Five years ago a quality SLA resin printer could cost thousands dollars, but today, as the technology has gotten better and more mature, you can easily find one for less than $500.
Now with the help of MSLA technology-mask stereolithography, Nova3d launches its version for just $359. It’s an affordable desktop MSLA 3D printer and yet still delivers great results.
You may have lots of choice on resin 3D printers but Nova3d is among the easiest to use. Straight out of the box, Elfin is ready to use. It’s pre-leveled in the factory and requires no re-calibration upon first use. Just pour the resin, load the sliced file and press print, no parts to be put together; that makes it super easy for beginners.
The Elfin resin printer features a decent size build volume of 130*70*150mm. It can print with a layer resolution of 0.025mm. It weights 7.3kg (16 pounds approximately).
The machine itself is sturdy, featuring a top-fastened Z-axis rod to make the Z-axis extra stable and eliminate any vibrations and make it get a smoother surface on its print. The Elfin is also equipped with 2K resolution LCD screen (1440 x 2560 pixels) offering XY-axis precision of 0.05 mm. Its max printing speed is up to 50mm/hour, although accuracy is best at slightly slower speeds. With a capacitive touch screen, it’s easy to navigate the menu and operate the printer.
While there are other resin printers on the market, the Nova3d Elfin differentiates itself with a WiFi feature, so you can load your sliced file from your computer directly to the printer, see the printing process as it unfolds and control it wirelessly. You can also sync one computer to several Elfin 3D printers. And, there’s also an ethernet port for Elfin so you can also hard-wire the Elfin printer to your computer.
For further ease and range of use, you can also plug a USB stick into the Elfin and select the file you’d like to print. With an internal 8G memory, popping the stick out during the printing won’t stop the printing, so you don’t have to leave the USB stick there while it prints, unlike with many other printers.
The Elfin’s slicer features auto-layout, adding support manually, magnifying and making the model smaller and you also can modify the UV exposure settings in the slicer. When slicing, it’s quick to do so and very easy to use.
Maintenance is easy enough with the Elfin, including items such as changing consumables, 2K screen replacement, and FEP. Elfin’s FEP is bonded with a plastic frame; compared with a printer that uses a metal frame, the Elfin’s FEP tightening is easier. For the 2K screen, removing the metal panel then disconnecting the cable to the main board is easy and intuitive.
Best of all, during Nov.16th to Nov.25th it’s priced at just $299 with the code NOVA3DELFIN on Nova3d US Amazon store.
Learn more about the Nova3D Elfin MSLA 3D printer.
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