Resin 3D printers (stereolithography) are highly popular as they produce higher quality 3D prints than classic FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) 3D printers. In this article, we offer our selection of the best SLA/DLP/LCD 3D printers currently available on the market.
Most of these stereolithography 3D printers target professional users. Indeed, the level of detail that resin 3D printers are capable of achieving is suitable for many professional use cases. Besides, operating a resin 3D printer is much more challenging than a filament 3D printer.
Resin 3D printing is most common in dental labs and jewelry workshops; however, it’s becoming less surprising to see hobbyists embrace the technology to 3D print figurines or other highly detailed objects (thanks to cheap resin 3D printers!).
The market has evolved a lot since the days when the classic 3D Systems ProJet 1200 was the only somewhat affordable resin 3D printer. In 2018, we’ve seen a lot of action on the resin 3D printer segment with several established brands launching resin 3D printers, such as Zortrax or Prusa Research.
Additionally, a few manufacturers specialized in resin 3D printing have come up with powerful yet affordable machines. Brands like Peopoly or Photocentric are good examples of this momentum.