The 15 Best Resin (SLA/DLP) 3D Printers 2018 For ALL Price Ranges!

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Resin 3D printers are 3D printers that use stereolithography technologies to create high-quality 3D models from a liquid resin photopolymer. Stereolithography was the first 3D technology invented, with the patent granted in 1986 and commercialized by 3D Systems in the late 1980s.

Nowadays, there are a large number of resin printers, including SLA 3D printers and DLP 3D printers. Therefore, we ranked the best desktop resin 3D printers 2018 to help you choose your best 3D printer.

Resin 3D Printer: Best DLP/SLA 3D Printer 2018

The criteria used for choosing the best resin 3D printer including the following:

  • Must be an SLA 3D printer or a DLP 3D printer.
  • Has to cost under $9,000 (though most were under $3,000). Price/performance ratio was a key ranking factor.
  • Must still be in production.

We then used this criteria to create our Top 10 Best Resin (SLA/DLP) 3D Printers 2018.

15. AnyCubic Photon

  • Country based: China.
  • Price: $499.
  • Build volume: 115 x 65 x 115 mm.

Another cheap resin 3D printer option, Chinese manufacturer AnyCubic have created this highly rated DLP printer, featuring a decent 115 x 65 x 115 mm build volume. Bucking the trend for cheap DLP 3D printers, the Photon comes pre-assembled, so you don’t need to build it yourself like a 3D printer kit requires.

Though it offers 2K resolution, it is important to remember that in this price range you cannot expect faultless quality and perfect printing. You mostly get what you pay for in stereolithography, and the AnyCubic is no different.

resin 3d printer anycubic photon
The AnyCubic Photon is a cheap and cheerful DLP 3D printer, costing under $500.

14. Kudo3D Titan 2

  • Company based: USA.
  • Price: $3,500.
  • Build volume: 140 x 79 x 250 mm.

California based startup Kudo3D are another 3D printer manufacturer who got their start through crowdfunding website Kickstarter, first getting funded for their Titan 1 printer. The campaign was a resounding success, raising almost $700,000 from 337 backers. Since then, Kudo3D have been hard at work on the next iteration, the Titan 2, featuring improved functionality, precision, and their new Passive Self-Peeling technologies. The technology works by minimizing the levels of separation between cured layers and the resin vat, which speeds up printing.

If you have an extra $300, you can choose to instead buy the Titan 2 HR, featuring a higher resolution but reduced build volume. The Titan 2 also features an abundance of compatible resins, including standard, castable, and flexible resins.

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Kudo 3D raised almost $700,000 for the production of their Titan 1 DLP 3D printer.

13. SparkMaker SLA 3D Printer

  • Country based: China.
  • Price: $250.
  • Build volume: 98 x 55 x 125 mm.

When first released, the SparkMaker turned heads because of its price – only $250 for an SLA 3D printer?! Obviously there are some catches; there is no fancy touchscreen or interface, merely a button that pauses or starts printing. But for the price, that is a reasonable expectation.

As is the trend with innovative new products nowadays, the SparkMaker SLA 3D printer was funded through a very successful Kickstarter campaign. Raising over $500,000, over 2,100 people pre-ordered a SparkMaker with high hopes for this cheap 3D printer. However, many who received their printer reported serious functionality errors and failed prints.

The conclusion is this; if you want an SLA 3D printer and have just $250 and not a penny more, and are willing to risk a printer with impaired functionality, buy this printer. However, if you yearn for the peace of mind of a resin 3D printer that works every time and have more money, buy something else like the Peopoly Moai. It still scrapes onto our list because creating a working resin 3D printer so cheaply is still an engineering achievement, we shall just have to see if it can be improved to work consistently.

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The SparkMaker SLA 3D printer was billed to be revolutionary – but has faced significant functionality issues.

12. EnvisionTEC Aria

  • Country based: USA.
  • Price: $6,300.
  • Build volume: 65 x 40 x 100 mm.

Don’t be fooled by the smaller-than-average print volume, this DLP 3D printer really is a powerful machine. It wasn’t designed to be a cheap consumer machine that can print a large volume, but a specialized, high-quality industrial 3D printer. EnvisionTEC are an American 3D printer manufacturer based in Detroit, known not just for stereolithography 3D printers but also for making significant progress in 3D bioprinting and 3D printed organs.

Started in 2002 (though traces of patent applications date back to 1999), EnvisionTEC have made scores of fantastic 3D printers, and the Aria is no different. Featuring an elegant touchscreen and a variety of different resins for various different tasks (castable, prototyping, and heat-resistant resins), this printer is the perfect introductory system for jewelry and dental applications. EnvisionTEC also sell a range of more industrial machines which can cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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EnvisionTEC usually sell industrial 3D printers, but have released the entry-level system, called Aria.

11. Uniz Slash+

  • Country based: USA.
  • Price: $4,000.
  • Build volume: 192 x 120 x 200 mm.

