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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:21 pm 
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My darling Significant Other wants to buy me a 3D printer (specifically an Anycubic Photon) for Christmas. We live in the UK and I am not having much luck finding a reputable vendor.

Can anyone recommend a reliable reseller, ideally in the UK or EU?

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 Post subject: Re: Buying a printer in the UK
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:31 pm 
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Amazon.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:01 pm 
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moredakka wrote:
Amazon.


There's a seller on Amazon called "ANYCUBIC Store (UK)" who is actually Chinese, and their profile page doesn't exactly inspire confidence:

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Just checked the VAT number and it does seem legit...

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Can't you go through the official site? With the recent sale it was the cheapest option for me.


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Apoc just recently purchased an anycubic. Might want to rap with him.

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https://www.fepshop.com/product/3d-printers/anycubic/


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:37 pm 
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Jodrell wrote:
There's a seller on Amazon called "ANYCUBIC Store (UK)" who is actually Chinese, and their profile page doesn't exactly inspire confidence:


I got mine from amazon from that exact seller a few of months ago, all fine. It's a Chinese made product from a Chinese company, so if that puts you off it won't matter where you buy it! It shipped from the UK. The instructions are in … not great but readable english.

Important note for UK use I was not aware off: the resin is temperature sensitive. Prints will fail in low temperature, the liquid resin wants to be 20C+ (YMMV depending on resin type/brand, some wants to be even warmer).
This is awkward in the UK in winter if you also want to have it in a well ventilated space like a shed (due to toxic fumes) and keep it above 20C. Currently not running mine until i get a little heater set up to go inside the case.

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Apocolocyntosis wrote:
Jodrell wrote:
There's a seller on Amazon called "ANYCUBIC Store (UK)" who is actually Chinese, and their profile page doesn't exactly inspire confidence:


I got mine from amazon from that exact seller a few of months ago, all fine. It's a Chinese made product from a Chinese company, so if that puts you off it won't matter where you buy it! It shipped from the UK. The instructions are in … not great but readable english.

Important note for UK use I was not aware off: the resin is temperature sensitive. Prints will fail in low temperature, the liquid resin wants to be 20C+ (YMMV depending on resin type/brand, some wants to be even warmer).
This is awkward in the UK in winter if you also want to have it in a well ventilated space like a shed (due to toxic fumes) and keep it above 20C. Currently not running mine until i get a little heater set up to go inside the case.


I ended up running a fan heater on mine IOT print those lightnings you found, worked quite well


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:27 am 
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I bought one from Amazon for business use, I must admit I found the whole prep for printing a pain in the ass, the process very slow and the clean up a nightmare. Nothing i've printed has met my satisfaction and I found the whole experience rather disappointing, On the whole I much prefer proper castings to printed models.

If your willing to spend hours to find the right settings for what you want to print, which by the way changes for each resin type used, commit time to adding in additional supports so it will print fully, not mind the resin smell in the house, or the IPA fumes for clean up operations, then by all means give it a go. But for me the things sat in a corner and been pretty much ignored for a month or so now, I just can't be bothered with it.

I may make use of it for prototyping and or scale tests but cannot see me ever making miniatures with it, I like the real thing and so its the traditional method for me.

Really printing at home is an entire hobby in its own right one I really don't have time to commit to or interest enough to bother with the all to steep learning curve, and that's when it is working properly.

Just my experience and IMHO of course.

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yeah its an absolute pig, agreed with dakka, mine would have got sent back without junkstar's patient input

that said, was feeling like id got the hang of it until recent failures, which are hopefully just temperature related.

awful/awkward to use … but also absolute game changer. You'll hate it, but you should still get one :)

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Thanks for the comments all! I was able to contact Anycubic and they confirmed that the seller I found on Amazon *was* their official UK reseller, and my SO has now purchased my Christmas present (in fact I think it's currently sitting in the porch).

Point noted about the temperature issue!

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make sure you get some isopropyl alcohol to go with it

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