There are constant developments in the resin 3D printing industry, with Anycubic staying at the front with many of their products. They released the Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K (Amazon), an upgrade from the Photon Mono X 4K 3D printer.
I’ve been testing out this 3D printer to see just how it operates, and what kind of quality it can deliver. From start to finish, it’s done an amazing job.
Disclosure: I received a free Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K by Anycubic for review purposes, but opinions in this review will be my own and not bias or influenced.
This will be a simple review of the Photon Mono X 6K 3D printer, going through its features, specifications, unboxing and assembly process, leveling process, benefits, downsides, print results, and more, so stay tuned to figure out whether this machine is one for you.
First, we’ll start with the features.
Features of the Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K
- 9.25″ LCD Screen – Sharper Details
- Large Print Volume
- Ultra Fast Printing
- Power Adjustment Setting & Resin Compatibility
- Screen Protection
- Powerful Light Matrix
- Dual Z-Axis Rails
- Checkered Build Plate Design
- Wi-Fi Connectivity With Anycubic App
- 3.5″ TFT Color Touchscreen
- Lid Detection
9.25″ LCD Screen – Sharper Details
One of the biggest features of the Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K is the larger 9.25″ LCD screen, with a massive 5,760 x 3,600 pixel resolution. It has over 20 million pixels overall, 125% higher than the Mono X’s 4K resolution screen.
This higher resolution provides users with sharper and finer details on your 3D prints.
Another key feature that you can enjoy is the industry-leading screen with a 350:1 contrast ratio, being 75% higher than the Photon X. When it comes to the edges and corners of your models, you’ll be able to see the curves and details a lot better.
Compared to the original Anycubic Photon, you’re getting a significant 185% increase in build plate size.
In terms of resolution, you’re getting a 0.01mm or 10 micron Z-axis resolution and a 0.034mm or 34 micron XY axis resolution.
Large Print Volume
The build volume on resin 3D printers are known to be smaller compared to FDM 3D printers, but they are definitely increasing. This machine has a build volume of 197 x 122 x 245, along with a 5.9L total build volume.
Larger models are definitely possible with the Photon Mono X 6K, so you have more freedom and capability to 3D print objects.
Ultra Fast Printing
Compared to the Anycubic Photon Mono X with a print speed of 60mm/h, the Mono X 6K provides an improved speed of 80mm/h. It means you can 3D print a 12cm model in just 1 and a half hours.
Over months of 3D printing, you can definitely save a significant amount of time.
I wrote an article called How to Speed Up Resin 3D Printing, so if you want some more tips, check that out.
Some of the older resin 3D printers like the Anycubic Photon S would take a lot longer to 3D print a model in terms of speed. You are also getting a much larger build volume, so there are many benefits to going for a 3D printer like the Mono X 6K.
Power Adjustment Setting & Resin Compatibility
A cool feature is the power adjustment setting, where you can directly adjust the level of UV power that the machine exhibits. It ranges from 30-100%, allowing you to support standard resins, as well as special resins.
You can even extend the lifespan of your screen and the light by using a lower UV power like 70%.
With 30%-100% light power regulation, Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K supports not only ordinary 405nm UV resins, but also special resins. In addition, adjusting the light power appropriately can extend the lifespan of both the screen and light significantly.
There’s a very useful screen protection feature that has been added to this Photon Mono X 6K. It’s a simple anti-scratch screen protector that you manually stick to the screen to stop resin from damaging the actual LCD screen.
Installation is pretty simple, requiring you to clean the screen with the wet cloth, then the dry cloth, and use the dust absorber.
I’d advise all resin 3D printer users to protect their screens with a similar protector, so it’s nice to have it as an addition to the package.
Powerful Light Matrix
The light system is a very important feature for a 3D printer because that is what hardens the resin and gives you the level of precision needed for great details. This 3D printer has 40 bright LED lights in a matrix that creates a powerful and parallel light source.
In terms of the level of light uniformity, Anycubic state ≥90%, along with ≥ 44,395 lux power density for each layer, resulting in faster printing.
Dual Z-Axis Rails
The dual Z-axis rails gives a great stability in the Z-axis movements so there is a lot less wobble and unnecessary movements, resulting in better printing quality. This is similar to the normal Anycubic Photon Mono X, but is a great touch.
Checkered Build Plate Design
Another cool feature that I noted is with the build plate design, with a checkered pattern across the bottom. The level of adhesion you get should increase with this checkered design, but it can stick a little too well with high bottom layer exposure.
Make sure to use a bottom layer exposure of around 10 seconds and test from there, since values of 20 seconds can make prints stick hard to the build plate.
Wi-Fi Connectivity With Anycubic App
You can remotely control your Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K with the Anycubic App, after going through the installation process. It’s a cool feature to have, allowing you to adjust settings, pick 3D prints that are already loaded to begin, and pause prints remotely.
You’ll still need to do your manual steps like removing models and cleaning up, but it has its uses, especially for checking how long you have left until your model finishes.
3.5″ TFT Color Touchscreen
The touchscreen on the Mono X 6K is a responsive and good quality display screen that is easy to operate. The user interface is very simple for beginners to get the hang of. You can control plenty of options, with sections for printing, controls, settings, and machine info.
