standard in the entry level market for resin 3d printing and it is no wonder. The prices are amazing for what you get and the build quality is fairly good. Are there better 3d printers out there? Sure. Are there better for the same or less money? Very unlikely. Are there better for the same or less money and the wealth of user knowledge? No.If you are looking to print some fine detail items and you are just getting started, stop looking and buy this printer. And while you are at it get the anycubic wash and cure. It really simplifies the whole process. You’ll thank me later.

User says:

I've never owned a 3D printer before. And in less than a week, I've almost gone through my first bottle of resin because I'm printing so often! This printer creates INCREDIBLE detail! Just look at that fantasy gator warrior! I can't wait to paint him! I'd always thought that printing miniatures would take a level of technical expertise that is beyond me, but this amazing printer makes it so easy. My kids are already giving me requests for what they want me to print next. At first, we'll be using lots of role play minis. But now my imagination is beginning to stir. I can't recommend this enough!

User says:

Took a chance and purchased a returned unit. Already have a resin printer but couldn’t pass up this deal and we were looking for another printer for my teenagers and their COS Play. Printer arrived wellPackaged, with accessories and overall in good shape. However the lcd was not working. Contacted Anycubic and they shipped out a replacement lcd the next day. Overall customer service is a huge 10. The LCD panel was a simple replacement and tested perfectly.Printing was easy although I have to say the supplied slicer is ok but there are better ones. I chose a benchy for my first print. It printed very well and I attached pictures. The white areas and dimples on the sides are from the supports- I did not post production cleanup. The print is smooth, detailed, and very nice. I’m looking forward to long use with this baby. Overall I am very please with the quality, construction, use and print quality and would purchase another if needed. Anycubic you have made another great product- thank you.Don’t hesitate to purchase.

User says:

I hope that my experiences with this machine can be helpful for anyone looking to purchase this printer and helpful for anyone who patiently waiting for yours to arrive. I have spent the past 72 hours learning and attempting to print a few board game pieces to replace cardboard tokens that have outlived their usefulness. The mistakes that were made in the three times it took me to get it right may help some people who go into this like I did and try through tutorials. the first print I tried was a complete failure, and that failure was all mine. I had thought that as layers were built it would gently float up and down with no friction or forces being applied to the print. I was incredibly wrong since when the build plate presses against the FEP and cures the thin resin it slightly sticks to the Teflon. This suction sucked all my little prints off the build plate since I didn't want to waste to much resin on something stupid like .... thicker supports. Time to scrape off the failure and try again with a new idea of how I should be supporting my print since supports are cheaper then a flat disk of my own failure. Time for round two, test the print that came with the Photon S. This was an immediate success with no issues and what I would call Perfect, no warpage, no sagging, just a perfect print. I had success so time to try again. with new supports 4x thicker then before I Printed by far the best looking part of my game now. with many more pieces to go I do believe Ill be investing in a few more liters of resin.I had seen that a lot of people were complaining about the smell of the resin which comes from the curing process. After the first print I found it mildly annoying so I would like to share a way to completely eliminate this issue completely. I have printed 4 times since thinking of this and there is no smell at all and its right beside me. Take a fresh drier sheet in front of the exhaust fan..... that's it. I have had the same sheet on for the last 4 prints and there is no smell at all. I hope this helps anyone looking to get into 3D printing with resin. I highly recommend this product.

User says:

The Photon S is a logical upgrade from the standard Photon. The LED array helps to provide solid details all the way to the edge of your build platform and the vents and filters on this really help cut down on the extra smell. The dual rail system is amazing for steady z movements. My only bummer is I do wish they kept the metal enclosure but the plastic is good quality and should hold up just fine!Be sure you look up cure times for the resin you get and do your own experimenting as it will differ on the more powerful array of the photon S versus the standard photon or mars.

User says:

I bought this printer to expand my collection, I already have an original Photon and a Phrozen Sonic Mini.The improvements over the old Photon are quite noticeable, the LED array produces ver crisp prints all over the plate and the dual rail system for the Z axis is way more stable and less wobbly.As for setup, leveling the bed was a breeze. I was already familiar with the process, but there are plenty of tutorials online on how to do it, so no big deal.I printed a couple of batches of minis so far using Anycubic Gray resin, and I love the result. Good bed adhesion, and I reduced lift speed a little bit because I am using quite thin supports. But everything came out spectacularly.Really awesome printer. Buy it, you won’t regret it. Oh, and buy a Wash and Cure too, what a pair!!

