Anycubic Photon Mono X Review: Specs, Features, Design

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Anycubic Photon Mono X Review

Detailed review of Anycubic Photon Mono X that includes Specifications, Features, Design and more to help in your buying decision.

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User friendliness

Anycubic Photon Mono X Review: Stereolithography 3D printer’s prints have a high-level accuracy. But, deposition modeling printers are cheaper than Stereolithography 3D printers. Resin printing is possible because of LCD-based SLA printers to a wider audience.

Even the most picky 3D printer enthusiast will be satisfied with the Anycubic Photon Mono.  It hardens the resin using a monochrome LCD and thus produces high-resolution prints.

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Anycubic Photon Mono X Review: Shipping and Packaging

The Photon Mono X comes in a very large box. Cardboard and plastic corners keep it safe during transportation. It is well-protected on all sides.

If one doesn’t want to spend 15 minutes opening the box, start from the bottom and work the way up. It’s a lot less difficult.

The packing list consists of the following items.:

  • Wrenches with hex heads
  • spatula made of metal
  • gloves (three pairs)
  • 3 filters made of resin
  • Antenna for Wi-Fi
  • Aluminum construction plate with resin vat
  • Adapter for power
  • Getting Started Guide

One has to provide their own USB disc because the printer does not come with one.

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Anycubic Photon Mono X Review: Design 

There are two pieces to the Anycubic Photon Mono X. A single piece of injection-molded plastic is used to produce the top clear plastic cover.

Some early units had concerns with the cover because of fractures appearing in some of the corners. After three weeks of testing, mine appears to be fine.

A little rubber gasket at the bottom of the cover might have helped confine the resin scent inside the print chamber, But, it wasn’t present. Although the resin odor isn’t overpowering, it can be detected when printing, so use it in a well-ventilated place. It’s much larger and heavier than most other resin 3D printers.

On the front, there’s a responsive color touchscreen with the standard Anycubic interface. Towards the left, there’s a Power Switch, Power Socket, and a USB por. 

As most printers place the power switch at the back, I prefer that the power switch is on one of the sides. 

On the rear, there are ventilation slots for two 80mm fans along with a filter mesh. These fans are adjusted to pull air into the housing.

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Anycubic Photon Mono X Review: Specifications

  • System              : ANYCUBIC Photon Mono X
  • Display : 3.5 inch Touch Screen
  • Software           : Photon workshop by Anycubic
  • Connectivity    : USB
  • Print Technology : LCD / SLA
  • Source of Light  :      Resin with 405 nm wavelength
  • XY-Axis Resolution : 0.050mm with 3840*2400 pixels (4K)
  • Z-Axis Resolution : 0.01mm
  • Layer Resolution : 0.01mm – 0.15mm
  • Print Speed : 60mm/h maximum
  • Power Rating : 120W
  • Printer Size       : 270mm x 290mm x 475mm
  • Build Volume   : 192mm x 120mm x 245mm
  • Material             : 405nm UV Resin 
  • Weight : ~10.75kg / 23.69 lbs

1. Both sides(Dual) have linear rails.:

The Anycubic Mono X comes with two linear rails for the Z-axis, which are an excellent complement to any resin printer. A construction plate with two linear rails is more stable on all three axes.

There is no backlash, which aids with achieving consistent print quality.

2. An 8.9-inch 4K Monochrome Display :

The key feature of the Photon Mono X is its monochrome screen with 8.9-inch 4K resolution. It is one of the largest screens accessible for consumers on large-scale resin printers.

Having a monochrome panel increases the printer’s print speed from 8 seconds per layer (on older screens) to around 2 seconds. The Mono X, on the other hand, can print in 1.5 seconds. Aside from that, the screen’s life expectancy has been increased. It’s from 500 to about 2000 hours, which is excellent given the high cost of a replacement screen.

I recommend purchasing and applying a screen protector as soon as possible. It will be an expensive replacement if the FEP is destroyed and resin leaks over the screen.

3. 192x120x245mm build volume :

The Anycubic Photon Mono X has a total build volume of 192x120x245mm. When compared to a regular size resin 3D printer, one can produce larger models.

With the exposed first few layers (first 6 layers in 30 seconds), removing the resin models was not difficult, and the prints held up well.

Replace the build plate with a magnetic spring steel sheet. This will make model removal much easier.

