15 essential 3D resin printer extras

3D printing with resin is becoming a more accessible hobby for curious newcomers, thanks to affordable hardware and a growing community offering advice, but you'll need some essential extras before starting. Some of the best 3D resin printers, such as the Anycubic Photon and Elegoo Mars, are perfect for beginners with enough patience to learn.

It's a more complex method than FDM filament 3D printing, and you'll need these accessories to keep you safe. Some will make life a little easier when creating models, and some are critical to maintaining a healthy printing environment.

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To properly enjoy resin 3D printing, we must be careful and respect the tools. While there are fewer toxic resins available (even some that you can wash in a bucket of water), the fact is that in their uncured state, these photopolymer resins are more dangerous than the thermoplastic filaments used in FDM/FFF printing.

Check our roundup of the best resin for SLA/DLP 3D printers for advice on which brand to choose. The nitrile gloves are an absolute must if you want to handle liquid resin or any models after printing. You want to be wearing safety glasses as well.

Nitrile is less irritating to the skin, and unlike latex and vinyl, far fewer people have adverse effects from wearing these. On a lighter note, the 3D printing community found pickle containers might help with cleaning, and they're right. Some suggestions might not seem so critical at first glance, but they'll prove their worth quickly enough when used with a superb resin printer like the Anycubic Photon.

James Bricknell

James built his first PC when he was 13 and has never looked back. He can be found on Windows Central, usually in the corner where all the 3D printers are, or huddled around the Xbox playing the latest games.

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