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Chris333

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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2018, 01:50:19 AM »
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Very interesting. Google said their shipping was $21 and that made Aliexpress cheaper.

This is what Google had to say:


I didn't actually check the site. 

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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2018, 04:26:28 AM »
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Very interesting. Google said their shipping was $21 and that made Aliexpress cheaper.


That is very interesting...  All I know is that on the one I ordered, the expedited shipping was free.
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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2018, 12:31:05 PM »
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It is a bit scary how many people have problems with these on facebook. If yours works they reply with "wait 2 months". And even when they do work many get failed prints. I'm talking like 6-7 people just today.

Is there a warranty that comes with these?


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Well we're talking about 'future technology' here so that's understandable.  And that's the main point for this thread; an extended look at the Photon for Model Railroading.
I'd wager a lot of those folks on Facebook think this should be a plug-n-play machine (Anycubic's marketing certainly makes it seem that way), but we know better than that.  There are a lot of variables to keep track of. 


I've been playing around with the Stagecoach some more.  The coach from my first test print used supports attached to the topside of the model.  The supports attach to the model with a .3mm burr and so far do quite well in supporting the print and simply snapping off almost flush with a pluck of a pair of tweezers.  Unfortunately I made the model too close to the plate, so the initial support layers made things difficult.


https://i.imgur.com/qOqVEMo.jpg


For test two, I decided to start over and try supports from the underside of the model.  This one came out even better!


https://i.imgur.com/thoxYPF.jpg


Pre-cure process photo


https://i.imgur.com/OV2K70X.jpg


Being successful, I decided to load up the plate with as many stagecoaches as I could fit and started a run before bed.  This morning I woke up to 8 perfect Stagecoaches!


https://i.imgur.com/WLSsqLv.jpg


Now, one thing I imagine folks in that FB group would miss; even though this was a successful print, checkout the gradient on my support platforms.  Seeing where these were positioned in the above photo, something is not level toward the rear of the plate as the platforms are much more thin in the back.  Without addressing this, one might thing they're all set for another run, then wonder why they got a failure. 


https://i.imgur.com/t8B5K8a.jpg


Nonetheless, I now have 10 more stagecoaches for my 1868 unit train!


https://i.imgur.com/Mk71fhQ.jpg


And per Netfabb analysis, each of these coaches plus supports should be using 5.25ml of resin.  I imagine I end up with about as much in waste, so let's figure 10ml total.  Using Amazon prices for 500ml of resin (~ 8.2 cents/ml) each coach costs me 82 cents. 

For comparison, Shapewyas wants $23.86 for my 3 pack, before adding any markup of my own.   :o



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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2018, 12:46:25 PM »
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Unit train  :D

Yes I did see a bunch of "newbie" on FB. Some have the printer without even knowing how to make a drawing file. And some are unwilling to even take the cover off their machine to check things out.


Yesterday I played around more with the slicer to get more comfortable with it.

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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2018, 12:48:38 PM »
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Impressive. The non-level build plate is certainly not an impediment in your model since you're dependent on the supports, but I see where it could be an issue for somebody building directly from the plate. A structure model, for instance. Curious how much effort to fix and recalibrate.
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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2018, 12:53:24 PM »
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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2018, 01:29:54 PM »
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When you place the  models on the build plate you need to  balance out the projected area of the part.   The suction from first few layers can throw the level out  giving you  the failed prints.    I picked my unit up back in August from  Printers Bay and have been very happy with it.     I opted for the grey resin.    The print settings are a tad different than the green clear material.  You may want to down load the calibration part to determine the best setting for your resin system ( from thingverse.) ,   I have to compete with my son for time on the printer. he discovered the Warhammer stl files and has been printing almost non stop :facepalm: space marines.  We are already on our sixth liter of resin.     Make sure that you use the printer in  very well ventilated area.   I have printed out a 4" vent adapter (found on thingverse) and hooked it up to a shop ventilation system  to vent the unit directly outside the house.    The resin is stinky and has some nasty volatiles.    Over a period of time you may develop an allergy toward the vapors/liquid.  Take the time to ventilate the work area.       I also built led UV post cure chamber for the prints after they are washed, before this we were getting some cracks in the finished prints with very thick sections.    The only problem I have with the printer is the need to develop better 3d modeling skills.     

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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #22 on: November 05, 2018, 01:33:52 PM »
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Forgot to ask what software are you folks using for modeling,  I been toying with a makerspace version of  fusion 360 with limited success.       

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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #23 on: November 05, 2018, 02:13:10 PM »
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Having no experience with 3D printing, I am curious about the approach you are using to create a model.  Why print a totally assembled model as one part, with all the needed supports for things like those wheels?  It seems to me that you could more easily print the various parts separately, with less resin waste.  As separate parts, it would seem to be easier to sand and finish each part, then assemble them into the finished model.  Some parts might actually be made better and more easily by some method other than 3D printing, too.

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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #24 on: November 05, 2018, 03:24:08 PM »
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 :)  Awwww screw it, I also bought a Photon from 3Dprinters bay.

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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #25 on: November 05, 2018, 03:29:30 PM »
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I looked hard at it a little while back and joined the FB group, but since I share my space with the guest bedroom, the odor concern kept me away.  I'm looking forward to this thread.


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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #26 on: November 05, 2018, 03:40:20 PM »
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:)  Awwww screw it, I also bought a Photon from 3Dprinters bay.

Ha, so I just found this video from "Sexy Cyborg"  I was gonna say, if you're not sold yet, maybe this demo will help...



Gotta find the protective gear amusing, given the rest of her outfit. 
What an age we live in.  8)


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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #27 on: November 05, 2018, 03:53:15 PM »
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I watched that video twice.  Are you sure there's a printer in it????   :trollface:

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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #28 on: November 05, 2018, 04:01:43 PM »
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lol where do I get her stl files  :trollface:

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Re: Anycubic Photon
« Reply #29 on: November 05, 2018, 04:12:50 PM »
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Yeah, about the 16:25 mark is my favorite.  ;)
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