Uniz’s Kickstarter campaign recently made waves as they proclaimed their machines to be the ‘fastest desktop 3D printers’ in the world. This is certainly a big claim, though they have posted a number of videos which seemingly verify it. This DLP 3D printer from San Diego, USA based startup Uniz is certainly an extraordinary machine; featuring not only blistering speed, it also features almost unheard of levels of precision.

Check out their video of the Slash+’s speed test here:

This precision, Uniz say, is due to a reinforced steel column which fortifies the printer and helps reduce deformation. This, in turn, leads to a higher quality and more precise print. Moreover, Uniz’s specially designed cartridge system makes changing resins and cleaning the tank much more efficient, further speeding up the overall printing process.

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The Uniz Slash+ boasts both an incredible quick printing speed and precision.

10. Peopoly Moai

  • Country based: Hong Kong.
  • Price: $1,295.
  • Build Volume: 130 x 130 x 180 mm.

At number ten on our list, the Peopoly Moai is one of the cheapest SLA 3D printers on our list, costing $1,295. However, this SLA 3D printer made by Hong Kong-based company Peopoly does not come assembled. The Moai instead comes as a DIY 3D printer kit, though they claim it is easy to assemble.

The Peopoly Moai has a very respectable print volume of 130 x 130 x 180 mm³, in addition to a 70 micron laser spot and a layer thickness of up to 15 microns. You can buy Peopoly’s own resins for the Moai for $70 per litre too. Moreover, this cheap SLA 3D printer is based on an open design, and has fully accessible laser exposure settings. This makes it the perfect 3D printer for those who are into tinkering with their products and who want to experiment with the Moai.

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9. Wanhau Duplicator 7 V1.5

  • Country based: China.
  • Price: $500.
  • Build Volume: 120 x 68 x 200 mm.

The Duplicator 7 V.15 by Chinese 3D printer manufacturer Wanhau one of the cheapest 3D printers on this list. This DLP 3D printer retails at just $399, more comparable to a 3D printer which uses fused deposition modeling (FDM) technologies than castable resins.

The Wanhau Duplicator 7 V1.5 has a respectable 120 x 68 x 200 mm³ print volume, with an XY resolution of up to 50 microns. Despite the low price, the Wanhau Duplicator comes with its own software, and is compatible with third party slicers. Overall, the Wanhau Dupicator 7 is a fantastic option for those looking to experiment with Digital Light Processing for the low.

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8. CoLiDo DLP 2.0

  • Country based: Hong Kong.
  • Price: $3,299.
  • Build Volume: 100 x 76 x 150 mm.

The DLP 2.0 by Hong Kong-based company CoLiDo is the new, upgraded version of their well-reputed DLP 3D printers. The DLP 2.0 retails at the fairly steep price of $3,299, though it does come with an automatic resin filling system, and a resin tank far larger than most of the others on this list.

The CoLiDo DLP 3D printer has a print volume of 100 x 76 x 150 mm³, with an XY resolution of 50 microns and a layer thickness of 50 microns (0.05mm). Additionally, they produce their own resins which come with the machine. With a printing speed that far exceeds any FDM 3D printer and accuracy that other 3D printing technologies yearn for, the CoLiDo DLP 2.0 deserves its place on our ranking.

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7. FlashForge Hunter

  • Country based: China.
  • Price: $3,599.
  • Build Volume: 120 x 67.5 x 150 mm.

Since being established in 2011, FlashForge have expanded exponentially, and the Chinese 3D printer manufacturer currently sells 8 different 3D printers on their website. One of these is their new DLP 3D printer, the FlashForge Hunter. You can purchase the FlashForge Hunter for around $3,599 from various resellers.

Asian companies have really started to make their mark in the 3D printing industry in recent times, with Flashforge, as well as XYZprinting, Wanhau, and Creality doing well in recent times. Flashforge especially have done well, with their recent cheap 3D printer systems across FDM and SLA drawing the plaudits and selling by the bucketload.

The FlashForge Hunter has a print volume of 120 x 67.5 x 150 mm³ with an XY resolution of 62.5 microns and layer thickness of 12.5-50 microns. Another aspect which helps to justify the Hunter’s price tag is it’s high-quality aluminium resin vat, meaning it is less likely to need replacing. The Hunter is compatible with 3rd party resins but also comes with its own, made by Flashforge.

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6. MoonRay S

  • Company based: USA.
  • Price: $3,999.
  • Build volume: 127 x 81.2 x 203.2 mm.

Since bursting into the resin 3D printing scene in 2015 with their Kickstarter campaign raising over $420,000, MoonRay have released two DLP 3D printers, the MoonRay D and MoonRay S. The MoonRay S is a DLP 3D printer geared more towards the design industry and also has uses in engineering.

The MoonRay S DLP 3D printer has their special RayOne projector for DLP 3D printing, and also has a reliable, high-quality resin tank and their RayWare 3D software. Moreover, the MoonRay S DLP 3D printer comes with a wide variety of standard and castable resins in a number of colors, and if you buy a printer from their site, it comes with a liter of resin included.