While you are in the printing process, you can adjust your printing parameters such as normal and bottom exposure times, as well as lifting speed, retraction speed, and height.
You have the option to turn on lid detection, which automatically stops your 3D prints if your lid is detected to be removed from the machine.
This is a useful safety feature to ensure the light stops emitting when the UV protecting lid is removed, since the light is very bright and potentially damaging to the naked eye.
To turn this on/off, simply go into settings and hit the padlock icon.
Specifications of the Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K
- Exposure Screen: 9.25″ Monochrome LCD
- Printing Accuracy: 5,760 x 3,600 pixels (6K)
- XY Resolution: 34 microns (0.034mm)
- Printing Size: 197 x 122 x 245mm
- Printing Speed: 80mm/h
- Control Panel: 3.5″ TFT Touch Control
- Power Supply 120W
- Machine Dimensions: 290 x 270 x 475mm
- Machine Weight: 11KG
Benefits of the Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K
- Easy assembly that allows you to start 3D printing very quickly
- Large build volume makes it possible to 3D print bigger objects than usual resin 3D printers
- Professional and clean design that looks great
- Amazing quality and details in 3D prints due to modern LCD screen
- Relatively fast printing speeds of 80mm/h so you can 3D print objects quickly
- The screen protector provides an extra layer protection
- Resin vat has a “Max” mark so you don’t overfill it, and a lip to help pour resin out
Downsides of the Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K
- Prints can stick too well to the build plate with the wrong bottom exposure settings
- Doesn’t have a seal for the lid so it isn’t airtight
- Z-axis movements can be a little noisy
- Doesn’t come with a spare FEP sheet in case you pierce the film.
- Photon Workshop software is known to crash and have bugs, but you can use Lychee Slicer
Unboxing & Assembly of the Photon Mono X 6K
Here’s the package for the Mono X 6K.
You can see that the inner packaging is really sturdy and keeps your machine protected through transit.
This is how the lid and machine looks after taking the first layer off.
This is the machine itself, still protected by styrofoam underneath.
You have the build plate, power supply, and other accessories in this styrofoam cut out.
Here’s the freshly unboxed Mono X 6K.
The lid is similar to the previous Mono X and other Photon models.
Here are the accessories, including gloves, a facemask, Allen Keys etc.
You also get the screen protector and a useful assembly manual that is easy to follow.
Leveling of the Photon Mono X 6K
The leveling process is fairly simple, only requiring a few steps.
- Firstly, loosen the four screws on the top side of the build plate
- Set your leveling paper on the LCD screen
- Go within the Tools menu and press the Home icon to lower the build plate to the home position.
- Gently push your build plate down and tighten the four screws on the side. Try to get an even pressure around the build plate.
- Set your 3D printer’s home position by pressing Z=0
- It will prompt you to press “Enter”
Your build plate should now be level.
Print Results – Photon Mono X 6K
Here is the Apollo Belvedere model in the Anycubic Eco Clear Resin. The details are very impressive. I really like the detail in the cloth and the hair.
This is the model being cured in the Anycubic Wash & Cure Plus.
You can find the Anycubic Eco Clear Resin on Amazon.
I also did a gray model to capture more of the detail and shadows on the model.
I’m really impressed with how this Thanos model came out.
You can see just how great the resolution is, printed at a 0.05mm layer height.
Here is the print, cleaned up and cured.
I decided to try 3D printing this Ornamental Charmander model in an orange translucent resin.
This Silver Dragon model came out great on the Photon Mono X 6K (Amazon). You can see the spikes and small details easily with this model.
The scales look pretty good.
I 3D printed this Open Source Ring, created by VOG to show some intricate details and higher quality resolution 3D printers. You can really see the level of detail that the Mono X 6K can produce.
The lettering, edges and corners are really sharp on this model.
The next section in this review, I’ve got the actual VOG Mono X 6K video that you can check out.
Here’s a really unique ring I found that encompasses the patterns of the moon. I thought this would be another great ring to show off some detail and resolution of this 3D printer.
Check out the details.
You can really see the larger and smaller creator details nicely.
Customer Reviews of the Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K
There aren’t many reviews from average users for the Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K at the moment, but from what I could find, most people love the ease of use and easy assembly process for this 3D printer.
Another highlight that users mention is the high level of print quality and detail in models.
One user had issues printing the demo piece with their first delivery, but requested a new 3D printer to solve their issues. They mentioned that the setup and calibration was easy, but the test print was having issues.
This review was from a beginner so it’s possible they could have not leveled the bed properly, or it could have been a quality control issue.
VOG 6K Review Video
ModBot 6K Review Video
Verdict – Is the Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K Worth It?
Based on my experience with this 3D printer, I’d say it’s a great upgrade on the Photon Mono X 6K, providing a sharper resolution and giving an overall positive experience.
Many of the features between the Mono X and Mono X 6K are similar such as build plate size, design, user interface, and linear rails, but the LCD screen difference is a good improvement.
I’d recommend getting this machine if you are looking for a reliable large-scale resin 3D printer that can provide high quality and show off the finer details that some resin 3D printers can’t capture.
Get yourself the Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K from Amazon today.