User says:

The Photon S is a great printer, it was super easy to setup and the print quality is fantastic. I have been printing mostly small figures and keycaps and am quite pleased with the prints, the detail is far superior to my FDM printer (Ender 3). Resin is a bit messier to work with, but the results are well worth it. The print bed isn't large, but suits my needs. The slicing software is relatively intuitive to use, I did need any instruction and was able to get the first print going. Overall an outstanding product.

User says:

I already owned an original Photon before buying this Photon S, and I continue to be impressed with the quality. With a stronger lamp, this unit is able to print somewhat faster than the original, and the dual Z rails help prevent any artifacts on larger prints (not to mention an additional 1cm of Z build space and a much better TFT). My only recommendation is to not upgrade the firmware out of the box. The latest firmware refuses to print files sliced by ChiTuBox, but I never had any issues with the old firmware, so it's not even a problem.

User says:

Having Newly ventured into 3D printing I have to say this printer is overwhelmingly above my standards!The price point on this printer led me to believe I would run into a lot of problems. I had no issues with it and was quickly printing professional-grade prints.Packaging: The packaging for this printer was amazing. Everything was secure and safe in thick high-grade foam.Printer Materials: The printer is largely made of Metal with some plastic pieces. Definitely sturdy and worth every penny plus some.Assembly: This printer was assembled in a matter of minutes and calibrated in that time as well. Very easy to setup with detailed instructions.Print quality: As you can see with the pictures these prints come out amazingly. Highly impressed with these.I will say there is a learning curve with 3D printing in general but anycubic has done an amazing job with this printer and I will be purchasing more products from them in the future !!!!

User says:

For a long time I printed on FDM printers. The Photon S is my first SLA printer. Right out of the box the printer was basically ready to print. Leveling the bed is pretty straight forward and simple once you do it once. Would recommend watching one of Anycubic YouTube videos on setup. The printer runs really quiet. The fan is not loud at all and the Z motor is super quiet.The one thing I've noticed so far is the location of the touch screen. The touch screen works fine and the menus are pretty easy to navigate once they've been explored a bit. The screen's location right by the printer hatch creates a shadow on the screen. It requires me to squat down to see the full screen. Far from a deal breaker.I went with a rook tower for my initial print which turned out amazing. I was blown away with the quality of the print and resolution in detail. I do need to work on my post print cleanup to sharpen the details. I have only used the green resin supplied by Anycubic in the printer box. The default green cures, handles great, and looks pretty. I plan on starting to explore different resins with this printer.I joined the Anycubic Facebook group for tips on printer settings. I would recommend joining one of those groups as they can help greatly making sure the printer experience is enjoyable and provide tips on printer settings for a clean print. It is also a good place to learn other supporting items needed (e.g. software, isopropyl, disposable surfaces, curing tools).Overall I have greatly enjoyed the Photon S. Coming from the FDM side of the 3D printers and learning the SLA printers I would highly recommend this printer for the quality and user friendly software and interfaces.

User says:

i bought this printer as an addition to the original photon that i purchased a little while ago. It is a simple to use, easy to maintain resin printer that improved upon the original in small but useful ways, such as a dual lead screw rather than a single screw to control the build plate. While small, it is durable and produces beautiful results. I use this machine for war game figures and costume prop creation. The printer has been working non stop from the day that i received it with no rest and has produced flawlessly. The included picture shows a raven skull i printed on this machine for a necklace as i start the airbrushing. it is smooth, detailed, and has enough weight to hang properly. The STL was from Thingaverse, sliced in chitubox. Anycubic really has created the printer to beat at the entry level price point. I am impressed by its results every single day.

