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Photon Mono vs Mono SQ vs Mono X

Last Updated: January 12th, 2022

Mono Mono Mono - this is a quick comparison for the Photon Mono, SQ, and X, highlighting the key differences. If you are testing the waters of resin 3D printing for the first time or are on a budget, we recommend to go for the Photon Mono or Mars 2. When you need a larger build volume and have the money then opt for a medium printer. A printer like the Mono SQ is optimal when you are on a budget and the build volume is sufficient.

Anycubic Mono

$190
(phasing out)
Resolution: 0.051mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

6" 2k Screen ($40-70)
Print Volume: 130mm (L) 80mm (W) 165mm (H)

Photon Mono vs Mars 2 

Anycubic Photon Mono
Anycubic

Anycubic Mono X

$300

Resolution: 0.05mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

8.9" 4k Screen ($110-150)
Print Volume: 192mm (L) 120mm (W) 245mm (H)

Saturn vs Mono X

Anycubic Photon Mono X
Anycubic

Mono, Mono SQ, and Mono X

  • All three of the Anycubic printers essentially have the same XY resolution at 0.05mm - the Photon Mono has an XY resolution of 0.051mm.
  • Anycubic's resin printers have the RERF file which allows you to print eight exposure times in one go, making calibration faster.

Anycubic Photon Mono

  • The Photon Mono has the smallest build volume at 130 x 80 x 165mm.
  • The Photon Mono has a plastic vat and uses a pre-assembled FEP - if you want to use any FEP sheet or have a metal vat, then grab a Sovol vat.
  • The light intensity of the Mono X is 2.67 mW/cm2.
  • The power consumption of the Photon Mono is rated at 45W.
Mono

Anycubic Photon Mono SQ

  • The Photon Mono SQ's build volume is middle of the road at 128 x 120 x 200mm.
  • There is an adjustable UV power level on the printer itself.
  • The Mono SQ has a metal vat by default.
  • The power consumption of the Photon Mono SQ is rated at 66W.
Mono SQ

Anycubic Photon Mono X

  • The Photon Mono X has the largest build volume of the three at 192 x 120 x 245mm.
  • There is an adjustable UV power level on the printer itself.
  • The light intensity of the Mono X is 1.78 mW/cm2 at only 50% UV power.
  • The Mono X has a metal vat by default.
  • The Mono X also has dual linear rails for additional stability.
  • The power consumption of the Photon Mono X is rated at 120W.
Mono X

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