We will be comparing two resin 3D printers, the CrealityHalot one and the ANYCUBIC Photon Mono. Both printers offer exceptional features, but we will be contrasting them based on build volume, LCD, and assembly. We will base our recommendation on project need as well as user skill level as we believe these to be the two most important deciding factors.
Creality HALOT ONE
Creality’sHalot One resin 3D printer is a user-friendly printer. It offers features like easy assembly, remote monitoring, and a 2K HD LCD.
The Halot One an offers easy setup. It comes prebuilt, requiring the user to install the build plate and resin vat. Once installed, the build plate will need to be leveled manually.
Users can utilize the Creality Cloud app to remotely monitor and adjust the printing settings. This makes things easier as the user does not have to be anywhere near the printer.
The printer is designed with safety in mind. If the top cover is removed, printing will automatically pause. Additionally, printing will not start if the cover is not in place.
The build volume is 127 x 80 x 160 mm. Layer height is 10 microns. XY resolution is 50 microns. Z-axis positioning accuracy is 0.01 mm.
It comes equipped with a 6-inch monochrome 2K LCD with 1620 x 2560 resolution. It requires just one to four seconds per layer of light exposure to cure the resin. The LCD screen has a longer lifespan and exhibits stable performance during longer print times.
Creality offers tech support from U.S. engineers. They provide replacement parts to users for free. They also promise response times within 24 hours. A one-year warranty comes with the printer.
ANYCUBIC Photon Mono
ANYCUBIC’s Photon Mono resin 3D printer is an easy-to-use printer. It features a 2K LCD, a built-in touchscreen, and an all-metal structure.
Like the Halot One, the Photon Mono offers a monochrome 2K LCD. However, it offers a slightly larger build volume in contrast.
The Photon Mono’s 6-inch monochrome 2K LCD accelerates printing speeds. It can cure standard resins as quickly as 2 seconds per layer. The LCD has a resolution of 3840 x 2400 and 7% light transmittance. This allows for higher resolution printing. Additionally, it offers a contrast ratio of more than 350, which allows for the printing of more delicate and accurate designs.
The printer’s structure is all metal. The only exceptions to this are the resin vat and the lid. Coated with an ultraviolet filter, the lid allows for safe viewing of the printing process. There is a sticker on the back of the lid that allows the user to verify the position of the lid.
The resin vat frame is made of heavy-duty plastic. One corner of the vat features a pour spout for easy removal of the remaining resin. The vat is fixed to the base with two screws, fixing it to the screen. This eliminates the possibility of a gap between the matrix and the film.
Other Major Features
The front of the unit has a built-in touchscreen. Installed at an angle, this allows for convenience as well as protection from damage. It is user-friendly and easy to navigate.
For added convenience, the lid comes off. This gives users complete access to the build plate. As an additional safety feature, printing will not begin without the cover being in place.
The Photon Mono is compatible with most 3D resin brands on the market. According to ANYCUBIC, users will obtain the best results by using ANYCUBIC brand resin. The printer has 30 to 100% UV light power regulation that is adjustable based on user needs.
It features a build volume of 165 x 80 x 130 mm. Its XY resolution is 0.051 mm. Its Z-axis positioning accuracy is 0.01 mm. The printing speed is 50 mm per hour.
The Photon Mono has easy-to-replace FEP film. Over time the FEP film gets deformed, bent, or perforated, causing a higher chance of print failure.
It comes fully assembled except for the build plate and the resin vat, which just get screwed on. The build plate will need to be manually leveled before printing.
Both printers offer excellent features, but we must delineate between the differences before users commit to one or the other. The CrealityHalot One is a straightforward, easy-to-use 3D printer. We recommend this printer for hobbyists and enthusiasts. It is also a great option for resin printer beginners because of its easy operation.
On the other hand, the Photon Mono is equally user-friendly. It comes fully assembled, has an interactive UI, and offers universal use of resins. We recommend this printer to beginners.