User says:

This printer has a great first run experience, just unpack and plug it in! Leveling is a nice experience with only having to worry about a single grub screw on the build platform, just follow the instruction or any of the many video tutorials online and you'll be printing in no time. It also looks nice in my shop with the yellow transparent and black plastic hood! I was especially excited with the extra strong Z axis, since its the only moving axis it makes sense to put some extra cost behind it and my unit arrived with no wobble or play as it moves top to bottom. I've also had the opportunity to interact with Anycubic customer service and have been very encouraged that experience as well. Resin 3D printing requires a suite of additional equipment and knowledge so go in to the hobby prepared and you'll have a great and reliable machine. Also the community around the Photon/Photon-S is probably the largest of the lower cost resin machines so support is super easy to come by there as well.

User says:

I got a refurbished Photon S SLA printer to try out as an alternative to the Ender 3 FDM printer I already own. I think this is a great printer for beginners, almost no setup involved and the included test print worked with no issues.The resolution of this SLA printer over my FDM is incredible, you can see a smile and facial features on the dancer even!The only reason I gave this 4 stars was because the print bath came a little scratched from whoever had it before and some of the case screens were cracked from possible over tightened screws, I have reached out to Anycubic and a rep named Lily was very helpful in obtaining replacement parts at no cost and sending them to me. I am very excited to get into more miniature printing with this Photon S.

User says:

I'm just getting started with 3D printing and I feel like I absolutely made the right choice going with the Anycubic Photon. It was very easy to set up, has a nice clean build that lends itself to ease of use and functionality without giving up a sharp aesthetic. All of my questions were quickly answered by Anycubic's customer service team who were very friendly, prompt and knowledgeable. Which meant a lot to me being new to the hobby and not being sure if I was in over my head. Not only was the customer service absolutely fantastic but the online community that uses this machine and creates content based on it has been inspiring new project ideas and cutting out guesswork. My buddy that recommended I start with the Photon still prefers it over his other resin printers so don't confuse this as an entry level only printer after seeing the low price point and reading my review as a beginner in the hobby! This thing prints amazing detail and outperforms my expectations. Really pleased with this purchase and can't recommend more highly! I've got to get back to making awesome prints! Cheers!

User says:

Instead of an out of box review, I waited a few months before posting this review to become familiar with my Anycubic Photon S 3d printer and see how it holds up to moderate use over time.To say I am a 3d printer newbie was an understatement when I was introduced to Anycubic’s Photon S 3d printer back in August. I am a traditional builder of plastic and resin model kits and figures, but have an interest in expanding my universe of modeling to utilize new technology and media. 3d printing is a natural draw to this hobby, and one which I believe will be the future of plastic modeling. Using a hobby store to buy a pre-molded boxed kit is quickly being replaced with purchasing and downloading 3d image files to be printed in the convenience of your home.I had been watching the 3d print technology mature waiting for the quality to go up and the price to go down be for considering my plunge into the 3d printing world. I have found it in the 3d print world of UV resin printing, specifically Anycubic’s Photon S. I was introduced to the Photon S through a modeling friend who suggested I purchase one. I decided to treat myself for my birthday and made the purchase through Amazon. I was not disappointed. The printer arrived within a couple of days, well packaged and complete with everything I needed to start printing. Before it arrived, I read several online tutorials, blogs and Youtube videos, to be sure of what to expect – “leveling” became a new buzz word in my vocabulary.The unit came pretty much assembled and in ready to run condition. I downloaded and installed the needed software on my PC to begin editing and converting 3d image files for printing. After some research, I settled on using a combination of Meshmixer and Chitubox editing software easily found online, and Anycubic’s proprietary software Photon Workshop which came on a supplied DVD, to edit and convert .stl files to prints (all free downloads, but there are more sophisticated for-purchase software available as well). Literally within minutes I had leveled my print plate as instructed in the user manual, using the sheet paper method (lots of how-to literature and videos can be found, but really not hard at all), and began printing the supplied test cube .stl file using the included Anycubic transparent green resin. Perfect print the first time. With very little effort, I have been editing and printing ever since; having printed a couple of dozen different models. I have uploaded various photos of my Photon S in action along with several resulting prints.Although the Photon S is not an entry level printer as it prints very finely detailed and high quality models, it did not take long to learn how to properly use it. It is reliable and consistent in its performance. I highly recommend the Photon S printer for its ease of use, quality of printing and low cost, which makes it a great printer for hobbyists and home use.

