Elegoo Mars SLA-LCD (DLP) 3D Resin Printer – Preview
DEAL UPDATE: The Elegoo Mars is on sale this month for $250 from Amazon. This is a terrific deal for this resin printer. I don’t have a lot of time on it, but I can say I recommend it with the time I have on it, with that price. It comes as no surprise, these are selling quick. I hear that 7/10 there should be a refresh on Amazon with more stock. You can follow their Facebook Page and join their Facebook Group to stay up to date.
The Elegoo Mars SLA-LCD 3D Printer has been out for a while. I saw a terrific deal on it last week and decided to pick one up. Last night on a live stream, I put it together. My initial thoughts, is that it is a LOT like a Photon. It has a few minor upgrades, and in my book a major downgrade. But, essentially, it is a Photon. There are several changes, that are just that, changes. Not a plus or a minus.
ChiTuBox – Out of the Box
Since the Mars uses ChiTuBox, it functions very much like a Photon. I use the latest ChiTuBox slicer. It has a built-in profile for the Elegoo Mars just like it has a profile for the Photon. It makes swapping back and forth just as easy as it is in Cura or other FDM slicers. It runs ChiTu hardware.
Specifications for the Elegoo Mars 3D Printer
The Mars has a fairly standard specifications list. Hardware wise, it is nothing new.
Max Build Volume: 120 mm x 68 mm x 155 mm
Slicer: ChiTu Box
Memory Card: USB Thumb Drive
Interface: 3.5″ color touchscreen
Screen: 2560×1440 2k HD
Light Source: 40w UV
Material: 405 NM UV resin
After putting it together and printing with it, I have a few observations. The bed seems very small. Not saying that is a bad thing. It is thin. It just feels a little small. It does make it lighter, though. The full plastic cover makes everything easy to get to. Since the entire top comes off, everything is accessible. I do like that quite a bit. The touchscreen display is bright and has high contrast. The home icon is a really poor choice, since it doesn’t really show what it is (Why didn’t they use a house???) That is a VERY minor quibble, though.
The one design choice I really don’t like is the placement for the USB drive and power switch. They are both going into the rear of the machine. That makes them more difficult to access. The Photon has them on the side, so I know that is possible. I wish the Mars was a also on the side.
Overall, it seems like a solid 3D Printer. I am very happy with my first print. I still have much more to do with it. My first print was with some Anycubic soy based resin that had been giving me some problems on the Photon. I had an epiphany as to what my problems were, and applied them to the Elegoo Mars. Myu first successful print makes me think my thoughts were right.
If you are looking at picking one up, I also have a page dedicated to the other things to pick up for resin printing like Isopropyl alcohol, Nitrile gloves and other toolbox items.