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Epax X1K review

The introduction about Epax X1K

 

Epax X1K

Epax X1K adopts NON-FEP FILM. While the resin vat can also use FEP film, the machine comes with what Epax claims is a superior non-FEP film right out of the box. Said to be sturdier, the non-FEP film also has a lower chance of sticking to the screen and potentially messing up your print. The vat also has a built-in rubber seal, which is supposed to make it leakproof. This printer has a 3.5-inch color TFT touchscreen. This touchscreen should make all the printing functions and selecting options a cinch. It uses a 50 LED matrix light source. This is a 50W light source, but in order to extend the life of the LCD mask screen, they lowered it to 40W. Epax X1K has 2K LCD mask. The Epax X1 features a 2K 2560 x 1440 px LCD display for its masking of the UV light source. This translates to an X/Y resolution of 47 microns, putting the X1 in line with the majority of budget LCD-based resin 3D printers. About this printer design, unlike most printers in its price range, the X1 can be placed up against a wall due to its design. The machine opens up from the front with a lid that lifts upwards, which should make it easier to clean up and pop out your print. What’s more, I want to say it adopts an upgraded Z-axis carriage rail. While this remains to be seen, Epax 3D boasts that the X1 has no Z-wobble due to an upgraded Z-axis carriage rail. The X1 has a double steel rod-reinforced carriage, plus steel bearings and a wide shaft guide. Again, it’s hard to say whether this is truly the case since we haven’t used their customer service ourselves, however, Epax 3D says it responds to e-mail inquiries “within hours” and that their number one priority is customer satisfaction. Many of the reviews of the X1 also mention positive interactions with the company’s customer service. Last, it can match a wide range of resins. You’re not just limited to Esun resins with the X1, though the company does provide a decent variety of resins for use in the machine, including General Hard Resin, PLA Bio-resin, resin for dental, and castable resin. Esun products aside, the machine should work well with most 405nm wavelength LCD resins.

All in all, the Epax X1K is such a better quality printer in my opinion.

The using feeling of Epax X1K

 

Epax X1K

There are some pros to this printer. Now, I will tell them one by one. I believe this printer can catch your eye. No Z-Wobble – Upgraded Z-axis carriage rail (Anycubic Photon doesn’t come close to quality here.) Look at the pictures I included. It uses a double steel rod reinforced carriage and steel bearings. No calibration is required and runs perfectly out of the box. Non-FEP Film for Resin Vat – Reduces print adhesion between layers that helps reduce printing errors. Ultra-Precise Fixed Build Platform – Calibrated to perfection right out of the factory. Something I was not aware of, but resing printers have quite a bit of force due to suction as the build platform pulls away from the bottom of the vat. The Anycubic Photon uses an adjustment system that just plain isn’t as rigid. So if you’re not careful to tighten things, they can move out of alignment, failed prints, and more time not printing. The EPAX uses a 4-point mount that is absolutely rock solid. Was already calibrated perfectly out of the box. I will be surprised if I EVER have to adjust it for the life of the printer. Better Chasis Design – Besides the EPAX being built like a tank with an all-steel chassis. The windows on the Anycubic looked enticing until I realized after printing my first print, that you can’t view what’s happening with the printer unless you pause, and allow the platform to raise. Regardless of how many windows on your printer you have. This was no problem with the EPAX, pause worked like a dream, print was raised to check on build plate adhesion and continued on without any detectable signs that printing was ever interrupted. Windows on a UV resin printer are not helpful. Just more opportunity for outside sources of UV light to mess things up. Smell – Honestly I heard over and over about the smell of a resin printer, but so far I’ve hardly noticed a thing… Precise Optical Z homing – Pretty standard on most 3d printers now, but glad to see they didn’t use a less precise mechanical limit switch setup. Again was perfectly calibrated out-of-box. I’m used to FDM printers that need hours of calibration and recalibration. Still can’t believe how much easier this is to print with. Better Door Hinge Design – Anycubic Photon can’t sit against a wall because it’s hinged at the back of the machine. EPAX can. Aesthetics – I realize this is subjective, but the EPAX looks more professional in my opinion. It looks like a piece of expensive lab equipment in my opinion.

There are some cons. The Manual is detailed but needs some refinement to be a little easier for non-technical users to understand. Spoke with the owner and said he’s addressing this issue though. Anything else that could go here like the smell of resin, or how part processing with resin requires a bit more than FDM 3d printers is so insanely outweighed by the ease of use, quality of the print, and out-of-box printability. I don’t think they’re worth even listed as a con.

You can use this printer to print various things, such as a highly difficult process to form complex shapes, building the prototype design and planning, construction of sand table model, DIY, and personalized design enthusiasts’ production, model teaching, design, and experiment.

Summary of EPAX X1K

This EPAX setup and printing are literally 5 minutes out of the box. Other than that, this thing can just keep cranking out amazing quality print after another. The slicer application that comes with it is super simple to use. Learn a few simple tricks online and in no time you are printing like a true professional! I strongly recommend you have a try. You will never regret this 3D printer – Epax X1K.

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