User says:

With this machine I've been able to turn what would have been a battle field with stand in tokens to full brought to life with minis. there is a learning curve but once you get the hang of it the machine just prints and prints. the smell is not as bad as some make it out to be a spray can smells a lot worse. make sure to have a place set up for your resin as it will get to all kinds of unexpected places if your not careful. the ability to do a exposure test and dial in the exact timings i need make it easy to get great details. this is coming from some one that hadn't yet jumped into the world of 3d printing as layer lines bug me with aa and .02 layer height there practically invisible even when getting up close to paint details.

User says:

I've been 3D printing now for 3 years and counting. I have 3 FDM printers, that came ready "out of the box" and a larger DIY kit that really tested my patience and knowledge. I've always struggled to get GOOD quality small scale prints in things like tabletop minis, and while I could manage it now and then with a great deal of messing with settings, none of them can even hold a candle to the Photon S.This thing came ready to print, almost out of the box. Less than 30 min after unpacking it, I was up and going with utterly gorgeous detail that I'd only dreamed about getting from my FDM machines. The instructions were clear, and I had to do very minimal adjustments to make sure everything was level before I got started.Additionally, I'd been hesitant to get a resin printer as I'd heard the fumes from the material can be pretty strong if you don't have good ventilation. I wouldnt even be able to tell you if that's true or not, as the only time I can really smell anything is when I have the enclosure open to start or remove a print.It's a solid machine, very smooth in its operation, and quiet to the point where I have forgotten it is even running. The only time it makes noise is when it moves to the next layer and has a large number of contact points with the bottom of the tank, and I've learned quickly to welcome that sound!All in all, I can't picture a more fantastic machine to get started with resin printing, especially for the price!

User says:

The product comes very well packaged. The quality of the printer itself is excellent. The resin parts produced by the printer have incredible surface quality and fantastic detail. However the slicing software recommended by the manual is bad and comes with several problems it is better to use Chitubox which comes with more features that help you reduce resin consumption, which is high even for small parts, besides Chitubox has no bugs and place the brackets much smarter.I strongly recommend that you contact Anycubic support through the company's official website. To update your new printer software as they come with the software in its older version. Support is great with quick service in less than 24 hours the problem is that support emails will fall into your spam box, so be sure to check it out.I personally felt that my printer was having motherboard problems because it stopped reading Pendrive with the files but in fact the files were only on a different version of the printer.Don't be fooled into thinking it's a simple, ordinary printer, it requires a secluded area in your home or work, as the smell of resin is considerable and you will need to tinker with chemicals to clean your part after printing, so You'll need a lot of disposable gloves and masks and probably an ultrasonic cleaner will help you as well as a system UPS.

User says:

I have both the Photon and the Photon S and I love both products. The S has a stronger light, better filtration, and the dual rails pretty much negates the layer lines. The interface is also nicer, and I really appreciate the full screen test being built in to help cure to collect failed pieces (due to an error on my part for not enough supports), and to also test the screen itself.The outside of the S is a little thinner than the outside of the original Photon, it has a similar hinged lid and not just a box top like some others, but the internal stuff is all very sturdy.Included picture of a print was with Anycubic Aqua Blue at 0.05 layer height, Gold Dragon Human form on throne from Twin Goddess Miniatures.

User says:

I own lots of fdm printers and I gotta say that this resin printer "outprints" all the other ones. The quality of print is amazing and the fa t that you can mass produce since all that matters is the number of layers not the amount of models on the plate. Highly recommend it!! See the picture to compare FDM (pla printers) with ceramic to correct imperfections, one raw and one resin print. The difference is huge !The photon S also comes with to guides for the Z axis which makes printing more stable.

User says:

This resin printer has amazing print quality. Night and day difference between it and FDM printers. What I really like about this printer is the resolution it is capable of. The layer lines are not visible. The above dragon was done with the supplied resin. Once I downloaded Anycubic's slicer program, zeroed the machine, and loaded the sliced project, it was just a matter of time before the above project came to life. Those are what I love about this machine. What I dislike about this machine isn't really about this machine, but about the process. A bit messy compared to FDM. In time I will learn a better way to deal with the resin and part cleaning agents, but for the amazing print quality, a small price to pay. This is my second Anycubic printer, and the customer service has been great for both units. Great product and support!!

