Apparently there is some movement in the currently somewhat sleepy market for 3D printers: with his Photon Ultra the Chinese manufacturer Anycubic wants to set new accents. Instead of an LCD for printing surface projection, the Photon Ultra comes in for the first time DLP-Chip for use.
The DLP technology should enable particularly sharp-edged prints, while at the same time extending the service life to 20,000 hours; Problems with the LCDs, which are often short-lived due to the high UV exposure, should be eliminated, and the DLP printer should work significantly more energy-efficiently than its LCD counterparts (only 12 instead of 60 W). The Photon Ultra requires around 1.5 seconds of exposure time per shift, comparable to fast LCD printers.
Despite the DLP chip with a resolution of only 1280 × 720 pixels, the printer is said to produce better results than 2K LCD printers thanks to the outstanding contrast and sharpness values of the DLP optics. Anycubic reports that the optics were developed in collaboration with DLP specialist Texas Instruments. Receive the first 100 early birds at the start of the Kickstarter campaign on September 14, a discount of $ 200 off the later list price of just under $ 600.