Top 10 SLA printers: Which high-resolution resin 3D printer is the best?

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top 10 sla printers which high resolution resin 3d printer is the best
top 10 sla printers which high resolution resin 3d printer is the best

First-class SLA printers are already available from 200 euros. If you expect the highest possible print quality, you don’t have to dig deep into your pocket. We show our favorites from the individual tests of the last few years.

3D printer testing has been an integral part of Voonze for years. In addition, we have published guides on topics such as post-processing of 3D prints , painting of printed products or problem-solving tutorials for SLA printers . Now it’s time to summarize the best devices in a leaderboard.

Since we can only compare devices of the same type, we have separated the top 10 of the ten best FDM printers into a separate list of the best and are concentrating on the best SLA printers here.

3D printers that process filament on spools have long been the cheapest entry into the world of 3D printing. This is no longer the case, some resin printers are cheaper. The FDM printing technology with filament is less precise than that of the resin printers, but with layer thicknesses from 0.1 mm they still offer a decent quality. This always requires exact calibration and correct software settings. The standard printers offer space for objects with an edge length of around 15 to 30 cm. Only those who value a perfect surface have to do it again and rework the printed product. A major benefit of smelting is the huge range of filaments available. In addition to many colors, different material properties are also available. In addition, the consumables are cheap. If you need special material properties or print a lot, you are better off with an FDM printer.

The comparison of FDM printing versus SLA printing. Both ships are the same size.

When it comes to print quality and attention to detail, resin is clearly ahead. The individual layers are barely visible at 0.05 mm and less. However, the printing of the very thin layers takes a long time and is comparatively expensive. A disadvantage of the resin printer is the smaller space available. The technology is unsuitable for large prints, despite the increased installation space. Another disadvantage of working with the liquid resin is the odor and the work that has to be done after the actual printing. The cleaning process and post-curing under UV light takes additional time. The choice of resin is smaller than with filament and the material is also more expensive.

On the left and in the middle the build space of FDM printers. On the right the print size of a cheap resin printer. However, the new Anycubic M3 Max is larger than the Ender 3 in the middle.

When it comes to printing large and/or cheap, an FDM printer is the right choice. If the quality and small objects are primarily important, resin printers are better suited.

There is more worth knowing for newcomers in the 3D printer guide: All important information for getting started . Further differences between the two technologies are shown in the detailed guide UV resin or plastic filament: 3D printers in comparison .

Click here for the top 10 best FDM printers .

SLA printers rely on resin, which they harden layer by layer. This makes components with enormously fine details possible. The costs for these printers have dropped significantly in recent years, but the consumables are still more expensive than filament.

The main difference between the very current printers and those that have been available for some time is the display for exposing the liquid resin. The new mono displays allow more than twice the printing speed, which is why we can only recommend our last-placed printers to patient users.

The Anycubic M3 Plus (test report) is our test winner among resin printers. In addition to the above-average installation space of 197 x 123 x 245 mm, the M3 Plus has an auto-feed system that is completely new in this price range and automatically refills the resin tank. The UV matrix, revised by the manufacturer, also ensures sensationally short exposure times and thus a high printing speed.

Anycubic Photon M3 Plus  

The matte surface of the FEP film in this printer irritated us at first, but the roughened surface ensured a level of detail and great printing results that had not been achieved before in the practical test.

However, size and equipment come at a price. If you are interested in the new M3 series despite the lower budget, you should alternatively take a look at the cheaper and smaller standard M3 . On the other hand, if the Plus is still too small for you, you can look forward to our test of the M3 Max with an installation space of a whopping 298 x 164 x 300 mm.

The M3 Plus is currently available from the Anycubic store or its Amazon offshoot.

The Mono X (test report) was not only the largest for a long time, but also the best resin printer that we have tested so far. For reasons of fairness, however, it must be added that the Mono X is one of the first printers with a better exposure display.

Anycubic Mono X

The biggest advantages of the printer are the high resolution, the durable monochrome display and the significantly shorter exposure time compared to all printers without a mono display.

Although the printer no longer sets standards due to the good price-performance ratio and good long-term experience with the model, the Anycubic Mono X comes in second on our list of the best.

The Halot One Plus from Creality (test report) is a consistent and sensible further development, in which the main focus was on user-friendliness. Something has also happened in terms of the size of the installation space. With its 197 x 122 x 245 mm, the Halot One Plus closes the gap between cheap standard printers and expensive XL printers. In the test, we liked the pleasingly clear user menu and the very high print quality.

However, we find it best that the most important printing parameters, such as speed and exposure time, can be set directly on the printer. The settings defined by the slicer are then easily overwritten – if you only want to adjust small things, you don’t have to re-slice the 3D model. Brilliant!

Creality Halot One Plus