Today I am very excited to be reviewing and sharing my experience with you all of the Alfawise W10. The reason why this is an extra exciting review is because this is a resin based 3D Printer. I have been 3D Printing now for over 4 years but nearly all of experience has been with FDM or FFF style 3D Printing. I have loved reviewing, testing, upgrading and printing with all of these machines but I have always been fascinated with resin printers. I nearly pulled the trigger on multiple occasions but due to resin costs and the associated mess that I had seen these machines can cause I held off… Until Now!
I have had my eyes on the Alfawise W10 for a couple of months now. The product page was put up on Gearbest’s website for preorder, but the estimated date was pushed back a few times. I ended up reaching out to Gearbest for a review unit and they accepted. I was extremely excited and luckily enough was able to get one of the first units to ship out. The printer was delivered early in the morning on a Saturday and I wasted no time on setup. I hopped out of bed tore the box open (quite literally) and began to set up the printer. Setup was easy, with the exception of the green acrylic top. This is held together with 3 stretchy bands. I am still not crazy about this solution as it feels cheap, but after 3 weeks of use now I can say that it does hold together. Also, this is a pretty small deal as it does not affect print quality.
The leveling process was incredibly simple due to the build plate having sort of an easy level setup. I then attached the build plate, poured in the included tan resin and fired up a test print. Unfortunately, I had to work that Saturday, so I had no idea how it was going on how it would turn out. When I came home that night, I was mind blown by how good the death trooper had turned out. I then printed another test print called 3 wise skulls which turned out beyond good, the quality was insane.
After this, I set out to slice my own models. This took some trial and error but I did find a really good workflow after some trial and error. I actually made a video on this that you can find here:
Once I had ran out of the 250Ml that came with the printer, I hopped online to order some different resins. I went over to Amazon because I was hoping to get the resin overnight shipped with Prime (I am very patient). I ended up ordering Elegoo Resin in Grey as well as Clear Red based on the reviews and price. When I got the resins I poured in Grey and sliced a large file using the same settings that where built into the Alfawise software for the tan resin. I woke up to a large perfect print. This was when I really fell in love with this machine. Knowing that it was this easy to work with third party resins was really the icing on the cake.
Since then I have tried both the Clear Red as well as Siraya Tech Tough Resin, which after some tuning (had to increase the layer cure times) I have been having really good luck with both. I also have had to replace the FEP film. I originally tried replacing it with the extra one the machine came with and failed epicly (allen key went through the film). So I found some film on amazon and gave it another go. It took about 10 minutes and I have been up and printing with this new film for at least a week.
This machine is seriously awesome. I just picked up an airbrush so I have been experimenting with painting the models now. If you are looking to get a resin printer, at $300 for the Alfawise W10, to me it is a no brainer.
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