Exploring Features of the Elegoo Jupiter SE 3D Printer: Part 3


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Our review of the Elegoo Jupiter SE concludes with software, print results and final thoughts.

This is part three of a three part series, please read parts one and two.

Elegoo Jupiter SE Software

Our first print was a success, and it motivated us to start slicing our own models. The first thing we did was install the software that came with the USB stick. We decided to go for Chitubox 1.9.6 Beta01. The other option, Voxeldance Tango, was just a demo version so we passed on it.

Chitubox’s installation went off without a hitch. Luckily, it came with a preset profile for the Jupiter SE. We instantly set it as our default printer.

The instruction manual provided by Elegoo was not particularly helpful when it came to using the slicer, nonetheless, due to our previous experiences with Chitubox, this was not an issue. The software’s interface was easy to understand and navigate. The first step involved loading the model and altering its orientation if necessary. Maintaining minimal flat areas on the print is essential as it could pose difficulties in removal from the tank’s bottom.

Following this process, we shifted towards the Supports tab to form required support structures for intricate objects. The auto-support feature of Chitubox is both practical and functional, as it forms the majority of the support structure. Yet, it is recommended to manually input additional supports. This procedure ensures the model receives adequate support and covers any areas that the auto-support algorithm might have missed. Implementing this strategy proves beneficial in obtaining the best printing results, particularly for intricate designs.

Our premier self-sliced model was the calibration print “validation_matrix_V2.200701.” Mindfully designed to be printed directly on the build plate without requiring any supports. We relied on the default slicer settings to swiftly slice the model, saved it on our USB stick, and commenced the print on the Jupiter SE. To our delight, the print was concluded promptly, boasting a high level of intricate details – an encouraging beginning!

Moving on, we then ran the “cones of calibration” print test. This straightforward yet instrumental test plays a significant role in determining the accurate exposure time needed for the resin. Not to mention that failing to get the appropriate exposure can prove problematic – under-exposure leads to failed to meet cones on the ‘success’ side; whereas, over-exposure results in unnecessary touching of the cones on the ‘fail’ side.

Our careful examination of the completed print revealed that the cones were touching only as they should on the success side, indicating that our initial exposure settings were correctly calibrated. This serves to underline the benefit of using the resin provided by the manufacturer itself.

Elegoo Jupiter SE Print Results

Our final calibration print was “Amerilabs_town_V2.” The result was exceptional, showcasing a high level of detail. This confirmed that the printer was accurately calibrated. With these tests successfully completed, we were now fully prepared to embark on more ambitious and real printing projects.

Throughout our assessment of the Jupiter SE, we opted for a layer height of 0.05mm in order to accurately gauge its performance. We kicked things off with an ambitious project – a model of the Eiffel Tower. While we expected the print to require 7 hours and 16 minutes for the completion of 2420 layers, the actual time taken amounted to 8 hours and 11 minutes.

The final print displayed tremendous detailing, without any sagging, resulting in an almost flawless replica. There was just a minor issue noticed involving a tiny chipping at the base feet, which happened during the removal from the build plate, confirming that our initial layer exposure setting was quite effective.

Our subsequent project involved a duplicate of Nefertiti which called for supporting structures. By rotating and adding drainage holes to the model, we prevented suction, and by generating and manually perfecting auto-supports, we ensured a seamless printing procedure. Although we projected the build’s duration to be around 8 hours and 30 minutes, it ended up taking about an hour longer than anticipated. We began to observe that the longer the printing process, the more apparent the disconnect between our estimated and actual print times.

The minor discrepancy didn’t significantly impact our schedule, but was an interesting observation nonetheless. Our finished product was a Nefertiti print, rendered with exceptional detail and precision. The product was sustained securely during printing with 0.30mm sphere-tipped supports, which could be easily detached afterward, leaving the surface virtually untouched.

The Mondoshawan model was significantly more exhaustive, using up to 283g of resin and needing approximately 14 hours and 10 minutes to print. The print’s quality was exceptional despite its size – a multi-part print – and our build did not experience any failures. Similar to our previous build, removal of the supportive structures was simple and required little to no additional cleanup. All the different pieces were put together using super glue, resulting in a cohesive, seamless finish.

