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

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

SLA 3D printers and DLP 3D printers are becoming increasingly popular as they produce higher quality prints than classic FFF (fused filament fabrication) 3D printers. Here we have selected 10 of the best SLA/DLP 3D printers currently available on the market. In this list, we focus on the best resin 3D printers under $6,000. That’s why no industrial-grade SLA 3D printers are in the table.

When available, we used our metascore based on 3D printer reviews from four reliable sources. Otherwise this selection is based on our own experience and user feedback. It is not a perfect list, but hopefully it will be helpful for those interested in purchasing a resin 3D printer. All of the 3D printers in this list follow the criteria below:

  • Resin 3D printer (usually SLA or DLP)
  • Available and under $6,000
  • Positive community feedback

The 3D printers in our best SLA and DLP 3D printers table are ranked by 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. These resin 3D printers are automatically ranked by price. It is possible to order them by other criteria simply by clicking on the column heading.

*Metascore: we index ratings from reliable sources (3D Hubs, Make:, Pinshape and Amazon).
**Price (MSRP): manufacturer suggested retail price, as of June 2017.
Tip: to get a full overview of the SLA and DLP 3D printer market, use our 3D printer comparison engine and filter by print technology (photopolymerization). We have more than 200 SLA and DLP 3D printers in our database!
The Formlabs Form 2 is a very high quality 3D printer.

The Formlabs Form 2 is one of the top 10 resin 3D printers on the market.

Methodology: how we selected the best SLA and DLP 3D printers

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

Community feedback

To build this list we also took into account community feedback. We do realize that these notions are subjective as they can’t be quantified, but they are still an important part when evaluating a 3D printer’s quality. As professionals in the 3D printing field, we’re immersed in the industry and regularly come across reliable information to make our rankings.

Metascore

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
  • Make:
  • Pinshape
  • Amazon

An average rating is then calculated for each 3D printer.

Note: most resin 3D printers in this list do not have a rating because they have not been reviewed by any of these sources. However, based on user feedback and our own experience they deserve a spot at the table.

Overview of the best resin 3D printers

This overview is divided into two sections according the resin 3D printers’ technology (SLA or DLP).

The best SLA 3D printers

The Formlabs Form 2, one of the best resin 3D printers

Formlabs Form 2

  • Price: €3,925
  • Technology: SLA
  • Build size: 145 x 145 x 175 mm
  • Metascore: 4.7/5
  • Seller3D Ninja
The Form 2 is an SLA resin 3D printer made by Formlabs, a US-based manufacturer. This SLA 3D printer is one of the best resin 3D printer options on the market. Its precision has made it popular for use in dental an jewelry fields. The only negative point of this 3D printer is the relatively high price of its proprietary resins. An online dashboard allows users to monitor their 3D prints remotely.

The Formlabs Form 2 was awarded as one of the best Prosumer 3D printers of 2017 by 3D Hubs.

Full specsFormlabs Form 2 🏆

The Peopoly Moai, one of the best SLA 3D printers

Peopoly Moai

  • Price: $1,200
  • Technology: SLA
  • Build size: 130 x 130 x 180 mm
  • Metascore: N/A
  • Seller: N/A
The Moai is an affordable SLA 3D printer made my Peopoly, a manufacturer based in Hong Kong. This resin 3D printer first started out as a Kickstarter project.

An advantage of this SLA resin 3D printer is its compatibility with all types of resin material. As a result, production costs can be reduced.

Full specsPeopoly Moai

The DWS XFAB, one of the top SLA resin 3D printers

DWS XFAB

  • Price: $6,560
  • Technology: SLA
  • Build size: 130 x 130 x 180 mm
  • Metascore: N/A
  • Seller: N/A
The XFAB is a resin SLA 3D printer manufactured by DWS (Digital Wax Systems), an Italian manufacturer. This resin 3D printer first started out as a Kickstarter project. The XFAB can 3D print a variety of materials, including ceramics, ABS, polypropylene, acrylic resin and more.

DWS developed their own proprietary software to use with the XFAB.

Full specsDWS XFAB

The best DLP 3D printers

The 3D Systems ProJet 120, one of the top 5 best DLP 3D printers.

3D Systems Projet 1200

  • Price: $4,900
  • Technology: DLP
  • Build size: 143 x 27 x 150 mm
  • Metascore: 4.1/5
The ProJet 1200 3D printer is manufactured by 3D Systems, a giant 3D printing company based in the USA. This 3D printer 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. Nonetheless, the Projet 1200 is reliable and performant.

Full specs3D Systems ProJet 1200

The B9Creations B9Creator v1.2, a reliable DLP 3D printer.

B9Creations B9Creator v1.2

  • Price: $4,595
  • Technology: DLP
  • Build size: 104 x 76 x 203 mm
  • Metascore: 4.0/5
The B9Creator v1.2 is manufactured by B9Creations, a US-based company. It is available assembled or as a DIY kit. The proprietary resin for this DLP 3D printer is less expensive than other manufacturers’ proprietary resin. Furthermore, the B9CReator v1.2 tolerates generic material. Resin 3D prints are generated relatively fast compared to other resin 3D printers in this price range.

