Outfitting a Resin Printing Station at the Dollar Store

I’ve only recently gotten into resin 3D printing. My wife gave me an Anycubic Photon S as a gift and I’m just now getting around to setting it up and getting it going.

In setting up a little resin printing workshop in the corner of my studio, watching videos on printing and post-processing, I realized that I would need a fair amount of materials and supplies. Here’s a list of the things that I jotted down in my notebook:

* Coffee Filters
* Funnel
* Isopropyl alcohol
* Paper towels
* Disposable gloves
* Microfiber clothes
* Plastic containers (for cleaning prints)
* Soft plastic spatula
* Plastic table cloth (or shower curtain)
* Aluminum roasting pan (to clean the build plate, resin vat, and filter the left-over resin)
* Bins for storing print supplies (resin, funnel, filters, gloves, mask) and cleaning supplies (IPA, paper towels, cleaning cloths, etc.)

I already had a box of 100 nitrile gloves and plenty of N95 masks (sigh), but I needed all the rest of the above. Where I just moved to, there’s a Dollar Tree right down the street (I know, I know, dollars stores… and yet, there I was). From the store I was able to get everything else on my list. And the bill came to a whopping $20.

I got three 16 oz bottles of 70% IPA for $3.75 total. This purchase alone would’ve been over $20 elsewhere. The table cloth/shower curtain is to cut up into smaller squares to protect my workbench during cleaning and processing of prints.

Everything fits nicely into the plastic bins I bought and it all stores on the shelves of the small printer table I purchased online.

I also picked up a nail salon UV curing lamp online for $18.

All set.

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1 Comment

  1. Generally higher alcohol concentrations are recommended. Anycubic lists 95% or more for their resin. Hopefully the 70% IPA works, but that might be to blame if issues arise. Good luck!

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