Our journey exploring the Jupiter SE’s potential persisted with the Tower of Pi, an intricate model. This print was perfect, admirably crafted directly on the platform without any supports needed.

The next model on our agenda was the Fan Vase. Regrettably, this ended up being our sole disappointment during our assessment. The misstep was not due to the printer’s performance, but a problematic part of the model’s structure. What looked like a stable base was in fact a single layer hovering over a void, making our thoughtfully positioned supports obsolete. This incident was a crucial reminder to examine models meticulously before initiating a print.

However, this mishap provided an opportunity to test the printer’s Automatic Resin Recycle feature. We observed the feeder tube as it descended to the bottom of the tank, efficiently extracting all the resin and pumping it back into the bottle. This feature greatly simplified the process of clearing the failed print from the tank membrane, showcasing the convenience and efficiency of this system.

Continuing with our review, we proceeded to print a Spiral Vase. Given the delicate nature of the structure, we decided against making the tines hollow. This model’s design posed a challenge in removing internal supports, resulting in a cracked tine. Fortunately, the cure station’s handheld UV light came to the rescue. We applied a drop of uncured resin to the damaged area and used the handheld UV light to effectively “weld” the tine back together—a nifty fix!

In conclusion, we undertook several comprehensive bed print tests, consisting of various parts of different dimensions. One remarkable project was the creation of the Space 1999 Eagle model. This model necessitated a total of 335g of resin through two independent printing sessions. We were pleased to find no failures and the quality of each part was extremely good.

The model part was assembled for the purposes of the review, with the intention of doing a complete assembly and painting session at a future time when it could be more thoroughly attended to.

Elegoo Jupiter SE Final Thoughts

The delivery of the Jupiter SE printer and Mercury XS Bundle was both secure and packed efficiently, with abundant foam padding ensuring its safe arrival. The assembly guide, however, was not the typical step-by-step kind and its ambiguity could cause confusion for novices. Despite this, we found the assembly process to be straightforward and quick.

Among its many features, the Jupiter SE’s responsive touchscreen interface and user-friendly menu were highlights. The detailed print-progress display was particularly beneficial. The automatic resin system was another standout feature that simplified the printing process and readily facilitated draining of the tank – something often lacking in resin printers, but crucial for maintenance and storage.

Using Elegoo’s own resin made exposure calibration easy, with the default printer profile settings being spot on. Elegoo also bundled the printer with complimentary versions of Chitubox and Voxeldance Tango. We mostly utilized Chitubox 1.9.6 Beta01, which fulfilled our needs. The prints from the Jupiter SE were of an exceptional quality, with the only failure resulting from overlooked model geometry, not the printer’s capability.

Although Elegoo thoughtfully included a USB air purifier, it only partly alleviated resin odors and fumes, underscoring the need for a well-ventilated workspace. The sizable and weighty lid required careful handling and process planning to avoid contaminating the resin. A notable oversight was the absence of a spare FEP sheet, typically bundled with resin printers for maintenance purposes. That said, Elegoo promptly addressed this by dispatching an additional sheet when we shared our feedback.

The Mercury XS Bundle excelled in its performance. The handheld UV attachment on the cure station was particularly useful. The wash station, though effective, was not sized to directly accommodate the Jupiter SE’s build plate, requiring prints to be removed before washing. This wasn’t a significant drawback, as pre-wash support removal helped extend the IPA’s lifespan.

Overall, the Jupiter SE impressed us with its print quality, features, and ease of use. Elegoo has done a commendable job with this printer, and we’re eagerly anticipating future printing projects. Good job, Elegoo!

ELEGOO

JUPITER SE 3D PRINTER

BEGINNER6/10

ENTHUSIAST9/10

PRODUCTION8/10

BEST FEATURES

✔︎ Resin system

✔︎ On screen workflow

✔︎ Quality & Reliability

QUESTIONS

✖︎ Assembly instructions

✖︎ Full slicer version

✖︎ Awkward detachable lid

This is part three of a three part series, please read parts one and two.

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