Cleaning resin prints can be a challenging task. Fortunately, there are some cleaning solutions out there and the Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus is one of them. This is a large format cleaning and curing solution that really helps with the post processing steps required after a resin model is completed.
In this review, we’ll test the Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus to see if it’s a good purchase to add to your resin 3D printing arsenal. I really hope this works, because I don’t really print too much resin because of how annoying the post-processing is.
Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus Shipping and Packaging
The Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus comes in a big cardboard box similar to the Anycubic Mono X box. It has ample protection on the sides ensuring that the product is delivered successfully without any damage caused by shipping.
Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus Design
The Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus looks verry similar to the Anycubic Mono X resin printer and that’s understandable because it’s designed to work as an add-on to this resin 3D printer.
It has a transparent yellow cover sitting on a metallic base. In the front of the machine, we have a simple LED screen where the cure time is shown. On the left side of this screen, we have a selection button that changes the function between Wash and Cure. On the right side we get a knob which is used to set the time for the wash or cure cycle. This knob also acts as a selector to start and stop the wash or cure process
The back side of the Wash and Cure Plus has the power socket and the On/Off switch. There’s also an optical cover sensor which detects when the cover is on. If the transparent cover is taken off the machine, the curing process will be stopped.
Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus Specs
|Machine||Wash and Cure|
|Control method||Digital Screen, LED indicator, Control knob|
|Input voltage||AC110/240V 50/60Hz|
|UV lights wavelength||405nm|
|Basket washing size||192mm(L)*120mm(W)*290mm(H)|
|Hanging cleaning size||192mm(L)*120mm(W)*235mm(H)|
8.5-liter washing tank
For washing your resin models, you get a huge 8.5-liter washing tank that requires quite a bit of IPA or other cleaning fluids you might want to use. On the bottom of this washing tank, we have a black plastic propeller which is set in motion by the magnets located in the bottom of the unit. This allows the vat to be completely watertight without requiring a physical connection to the propeller that stirs the cleaning solution.
The washing tank also has a useful cover that hermetically clips in place for easy storage when not in use. It keeps the IPA from evaporating while also keeping the IPA smell inside.
What I think it would be a welcome addition, is some kind of handles for the washing tank. When it’s full, the tank is quite heavy and hard to grip. Some proper handles would help a lot when moving the tank to make room for curing the models.
Basket for cleaning models, and support bracket for the build plate
When cleaning the resin models, you can choose to do it by directly inserting the build plate in the washing tank without requiring you to remove the model in advance. A benefit of this cleaning solution is that you are cleaning both the model and the build plate at the same time.
The basket is useful when you print a lot of small models. This will allow you to remove the models from the build plate, and drop them in the basket close to the bottom of the tank. You will be able to save some IPA because the models will sit close to the propeller, and they will be washed with maybe half a tank of IPA.
The build plate support bracket doesn’t use a proprietary mounting solution, so you will be able to use it with any resin 3D printer which uses a similar sized build plate, like the Creality HALOT-SKY, Phrozen Sonic Mighty 4K and Elegoo Saturn.
LED pillar with transparent turntable and a reflecting film
When cleaning the model, it’s important to have UV lighting shining on all sides of the model. The Wash and Cure Plus has a large metallic pillar which LED lights right to the top of the machine. The last 8 cm of the LED pillar can be angled down at a 45-degree angle to help with curing the top sides of the print.
The turntable is also transparent and below it we can attach the reflecting film included with the machine. Unfortunately, this film is really thin, and it can easily raise up during curing. A thin piece of mirror or a ticker piece of reflecting film would have been better because it would sit better on the bottom of the machine without it bending and raising up.
Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus Noise Levels
When using the wash setting, most of the noise is generated by the IPA swirl inside the container. There’s also a small amount of motor noise when the plastic propeller accelerates and decelerates, but nothing to be concerned. You can check my video below to get a better understanding of the noise levels during washing and curing.
I used the Wash and Cure station during my Creality HALOT-SKY review. There’s not much to show when it comes to cleaning quality, so I’ll just share one of the prints I did. In the images below, you can see how the model looks after being washed for 5 minutes in IPA, then cured for 6 minutes. The model is called Troll Base and it’s made by ArtofGames.
All my future resin prints will be washed and cured with the Anycubic machine, so check my future resin-related articles for more pictures.
Conclusions: Is the Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus worth it?
After getting the Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus, my whole resin 3D printing experience changed. The post processing tasks are now partially automated, and I think anyone who does resin 3D printing should get one.
The Wash and Cure Plus performed really well, cleaning the model thoroughly in a short amount of time. The curing lights are a bit lower powered compared to the Phrozen Cure station, but that’s ok considering they are situated on a single side.
Compatibility with other printers can be hit or miss because of the build plate attachment, but you can wash and cure any kind of model using the basket.
My only issue with the Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus is the price tag. At ~240$ it’s a bit expensive, but on websites like AliExpress or Banggod where you can usually get it for around 200$ or less. If I remember correctly, I’ve seen it for as low as ~170$ which is a great price. Just wait for a good promo and get one. You’ll thank yourself after the first use.
Where to buy the Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus?
The Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus can be purchased from the following websites:
The Anycubic Wash and Cure Plus was provided free of charge by Anycubic for the purpose of this review. While the article includes affiliate links, all opinions are my own. Nobody reviewed the article before it was posted, following the Review Guidelines.