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Simon Cornes

Filling 'contour' lines

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49 minutes ago, Pouln said:

I read the same in conjunction with the Elegoo Saturn. According to the manufacturer, this printer has a monochrome LCD which allows more uv light to pass, therefore shorter layer times and they state that the LCD will live much longer than that of other printers.

 

The Saturn cannot be bought yet. They say it will be available through Amazon in October/November this year.

Thanks,

 

Yes I will probably hang on until the new tech comes out.  They are talking as fast as 2 seconds per layer - that’s 1000 layers in half an hour - fantastic if that is genuine.

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel

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7 hours ago, nheather said:

The photon is an SLA Resin printer is it not.  What do you think of it.

 

I’ve not done much research to date, I watched some videos of the Elegoo Mars and was blown away with what it produced, and how simple it was use (barring the mess of the resin and the cleaning up).

 

 

Yes it is - I'm pretty happy with it now I've worked out it's quirks and found a resin and cleaning process that I'm happy with using. Overall it's now my go-to printer for most things because there is less to check before each print and when failed prints occur it's mostly my fault rather than the printer's. There is a learning process involved with finding the correct layer times for a resin, how to set your supports (basically required for resin printing)

 

On another forum I'm a member of there are a number of 'non-tech' people (their words) who have the Elegoo Mars and they have had no problems getting them up and running.

 

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9 hours ago, Simon Cornes said:

Getting a bit off topic I think chaps!!

ok, to touch on the original topic at hand. This is what I use for filling big areas on FDM prints https://www.toolstation.com/toupret-ready-mixed-fine-surface-filler/p10135 I use a smaller squeezy tube from the Dulux decorator's centre that stores better after opening. 

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Wow - that’s amazing - almost back to Artex!! Do you apply any kind of primer before using the filler? There is obviously no chemical attachment to the surface as I assume that stuff is water based (like acrylic I suppose) but it does say it adheres to paint. Don’t tell me you use Dulux paint for your models!!

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It’ll likely have an acrylic binder and very fine mineral filler so I’ve used it on both straight PLA and primed with either a Halfords acrylic or a Vallejo polyurethane primer with no issues and when dry it sands nicely smooth with fine sandpaper. It won’t react with the surface but seems to adhere well for my purposes.

 

I used to work (starting off formulating industrial paints and developing resins) for the Dulux parent company and as they do Sikkens car refinish and loads of aerospace coatings I’m pretty much honour bound to use at least some portion of the corporate range for models. 

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