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2020 Best Resin 3D Printers (Spring Update)

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by Matthew Mensley
Mar 15, 2020
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Looking for an LCD, DLP, or SLA 3D printer? Check out our 2020 buyer's guide to find the best resin 3D printer for your needs.

Resin 3D printers 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 Spring 2020
Phrozen Sonic Mini

The Phrozen Sonic Mini is our Spring 2020 pick for "Best Budget Resin 3D Printer". Using a mono-LCD masking screen to achieve layer cure times as short as 2-seconds-flat, the Sonic Mini is a fast-printing budget MSLA powerhouse. Learn more

Budget Pick
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Peopoly Phenom

The Peopoly Phenom one of our Spring 2020 picks for "Editor's Choice". Using MSLA and touting a huge print volume, Peopoly's Phenom is positioned as a productivity beast, ready to output big high-detail prints, fast.

Best Value
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Formlabs Form 3

The Formlabs Form 3 is our Spring 2020 pick for "Best Resin 3D Printer". Utilizing Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) to produce more accurate prints with lighter and less destructive supports, expect high quality and effortless operation. Learn more

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If you have a budget in mind, we’ve split this list of resin 3D printers into price brackets. Hit the links below to start at your preferred price point.

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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3D PrinterMax. Build Volume (mm³)Resolution (µm)Market Price (USD)Check Price
(Commissions earned)
Phrozen Sonic Mini120 x 68 x 130 mmXY: 62
Z: 10
~$200
Monoprice MP Mini Deluxe SLA120 x 70 x 200XY:-
Z:20
~$200
Elegoo Mars120 x 68 x 155 mmXY: 47
Z: 10
~$250
Creality LD-002R120 x 65 x 165 mmXY: 47
Z: 20
~$260
Anycubic Photon 115 x 65 x 155mm XY: 47
Z: 25 - 100
~$270
Qidi Tech Shadow 5.5 S115 x 65 x 150 mm XY: 47
Z: 10
~$300
Elegoo Mars Pro20 x 68 x 155 mmXY: 47
Z: 10
~$300
Longer Orange 30120 x 60 x 170 mm XY: 47
Z: 10
~$300
Epax X1115 x 65 x 155 mmXY: 47
Z: 10
~$460
Anycubic Photon S115 x 65 x 165X/Y: 47
Z: 10
~$469
Phrozen Shuffle XL190 x 120 x 200XY: 85
Z: 10
~$1,030
Peopoly Moai 130130 x 130 x 180XY: 70
Z: 15
~$1,395 (kit)
Phrozen Shuffle 4K120 x 68 x 170 mmXY: 31
Z: 10
~$1400
Original Prusa SL1120 x 68 x 150 mmXY: 47
Z: 10
~$1400 kit
Peopoly Phenom276 x 155 x 400 XY: 72
Z: 20
~$2,000
Zortrax Inkspire74 x 132 x 175X/Y: 50
Z: 25
~$2,100
Uniz Slash Plus192 × 120 × 200XY: 75
Z: 10 - 300
~$2,849
Formlabs Form 3145 x 145 x 185 mmXY: 25
Z: 25
~$3,499
B9Creations B9Creator v1.2100 x 75 x 203XY: 30 - 70
Z: 5 - 200
~$4,595
FlashForge Hunter120 x 68 x 150XY: 63
Z: 13 - 50
~$4,999
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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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