Voxelab Proxima Review: Features, Specifications, Pros, Cons

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Voxelab Proxima 6.0 3D Printer

Proxima 6.0 is a Resin printer with LCD curing technology. It has monochrome LCD screen with easy operation and slicing. Read our detailed review

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About Voxelab Proxima 6.0

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The Proxima 6.0 from Voxelab is not a generic product. Flashforge, a reputed company that builds high-performance 3D printers, owns Voxelab.

Despite the fact that Voxelab is still a new company, their 3D printers have a lot of experience and know-how. This is observed in the Proxima 6.0!

The Voxelab Proxima 6.0 is a good entry-level 3D printer that is also suitable for advanced users.

It can compete with more costly printers due to its inexpensive price and good accuracy of 50 µm for the XY-Axis. It also exhibits 25 µm for the Z-Axis which is good.

The Voxelab Proxima 6.0 is designed for hobbyists and beginners. Decorative objects, miniatures, and fan articles can all be printed with enough accuracy. For mechanical modeling, the precision is also enough.

There is very little risk in purchasing a gadget that will allow one to print high-quality models for many years at a low cost.

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Delivery Scope

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The Voxelab Proxima 6.0 comes with a lot of features. To take out the first print, the kit has almost everything covered. The following items are covered in the delivery scope:

  • Printer along with resin tank
  • Protective hood for UV light
  • Power cord
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Post Sales Support  Card
  • USB memory drive with sample objects and slicer
  • The Build Plate
  • Gloves 
  • Allen keys and extra screws
  • Metal scraper (removing print object from built plate)
  • Plastic scraper (removing resin residues from resin tank
  • Resin Filter

If this the first time one is using a resin 3D printer, the following items will be needed:

  • A 405 nm resin
  • Isopropanol (To wash away print parts, resin tank and tools) 
  • More gloves (disposable)
  • Paper towels!
  • A FFP2 mask
  • Resin filter (reusable)
  • PTFE lubricant (to unglue prints from FEP film in resin tank)
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Quality of Print

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The print quality of the Voxelab Proxima 6.0 will impress first time users of resin printers. Especially if users have only worked with filament based 3D printers earlier. The print quality of the Proxima 6.0 is comparable to 3D printers used by hobbyists.

Where the basic pixel size is 0.05 mm on the X/Y-Axis and the lowest thickness for the layer is 0.025 mm on the Z-Axis. As far as value for money is concerned, the print quality is excellent and, above all, repeatable.

No matter how many models one prints with this printer, the parts work perfectly every time. Even with machines that cost twice.

The Voxelab Test print — a stag composed of organic components that functions sans support – is available on the USB memory drive. To build the test print, this stag is designed so that the user doesn’t have to do major adjustments in the slicer.

When testing, the print item may adhere to the FEP film of the resin tank instead of the build plate. 

This can lay waste to the print. This is a regular issue with resin printers. There is an easy solution: Using a lubricant made with PTFE.

Just a drop of this lubricant is applied to the clean and dry FEP film and spread evenly. As the quantity of lubricant used is minuscule, it will not run out of stock for years.

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Resins compatible with Voxelab Proxima 6

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UV LEDs with a wavelength of 405 nm are included in the Voxelab Proxima 6.0. This wavelength is supported by the majority of printing resins.

Anycubic’s ECO Resin can be used. It’s safe without any toxicity and compatible with monochromatic UV LED wavelengths. Also it is much cooler to work with than normal resin. 

The sole disadvantage of this resin is its cost. But it’s worth it since it is not toxic and hence does not harm the user or their environment.

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Pricing 

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Available since late 2020 in a variety of stores throughout the world, the Voxelab Proxima 6 costs $210. This is very reasonable pricing; clearly aimed at having an ace up on the competition.

Since, both usability and output of these resin printers are nearly the same for most models, the price tag becomes the clincher in any buy decision.

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Salient Features 

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Now that the pricing is clear, let us check out the salient features of this 3D printer:

a. 2K Monochrome Display

The Voxelab Proxima 6 comes with a 6 inches monochrome display screen with resolution of 2K. This is far superior to the RGB color screens seen on previous resin 3D printers.

Users may cure every layer in less than 3 seconds thanks to the 2K screen. This is much better compared to more than 10 seconds taken by other printers.

The 3D printer not only prints faster, but the quality is still very good. It’s on par with competing higher quality resin printers like the Anycubic Photon Mono X.

b. Single Rail System

This printer’s movements are sufficiently stabilized by a single linear rail. It’s primarily due to the fact that it’s a smaller machine, yet the parts and structure of this printer are also quite solid and long-lasting. Dual linear rails could be necessary on a larger 3D printer, but for this size, it’s fine.

c. Efficient and Stable Source of Light

In resin 3D printers, the light source holds the same utility as the nozzle in filament based 3D printers. Thus, the light source is the key to its proper functioning. The light source has to be efficient, last long and also reliable, something the Voxelab Proxima 6.0 from Voxelab delivers.

