A lot of owners of the Anycubic Photon Mono X experience issues with the 3D printer not reading files or having trouble reading them. That’s why I wrote this article, to teach people how to fix Anycubic Photon Mono X not reading files.
To fix Anycubic Photon Mono X not reading files you’ll need to check file compatibility, make sure the files are not corrupted, and do a USB drive inspection. Doing a firmware update and using a different slicer are also possible solutions to fix this kind of problem.
This is the basic answer, keep reading for more information on how to fix Anycubic Photon Mono X not reading files.
How to Fix Anycubic Photon Mono X Not Reading Files
These are the main methods to fix Anycubic Photon Mono X not reading files:
- Check file compatibility
- Inspect your USB drive
- Update your firmware
- Use a different slicer
1. Check File Compatibility
The first method to solve this issue is to check file compatibility.
To do that, you’ll need to:
- Ensure the 3D model file format is supported by the Anycubic Photon Mono X
- Double-check that the 3D model file is not corrupted or incomplete.
Users recommend making sure that you have the right file extension for the Anycubic Photon Mono X, which is the .pws file extension.
One user recommends downloading or creating a simple .stl file and slicing it again to have a new .pws file.
Deleting all the files on the USB drive and loading this new .psw file is another possible solution.
Another user stated that when you plug your USB drive into the printer, you can’t have any corrupted files in there, otherwise the other files won’t read normally, which may cause this issue to happen.
One 3D printing hobbyist recommends using the Photon Workshop, which is a free slicer software made by Anycubic, as that lets you specify your machine and the files will always work with it.
2. Inspect Your USB Drive
Doing a USB drive inspection is another possible solution to fix the Anycubic Photon Mono X not reading files.
To do that you’ll need to:
- Safely eject the USB drive from your computer.
- Insert the USB drive into the Anycubic Photon Mono X’s USB port.
- Make sure the USB drive is correctly inserted and recognized by the printer.
If the USB drive isn’t recognized, attempt to use a different USB drive or format the existing one to the FAT32 file system. Re-upload your files to see if this may have solved the issue.
One user stated that he had this issue with the USB drive that came with the printer.
When he changed and got a new USB drive, his problem was solved as he thought the quality of the USB that came with the printer was terrible.
Another user recommends getting a USB stick that is not that large. He recommends one of 16GB or less.
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Check out the video below to see one 3D printing hobbyist having problems with his USB drive and his Anycubic Photon Mono X.
3. Update Your Firmware
Another popular way of solving this issue is by doing a firmware update.
To do that, you will need to:
- Visit the official Anycubic website and check for firmware updates for your Photon Mono X machine.
- Download and follow the instructions to update the firmware.
A firmware update can often resolve compatibility issues and improve overall performance. If the problem continues even after the firmware update, move on to the next method.
One user was able to fix this issue by updating his firmware again after already having done the update but still experienced the issue.
Another user recommends downloading the firmware version straight from the main page but be aware of what the most up-to-date version is.
One 3D printing hobbyist was experiencing the same issue while using his Photon Workshop 2.1.29 solved this issue after he updated the firmware of the printer to 3.5.4.
Check out the video below for more information about updating your Anycubic firmware.
4. Use a Different Slicer
If none of the methods above worked, you can try using a different slicer.
To do that, you’ll need to:
- Choose a different slicer, such as ChiTuBox or Lychee Slicer
- Use slicing software to re-slice your 3D model.
- Ensure the slicing settings match your printer’s specifications (layer height, exposure time, etc.).
- Save the sliced file with a new name.
Sometimes, re-slicing the 3D model can resolve any data corruption or compatibility issues that may have occurred during the initial slicing process.
One user suggests trying to slice a file with Lychee as he had all sorts of weird problems when using the Photon slicer.
Another user stated that most issues such as this are slicer-related and he was able to solve his problems after he started to use Lychee with his Anycubic Photon Mono X.
Check out the video below for more information about using Lychee.