User says:

The Photon S is a great printer.The dual Z axis rail/bearings make the bed very stable.Leveling is super easy, and haven't had to mess with the leveling for a few prints now.IT has a more powerful UV , so the layer print times are faster than others.Printed great 'right out of the box', with no issues ( other than a little confusion on my part... user error :-) )While printing, it is quiet, and the air filters inside seem to help with odor.I'm still fairly new to resin printing, so still have a lot to learn. But the Photon S is going to make that process easy :-) As I am very happy with the quality prints I am able to produce already.

User says:

[[VIDEOID:8986c85450feeee823f44b8825f7f245]] I bought this resin printer in hopes of learning a new hobby and it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. The anycubic photon is the perfect size to keep on your desk and not look big and bulky like a filament printer. The prints I’ve made so far have come out better than what I’ve expected being Im a beginner at this. The software is very user friendly and once you begin to toggle with the settings and learn how to place use supports properly you’ll be able to print anything from a D&D Orc Army to full-size statues, Busts, and props. The only I found to be a problem was the USB that came with the printer. It had the slicing software on it but after a few prints the usb began to give me problems. Easy fix, once you have the slicing software just reformat the usb to FAT32 and then you’ll be able to continue printing your files with now problem.

User says:

I love this machine , was blown away by the quality , my Solo blaster cane out pretty amazing . The machine print quality is incredible and should not be overlooked . Once you learn how to level and get your settings right print away . The build of the machine is solid and you can feel the quality in the unitHighly recommend this machineYou guys who do miniatures will love it

User says:

Got this through a recommendation from a friend as my starter SLA printer. I was surprised at how it easy it was to get this thing up and running over the typical assembly/tuning required by FDM. After getting the test print I highly recommend updating the firmware to the latest version and using Chitubox over the standard slicer on the card. It’s interface and speed at doing things is a bit better and still has greats results but the stock stuff does well in a pinch.

User says:

Right out of the box I had a feeling this printer was going to be awesome. The packaging was top notch and everything showed up and looked as it should right out of the box. Upon unpacking everything I noticed a large bottle of resin... awesome! The build quality on this machine is exceptional! The software is incredibly easy to use and though the directions took some thought, there are tons of YouTube videos to guide you through the setup, printing, and post processing. The product support is exceptional. I had a few questions and they're quick to respond and happy to provide info/support. I am beyond happy with this purchase and am totally excited to print some minis! The test print came out awesome!!!! Time to print more minis!

User says:

I'm not new to 3d printing, but resin printing was something different. Out of the box it came, read the manual, watched a couple of tutorials on youtube and bam! amazing prints. I'm using a water washable resin instead of the green that came with it. My 3d printing game has gone up and my shelves are filling up fast with amazing figurines.

User says:

I own a few FDM printers have been disappointed in the printing quality so I decided to find a good LCD/SLA printer. Boy am I glad I saw ANYCUBIC Photon S. My first experience on this side was super smooth. A 30 minute setup and off a print with the model provided. First impression was holy cow it printed that with precision while also using little to no resin in the process. Would love to see another version but with a bigger build volume.

User says:

The Photon printers are high quality resin printers that product stunning detail. I was on the fence about getting a resin printer but decided to pull the trigger. After a few hours of toying around and ensuring my settings are perfect I made my first successful print. I look forward to trying out other resins and different models very soon.I would recommend this printer to anyone that has some experience with 3D printing, since it does require some extra attention to detail. Once you get over the initial configuration and become familiar with the printer, you’ll be off to printing in no time.First time printer owners, I would purchase one of anycubic filament based printers to learn about 3D printing before diving into resin printing.

User says:

The Photon S is worth the additional money for the 40% increase in speed with upgraded LCD screen and UV LEDs and accuracy and stability with the Z axis double rail system to be able to print large high resolution parts like the Alien model in the photographs. Use a Hard-Tough ABS like resin for mechanical parts that can be drilled like the BLUE HINGE repair in the stainless steel garbage can black lid. Important to use a calibration model to test and understand and optimize the resin exposure times for any resin that you are using to avoid wasting money on failed prints.,The Photon S is also compatible with the Chitubox Slicer. Also download and update the latest firmware onto the AnyCubic USB drive, The email support is good and the people are helpful from AnyCubic China, but understand there is a 12 hour time difference from EST.

