We picked up a Mars 3D resin printer from Elegoo recently and I thought I’d share my thoughts. I haven’t done a tech review in awhile. We’ve been back and forth about getting a 3D printer, but between my love of miniatures and my wife’s jewelry business we decided it would be worth the purchase. We picked it up on Amazon, which had the best deal at the time, but be sure to look around if you’re in the market.
Getting started is easy. The first step was obviously unpacking and setup. The instruction booklet was easy to follow and setup only took a few minutes. There’s only a couple of parts you have to put on yourself. Leveling the build platform, one of the most important first steps, was also a breeze. This model also comes with everything you need to get started except your resin, alcohol and UV light. You can cure it in the sun, but you obviously can’t get far without resin or alcohol, so pick that up ahead of time.
A little tip that we’ve seen from others on YouTube – get a plastic pickle container, the kind with the strainer basket inside. It’s cheap, and it will make rinsing your finished piece in the 91% isopropyl alcohol so much easier.
Printing a project is a piece of cake. Download your slicing software – I used ChiTuBox, which is recommended by Elegoo. Import your file, add supports if needed, slice, and save. This printer even comes with a flash drive so I loaded it right on that, selected it on the LCD screen and printed it. It’s obviously not that simple, but it’s close. Trust me. The learning curve with this isn’t very steep. Once you get this set up there’s a test print available on the USB drive to make sure everything’s good. Check out some videos on YouTube about the cleaning and curing process, and even on how to use ChiTuBox. There’s loads to be had.
I don’t have a lot to compare this unit to, but on its own it is a great way to get into 3D printing. Reasonably affordable, easy to set up, and easy to use. The savings, especially when used for my wife’s jewelry business, will pay for itself in no time. Not to mention all the miniatures and tabletop accessories I wouldn’t otherwise spend money on. Pictures of my first print can be seen in the gallery below. Forgive the photo quality, my photography skills aren’t the best with small pieces.