MoonRay S DLP 3D printer

5. B9Creations B9Creator v1.2

  • Country based: USA.
  • Price: €4,595.
  • Build Volume: 104 x 75.6 x 203 mm.

Despite looking like a wind-up robot you’d get out of a Christmas cracker, the B9Creator v1.2 is a very versatile DLP 3D printer. With its innards on show, this DLP 3D printer made by American company B9Creations has a maximum print volume of 104 x 75.6 x 203 mm³.

In addition, this DLP 3D printer has an XY resolution of 30-70 microns and a laser thickness of 5-200 microns, showing its versatility. This makes it an interesting option for uses in medical industries as well as 3D printed jewelry. The B9Creator v1.2 is also compatible with a number of different castable and prototyping resins in many different colors, though 3rd party resins are compatible.

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4. DWS Lab Xfab

  • Country based: Italy.
  • Price: $8,600.
  • Build Volume: 180 x 180 x 180 mm.

The DWS Lab Xfab is one of the most interesting SLA 3D printers on our list. This interestingly designed 3D printer uses a cylindrical build space, unlike any other 3D printer on our list. Though claimed to have the performance of an professional SLA 3D printer, DWS Lab sell the Xfab for $8,600. Though expensive, this is still significantly less than industrial SLA 3D printers which can cost upwards of $200,000.

The Xfab has a wide build area, at 180 x 180 x 180 mm, and has a laser spot size of 250 microns and wide laser thickness at 60 microns. It does have a wide range of compatible resins however, which DWS Lab produce.

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3. 3D Systems ProJet 1200

  • Country based: USA.
  • Price: $4,900.
  • Build Volume: 42.9 x 26.9 x 149.9 mm.

American industrial 3D printer giant 3D Systems are the original 3D printing company, having been established in the late 1980s to commercialize Stereolithography. Since then, 3D Systems have gone a long way in tweaking their SLA 3D printers and now sell the ProJet 1200, their lowest price SLA 3D printer at $4,900.

Despite it’s small print volume at 42.9 x 26.9 x 149.9 mm³, this SLA 3D printer more than makes up for it with its performance. Its high quality and accurate printing capabilities of a laser spot size of 56 microns and laser thickness of 30 microns mean it is ideal for the dental and jewelry industries. At just 9kg, this SLA 3D printer is far lighter than its industrial counterparts too, bringing affordable SLA 3D printing to the masses. If you’re looking for a sturdy 3D printer capable of creating wax molds for Lost Wax Casting or other industrial tasks, the Pro Jet is perfect for you.

It’s also worth noting that 3D Systems also sell a 3D scanner range. Therefore, if you’re looking to scan some of your favorite objects to then recreate with this SLA 3D printer, 3D Systems have you covered!

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2. XYZprinting Nobel 1.0A

  • Country based: Taiwan.
  • Price: $1,995.
  • Build Volume: 128 x 128 x 200 mm.

XYZprinting have taken over the low-priced FDM 3D printer industry in recent times, but have also released an SLA 3D printer called the Nobel 1.0A. This very reasonably priced SLA 3D printer retails for $1,995 and comes with its own 3D software.

Another successful Asian 3D printing company, XYZprinting are not only one of the top selling FDM 3D printer brands, but sell the highly successful Nobel 1.0A as well as their upcoming SLS 3D printer!

The Nobel 1.0A has a print volume of 128 x 128 x 200 mm³ with a laser spot size of 130 microns and thickness of between 25-100 microns. Moreover, the vat auto refills, and the cheap SLA 3D printer has a wide variety of resins which can be used with it, including castable, flexible, tough, and rigid resins

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1. Formlabs Form 2

  • Country based: USA.
  • Price: $3,925.
  • Build Volume: 145 x 145 x 175 mm.

Formlabs have become a huge name in the 3D printing industry since their original Kickstarter campaign in 2012. The US 3D printer company sell the Form 2 SLA 3D printer for $3,925, and it has since become very popular in the dental and jewelry industries.

The Form 2 comes with a huge variety of useful features. Firstly, it has an automated resin system and uses smart cartridges which automatically fills the resin vat. In addition, it has a scanning system for the resin tray after each layer, and automatically adjusts based on the type of resin used. Furthermore, this resin 3D printer has a fantastic touch screen and can be operated remotely via a WiFi connection.

This SLA 3D printer has a very nice print volume of 145 x 145 x 175 mm³ with a laser spot size of 140 microns and a laser thickness of between 25-100 microns. In addition to this nice print area, the Formlabs Form 2 is compatible with a large amount of resins which Formlabs also sell. These include the recently announced color resins which allows people to mix customized colors according to their needs.

Formlabs have cemented themselves as leaders in Stereolithography with the Form 2. It has universal rave reviews, and is used extensively in the dental sector. What’s more; Formlabs also sell a Selective Laser Sintering 3D printer, the Fuse 1. We shall have to see if the Fuse 1 can replicate the Form 2’s success.

Formlabs Form 2 resin SLA 3D printer

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