4. UV Matrix Light :

The UV light source on the Matrix is powerful. Anycubic recommends setting the matte resin to 80% and  50% for transparent resin. It’s to keep the LEDs from overheating and to extend their life.

5. Inefficient airflow design :

Ensure cold air from outside the enclosure is drawn in by the fans at the bottom to be blown over the LED heatsink. And, the side fans should blast hot air out the rear. Hence, Cool air is always blowing over the heatsink. This lowers the temperature and reduces fan noise without overheating.

In the future, improve the airflow of the Mono X by adding more silent fans. 

6. Printing speed :

As previously stated, the Anycubic Photon Mono X has one of the quickest print speeds available in the world of resin printers right now. Models may be printed in roughly 2 seconds for each layer, depending on layer height and resin type.

I used 100 percent power during my tests, which resulted in rapid prints of 1.5-1.8 seconds per layer at 50 microns. Up to 60mm/h can be achieved with a well-tuned printing profile, which is amazing.

7. Aluminum Resin Vat:

Most of the resin volume is printed on the resin vat composed of anodized aluminum. It will take approximately 500ml of resin.

A small lip on the upper left corner should aid in the removal of the resin from the vat. But, it doesn’t work as intended, so take the required measures while changing resins.

Replace the FEP sheet after removing the 14 screws underneath the vat. I was hoping to buy at least an extra FEP sheet in case I needed to replace it. However, the Photon Mono X doesn’t come with any spares.

I recommend ordering a few extra sheets ahead of time so that one can have them on hand when the time comes.

8. The Anycubic Remote Control App with Wi-Fi :

On the right side, behind the vat, a small antenna is visible. This is the Wi-Fi antenna that the printer uses to connect to a network.

After establishing a Wi-Fi connection with the printer, use the Anycubic Remote Control App to track the Mono X.

The Wi-Fi capabilities are restricted. Many people would have wanted to be able to transfer models to the printer to start projects from afar. Unfortunately, this is not currently available.

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1. Speed of printing : 

MSLA 3D printing often has two trump cards: quick print speeds and good resolution. The former is thanks to the adoption of monochrome monitors, with typical layer cure times, reduced from 6 seconds to 2 seconds.

 When compared to the previously employed RBG screens, the Monochrome LCD’s light allows larger light intensity to pass, resulting in faster curing.

The Photon Mono X has a monochrome display, as the name suggests. This enables the printer to print at 60 mm/h at 0.05 mm layer height.

It is almost three times quicker than previous Anycubic MSLA printers like the Photon S.

 The increase in production is greater because of the large volume (192 x 120 x 250 mm). Also, the print size is not affecting the layer drying time.  This implies  more prints at the same time and at a faster rate.

2. Printer’s Resolution :

The resolution of the screen is the second trump card in an MSLA 3D printer’s deck. The Photon Mono X’s LCD offers a 3840 x 2400 pixels,  50 micron XY resolution.

Other 4K MSLA printers with smaller screens, such as the Phrozen Sonic Mini 4k, can achieve a 35 micron XY resolution. To get smaller voxels, one will need more pixels on a larger screen (and finer print resolution). The difference between 35 and 50 microns is impossible to detect with the human eye. It may be significant in some professional applications.

Monochrome displays also offer a longer lifespan for thousands of hours of use before needing to be replaced.

3. Printer’s Build Volume :

The build area of the 8.9-inch display is 192 x 120 mm. The Print Capacity of the Photon Mono X is almost four and a half times that of the Photon Mono X. It’s three times the print area of the Photon S when combined with a Z-axis height of 250 mm.

4. Design of the Printer  :

From what we’ve seen so far, the Anycubic Photon Mono X checks all the right boxes in terms of design. Remove the top cover for easy access to the print bed and vat. Anycubic’s new light engine features a quartz lamp and a “matrix design”. It promises a uniform UV light dispersion. 

The dual linear rails guide the Z-axis lead screw for stability. The Frame of the machine includes a 3.5-inch touchscreen for a finger-poking interface with the printer. There’s nothing special about it, but there’s plenty of bread and butter.

5. Slicer :

Anycubic offers its proprietary slicing software, Photon Workshop along with the Photon X Mono. With it, one should be able to perform the requisite functions needed to set up resin prints.

It has hollowing, model cutting functions, and a punch-hole as well as a few cool additions like writing. 

This allows one to add text to their model. Plus, it supports up to 8x anti-aliasing. The ChiTuBox slicing software was previously compatible with Anycubic MSLA 3D printers.

