Photon Workshop, the program to print with Anycubic resin printers

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A few weeks ago I showed you how Anycubic Photon mono X printers work, resin 3D printers with spectacular quality in their results.

Today I am going to talk about the program used to prepare the pieces before printing, from the Anycubic Photon Workshop.

All 3D models need cutting software, a program where we can configure the different variables that the printer will use. Anycubic Photon Workshop It is a good option if you have an Anycubic printer, since it allows you to pre-configure the variables to the specific models, although each piece will need detailed adjustments for the result to be perfect.

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Photon Workshop interface

Photon Workshop

At the top left of the screen is the dropdown menu principal. From this menu, we can load the files in STL format, files that we can get on platforms like Thingverse or similar (or make them from scratch with a 3D modeling program).

Among the menu options there are some quite obvious, but others are not so obvious. The “Save Scene File” and “Open Scene File” options, for example, allow you to save and load changes made to a model, such as scale and rotation. The Edit menu has options to duplicate models, delete models, and delete the build plate.

The Configure menu allows us define printer and resin type we are using, as well as adjusting the price, exposure time and elevation distance of the Z axis.

In view mode we can see the “Wireframe Rendering”, which alternates between viewing the model in solid or wireframe mode. With “Render Points”, the model is displayed in sparsely placed points.

The icons help us to have shortcuts to different functions. The first two on the left allow us to load objects and save our objects, the two arrow icons can undo and redo the steps that have been carried out, the «Model Mirror» allows us to reflect the selected objects on the construction plate, «Hollow and fill »Can hollow out selected models or provide specific padding. The ‘Pierce’ feature puts holes in a model to allow airflow during printing (important to minimize suction of the model to the build plate during printing, which can cause failed prints).

There are other options, such as “Paste Text”, to add text to a selected model, or “Divide Model”, to divide a selected model into parts.

On the left side we have four great options to move, rotate and scale your model.

Perspective control in Photon Workshop

Photon Workshop

We can zoom in and out and rotate the view of our model using the standard mouse button functionality:

– Clicking and holding the right mouse button rotates the build plate.
– By clicking and holding the left mouse button, you can pan or move the build plate up and down and side to side.
– The mouse scroll wheel zooms in and out of the build plate.

Immediately to the right of the build plate is the slider that is used to view the model (s) in the different cut layers.

Settings menu in Photon Workshop

Photon Workshop

The most complex part is on the right, where we have two main parts, that of Media Control and Cut Settings.

The “Cut Settings” section is best left untouched if we are starting with this printer, as they are usually predetermined to optimize the print quality of the figures. Still, it is important to know what each of the variables means.

Among them is the thickness of each layer (the lower it is, the more perfection in the result and the longer printing time), and the exhibithion time of each layer to UV rays (if it is a very short time it may be that the layer does not solidify correctly and the printing fails).

As you can see, the values ​​for the first layers are different, necessary so that the support is well hooked to the printer and the piece does not fall in the middle of printing.

Photon Workshop

In the second tab, the one of supports, we can put automatic support so that the software determines where it must put material so that the figure comes out perfect. Take a look at the example, in the “scaffolds” created so that there is no problem during printing.

Photon Workshop

In my case, for this piece, I decided to cut the arms and print them separately, as the body without arms did not need any support, and making supports that long for the arms only would increase the printing time and waste resin. Then I’ll glue the parts.

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By putting the light option, the supports are thinner, since it is not necessary to put something very thick for such light pieces.

Once we are done, we can click on the first tab and go to the big button in the lower left to export the file in pwmx format. A dialog box will appear informing of the printing time and the amount of resin that we will use.