r/3Dprinting Aug 11 '22

Resin printing is pretty amazing as it is, but resin printing with translucent resin is magical Image

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u/auniqueusername1-9 Aug 11 '22

A little tip I picked up from this sub, if you want to make your print even more translucent, pick up a small can of floor polish and dunk your print in it, you'll be amazed at the results! It looks like a glass figurine. If you try it, just make sure you watch for drip marks!

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u/SaffellBot Aug 11 '22

I prefer windsor and newton high gloss varnish myself. Meant for art, comes in a spray can.

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u/triangulumnova Aug 11 '22

The results are no better than just regular glossy spray clear coat. And the spray is infinitely less messy and easier to use. Uncle Jessy recently did a video on it. He wasn't overly impressed with the results and basically came to the same conclusion.

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u/DirtyDoctrine Aug 11 '22

Regular clear coat works as well. If you use polish, it will wear off with handling.

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u/Samewrai Aug 11 '22

I "need" a resin printer. But I have no ventilation or safe places to do these things. So I just wait until I move into a place with these things and stare at pictures of resin prints all the time.

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u/Illustrious-Yard-871 Aug 11 '22

I know there are people who “make do” with enclosures and ducts and such but I’d never be able to feel comfortable in such a situation. I feel lucky having a somewhat ventilated garage and that is where the resin printer lives!

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u/Blarghod Aug 11 '22

I bought a growing tent which I outfitted with some ducting and a small fan. Inside I keep the wash/cure, resin and printer as well as all the relevant tools. I put the entire thing on a cart so I can put it next to the balcony or a window and just put the fan outside. It is both uv and like 90% airtight when closed so keeps the resin and my lungs happy! When I'm not printing I keep it in my wardrobe and it has yet to leak any smell out! Highly recommend putting some lights inside as well

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u/JWGhetto Aug 11 '22

Grow tent, ducts and a fan will do nicely. You can add an activated charcoal filter if you like

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u/Samewrai Aug 11 '22

What if my apartment has nearly no windows, and also has cats? I put my prusa in a server rack to keep them them out of it.

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u/Oivaras Aug 11 '22

Don't rush things. You can put off the purchase until the conditions are right. Printers will also improve in the mean time, so you'll double-win.

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u/nighthawke75 MP Mini 2.0 Aug 11 '22

Then you need to adapt. Your rack can be enclosed and ducted outside through window or dryer vents.

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u/JWGhetto Aug 11 '22

Route the ducting to a window, the air should be venting out the window so the grow tent is under negative pressure. This way the fumes don't get into the room

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u/Affectionate_Fox1441 Aug 12 '22

You can do some creative ducting with a dryer booted fan is you have laundry hook ups

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u/BeachNWhale Aug 11 '22

i just started and all i have is a set up in my not well ventillated bedroom [i have a fan on to keep air moving, no resin fumes to speak of so far[ inland standard resin is what im using atm on a mono 4k.

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u/ReyGonJinn Aug 11 '22

No resin fumes? Are you testing or just going by smell?

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u/scientistcowboy Prusa Mk3S+, MakerSelect v2, Flashforge Guider II Aug 11 '22

How would one test without going by smell?

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u/BeachNWhale Aug 12 '22

just by smell

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u/milkgoesinthetoybox Aug 12 '22

i just want to let you know that even if you don't smell the fumes

those molecules are still in the air and you're breathing them.

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u/BeachNWhale Aug 13 '22

thank you for the info ;) i do fully understand the implications of what i am doing i'm new to printing, not new to fumes.

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u/Feroc Ender 3 Pro / Prusa Mini+ / Kobra Plus Aug 11 '22

Same for me. Not just the ventilation, but also having a kid and pets around uncured resin doesn't feel right. So I actually may have to wait for a different technology to come.

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u/AggressiveTapping Aug 11 '22

Mine goes on the patio while printing. Lol.

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u/Grunt030 Aug 11 '22

Was this post processed at all? That looks pretty slick.

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u/Illustrious-Yard-871 Aug 11 '22

I sculpt miniatures out of polymer clay so I had some Sculpey Satin Glaze on hand. I brushed some onto the surface of the fox :)

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u/Swizzel-Stixx Ender 3 V2 + Post Processing Pocket Knife Aug 11 '22

Looks like ice!

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u/Aviator_15 Aug 11 '22

blink fox!

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u/Pension_Rough Aug 11 '22

You resin guys... You make us FDM guys a little envious sometimes.

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u/Illustrious-Yard-871 Aug 11 '22

To be honest I end up using my FDM printer way more than my resin printer.

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u/Pension_Rough Aug 11 '22

Maybe that's what I need is both in my life.

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u/fenexj Aug 11 '22

This right here

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u/thegamingbacklog Aug 11 '22

Yeah if I want some intricate I use the resin printer if I just need something random which isn't intricate, like yesterday I randomly needed a doorstop FDM.

Just need to know the Right tool for the right job.

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u/Pension_Rough Aug 12 '22

If I got a resin printer I wouldn't use it as much as my FDM so the only thing I'm worried about is having it sit for a long time. Like if I wanna bust it out and make a print and then have it sit for a while again do I have to clean it out and stuff? And how long does the resin stay good? I don't even know I've never look in to it at all.

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u/thegamingbacklog Aug 12 '22

The main thing you need to be aware of is resin can separate so once your done with the resin printer what you'd want to do is take the vat out (usually just held in by thumb screws) and pour the excess resin back into the bottle (through a filter your printer usually comes with a few). Then just give the vat a wipe down so it's dry put the vat back in the printer and your done.

