Resin 3D printing can be quite messy and complicated. This is especially when it’s time to cure the model. Luckily, a curing machine can make the work easier. In this Elegoo Mercury Plus 2 in 1 review, we look at everything you should know about the washing cure station
Elegoo Mercury Plus 2 in 1 Cure Review
Using a curing machine to post-process your resin 3D model can save you a lot of time and resources. The Elegoo Mercury Plus 2 in 1 washing cure station will simplify the work of washing and curing your resin 3D models.
Elegoo Mercury Plus 2 in 1 Specs
|Control Panel||Touch Button|
|Compatibility||LCD, DLP, SLA 3D Printers|
|Machine Type||Curing and Washing|
|Compatible Material||UV Resin|
|Max. Washing Model Size||125 x 85 x 160mm|
|Max. Washing Model Size||140φ x 165mm|
|Time Setting||0 to 15 Minutes|
|UV Light||405nm and 385nm|
|Machine Frame Dimensions||(L) 200mm x (W) 200mm x (H) 352mm|
|Weight||4.8 Kg (10.58 Lbs)|
Elegoo Mercury Plus Cure Station Features
- Top lid detection safety
- Adjustable bracket
- Responsive Touchscreen & Control
- 360° rotating turn table
- 16 UV curing lamp beads
- Washing with build platform
- Compatible with multiple printers
Top Lid Detection Safety
The washing station has a strong anti-UV acrylic lid that blocks up to 99.95% of harmful UV lights. If the top is opened, the machine automatically stops the curing process. This is critical to keep you safe from harmful chemical sprays and UV light.
If you have removed the printed resin from the build plate, you can place it on the adjustable bracket platform to wash it. You’ll have to hang the bracket on the pillar to start the cleaning process.
This washing station can fit models of up to 160mm in size. Therefore, if you have printed small models, you can wash a number of them together at the same time.
Since the bracket is adjustable, you don’t have to fill the bucket with IPA. Instead, you can adjust the height of the bracket for the lower liquid levels.
The washing station features a touchscreen that you can use to get it started and perform various tasks. Th touch buttons allow you to control the curing machine.
360° rotating turn table
The Mercury Plus 2 in 1 washing cure station has a 360° rotating turn table that ensure your models are cured perfectly in all sides.
To start the curing process, place the print at the center of the rotating plate, set the time, and start the curing.
After the curing is finished, the machine will produce a beep.
16 UV Curing Lamp Beads
The washing station has eight 405nm and eight 385nm curing lamp beads. These lamps produce UV light that penetrates the resin to cure your models fast and perfectly.
If you are printing larger materials, the curing process will take longer since the UV lights have to pass through more material.
Washing with Build Platform
The Elegoo Mercury Plus 2 in 1 has a build plate holder for your Elegoo Mars printer. You can use the holder to wash your printed object as well as the build platform.
You do not have to remove the print from the build plate. In fact, you should leave it intact to reduce the risk of getting in contact with the uncured resin.
To start the washing and curing process, mount the build platform with the adjustable platform bracket. You can adjust the height of the bracket to fill the bucket with the required level of the washing liquid. After this, hang the bracket on top of the pillar and start the washing process.
Compatible with Multiple 3D Printers
While the washing station is designed for Elegoo Mars printers, it can also be used with any SLA, DLP or LCD printer, such as the Anycubic Photon S and Creality resin 3D printers.
What We Like
- The washing station cures models fast, providing them with a smooth, firm and clean surface
- Automatically washes the print, which reduces your risk of coming touching uncured resin
- You can wash multiple small objects in the station
- The 360 ° rotating turntable ensure even curing of your objects
- Using the adjustable bracket reduces the amount of IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) used
- Can be used with most small SLA, DLP and LCD 3D printers
What We Don’t Like
- The washing process is quite loud
- Objects printed with water-washable resin cannot be washed in the station. For such models, it would be better to wash them with running water.
- Can only fit models with a build size of 125 x 85 x 160 mm
Elegoo Mercury Plus 2-in-1 Verdict
The dual nature of the machine i.e., a washing station as well as a curing box will save you some money on buying the items separately.
The Elegoo Mercury Plus 2 in 1 works well and is affordable. Moreover, the UV lamp beads ensure your resin 3D objects are cured evenly.
The unit’s LEDs are bright and can work on different frequencies.
Finally, using the machine will reduce your IPA usage to less than 70%. Moreover, your prints will have less residue left, which means their quality will be higher.
You can set the washing time and see how long it will take for your model to be washed on the touchscreen.
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