Elegoo Mercury X Bundle Washing and Curing Machine Review: 3D Printing Basics
For the past two weeks we have been working with Elegoo Mercury X Bundle washing and hardening machines for 3D printing. This set of devices is designed for post-printing cleaning of photosensitive resin 3D printed products (MSLA, LCD resin printers). These devices aren’t absolutely necessary for beginners, but once you get used to them, you will never go back to your old ways with post-processing.
Both machines are delivered at once, if you buy the bundle from Elegoo. There is a washing machine and a dryer which both use the same power cord. The single outlet splits in half, allowing both machines to operate at the same time. The only downside to this is the possibility of said cord being damaged – you will need a new cord for both.
The Elegoo Mercury X Wash has a 7000ml + tub with a locked lid that will hold all of your wash liquid. We used isopropyl alcohol recommended for this process (not included with the machine). Top locking with a rubber gasket is very important here, as this part of the process can be very smelly (basically just alcohol, it’s HOT.)
The greatness of the machine lies in the fact that the rotation mechanism is completely enclosed in the tank. You can lift the tank up and away from the base – the motorized rotation is activated by magnetic elements that work once the tank is fully in place. It’s just smart.
The only problem I have had with this part of the machine duo is the inevitable learning process. If you are using this machine, you need to make sure that your 3D prints, especially your TINY prints, are secure and not flying around the tank. If you just drop an action figure arm-sized 3D print here and start it up, it can get stuck in the spinning top.
Controls for this tank include a front button / dial / display. It is a simple and elegant solution that works. A very similar checking process can be found on the Elegoo Mercury X Cure.
The most important knowledge someone should have before using the Mercury X Cure is that more time is not always better. If you leave a print in this machine for too long, it will start to be affected by EXTREME light. If you put prints in the machine for the time recommended by Elegoo, you will be fine.
The Elegoo Mercury X Cure consists of a clear plastic rotating platform, a light below, and two light towers. Lights can be harsh which could / would be harmful to your eyes if it weren’t for the yellow “tint” blocking 99.9% UV light for the top. The lights will only come on if the roof is secure.
The maximum size supported for this machine is approximately 9 inches (height) and 7 × 7 inches (length, width). The cleaning machine is rectangular, but effectively has the same amount of space for the print size. I wouldn’t dare put anything bigger in the cleaner than what is possible in the curing machine.
These machines are ideal for most 3D printing light-curing resins. The only real exceptions are the special water-washable resin prints and particularly sensitive colors. If you work with a semi-transparent blue, for example, and leave it in the Cure machine for a very, very long time, it will turn a little green. If you leave said print in the Cure machine for less than 2 minutes (as recommended), you will have no problem.
If you use water-washable resin, Elegoo does not recommend you to use the washing machine at all. Even if it’s just water. Instead, standard running water from a tap is still the best way to clean said prints. The water washable resin can still benefit from using the Cure machine.
If you’ve been 3D printing objects with MSLA printers for a while and are looking for a more elegant post-printing process, these machines do the job just fine. These are simple machines that are well made and perform as Elegoo suggests – they’re worth the money at around $ 150 USD.
The only recommendation I could make for those who can’t find the pack is the possibility that the Elegoo Mercury Plus V2.0 2-in-1 Wash and Cure Station could work. It’s $ 20 cheaper than the bundle, but a bit smaller too – worth checking out!