The Anycubic Photon Ultra is the company’s first affordable desktop DLP 3D printer, and it’s nearly hit Kickstarter. The Anycubic Photon Ultra was first revealed earlier this year as a teaser – now it’s nearly September 14, the launch date for the device on the crowdfunding platform.
The Anycubic Photon Ultra works with equivalent build dimensions because the Photon Mono at 222×227*383mm. Print dimensions are a max of 102.4mm (length) * 57.6mm (width) * 165mm (height). Layer thickness is listed at 0.01 ~ 0.15mm, with print speeds at 1.5s/layer, MAX 60mm/hour. This machine’s optical resolution are going to be 1280×720.
The benefits of a DLP 3D printer over an SLA 3D printer include print detail, power consumption, longevity, and fewer requirements for maintenance. Anycubic suggests that while an LCD in an SLA printer is usually rated for 2000 hours, a DLP Engine can last 20k hours. The Photon Ultra doesn’t need a mechanical fan, and power consumption is “60% but LCD”.
Over the last several years, we’ve reviewed several differing types of 3D printers, from the vast Phenom by Peopoly with MSLA (LCD+LED) to the small ELEGOO Mars Pro (also MSLA with 28 50Watt UV LED lights.) On the more traditional 3D printing end of things, there’s the Longer LK5 Pro, too – that’s PLA printing with lines of filament.
If all the small prints are as Anycubic claims, the Anycubic Photon should out-do the remainder of the printers we’ve reviewed by an extended shot. So within the world of at-home 3D printing, DLP 3D printing might very be the longer term.
The landing page for the Anycubic Photon Ultra are often found on Superbacker, with links to the Kickstarter. There’s also an area where they’re pushing for sign-ups for subscriptions to news about the unit if you wish.
The first units of the Anycubic Photon Ultra will be made available in “Super Early Bird” and “Early Bird” iterations. There’ll be 100 units of the Super Early Bird version for a price of USD 399. There’ll be an extra 2000 units available within the “Early Bird” batch for USD 499. The retail price for this printer at the public launch is predicted to be USD 599.