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25 Best Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printers of Summer 2018

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by Tyler Koslow
Jun 29, 2018

Looking for a stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer? Check out our summer 2018 buyer's guide to the 25 best resin (DLP/SLA) 3D printers on the market right now.

Resin 3D printers are great. They produce extremely accurate prints, offer a wide variety of materials and are relatively fast. These precision machines used to cost thousands of dollars, but in 2018, desktop resin 3D printers have become ridiculously cheap.

If you want to learn about the differences between DLP and SLA 3D printing, click here.

Our DLP/SLA 3D Printer Picks of Summer 2018

Top Pick
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Formlabs Form 2

The best professional desktop SLA 3D printer right now delivers high-resolution prints with stunning detail. There's a growing ecosystem of specialized resins for specific tasks, and it’s relatively easy to use.

Best Value
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Peopoly Moai

The best affordable SLA 3D printer right now lets you get acquainted with the nuts and bolts of SLA 3D printing at a reasonable price.

Budget Pick
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Anycubic Photon

The best DLP 3D printer under $500 comes preassembled and its relatively small build plate is ideal for printing delicate objects.

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 (DLP/SLA) 3D printers to find a printer for your needs. They are ordered by price.

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25 Best Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printers of Summer 2018

3D Printer Method Max. Build Volume (mm³) Resolution (µm) Market Price (USD) Check Price
Sparkmaker SLA 98 x 55 x 125 XY:-- Z:-- $250
Micromake L2 DLP 108 x 65 x 200 X: 57 Z:-- $449
AnyCubic Photon DLP 115 x 65 x 155mm  XY: 47
Z: 25 - 100
$499
Wanhao Duplicator 7 DLP 120 x 68 x 200 XY: 50
Z: --
$500
FLSUN-S DLP 108 x 68 x 200 XY:-- Z:-- $540
Phrozen Make DLP 120 x 68 x 140 XY: 47
Z: 10
$980 -
Peopoly Moai SLA 130 x 130 x 180 XY: --
Z: 15
$1,300
XYZprinting Nobel 1.0A SLA 128 x 128 x 200 XY: 130
Z: 25 - 100
$1,800
Photocentric LC Precision 1.5 DLP 121 x 68 x 160 XY: 47 Z:-- $2175
Sunlu SL SLA 125 x 125 x 165 XY: 30 Z:-- $3,000
Colido DLP 2.0 DLP 100 x 76 x 150 XY: 50
Z: 50
$3,300
Nyomo Minny DLP 44 x 28 x 70 XY: 34
Z: 10 - 100
$3,300
Kudo 3D Titan 2 DLP 140 x 79 x 250 XY: 70
Z: 5
$3,500
FlashForge Hunter DLP 120 x 68 x 150 XY: 63
Z: 13 - 50
$3,599
Formlabs Form 2 SLA 145 x 145 x 175 XY: 140
Z: 25 - 100
$3,900
SprintRay MoonRay D/S DLP 130 x 81 x 200 (S) XY: 75 (D), 100 (S)
Z: 20 - 100
$4,000
Uniz Slash+ DLP 192 × 120 × 200 XY: 75
Z: 10 - 300
$4,000
Dazz 3D S130 SLA 130 x 130 x 180 XY: 50
Z: 25 - 100
$4,100
B9Creations B9Creator v1.2 DLP 100 x 76 x 200 XY: 30 - 70
Z: 5 - 200
$4,600 -
3D Systems ProJet 1200 SLA 43 x 27 x 150 XY: 56
Z: 30
$4,900
EnvisionTec Aria DLP 65 x 40 x 100 XY: 33
Z: 25 - 50
$6,300
Asiga Pico 2 SLA 51 × 32 × 76 XY: 39
Z: 1
$7,000
DWS Lab Xfab SLA 180Ø, 180h XY: 250
Z: 60 - 100
$8,600
Nyomo Makyn 6 DLP 80 x 50 x 100 XY: 62
Z: 10 - 200
$9,000
Sharebot Antares SLA 250 x 250 x 250 XY: 100
Z: 50
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What are the Differences Between DLP/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 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.