This DLP 3D printer is listed as one of the best resin 3D printers in the 2016 3D Hubs report.

Full specsB9Creations B9Creator v1.2 🏆

SprintRay MoonRay S, one of the best DLP 3D printing options on the market.

SprintRay MoonRay S

  • Price: $5,999
  • Technology: DLP
  • Build size: 130 x 80 x 200 mm
  • Seller: MatterHackers

The MoonRay S is a high-resolution resin 3D printer made by SprintRay, a US-based manufacturer. This resin 3D printer provides fast results without sacrificing precision. SprintRay’s software RayWare is specially designed to minimize the need for support structures, therefore reducing material waste and optimizing its 3D prints.

SprintRay also manufactures the MoonRay D.

Full specsSprintRay MoonRay S

Kudo3D Titan 2, a resin 3D printer using DLP technology

 Kudo3D Titan 2

  • Price: $3,500
  • Technology: DLP
  • Build volume : 142 x 79 x 249 mm
  • Seller: N/A
The Titan 2 is a high-resolution DLP 3D printer made by Kudo3D, a manufacturer based in the US. This 3D Printer features an on-board Raspberry PI computer. Users can order the Titan 2 in green or red. The 3D printing process can be accessed remotely on computers, tablets or smartphones thanks to a web-based control system. Full specs: Kudo3D Titan 2
The Nyomo Minny is a compact DLP 3D printer.
Nyomo Minny

  • Price: $3,290
  • Technology: DLP
  • Build size: 44 x 28 x 70 mm
  • Seller: N/A
The Minny is a compact resin 3D printer made by Nyomo, a manufacturer based in Hong Kong. It is a plug-and-play DLP 3D printer weighing in at only 3 kg. The Nyomo Minny’s LCD screen and connectivity offer a friendly user experience. This resin 3D printer’s small build volume is sufficient for dental and jewelry applications. The Minny is operated by Nyomo’s proprietary software, Unyk. Full specs: Nyomo Minny
XYZPrinting Nobel 1.0A, a DLP resin 3D printer.

XYZPrinting Nobel 1.0A

  • Price: $2,000
  • Technology: DLP
  • Build size: 128 x 128 x 200 mm
  • Seller: Amazon
The Nobel 1.0A is manufactured by the well-known Taiwanese manufacturer XYZPrinting. This affordable resin 3D printer features automatic calibration and an LCD screen for an easier user experience. An advantage with this DLP 3D printer is its auto-filling resin system. However, the Nobel 1.0A only offers USB connectivity. Overall, this product provides a decent price-to-performance ratio. Full specsXYZPrinting Nobel 1.0A
The Wanhao Duplicator 7 is one of the best resin 3D printers on the market.
Wanhao Duplicator 7

  • Price: $650
  • Technology: DLP
  • Build size: 120 x 68 x 200 mm
  • Seller: Amazon
The Wanhao Duplicator 7 is one of the most affordable resin 3D printer options on the market. It offers a resolution of 0.04 mm, nothing disappointing in this low price range. Wanhao is a well-known entry level 3D printer manufacturer from China. The Duplicator 7 is currently its only resin technology 3D printer.

Full specs: Wanhao Duplicator 7

SLA vs DLP 3D printers

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

SLA 3D printers and DLP 3D printers use liquid resin as their 3D printing material. The resin, called photopolymer, becomes solid when cured (activated) by a specific light source. 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, or 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 Carbon3D. This technology generates high quality objects at record speeds.

Tip: our 3D printing technologies article offers more detailed explanations for resin 3D printing.

SLA vs DLP 3D printing technologies

SLA and DLP 3D printing technology.
Credit: 3D Hubs

DLP 3D printing technology, for precise 3D models.

DLP technology.
Credit: 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.
Credit: 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

Resin 3D printers mostly target professional users. Indeed they are suited for specific applications where high levels of detail and top-quality finishes are required. These applications include:

  • Resin 3D printers for jewelry

Jewelers use high-precision 3D printers to create molds with the lost wax technique and create incredible jewels. More information3D printing in the jewelry industry

  • SLA and DLP 3D printers in dentistry

Dentists and dental labs are starting to use resin 3D printing to build dental crowns, mouth guards, surgical guides and much more. More information: 3D printing and 3D scanning for the dental industry

  • Resin 3D printing in medical and healthcare fields

SLA and DLP 3D printing can be used to create medical appliances. More information3D printing for the medical industry

Benefits of SLA and DLP 3D printing technologies

SLA and DLP are very similar 3D printing technologies as they both use liquid resin. Resin 3D printing benefits include:

  • 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

Resin SLA 3D printers price

SLA 3D printer prices depend on many factors. A 3D printer kit like the Peopoly Moai usually starts at about one thousand dollars, while industrial resin 3D printers can reach tens of thousands of dollars.

Resin DLP 3D printer price

The price of a DLP 3D printer can vary a lot from one 3D printer to the other. Some DLP 3D printers with basic features are available at less than a thousand dollars, like the Wanhao Duplicator 7The more developed the 3D printer, the higher its price. Note: our 3D printer comparaison engine provides a comprehensive view of the resin 3D printers market. It is possible to filter by price, specs and more.

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