Resin 3D printers are great. They produce incredibly accurate prints, offer a wide variety of materials and are relatively fast. These precision machines used to cost thousands of dollars, but in recent years desktop resin 3D printers have become ridiculously cheap.
If you want to learn about the differences between LCD, DLP, and SLA 3D printing, click here.
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If you want to look further through the list of resin 3D printers, please choose your budget to get to the right price range.
Otherwise, keep scrolling to the list of the best desktop resin 3D printers to find a printer for your needs.
The following printers are ordered by price. Note that prices fluctuate, and as such, we provide approximate values that were correct at the time of publishing.
|3D Printer||Max. Build Volume (mm³)||Resolution (µm)||Market Price (USD)||Check Price|
|Sparkmaker||98 x 55 x 125||XY: 100 |
|Anet N4||120 x 65 x 138 mm||XY: 47 |
|Elegoo Mars||120 x 68 x 155 mm||XY: 47 |
|Monoprice MP Mini Deluxe SLA||120 x 70 x 200||XY:- |
|Anycubic Photon||115 x 65 x 155mm||XY: 47 |
Z: 25 - 100
|Qidi Tech Shadow 5.5 S||115 x 65 x 150 mm||XY: 47 |
|Longer Orange 30||120 x 60 x 170 mm||XY: 47 |
|Epax X1||115 x 65 x 155 mm||XY: 47 |
|Anycubic Photon S||115 x 65 x 165||X/Y: 47 |
|Wanhao Duplicator 7||120 x 68 x 200||XY: 50|
|Flyingbear Shine||120 x 68 x 210||XY: 47 |
|Phrozen Shuffle 4K||120 x 68 x 170 mm||XY: 31 |
|Peopoly Moai 130||130 x 130 x 180||XY: 70|
|Phrozen Shuffle XL||190 x 120 x 200||XY: 85 |
|Original Prusa SL1||120 x 68 x 150 mm||XY: 47 |
|Peopoly Phenom||276 x 155 x 400||XY: 72 |
|Zortrax Inkspire||74 x 132 x 175||X/Y: 50 |
|Uniz Slash Plus||192 × 120 × 200||XY: 75|
Z: 10 - 300
|Peopoly Moai 200||200 x 200 x 250||XY: 70|
Z: 10 - 200
|Formlabs Form 3||145 x 145 x 185 mm||XY: 25|
|FlashForge Hunter||120 x 68 x 150||XY: 63|
Z: 13 - 50
|B9Creations B9Creator v1.2||100 x 75 x 203||XY: 30 - 70|
Z: 5 - 200
If you’re interested in experimenting with resin 3D printing, or just a maker on a budget, there are plenty of affordable options on the market. Here are the best LCD/DLP/SLA 3D printers under $500.
For makers on a bigger budget and those looking for sturdier machines to operate in the long run, here are the best resin 3D printers going for $2,500 and less.
While there are many budget options on the market, prosumers and small businesses looking to integrate resin 3D printing into their product development process will want to look at higher quality machines. The following LCD/DLP/SLA 3D printers are ideal for professional use.
Although SLA and DLP technology are extremely similar in principle, there are slight differences that separate the two.
SLA 3D printing utilizes two motors known as galvanometers. These motors, placed on the X and Y axis, work together to rapidly angle a pair of mirrors to aim a laser beam across the print area, solidifying resin into a 3D model. The layers of the model are broken down into a series of points and lines, which the galvos use to direct the laser beam.
On the other hand, DLP technology uses a digital projector screen to flash a single image of each layer across the entire platform at once. Each layer of the 3D model is displayed as square pixels, meaning that the print is comprised of voxels.
As for LCD 3D printing, the process is nearly identical to DLP in that it utilizes projected light to solidify resin layer-by-layer until a 3D model is built. The main difference is that LCD 3D printers use a bank of UV LEDs to project light through a mask of the layer on an LCD panel. In contrast, DLP 3D printers utilize an array of micro-mirrors (each mirror corresponding to a pixel) to either project light, or not, thus creating a mask.
Several companies are attempting to rebrand LCD-based resin printing, with one notable example being Structo and its Mask SLA (MSLA) – a term also adopted by Prusa for the upcoming SL1.
Phew — quite the terminological quagmire, that. Return to the list to check out our top resin 3D printer picks.
(Lead image credit: Zortrax)
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