The Best DLP/SLA 3D Printers Under $500

If you’re interested in experimenting with DLP/SLA 3D printing, or just a maker on a budget, there are plenty of affordable options on the market. Here are the best DLP/SLA 3D printers under $500.

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Sparkmaker

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Features

  • 3D Printer Sparkmaker
  • Method SLA
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 98 x 55 x 125
  • Resolution (µm) XY:-- Z:--
  • Market Price (USD) $250
  • Check Price

The Sparkmaker introduced itself to the 3D printing community via a successful Kickstart project, and thankfully the company behind this compact SLA machine delivered to backers. This print has managed to beat out other budget resin 3D printers like the Anycubic Photon as far as price goes, and can even be found online for as low as $250.

Considering that the cheapest SLA 3D printer in its respective market, the Sparkmaker does lack certain features that other resin-based machines offer. For instance, it has a small build volume of 98 x 55 x 125mm and no touchscreen, opting instead to use a simple button that starts and stops the machine.

Learn more: Sparkmaker 3D Printer: Review the Facts

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Sparkmaker

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Micromake L2

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Features

  • 3D Printer Micromake L2
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 108 x 65 x 200
  • Resolution (µm) X: 57 Z:--
  • Market Price (USD) $449
  • Check Price

The Micromake L2 is one of the most unique DLP 3D printers on our list. This is because it offers a built-in UV curing light module to cure models directly within the machine. The hood has a sealing ring that effectively keeps the nauseating and hazardous odor of resin from escaping from the printer.

Outside of the special built-in UV curing chamber, the Micromake L2 provides a build volume of 108 x 65 x 200mm, XY resolution of 57 microns and an exposure time of 2 to 15 seconds. This printer also has Wifi connectivity and a 4.3-inch high-definition touchscreen. Priced right around the $500 mark, this DLP 3D printer offers some great features for a surprisingly low price.

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Micromake L2

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer AnyCubic Photon

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Features

  • 3D Printer AnyCubic Photon
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 115 x 65 x 155mm 
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 47
    Z: 25 - 100
  • Market Price (USD) $499
  • Check Price

Priced at just under $500, it’s no surprise that the Anycubic Photon DLP 3D printer has become one of the hottest tickets to getting into resin-based 3D printing. This affordable DLP 3D printer offers an impressive 2k resolution, and also comes pre-assembled.

However, the 115 x 65 x 155mm build volume is a bit small for some people, so if size is of grave importance, you may want to look elsewhere. Otherwise, the AnyCubic Photon DLP 3D printer is an appealing option for makers on a budget who want to venture beyond the world of FDM 3D printing.

DLP 3D Printer Review: 2018 Anycubic Photon Review: Best DLP 3D Printer Under $500

Although the AnyCubic Photon is marketed as a DLP 3D printer, there has been some debate over whether that is an accurate description or not. The machine has a UV light source at the bottom, but it shines through the LCD screen, which either blocks or allows the light to shine through. Either way, most users seem extremely satisfied with this resin-based 3D printer, and that’s reason enough to place it atop our list of DLP 3D printers.

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Wanhao Duplicator 7

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The Duplicator 7 DLP 3D Printer:

Features

  • 3D Printer Wanhao Duplicator 7
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 120 x 68 x 200
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 50
    Z: --
  • Market Price (USD) $500
  • Check Price

Introducing the cheapest DLP 3D printer in the list, coming in at under $500! Despite that, the Duplicator 7 boasts decent resolution and a large build space.

Chinese company Wanhao designed their DLP 3D printer with hobbyists in mind. Though it comes with its own software, it’s also compatible with third-party slicers.

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer FLSUN-S

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Features

  • 3D Printer FLSUN-S
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 108 x 68 x 200
  • Resolution (µm) XY:-- Z:--
  • Market Price (USD) $540
  • Check Price

Moving back towards the budget segment of desktop resin 3D printers, the FLSUN-S is an affordable DLP 3D printer with a sizable build volume and touchscreen display. It’s eerily similar to the Micromake L2, in fact, it might just be a rebranded version of this printer. It apparently has the same built-in UV curing chamber, the same build volume, the same touchscreen display and even the same frame design!

We haven’t had the opportunity to test either of these resin 3D printers yet, but our assumption based on research is that both machines are extremely similar, if not the exact same. Nonetheless, this DLP 3D printer is quickly becoming an appealing option for makers and hobbyists on a budget. However, at the time of this writing, the Micromake L2 appears to be a bit cheaper than the FLSUN-S.

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FLSun S DLP 3D Printer

The Best DLP/SLA 3D printers between $500 and $2500

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 DLP/SLA 3D printers are more ideal for professional use.

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Phrozen Make

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Features

  • 3D Printer Phrozen Make
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 120 x 68 x 140
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 47
    Z: 10
  • Market Price (USD) $980
  • Check Price -

It’s not hard to see why the Make is our first DLP 3D printer. It may not be the most professional of machines in this list, but it has a set of features that simply cannot be argued with. A low price tag, large build volume, and high resolution make it ideal for anyone trying a DLP 3D printer for the first time.

Looking for even more good news? How about the fact that you can control this DLP 3D printer wirelessly and use third party resin?

For twice the price, the Taiwanese company also offers a larger version, the Make XL.

Where to buy this DLP 3D printer: Phrozen

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Peopoly Moai

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Features

  • 3D Printer Peopoly Moai
  • Method SLA
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 130 x 130 x 180
  • Resolution (µm) XY: --
    Z: 15
  • Market Price (USD) $1,300
  • Check Price

Coming out of California, the Peopoly Moai is the cheapest laser SLA 3D printer in this list. In part that’s thanks to the fact that it comes as a kit, which the user must assemble (a process that’s not very complicated).

SLA 3D Printer Review: 2018 Peopoly Moai Review: The Best Affordable SLA 3D Printer

It may not be much to look at, but it’s the Moai’s simple, open design that sets it apart.  Nothing is hidden from the user in this SLA 3D printer. Even the laser exposure settings are fully accessible, a feature which researchers and developers are sure to appreciate.

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Peopoly Moai

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer XYZprinting Nobel 1.0A

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Features

  • 3D Printer XYZprinting Nobel 1.0A
  • Method SLA
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 128 x 128 x 200
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 130
    Z: 25 - 100
  • Market Price (USD) $1,800
  • Check Price

XYZprinting are known for their budget FDM printers, but they’ve also taken aim at the SLA 3D printer market with their Nobel line. The Taiwanese company recently upgraded their Nobel 1.0 to the Nobel 1.0 Advanced.

As with the rest of XYZprinting’s range, this SLA 3D printer was built with budgeting in mind. Sure, some of the higher end features that you’ll find on another SLA 3D printer are lacking with the Nobel 1.0A. But it performs well for its price, automatically refills its resin vat, and comes complete with its own software.

Resins available for this SLA printer include standard (clear, white, yellow, blue, gray), castable, flexible, tough, and rigid.

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Photocentric LC Precision 1.5

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Features

  • 3D Printer Photocentric LC Precision 1.5
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 121 x 68 x 160
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 47 Z:--
  • Market Price (USD) $2175
Another great professional option for jewelers, dentists and designers is the Photocentric LC Precision 1.5, a DLP 3D printer that has recently entered the market. Priced at $2,175, this machine has auto-leveling, a disposable vat system, a decent build volume of 121 x 68 x 160mm and XY resolution of 47 microns. The LC Precision 1.5 seems to be geared towards pro-sumers and small businesses, combining affordability and quality into one grand resin 3D printer.
You can learn more about the Photocentric LC Precision 1.5, and also purchase the 3D printer, by visiting the company’s website.

The Best DLP/SLA 3D printers between $2500 and $5000

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Sunlu SL

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Features

  • 3D Printer Sunlu SL
  • Method SLA
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 125 x 125 x 165
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 30 Z:--
  • Market Price (USD) $3,000
  • Check Price

The Sunlu SL is larger than most resin 3D printers on this list, weighing in with a 125 x 125 x 165mm build volume. This SLA 3D printer can probably be labeled as a cheap alternative to the Form 2, making it ideal for pro-sumers, small businesses and hobbyists. It is capable of provding a print thickness of .025mm/.05mm/0.1mm and has a print speed of 15mm/h. Priced at just under $3,000, the Sunlu SL is outside of the budget segment, but is still affordable compared to other professional resin 3D printers.

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Sunlu SL SLA 3D Printer

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Colido DLP 2.0

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Colido’s DLP 2.0 DLP 3D Printer:

Features

  • 3D Printer Colido DLP 2.0
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 100 x 76 x 150
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 50
    Z: 50
  • Market Price (USD) $3,300

Colido may lack the same brand name appeal as FormLabs or 3D Systems, but the DLP 2.0 offers all the standard features you would expect from any DLP 3D printer. For an affordable price, you get a comfortable build volume, decent resolution, and sleek design.

The Hong-Kong-based company also provides their own line of resin, which is included with the machine.

Where to buy this DLP 3D Printer: Colido’s DLP 2.0

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Nyomo Minny

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The Minny DLP 3D Printer:

Features

  • 3D Printer Nyomo Minny
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 44 x 28 x 70
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 34
    Z: 10 - 100
  • Market Price (USD) $3,300

According to Nyomo, the Minny is the “smallest professional 3D printer in the world.” With an exceptionally high resolution, the Hong Kong company specifically designed this DLP 3D printer for dentistry, audiology, and jewelry.

Technical specifications aside, this miniature machine is also easy to use. An LCD touchscreen interface complements a sleek design and WiFi connectivity.

You’ll never go wanting for materials with this DLP 3D printer. The list of resin types includes standard (translucent orange, white, blue, gray), castable, and dental (stone and castable).

Impressed with Nyomo but looking for something a little bigger? Check out the Makyn 6.

Request a quote for this DLP 3D printer from Nyomo.

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Kudo 3D Titan 2

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The Titan 2 DLP 3D Printer:

Features

  • 3D Printer Kudo 3D Titan 2
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 140 x 79 x 250
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 70
    Z: 5
  • Market Price (USD) $3,500
  • Check Price

Like several others on this list, California-based Kudo3D is a startup company with a crowdfunding approach. Their first DLP 3D printer, the Titan 1, raised nearly $700,000 from backers.

The Titan 2 claims to offer better resolution and speed compared to most of its laser-based rivals, as well as advanced connectivity and workflow processes.

The secret to better detail and speed is called Passive Self-Peeling (PSP). It minimizes the separation force between the cured layers and the vat of resin, speeding up the 3D printing process.

For $3,799, you can get the upgraded version, the Titan 2 HR, which has a higher resolution but a slightly smaller build space.

Resins for this DLP 3D printer come in standard (black), castable, flexible, tough, hard, and ultra high resolution.

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer FlashForge Hunter

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The FlashforgeHunter DLP 3D Printer:

Features

  • 3D Printer FlashForge Hunter
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 120 x 68 x 150
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 63
    Z: 13 - 50
  • Market Price (USD) $3,599
  • Check Price

FlashForge is known as one of the leaders in affordable desktop 3D printers and scanners, and that’s true as well in the DLP 3D printer market.

The Flashforge Hunter features a long-lasting proprietary DLP projector, providing uniform UV exposure throughout its generous build space. It also comes equipped with a durable aluminum resin vat, guaranteed to require fewer replacements.

Although this DLP 3D printer is compatible with third-party resins, FlashForge offers some of their own. They come in the following flavors: standard (gray), castable, tough, and bio-compatible.

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FlashForge Hunter

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Formlabs Form 2

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Features

  • 3D Printer Formlabs Form 2
  • Method SLA
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 145 x 145 x 175
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 140
    Z: 25 - 100
  • Market Price (USD) $3,900
  • Check Price

The Form 2 is the breadwinner of the SLA 3D printer market, far and away the most popular of the bunch. This SLA printer deserves its reputation, and not just for being the successor to a 3 million dollar Kickstarter success.

SLA 3D Printer Review: Formlabs Form 2 Review: The SLA 3D Printer Benchmark

Ease of use is the key factor, coming in three main flavors. First and foremost is the automated resin system. By accepting cartridges, the Form 2 automatically fills the vat and adjusts settings based on the type of resin.

Next, the Form 2 SLA 3D printer has a user-friendly touch screen and WiFi connectivity, which makes it easy to deliver instructions and monitor operation. Finally, there is a large assortment of resins available, including standard (clear and white), castable, flexible, dental, and tough. Formlabs brings new engineering SLA resins to the market at least twice a year.

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Formlabs Form 2

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer SprintRay MoonRay D/S

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Features

  • 3D Printer SprintRay MoonRay D/S
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 130 x 81 x 200 (S)
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 75 (D), 100 (S)
    Z: 20 - 100
  • Market Price (USD) $4,000
  • Check Price

Back in 2015, SprintRay was a huge crowdfunding success story with the MoonRay DLP 3D printer . Since then, the Los Angeles has split the product into two separate lines, the MoonRay D and the MoonRay S.

The D is better-suited for dentistry and jewelry as it has a smaller build space and higher resolution. The S is targeted more toward designers and engineers.

Each DLP 3D printer features SprintRay’s patented RayOne DLP projector, which is custom-built for 3D printing. They also come with long-lasting resin tanks and user-friendly RayWare software.

Available resin types for this DLP 3D printer include standard (clear, white, green, orange), castable, and prototyping (gray).

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MoonRay S

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Uniz Slash+

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The Slash+ DLP 3D Printer:

Features

  • 3D Printer Uniz Slash+
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 192 × 120 × 200
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 75
    Z: 10 - 300
  • Market Price (USD) $4,000

From San Diego, USA, Uniz brings you the “world’s fastest desktop 3D printer”. Whether or not that’s true, it certainly is an easy-to-use DLP 3D printer that delivers.

Compared to the other printers in this list, the Slash+ offers a large build volume, and that for a decent price. Add to that a convenient cartridge system to easily swap printing material and a steel reinforced column to reduce deformation and enhance precision.

Uniz sells a list of resins with unique names, including ZABS (general purpose), ZPMMA (translucent), ZWax (castable), and ZFPU (flexible).

The Slash+ is expected to start shipping in September of this year.

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Dazz 3D S130

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Features

  • 3D Printer Dazz 3D S130
  • Method SLA
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 130 x 130 x 180
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 50
    Z: 25 - 100
  • Market Price (USD) $4,100

This professional desktop SLA 3D printer comes out of Shenzhen, China. Although its target applications are dentistry and jewelry, its ample build space and moderate price tag make it a good general purpose option, as well.

For a laser SLA 3D printer, the S130 boasts an impressively fine resolution. Combine that with a user-friendly touch screen and a healthy selection of resin colors (clear, white, black and red).

Request a quote for this SLA 3D printer from Dazz 3D.

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer B9Creations B9Creator v1.2

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The B9Creator v1.2 DLP 3D Printer:

Features

  • 3D Printer B9Creations B9Creator v1.2
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 100 x 76 x 200
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 30 - 70
    Z: 5 - 200
  • Market Price (USD) $4,600
  • Check Price -

With its projector at its heart on full display, the B9Creator is arguably the most distinctive looking DLP 3D printer in the list. Slightly less distinctive are its cousins in the company’s Core series, which are smaller but print faster.

Thanks to its high accuracy and wide range of materials, this DLP 3D printer is ideal for both jewelry makers and researchers.

B9Creations provides castable (emerald, yellow, cherry) and prototyping (black and red) material. The latter is designed to be accurate, strong, and temperature resistant. Users can also use third party resins.

Where to buy this DLP 3D Printer: B9Creator

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer 3D Systems ProJet 1200

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Features

  • 3D Printer 3D Systems ProJet 1200
  • Method SLA
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 43 x 27 x 150
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 56
    Z: 30
  • Market Price (USD) $4,900
  • Check Price

You needn’t worry about reliability with this SLA 3D printer. Indeed, it was 3D Systems’ co-founder Chuck Hull who coined the term “stereolithography” in 1984. Two years later, he filed a patent for the first SLA 3D printer. Needless to say, this company has been in the business for a while…

Unlike most of the printers in this list, the ProJet 1200 was specifically designed with dentistry, electronics, and jewelry in mind. That’s the reason for its relatively small build space and high resolution.

3D Systems’ VisiJet FTX series of resins was specifically designed for the ProJet 1200 and includes general purpose, castable (wax and plastic), and tough materials.

This SLA 3D printer can be purchased from third-party sellers. It’s no longer available through the company’s website, in the wake of a similar, soon-to-be-released machine, the FabPro 1000.

The Best DLP/SLA 3D printers over $5000

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer EnvisionTec Aria

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The Aria DLP 3D Printer:

Features

  • 3D Printer EnvisionTec Aria
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 65 x 40 x 100
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 33
    Z: 25 - 50
  • Market Price (USD) $6,300

You get what you pay for with the Aria. The lofty price tag attached to this DLP 3D printer reflects its user features. Those include a touchscreen interface and networking capabilities through both Ethernet and USB.

EnvisionTec, headquartered in Detroit, offer three resin types for their DLP 3D printer: prototyping, castable (light and heavy), and heat-resistant.

Where to buy this DLP 3D Printer: EnvisionTec

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Asiga Pico 2

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Features

  • 3D Printer Asiga Pico 2
  • Method SLA
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 51 × 32 × 76
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 39
    Z: 1
  • Market Price (USD) $7,000

Asiga, based out of Sydney, Australia, has been designing and manufacturing 3D printers since 2011. Their product catalog offers a number of machines, and even the Pico 2 has several different versions, depending on the desired resolution and build space.

Like the ProJet 1200, this SLA printer is targeted towards dental, audiology, and jewelry. Unlike the ProJet, it boasts an extraordinary 1 micron resolution in the Z-axis. Making this a reality is their patented Slide-And-Separate (SAS) technology.

Other notable features of this SLA 3D printer include fast Single-Point calibration and the Squeeze Build Tray, which permits fast material swapping.

A wide variety of materials are available for the Pico 2, specialized for dental, audiology, jewelry, manufacturing, and biocompatibility.

Where to buy this SLA 3D printer: Asiga

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer DWS Lab Xfab

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Features

  • 3D Printer DWS Lab Xfab
  • Method SLA
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 180Ø, 180h
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 250
    Z: 60 - 100
  • Market Price (USD) $8,600

The Xfab is unique in this list as the only SLA 3D printer with a cylindrical build space. Don’t let that scare you away, though. Italian company Digital Wax Systems has a long running history of professional grade 3D printers.

Although this SLA 3D printer has a relatively high cost and wide laser, it does have a system for quick material change and a large selection of resins. Material types include transparent, castable, rubber-like, and nano-ceramic materials.

Request a quote for this SLA 3D printer from DWS Lab.

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Nyomo Makyn 6

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Features

  • 3D Printer Nyomo Makyn 6
  • Method DLP
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 80 x 50 x 100
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 62
    Z: 10 - 200
  • Market Price (USD) $9,000

Nyomo calls the Makyn 6 the “best professional desktop 3D printer available in its category.” A bold statement, but not without some merit.

This DLP 3D printer, though pricey, comes with a number of useful features. Like its smaller cousin, it’s equipped with an LCD touchscreen interface and can be connected to through WiFi, Ethernet, and USB.

Resin types for the Makyn 6 DLP 3D printer include standard (translucent orange, white, blue, gray), castable, and dental (stone and castable).

Request a quote for this DLP 3D printer from Nyomo.

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Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printer Sharebot Antares

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Features

  • 3D Printer Sharebot Antares
  • Method SLA
  • Max. Build Volume (mm³) 250 x 250 x 250
  • Resolution (µm) XY: 100
    Z: 50
  • Market Price (USD) --

With the largest build space of the printers on this list, the Antares is a mammoth.

Not much else can be said about this SLA 3D printer, as it’s a relatively new product. On the other hand, Italian company Sharebot have a reputation for high quality 3D printing solutions.

Apart from its generous build space, this device’s other notable feature is a that it can be operated remotely through a network.

Two resins are currently available for this printer: a black all-purpose material and a stronger, more rigid gray.

Request a quote for this SLA 3D printer from Sharebot.

License: The text of "25 Best Resin (DLP/SLA) 3D Printers of Summer 2018" by All3DP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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