User says:

I’ve been 3D printing with my FDM printer for over a year now, so I’m not really new to the hobby. I assumed that, based on my past experiences with printers, that this would require quite a bit of tinkering and fiddling to get it up and running.I was so wrong! I had the Photon S out of the box and printing within 30 minutes of its arrival at my doorstep. Compared to leveling a bed on a FDM printer, leveling the plate on the Photon S was an absolute breeze. There’s only one knob to turn, instead of four!I’m posting my first two prints as proof of how surprisingly easy it is to get great looking miniatures with fine details.It even came with a few pairs of nylon gloves, a breathing mask, and extra FEP film! A nice bonus that I didn’t expect.

User says:

I got this printer because I wanted to do some fine detail printing. I must say it definitely did not disappoint in any way. I’ve had it for about a week now and put it through the ringer. I’ve gone through 1L of resin a box of gloves and all 3 FEP sheets that were included. From unboxing all the way to curing prints. The prints from this machine have turned out great. The few suggestions I would have for anyone who buys this printer is to make sure you have plenty of gloves, FEP sheets (yes order more), resin, and paper towels. Also keep a garbage can near by as well as ipa. This is definitely not a beginner printer but I don’t think any resin printer would be. One recommendation to the manufacturer. Use chitubox as a basis for software design. That was the only think I had to use that didn’t come with printer.

User says:

I will admit that at first I was a little nervous about getting into SLA printing, but this printer made it sooooooo easy. It came with everything I needed to include all the safety gear and a full tool kit for the printer. I love that they thought ahead and included this stuff so that I could get to work as soon as I got it in the mail.Everything is laid out in a simple way that is easy to follow. I used the Paper Zeroing method and I have yet to have to rezero of have a failed print!!!!As you can tell from the photo the prints are AWESOME!!! This was my first print off of the Photon S printed at .05mm , it came out great the all layers blend together making for super smooth prints only requiring to remove the supports. I cant wait to see how my next prints come out at lower layer heights. I still have more to learn about settings and exposure times but having quality prints from the start makes it so much more fun. I am planning on using this printer to create test prints of a wedding ring that I am designing for myself.I hope this helps you see it from a beginners point of view.

User says:

Extremely happy with this Resin printer. Purchased so I could print Lithophanes and other one of a kind items for an upcoming family reunion and favors for a family members wedding. Have printed the sample cube, baby Yoda, Rook chess piece, calibration cube, a self designed lithophane, and other items with out any issues. Used provide profiles, and one small sample print to dial in my settings. Very satisfied with Anycubic support, have been very responsive to requests for information. Will shop Anycubic for my next FDM or Resin Printer..

User says:

Excellent printer arrived on time and in good condition, packed perfectly well, within the package came tools, spatula, manual gloves and some other accessories, I recommend the printer, especially for printing objects to details, the printer is made with excellent quality materials. I recommend it for work to details.The impressions I have made are some chairs, stairs, human figure, toilets, showers 1 to 50 scale, excellent quality.

User says:

I already had an Anycubic Kossel printer, it's a delta style FDM printer. While it's a great printer, I wanted to be able to get smaller layer lines so I didn't have to spend so much time sanding my models. The Photon S definitely delivers. I added pictures so you could see the difference from a normal FDM printer (in black), vs the Photon (in grey). The grey has pretty much no visible lines and the printed tolerances are much closer which makes assembling adjoining pieces a breeze. I highly recommend this printer.

User says:

I am amazed by this little printer and its print quality. The unit comes pre-assembled and is made with quality materials. Leveling the build plate is very easy and straight forward, there are several videos out there demonstrating the process. I took the test file (see photos) and printed it scaled at down to 50%. The results are impressive. I will be using this to print anything that requires high detail and small sizes.

User says:

First off this is epic! Still totally a relivent and reliable resin printer. Awesome enclosure. Didn't take much to be up and running. Just make sure you adjust it correctly with a sheet of paper. Follow the guide! The results were amazing! If you're stuck hit up the FB group! There awesome there too!

