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2020 Best Resin 3D Printers (Winter Update)

Matthew Mensley
Jan 2, 2020

Looking for an LCD, DLP, or SLA 3D printer? Check out our buyer's guide to the best resin 3D printers on the market right now.

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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.

If you just want to get a few parts, professionally 3D printed in resin, we recommend Craftcloud, the 3D printing and price comparison service from All3DP.

Our Resin 3D Printer Picks of Winter 2019/2020
Budget Pick
Elegoo Mars

Our winter 2019 pick for the Best Budget Resin 3D Printer, the Elegoo Mars balances affordability with top print quality, effortless setup and all-round ease of use. A stellar budget printer. Learn more

Best Value
Peopoly Moai 130

The new improved version of the successful Moai now offers an FEP vat, an easy-to-level build plate, and a chamber heating module. Learn more

Top Pick
Formlabs Form 3

SLA gets redefined with the Formlabs Form 3. Utilizing Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) to produce more accurate prints with lighter and less destructive supports, expect high quality and effortless operation. Learn more

If you want to look further through the list of resin 3D printers, please choose your budget to get to the right price range.

Choose your Budget:

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.

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Overview
3D PrinterMax. Build Volume (mm³)Resolution (µm)Market Price (USD)Check Price
(Commissions earned)
Sparkmaker98 x 55 x 125XY: 100
Z: 20
~$249
Anet N4 120 x 65 x 138 mmXY: 47
Z: 0,078
~$250
Elegoo Mars120 x 68 x 155 mmXY: 47
Z: 10
~$279
Monoprice MP Mini Deluxe SLA120 x 70 x 200XY:-
Z:20
~$289
Anycubic Photon 115 x 65 x 155mm XY: 47
Z: 25 - 100
~$299
Qidi Tech Shadow 5.5 S115 x 65 x 150 mm XY: 47
Z: 10
~$300
Longer Orange 30120 x 60 x 170 mm XY: 47
Z: 10
~$320
Epax X1115 x 65 x 155 mmXY: 47
Z: 10
~$379
Anycubic Photon S115 x 65 x 165X/Y: 47
Z: 10
~$399
Wanhao Duplicator 7120 x 68 x 200XY: 50
Z: --
~$440
Flyingbear Shine120 x 68 x 210XY: 47
Z:40
~$539
Phrozen Shuffle 4K120 x 68 x 170 mmXY: 31
Z: 10
~$1200
Peopoly Moai 130130 x 130 x 180XY: 70
Z: 15
~$1,295 (kit)
Phrozen Shuffle XL190 x 120 x 200XY: 85
Z: 10
~$1,299
Original Prusa SL1120 x 68 x 150 mmXY: 47
Z: 10
~$1400 kit
Peopoly Phenom276 x 155 x 400 XY: 72
Z: 20
~$1800
Zortrax Inkspire74 x 132 x 175X/Y: 50
Z: 25
~$1,990
Uniz Slash Plus192 × 120 × 200XY: 75
Z: 10 - 300
~$2,849
Peopoly Moai 200200 x 200 x 250XY: 70
Z: 10 - 200
~$3,099
Formlabs Form 3145 x 145 x 185 mmXY: 25
Z: 25
~$3,499
FlashForge Hunter120 x 68 x 150XY: 63
Z: 13 - 50
~$3,599
B9Creations B9Creator v1.2100 x 75 x 203XY: 30 - 70
Z: 5 - 200
~$5,000
No matching records found.

Resin 3D Printers Under $500

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.

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Resin 3D Printers Between $500 and $2500

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.

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Resin 3D Printers Between $2500 and $5000

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.

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What are the Differences Between LCD, DLP, and SLA 3D Printing?

Although SLA and DLP technology are extremely similar in principle, there are slight differences that separate the two.

Graphic showcasing the similarities and differences between SLA and DLP 3D printing (Source: Formlabs)

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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