China-based MakeX produces a less expensive resin-based desktop 3D printer, the M-ONE.
The M-ONE uses the photo-curable resin process to solidify layers in its 3D printing operations, similar to other devices. It’s specifications are also similar, with some exceptions:
- A build volume that’s a bit larger than many other resin-based 3D printers.
- Layer thickness between 0.015 and 0.105mm, which is quite small
- XY resolution (which is what really matters on resin 3D printers) of 0.070 or 0.110mm, again, pretty decent! However, there’s a catch that we’ll explain below.
- For the 0.070mm resolution, the build volume is 150 x 85 x 170mm, and for the 0.110mm resolution, the build volume is 120 x 90 x 170mm.
- Includes a “clean set”, which is a set of tools to post-process the prints, and custom-designed software to operate the M-ONE.
In this image, you can clearly see the very fine results achieved by this machine.
All this can be yours for as low as USD$1,999, a price point slightly less expensive than some competing resin-based desktop 3D printers.
One item that’s not included with this printer is the DLP projector itself, which is used to selectively shine pixels on the bottom of the resin tray to create solidified layers. According to MakeX’s website, that’s going to cost you another USD$400, making the true price USD$2,399. That’s still quite a good price for a resin-based 3D printer.
The catch mentioned above is that the 0.07mm resolution is only achievable if you use attach the special high-resolution DLP projector, which sells for USD$1,500 - and is available only in China. It’s likely this particular projector is not certified for use outside China. Nevertheless, for those in other regions, the 0.110mm version will certainly print highly accurate objects and you may even have a suitable DLP projector on hand, too.