Resin printers are becoming cheaper and more accessible all the time, and the best 3D printers like the Anycubic Photon and the Elegoo Mars are driving the cost of resin printing down like never before. However, resin printing is a lot more complicated than FDM printing, so there are a lot of different accessories you might need. Some of them will be to make your life easier, some will be to make you safer, and all of them are helpful for you to start your journey. Here are 18 of the best accessories for your resin printer.

Pickle jar

Made for cleaning: Pickle container/model bath

Staff pick

Thanks to the fantastic 3D-printing community, we have this gem. This little pickle container has a strainer that is perfect for cleaning your models. Just fill up the container with isopropyl alcohol and put your model in the strainer. You can then use the strainer to lift it out of the bath when it's ready.

$11 at Amazon
Blue Nitrile

Safety first: Nitrile disposable gloves

Safety pick

It might seem strange to have something like gloves as one of the leading picks but, trust me, you don't want to get resin on your skin. Nitrile gloves are the most critical thing on this list, and having a good supply will save you from some severe chemical burns. Resin printing is a lot of fun and rewarding, but I had a nasty reaction just from some splashing on me. Be safe.

$20 at Amazon
Wham Bam Slap Mat

Easy cleanup: Slap Mat by Wham Bam

Having a silicone mat under your resin 3D printer will keep your work surface tidy and clean from spills. Because silicone is completely non-reactive, you can cure the resin directly to the mat and crack it off when it is safe. The Slap Mat is thick and well made so it's well worth the money.

$19 at Wham Bam Systems
Easy removal

Print removal: BuildTak 3D print removal tool

Essentially, this is just a pallet knife or paint scraper, but it's essential to remove the print from the build plate to your resin bath without damaging it. I like to use this extra-wide knife, which allows me to get the most purchase on the model without stressing it.

Ddsky 2pack Suction Handles

Easy lifting: DDSKY 2-pack strong suction cup handles

Most resin printers come with lift-off acrylic covers that can get dirty when you have your nitrile gloves on. This two-pack of suction cup handles helps make lifting the lids off easy. I use both; one that's clean for when I don't have resin on my hands, and one that's dirty for when I do. This reduces the chances of me getting resin on my hands accidentally.

$14 at Amazon
Marianna 99% Isopropyl Alcohol

For cleaning not drinking: Isopropyl alcohol grade 99% anhydrous

Cleaning resin can be messy. After you've printed the model and before it is fully cured, you need to wash it in a bath of isopropyl alcohol. This removes any excess resin so your model can look its very best. You will use quite a lot, so keep it handy and keep it safe.

$18 at Amazon
Bates Putty Knives

When things go wrong: Plastic putty knife

Not every print is a winner. Sometimes your print doesn't stay on the print bed, and you need to remove it from your FEP sheet in the vat. Using a metal scraper will ruin the FEP almost straight away, so use one of these plastic scrapers instead.

$6 at Amazon
Soft bristles

Not for your teeth!: Soft bristle toothbrush

When you have detailed prints, you need to get rid of the excess resin from all the lines. Using these soft-bristled toothbrushes works excellent, but you need to be as gentle as possible. If you scrub at them too hard, you could damage the print.

$13 at Walmart
TCP 100 Micron paint strainers

Strain away the bad: 100 Micron paint strainers

You often have to change resins when 3D printing, and it's essential not to get any cured resin mixed in. These nylon filters are perfect for filtering resin, and a 50-pack should keep you going for a while.

$9 at Amazon
Wash And Cure Station

The solution: Anycubic Wash and Cure V2

The Wash and Cure Box from Anycubic is cheap and, frankly, amazing for finishing off the resin printing process, and you would be doing yourself a disservice by not owning one. It washes and cures your prints all in one handy machine.

$120 at Amazon
ChowThink FEP Film

Don't skimp: FEP film

All 3D-printing parts break at some point. Be prepared for the worst, and keep a spare FEP film handy or in this case, six. This isn't the cheapest option out there, but it's good quality and will last a long while in most DLP printers.

$18 at Amazon
Bright light

Hard light: UV curing light

The last step in finishing a resin print is curing, done in bright sunlight or using a UV lamp. This lamp is powerful and can make a cool UV curing station with a little elbow grease.

$26 at Amazon
Safety first

Don't go blind: Safety glasses

You only get one set of eyes, continued exposure even at relatively low levels to intense UV light will degrade it, but outside of that, you really dont want this resin getting in or near your eyes.

3M Half Mask

Breathe easy: Dual cartridge respirator

This may look like overkill, but resin gives off noxious fumes. If you don't have a great ventilation system, then a respirator is essential. If you're planning on spray-painting your prints, you'll want one of these anyway.

$14 at Amazon
3d Print Reco Sonic Cleaner

Easy cleany: Ultrasonic cleaner

This ultrasonic jewelry cleaner, an alternative to the pickle jar, is perfect for automatically cleaning your prints. All you need to do is put your print in a bag, add isopropyl alcohol, add the bag to water with the timer set for three to five minutes, and walk away. The cleaner will do the rest. This one even has a handy basket for easy removal.

$80 at Amazon
3d Print Levoit Air Purifier

Breathe free: Home air purifier

While resin printing isn't carcinogenic, it can be smelly, and the fumes can irritate your eyes and nose. Always use resin 3D printers in a well-ventilated room, but having an air purifier certainly doesn't hurt. It will clear any significant irritants out of the air. It works on any mold or smoke from your workshop as well.

$80 at Amazon

These things are important

I know I sound like a broken record telling you to be careful, but that's because it's essential. I love this hobby, and I want you to enjoy it too. To do that, though, we have to be careful and respect the tools. You shouldn't have to worry about chemical burns.

The nitrile gloves are an absolute must if you want to handle resin in its liquid form or just after it has been printed. From personal experience, you want to be wearing safety glasses as well.

On a lighter note, the 3D printing community found this little pickle strainer for cleaning and sold them out in a single day! When we find something to make our lives easier, we jump on it, and we bought so many of them that when you add a resin printer to your Amazon cart, it suggests you buy this as well. Brilliant.

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