Then when you get the printer out make sure you give the bottle a good shake before you pour the resin back in.

I'd recommend buying a magnetic build plate it makes removing and cleaning prints much easier and costs about £10-20. I also bought the anycubic wash a cure kit, which isn't a requirement but you can usually get on offer alongside the printer and makes life a lot easier.

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u/Pension_Rough Aug 12 '22

Awesome thanks for the info, doesn't sound to bad. Now I want one damn it. Is the wash and cure just for finished prints?

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u/thegamingbacklog Aug 12 '22

Yeah, it's a 2 in 1 print cleaner and UV bath, makes the cleaning workflow so much easier, I have the printer right next to wash and cure kit so I pop the magnetic build plate off and drop it into the wash station let it wash for 6 minutes, pop the print off the plate, wipe the plate dry and attach it back to the printer (at which point I can immediately start my next print. Then I remove any supports put it back into the wash and cure on cute mode have it cure for a few minutes and it's been maybe 10-15 minutes and the print is washed cured and ready for display or painting, and it the whole thing takes up a tiny amount of floor space. I cut an IKEA lack table in half and tucked it in the corner of my room and both the printer and wash and cure kit fit on their perfectly.

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u/Raderg32 Anet A8 Aug 11 '22

Everytime I see a post like this I think about getting a resin printer.

Then I remember how much of a mess of toxic stuff is the cleaning and curing process and the idea leaves my mimd instantly.

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u/comradejenkens Aug 11 '22

Yeah I got a resin printer after having an fdm for a while.

While I love the quality and detail it produces, dealing with the resin and cleanup is awful. I avoiding using it whenever possible and still use the fdm for the majority of prints.

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u/the_never_mind Aug 11 '22

If it helps, I just bought an Ender because my resin prints aren't tough enough for many applications :)

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u/GoarSpewerofSecrets Aug 11 '22

FDM and Resin is a little like peanut butter and chocolate.

They both have good things about them.

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u/Mats164 Creality CR-200B & CR-10S Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

What printer was this made on? Considering getting a resin printer, but at the moment the Anycubic Photon Zero is the only one within my budget; guessing yours is a tad more high end producing beautiful models like this!

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u/thegamingbacklog Aug 11 '22

I have an anycubic photon from a few years back, the quality is great.

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u/Illustrious-Yard-871 Aug 11 '22

It’s an Anycubic Photon Mono 4K! I wanted a resin printer with at least a 4K monochrome screen and this was the best one within my budget. Plus it was a good deal getting it with the Wash+Cure station. Definitely recommend getting that by the way, really streamlines the printing process.

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u/Mats164 Creality CR-200B & CR-10S Aug 11 '22

Thanks, didn’t know about that model! It’s surprisingly affordable - I’ll be sure to check it out!

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u/Farge43 Aug 11 '22

AWOOOOOO

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u/parabolize Aug 11 '22

Way worth the mess. If regular 3d printers could print without lines, with your own custom colors, and in translucent filament I'd do it. But resin is just too good

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u/TogBoy Aug 11 '22

Woo woo

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u/Nomandate Aug 11 '22

They make fancy led bases you can put the on they’re like $1-2

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u/DerekP76 Aug 11 '22

Awesome!

Hoping to get my Photon Mono SQ running this weekend.

Need to find isopropyl in town.

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u/Least-Distribution81 Aug 11 '22

Beautiful print and color! What did you use to make it blue?

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u/heribertohobby Aug 11 '22

oh man and when you cure it 👽👾

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u/Illustrious-Yard-871 Aug 11 '22

It’s cured!

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u/heribertohobby Aug 11 '22

it glows while curing ! :D

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u/the_never_mind Aug 11 '22

Try mixing a pinch of graphite powder into your clear resin. The result is Chef kiss

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u/JWGhetto Aug 11 '22

Top tip from a professional: the colourless translucent resin is the base resin, all others have fillers and pigments mixed in. You can leave the regular resin in the vat for a long time without problems, but the other ones settle out the mixed in stuff which causes problems

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u/Piuxie Aug 11 '22

I agree.

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u/ryohazuki224 Aug 11 '22

Damn. One day I'll get myself a resin printer. That looks beautiful!

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u/ethereal-titan Aug 11 '22

It does have a very magical vibe to it,nicely done.

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u/sputnikconspirator Aug 11 '22

I got the Elegoo Saturn S on Sunday and after a few fails, some tears and cussing, I really like the quality of the prints. Printing out armies of detailed miniatures is so satisfying compared to having to faff around to get ok minis from my Ender 3 S1.

I really want to get some translucent green resin and make a dragon statue from Spyro.

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u/basstriz Aug 11 '22

There's another really cool fox STL by RN Estudio you could totally pair up with this.

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u/Delois2 Aug 11 '22

Someone has a remake of this that made it a dice tower, it's one of my favorite prints

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u/WylowMoon Aug 11 '22

That is gorgeous 😍

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u/TheMeIonGod Aug 12 '22

Have you tried dipping it in lacquer?

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u/Repulsive_Flight7869 22d ago

Having issues with translucent printing. I can print grey no problem but when I put translucent in the vat it fails. Tips?

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u/OverHeatedCore Aug 11 '22

is magical

And toxic

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u/bgugi Aug 11 '22

Everything is toxic. It's all about responsible exposure and handling.