User says:

I was terrified to jump into SLA after using FDM exclusively for the better part of 3 years. This printer made me see my fears were unfounded.The instructions were extremely easy to follow, assembly is extremely minimal. Just install the resin vat and build plate, fill it up and hit "print". No need to tweak the settings in the slicer, though the User Interface is just as easy to navigate as any other. Leveling the bed was hassle free, and removing the piece was infinitely easier than anything I've ever had to do with FDM. Absolutely perfect for beginners.Both pieces in the photo were printed with default settings on the slicer, and i am beyond impressed.

User says:

I've been 3D printing for a while but only on FDM printers. Thought I'd take a spin with this bad boy, and let me tell you - I was not dissapointed! Incredibly easy to level, functionality right out of the box. I had it up and running in all of 20 minutes working on the test print. My only reccomendation would be to buy their matching wash and cure station along with it, for optimum print quality. Oh. And grab extra resin, its seriously addicting.

User says:

Amazing little printer! Print quality is amazing but coming from the cr10s4 the size is smaller than im use to but the print quality makes up for that! While resin printing can be a little messy this thing is easy to clean and maintain. Good build quality and the guides are great when getting started

User says:

I've had the machine for about 2 weeks now. It works as it should. (Bought a used one). Perfect detail. I'm still learning but this machine make it pretty straightforward. Come with ample accessories and even resin. Just make sure you follow all saftey procedures. Will update with more prints and any issues (if any) i may experience

User says:

Quality is really great. already printed 10 mini figures... and ready for Large multiple piece Dragon. Just like the ones they sell in the store. Great Product. Highly recommend!!!!

User says:

This is an amazing easy to use device with a very large community of makers that will help beginners through any problem they may have.I purchased this to make small parts that I could not produce by hand.When something breaks around the house, I just design a new part, print and then it’s as good as new.Wish I would have purchased sooner!

User says:

A wonderful printer with amazing features. The UV matrix light source makes for a much better exposure on the Photon S.Pros:Easy to useVery simple setupGreat resultsUV matrix light provides better edge to edge exposureCons:Mess - Common to all resin printersResin odors - common to all resin printers. Reduced by filtering on Photon S

User says:

This printer performs so well! I've been 3D printing for a while now and have had the pleasure of using a range of different 3D printers. The Anycubic Photon S is a fantastic beginners 3D printer. The quality this machine puts out is shockingly amazing. I mainly use 3D printing for miniature hobby -- like Warhammer 40k and DnD. The mini's I see from this printer rival anything you can pick up in the local hobby store. I strongly recommend the Anycubic Photon S -- a double thumbs up!

User says:

The LCD ribbon cable was loose, but after tightening it, I was surprised how simple it was to get printing.You get so much detail, it is amazing! No layer lines and super small parts look great.It's not worth trying to print anything big with it, but for jewelry and mini figures it is unbeatable!

User says:

I also own the Photon and this printer is a very nice upgrade. The dual z-rail is more sturdy and helps producing better layers and the more powerful UV light cuts the printing time.Definitely would recommend this printer. A very solid product.

User says:

This a great machine. I’m an absolute novice and after a few videos and a couple discussions with friends already in the hobby, I was ready to print very quickly. It’s a super product for beginners like me and I’m greatly looking forward to expanding my knowledge of the craft with this machine. Highly recommended!

User says:

I really liked my Anycubic Photon, so I got the newer version. No complaints, only issues setting up were to make sure the build plate is leveled correctly, and make sure the slicer settings are correct. Nothing seemed to be an issue even with a plastic case on this model. I actually like how light the door is to open and close! Prints turn out great with lots of detail. Great purchase, would recommend. :)

User says:

[[VIDEOID:89b16c21ed248e3668c25fe939ce376a]] Very happy with the anycubic photon S. With the help of the anycubic community, I was able to get my first test to print successfully. Very happy with the results and the ease of learning how to make use of the printer. Very straightforward to get up and running with! Now for the fun part, tinkering with settings to try to get the best detail 🥰

User says:

The first 3D printer I buy was creality CR -10 and was a Hassle with little things, I'm so  YouTube video about 3D resin printer, i was very  interesting and I  Decided to give a shot and how boy I'm very inpress with the quality and the results printed are amazing, if I  I knew it before I buy my cr10 and never waste the money on it, I have Anycubic S probably will getting another one

similar items