The Voxelab Proxima 6 makes use of a Matrix UV LED as the light source allowing for pinpoint accuracy and rapid curing. Despite the high light transmittance, it delivers a decent screen life of up to 2,000 hours.

d. Easy Leveling System 

Once leveled, there is no need to do it again for some time. The leveling remains stable on tightening the screws the right way.

Simply join the build plate with the 3D printer, slightly loosen the two screws from the build plate’s front section. Not too much loose and then place the leveling paper on the screens top, removing the resin vat for sure.

Hit the home button on the touchscreen to get the printer to the home position. Next push the build plate down and fix the screws once it has reached the bottom. After that, pull the leveling paper to test the build plate tightness.

One may push 0.1mm and the arrow keys on the screen to make some wiggle room, but it is still reasonably sturdy. On selecting Z=0, the build plate will have a steady level for maintaining successful printing.

e. Complete Gray-Scale Anti-Aliasing

Some models support Full Grayscale Anti-Aliasing, which can help increase the quality of 3D printing even further.

By smoothing out the “steps” or “staircase” impression on the prints, this reduces the layer lines.

It may not work with all 3D printer models though many printer slicers support it. So one can try it out for their models.

f. Easy FEP Film Integration

The FEP is built in such a way that it is simple to use and replace when necessary. To change the FEP film, unscrew and tighten the 12 screws around the resin vat, which takes around 3 minutes.

g. Solid Resin Vat with Max Level Indicator 

This machine’s aluminum resin vat is ideal for storing resin in a safe container.

It also includes a Max. Line indicator to alert the level of resin to prevent spilling. This is an extremely useful function to avoid overfilling of the resin vat. This prevents spilling of large amounts of resin over the LCD screen.

h. Support for Variety of Slicers

Many slicers are compatible with ChiTuBox, VoxelPrint, Lychee Slicer, and other slicer applications. 

This is also possible with the Voxelab Proxima 6.0. The Lychee Slicer offers a smarter, simple to use and seamless technique for slicing resin 3D prints.  Slicers are generally easy to use, however some offer more functions than others.

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Print Quality of Voxelab Proxima 6.0

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Even at such a low price, the Voxelab Proxima 6.0 provides excellent quality. The quality is excellent, and the curing period is really short. The details on the print output are truly amazing such as the Eleven Sorceress or the Meridia Shrine models from MyMiniFactory.

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Printer Specifications

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  • Build Volume: 125mm x 68mm x 155mm
  • Dimensions of Printer: 230mm x 200mm x 410mm
  • Screen for Operations: 3.5-Inch Touch Screen
  • Layer Height: 0.025 – 0.1mm (25 – 100 microns) as Maximum
  • XY-Axis Resolution: 2560 x 1620
  • Printer Screen: 6.08-Inch Monochrome LCD with 2K resolution
  • Light Source: 405nm LED
  • Power Output: 60W
  • AC Input: 12V, 5A
  • File Format: .fdg (exported from .stl files in slicer)
  • Connectivity: USB Stick
  • Application Software: VoxelPrint, ChiTuBox, Lychee Slicer
  • Net Weight: 6.8 KG (14.99 pounds)
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Key Benefits of Voxelab Proxima 6.0

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  • Everything Is packed safely and snugly so that it arrives in one piece
  • Good instructions that walk you through the simple processes of setting up the machine – albeit some parts aren’t clearly worded
  • Overall, the machine is simple to set up and operate, and it can be done fast
  • The print quality is great, and one can print with a layer height of 0.025mm
  • In comparison to competing printers, the Voxelab Proxima 6.0’s build and sturdiness are outstanding
  • By way of user experience, the touchscreen is fantastic
  • Fumes don’t flow out as easily, as the acrylic cover has a good tight fit around it
  • Comes with a good quality USB for the printer to connect and print
  • For the quality and functions on this 3D printer, the pricing is quite reasonable
  • Leveling is simple to learn and doesn’t have to be done frequently
  • Has some good quality metal and plastic scrapers 
  • It’s an excellent 3D printer for beginners who have never used a resin printer before
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Some Drawbacks of Voxelab Proxima 6.0 

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  • When printing , one can’t adjust the exposure duration nor the settings
  • When compared to other resin 3D printers, it is somewhat noisy, due to the build plate’s upward and downward movements
  • Because the USB memory stick contains just the STL files instead of pre-sliced model, extra effort goes in modeling for testing
  • The VoxelPrint software is not perfect
  • The instructions in the user guide may not be easy to understand

Pros and Cons

Let us finally check out the Pros and Cons of owning the Voxelab Proxma:

PROS

  • Economical
  • Excellent cost-performance ratio
  • Good Packaging
  • Tools of high-quality included
  • Simple Get Start Guide
  • Excellent print quality:
    • 6-inch printer screen offering 2K resolution / 50 µm pixel size
    • 25 µm minimum layer thickness
  • Easy to Operate
  • Good Build 
  • Easy and simple leveling
  • Support for variety of slicers
  • Perfect for Beginners of  resin based 3D printing

CONS

  • Good amount of noise when printing (fan and Z-axis)
  • Test objects available on USB memory stick need slicing 
  • Disturbing signal tone (Can switch it off)

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