To be honest, 3D printing HO scale details using my old 3D printer used to leave me disappointed… But not anymore! Now that I have an Anycubic resin 3D printer I’m constantly amazed every time a print finishes!
A little while ago I put together the Anet A8 kit 3D printer and while I was very happy with what it could do, when it came to making very small details for my HO scale layout I was usually disappointed, most of the details I printed required a lot of post processing like gap filling and sanding and the really small things didn't print at all.
Some larger items like this water tank turned out looking great and other larger details look fantastic as well when printed on the Anet A8 however when it comes to tiny details that's where I was running into limitations with FDM printers.
Another problem I would often run into was when I printed with PLA plastic it was difficult to sand so I often printed using ABS plastic (what lego is made from), it sands much easier but is much more challenging to print with. I found that I had to be selective with what I did and didn't chose to use the printer for, the resin used for DLP printers sand very easily.
Printing using the Anycubic Photon was much easier, sure there is a bit of post processing in terms of cleaning excess resin but the finished result is light years ahead of regular FDM printers.
Here is a selection of items I’ve printed with great results as well as a small building from Steve who’s models are available to buy from Shapeways if you wanted to pick up a great Australian style building for yourself, here is the link to his Shapeways page:
Steves Shapeways Models
As I gradually progress and print more models I'll gradually post them on the Anycubic review page and I'll also make a selection of models that will be free to download once I've made and printed them to check quality and results.
To read the full Anycubic Photon review you can click here: