The 10 best resin 3D printers (SLA and DLP) in 2017 🏆

What is the best resin (SLA/DLP) 3D printer on the market?

SLA and DLP 3D printers are becoming increasingly popular among 3D printing users primarily because they produce higher quality prints than the classic FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) 3D printers.

We have selected here ten of the best SLA/DLP 3D printers currently available on the market. In this ranking, we focus on resin 3D printers under $6,000, that’s why you won’t see industrial-grade SLA 3D printers. We have included our metascore when possible, based on 3D printer reviews from four reliable sources. For the rest of the list, we made a selection of the best SLA 3D printers based on our own experience and on user feedback. It is not a perfect ranking, but hopefully it will be helpful if you’re interested in purchasing a resin 3D printer and looking for a place to start your research.

All the 3D printers in this list follow the criteria below:

  • Resin 3D printer (usually SLA or DLP)
  • Price under $6,000
  • Available on the market
  • positive community feedback and users review

The 3D printers in our best SLA and DLP 3D printers table are ranked by ascending price. 

The 10 best resin (SLA/DLP) 3D printers in 2017

3D printerTechnologyMetascore*Build volume....................CountryPrice (MSRP)**Buy
Wanhao Duplicator 7DLP120 x 68 x 200China$650
Peopoly MoaiSLA130 x 130 x 180Hong-Kong$1,200
XYZPrinting Nobel 1.0ADLP128 x 128 x 200Taïwan$2,000
Nyomo MinnyDLP44 x 28 x 70Hong-Kong$3,290
Formlabs Form 2SLA4.7145 x 145 x 175United States€3,499
Kudo3D Titan 2DLP190 x 110 x 249United States$3,500
B9Creations B9Creator V1.2DLP4.0104 x 76 x 203United States$4,595
3D Systems Projet 1200DLP4.143 x 27 x 150United States$4,900
SprintRay MoonRay SDLP130 x 80 x 200United States$5,999
DWS Systems XFABSLA180 x 180 x 180Italy$6,000Quote
This list covers the best resin 3D printers under $6,000 using resin-based 3D printing technologies such as SLA and DLP.

*Metascore: we index ratings from reliable sources (find more informations below).

**Price (MSRP): Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price indicated in June 2017.
The Formlabs Form 2 is a very high quality 3D printer.

The Formlabs Form 2 3D printer.

Tip: if you would like to get a full overview of the SLA or DLP 3D printer market, you can use our 3D printer comparison engine and filter by print technology on “Photopolymerization”. We have more than 200 SLA and DLP 3D printers in our database!

Aniwaa's metascore system to rank the best SLA and DLP 3D printers.

This ranking is not perfect but we believe these are 10 of the best resin 3D printers currently on the market.

Our methodology to rank the best SLA & DLP 3D printers

We prepared this list of the best resin 3D printers (SLA and DLP) using the metascores available on Aniwaa. To calculate these metascores, we aggregate 3D printer reviews and ratings from four trusted sources (3D Hubs, Pinshape, Amazon and Make) then calculate an average rating for each 3D printer. Several resin 3D printers in this list do not have a rating because they have not been reviewed by one of the sources we aggregate. We still think it is important to include them because they are good resin 3D printers, based on user feedback we received and on our own experience for specific models.

To build this list we also used community feedbacks and customer service informations. We do realize that these notions are more subjective as they can’t be quantified but we thought it was an important part of the quality ranking of a 3D printer. As professionals of the 3D printing field, we spend a lot time scrolling through the internet to keep up to date with our industry and we come accros reliable information we can use to make our rankings.

Overview of the best resin 3D printers

Formlabs Form 2
  • Price: €3,925
  • Technology: SLA
  • Build volume: 145 x 145 x 175 mm
  • Metascore: 4.7/5
  • Seller: 3D Ninja

Best resin (SLA) 3D printer: Formlabs Form 2

The Form 2 SLA 3D printer is created by the USA based manufacturer Formlabs. The Form 2 is one of the best resin 3D printers on the market and is often used in fields such as jewelry and dentistry. The only negative point of this 3D printer is the relatively high price of its proprietary resins. If you want to learn more about this 3D printer, you can visit the Formlabs Form 2 product page.

SprintRay MoonRay S, an efficient and solid SLA 3D printer.
  • Price: $5,999
  • Technology: DLP
  • Build volume: 130 x 80 x 200 mm
  • Seller: MatterHackers

Best resin (DLP) 3D printer: SprintRay MoonRay S

Buying the MoonRay S by USA based manufacturer SprintRay gives access to an all-in-one desktop 3D printing solution including the MoonRay S 3D printer, the RayWare software and compatible high performance resin materials. The MoonRay S is precise, fast and uses a durable resin tank. Curious about this 3D printer, find more information on the SprintRay MoonRay S product page.

3D Systems ProJet 1200 on of the top 5 best DLP 3D printers.
  • Price: $4,900
  • Technology: DLP
  • Build volume: 143 x 27 x 150 mm
  • Metascore: 4.1/5

Best resin (DLP) 3D printer: 3D Systems Projet 1200

The ProJet 1200 3D printer is manufactured by 3D Systems, a giant 3D printing company based in the USA. This 3D printing technique uses a DLP LED projector to photo polymerize liquid resin. The 3D Systems ProJet 1200 can 3D print with 6 different VisiJet FTX materials. This resin 3D printer has been on the market for a few years now, so it’s not the most recent technology but the Projet 1200 is reliable and performant nonetheless. If you want to have more informations on this 3D printer, you can visit the 3D Systems ProJet 1200 product page.

B9Creations B9Creator v1.2 is A reliable DLP 3D printer.
  • Price: $4,595
  • Technology: DLP
  • Build volume: 104 x 76 x 203 mm
  • Metascore: 4.0/5

Best resin (DLP) 3D printer: B9Creations B9Creator V1.2

The B9Creations B9Creator v1.2 is manufactured by B9Creations, a company based in the USA. The B9Creations B9Creator v1.2 is available assembled or in kit. This 3D printer uses a DLP projector to cure a photopolymer (light initiated) resin to construct high resolution 3D objects from 3D model files. The build volume of the B9Creations B9Creator v1.2 (Assembled) is quite limited and dependent on the resolution with a maximum build volume of 104 x 75.60 x 203.2 mm, it is best used for small and detailed prints. If you are interested by this 3D printer, you can find more details on the B9Creations B9Creator v1.2 product page.

SLA vs DLP 3D printers

How do resin (SLA and DLP) 3D printers work?

SLA or DLP 3D printers use liquid resin as consumable. The resin, called photopolymer, becomes solid when activated (“cured”) by a specific light. The principle of a resin 3D printer is simple: a laser or light projector cures the liquid resin, which is stored in a tank, to form the object, layer after layer. The resin solidification process, called photopolymerization, is at the core of two different 3D printing technologies:

  • SLA (Stereolithography): a laser cures the resin in the tank to form the object, “point by point”
  • DLP (Digital Light Processing): the resin is cured by a light projector, layer by layer

There is a third photopolymerization technology called CDLP (Continuous Digital Light Processing), which is essentially an improved DLP technology developed by US manufacturer Carbon3D to produce high quality objects at record speeds.

Tip: to learn more about how 3D printing works you can read out 3D printing technologies article.

SLA and DLP 3D printing technologies

SLA and DLP 3D printing technology (source: 3D Hubs).

DLP 3D printing technology, perfect to make precise 3D models.

DLP technology (source: Formlabs).

DLP 3D printing technology

A DLP 3D printer will use a projector to curate a whole layer in one time, therefore a DLP 3D printer can potentialy 3D print faster than an SLA 3D printer, as an entire layer is exposed all at once instead of one spot at a time with a laser.  However DLP loses some resolution and finish quality to the speed.

A DLP 3D printer resolution depends on the projector, how many pixels/voxels are available. A full HD projector will usually have 1080p. Because of their projector, DLP 3D printers are limited by the pixel size. A 3D printer with a large build volume has a fixed number of pixels, making it impossible to 3D print small details when building at full volume.

The projector used by DLP 3D printer is less expensive and easier to change than the laser used by SLA 3D printers.

SLA 3D printing technology

An SLA 3D printer curate the liquid resin spot by spot with a laser, so it is potentially more precise than DLP 3D printing.

In the case on an SLA 3D printer, the build volume is completely independent from the resolution of the 3D print. A 3D print can be of any size and resolution.

What is best between SLA and DLP 3D printers?

After comparing the two different technologies and noted the differences, it should be easier to find which one will match best your workflow and needs. As a conclusion we can say that:

  • DLP 3D printers are best for: 3D printing one small and very intricate part and quickly print large parts without too much details.
  • SLA 3D printers are best for: 3D printing many small parts at once and highly detailed large prints.

If you want to learn more about those two technologies you can visit our 3D printing technologies page.

SLA 3D printing is highly precise and use a laser.

SLA technology (source: Formlabs).

Applications and benefits of SLA and DLP 3D printing

SLA and DLP 3D printing have many applications in very various fields.

Applications of SLA and DLP 3D printing

A few years ago, there was only a small number of resin 3D printers available on the market, mostly targeting professional users for specific applications, where high level of details and top quality finish are required. For example:

  • Jewelry

Jewelers need high precision 3D printers to create molds to use the lost wax technique and create incredible jewels. Visit our page to learn more about the use of 3D printing for the jewelry industry.

  • Dentistry

Dentists and dental labs are starting to use resin 3D printing to build dental crowns, mouth guards, surgical guides and much more. If you are curious, you can read our page about the applications of 3D printing and 3D scanning for the dental industry.

  • Medical and healthcare

SLA and DLP 3D printing can be used to create medical appliances. Discover more on our 3D printing for the medical industry page.

Benefits of SLA and DLP 3D printing technologies

SLA and DLP are very similar 3D printing technologies. They both use liquid resin as a consumable.

Resin 3D printing presents many benefits such as:

  • The ability to build small and very precise parts
  • The variety of 3D printable materials. Different types of a resin exists allowing a use in various fields such as healthcare, dentistry and jewelry.

SLA and DLP 3D printers price

SLA 3D printers price

SLA 3D printer prices evolves depending on many factors. A kit 3D printer usually starts at a thousand dollars, for example the Peopoly Moai and can reach tens of thousands of dollars for industrial 3D printers.

If you have a bigger budget, you can use our 3D printer comparaison engine to discover all the SLA and DLP 3D printers of the market at more than $6,000.

DLP 3D printer price

The price of a DLP 3D printer can change a lot from one 3D printer to the other. Some DLP 3D printers with basic features have a price starting at less than a thousand dollars, for example the Wanhao Duplicator 7, and the more developed the 3D printer, the higher its price. To get a full view of the 3D printers market, you can use our 3D printer comparaison engine.

How to use our table of the best SLA and DLP 3D printers?

3D printer

In this column you will find the name of the manufacture followed by the name of the 3D printer. You can click on it to be directed to the product page.

Technology

In this column we indicated if the 3D printer is using the SLA or DLP technology.

Metascore

On Aniwaa we use a metascore produced from ratings made by trusted sources. We believe that the use of a metascore gives a more reliable information. We aggregate ratings from: 3D Hubs, Pinshape, Amazon and Make:.

Build volume

The build volume is given in Length x Width x Height (LxWxH).

Country

Here, you will find the country of origin of the manufacturer.

Price

The price indicated in this column is the MSRP (Manufacture Selling Recommended Price).

More 3D printing resources

  • Do you want to compare all existing SLA and DLP 3D printers? Check out our 3D printers comparison engine, we have more than 200 resin 3D printers listed.
  • Overall, what’s the best 3D printer on the market? Find out with our ranking of the best 3D printers in 2017.
  • On a budget? Here are 15 cheap 3D printers under $1,000.


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