The 10 best resin 3D printers (SLA and DLP) in 2017
What are the best resin 3D printers (SLA and DLP) in 2017? Our list of the best resin 3D printers covers some of the top SLA and DLP 3D printers on the market, based on reliable reviews and data.
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.
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 such as Jewelry or Dental, where high level of details and top quality finish are required. But things are changing and SLA/DLP 3D printers are now becoming more affordable and easier to use. There are still much fewer resin 3D printers available on the market than FFF 3D printers, which are in general cheaper and easier to operate.
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 meta-rating 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.
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!
The 10 best resin (SLA/DLP) 3D printers in 2017
|3D printer||Technology||Rating||Build volume||Country||Price||Buy|
|Formlabs Form 2||SLA||4.7||145 x 145 x 175||United States||€3,925|
|SprintRay MoonRay||DLP||127 x 81 x 229||United States||$3,499|
|3D Systems Projet 1200||DLP||4.1||43 x 27 x 150||United States||$4,900|
|Photocentric Liquid Crystal LC10||DPP||200 x 100 x 200||United Kingdom||$1,080||Quote|
|B9Creations B9Creator V1.2||DLP||4.0||104 x 76 x 203||United States||$4,595|
|DWS Systems XFAB||SLA||180 x 180 x 180||Italy||€5,950||Quote|
|Autodesk Ember||DLP||64 x 40 x 134||United States||$5,995|
|MakeX M-One||DLP||145 x 110 x 170||China||$2,699|
|XYZPrinting Nobel 1.0||SLA||2.8||128 x 128 x 200||Taïwan||$990|
|Kudo3D Titan 2||DLP||190 x 110 x 249||United States||$3,500|
The Form 2 by US manufacturer Formlabs sits at #1 in our ranking of the best resin 3D printers.
This ranking is not perfect but we believe these are 10 of the best resin 3D printers currently on the market.
How to rank the best SLA 3D printers?
We prepared this list of the best resin 3D printers (SLA and DLP) using the meta-ratings available on Aniwaa. To calculate these meta-ratings, 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.
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.
Overview of the best resin 3D printers
1. Best resin (SLA) 3D printer: Formlabs Form 2
- Price: €3,925
- Technology: SLA
- Build volume: 145 x 145 x 175 mm
- Rating : 4.7/5
The Formlabs Form 2 was introduced in September 2015 to replace the Form1+. The Form 2 uses the Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing technology. It casts a laser to selectively photocure liquid resin and build an object layer after layer. In October 2016, Formlabs introduced a new line of liquid resins fitted for different purposes: Tough (ABS-Like resistance to stress and strain), Durable (the low stiffness and finish of polypropylene), High Temp (the highest HDT @ 0.45 MPa) and Flexible (tactile and compressible).
2. Best resin (DLP) 3D printer: SprintRay MoonRay
- Price: $3,499
- Technology: DLP
- Build volume: 127 x 81.28 x 203.2 mm
The MoonRay is a high-performant resin 3D printer, based on the DLP technology (Digital Light Processing). Developed in the US by SprintRay, the MoonRay team has crowned this resin 3D printer the “world’s best DLP desktop 3D printer”. And indeed, the MoonRay delivers high-quality prints consistently, thus making it one of the top resin 3D printers currently on the market. Only thing: this 3D printer is so far mostly available in the US.
3. Best resin (DLP) 3D printer: 3D Systems Projet 1200
- Price: $4,900
- Technology: DLP
- Build volume: 143 x 27 x 150 mm
- Rating : 4.1/5
The 3D Systems ProJet 1200 is manufactured by 3D Systems, a giant 3D printing company based in the USA. The 3D Systems ProJet 1200 uses the Digital Light Processing (DLP) 3D printing technology. 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.
4. Best resin (DLP) 3D printer: Photocentric Liquid Crystal LC10
- Price: $1,080
- Technology: DPP
- Build volume: 200 x 100 x 200 mm
The Liquid Crystal LC10 was introduced to the market in 2016, with the ambition to make resin 3D printing more affordable. A successful launch for Photocentric, the UK manufacturer, who managed to design a performant yet cost-effective resin 3D printer, the Liquid Crystal. This success is based on Photocentric’s past experience in resin 3D printing, being originally a resin brand. The Photocentric Liquid Crystal 3D printer is ideal if you need the high resolution offered by resin 3D printers, but do not have the funds to invest in a Form 2 for example. Its proprietary 3D printing technology is called DPP (Daylight Polymer Printing), close to the DLP technology.
5. Best resin (DLP) 3D printer: B9Creations B9Creator V1.2
- Price: $4,595
- Technology: DLP
- Build volume: 104 x 76 x 203 mm
- Rating : 4.0/5
The B9Creations B9Creator v1.2 is manufactured by B9Creations, a company based in the USA. The B9Creations B9Creator v1.2 is available in two version; Assembled and 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.
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