6. Connectivity of Apps :

 According to Anycubic, a user will be able to monitor the printing process and alter parameters remotely. A Wi-Fi module is used for connectivity.

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How can I connect the Mono X to the internet?

The screen interface does not offer connectivity using Wi-Fi manually or automatically.

Instead, one should take the following steps: 

1. Create a .txt document called WIFI.txt.

2. Edit the file entering the Wi-Fi name and password.

3. Save the WIFI.txt file on a USB drive. Then get it printed.

4. Go to System-> Info and look up the IP address.

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Anycubic App for Smartphone 

The Anycubic Photon Mono X includes Wi-Fi capabilities. Thus, allowing users to remotely track their resin prints.

Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi capabilities of a computer do not allow wireless file transmission to the printer. One can buy a Wi-Fi USB Drive as a workaround, but this hasn’t been tested yet to prove that it works.

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Options to Slicer Application

Anycubic recommends using the Anycubic Workshop slicer. The Mono X is also supported by Lychee Slicer and Chitubox and is highly recommended for their features.

There is a commercial edition of this slicer that has more features. However, for beginners, the free version is sufficient. The profile that comes with it is well-tuned.

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Electricity consumption

Idle power consumption is roughly 8 watts. When the printer’s LEDs are turned on to cure the resin layers, it consumes roughly 75 watts of power.

All of these measurements were acquired with a Blitzwolf smart power socket. This socket can be used to remotely switch on and off the printer and display the power use.

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Photon Mono X Noise Levels Anycubic

I made this movie to better analyze the Anycubic Photon Mono X’s noise levels. It should assist in determining how loud something is, but it is not an exact method of determining noise levels.

The cooling fans, as before stated, are a little noisy, but not to the point of being unpleasant. The machine can be used in an office without trouble, however owing to the resin odor, it is not recommended.

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Anycubic Photon Mono X:  Print Settings

Check out the Mono X Resin Spreadsheet for the optimal Anycubic Photon Mono X print parameters. Many print settings have been created specifically for the Mono X. 

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Anycubic Photon Mono X: Test Prints

a. High Gryphkin :

One of the first printed models of Photon Mono X. Start with a simple step to achieve stability.

Started printing after slicing the model with a Lychee slicer. As one can see, the print quality is excellent, and the 4K screen can provide a lot of detail, even for miniatures.

  • Material : Phrozen Aqua Green Resin
  • Layer Height : 0.05mm
  • Hollowed : Yes
  • Supports : Yes

b. Pinky prints :

There is the “Pinky and the Brain” model from Inspire 3D’s Patreon. Begin the print by filling the vat with Anycubic’s white resin.

However, there is a part behind the head that was not printed for some reason. Looking at the sliced model, it appears that there was a problem with the slicing that caused it. It’s not really a printing problem.

  • Material : Anycubic Basic White Resin
  • Layer Height : 0.05mm
  • Hollowed : No
  • Supports : Yes

c. Brain :

The same settings and resin were used to print the brain. However, this time I hollowed down the model to save resin. I was able to cover the holes behind the model, so they wouldn’t be visible until it was put together.

The print quality is the same. One can see for both models, they are over-cured, causing the figures to turn brownish in some areas. The blunder was using the Phrozen Cure V2 to cure them for around 5 minutes each.

  • Material : Anycubic Basic White Resin
  • Layer Height : 0.05mm
  • Hollowed : Yes
  • Support : Yes

d. Barbarian Chieftain :

Finally, I printed the Barbarian chieftain at 200 percent using the residual resin in the vat. It turned out well, with a lot of detail, but photographing it is difficult due to the color of the resin.

Even after 3 minutes of curing, the model still had some of that brown charred look. 

  • Material : Anycubic Basic White Resin
  • Layer Height : 0.05mm
  • Hollowed : Yes
  • Support : Yes
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Final Thoughts: Is the Anycubic Photon Mono X worth the money?

The build quality is fabulous, and the print quality is awesome. Thus, there are no second thoughts required when recommending the Anycubic Photon Mono X. 

If the models are properly sliced, the Mono X should be able to print them with no problems. One of the fastest printers, the Photon Mono also permits increasing the speed of the output.

Before one buys one, a good piece of advice is to join the Anycubic Photon Mono X Facebook Group to read about other people’s experiences.

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