Top Picks - Resin Printers 2021

19 Aug 2021
There's never been a better time to buy a resin 3D Printer for model car and truck building! Here are some of our favorites!
Top-Dog - Print Full 1/24 Bodies
Elegoo Saturn
  • Elegoo Saturn $499.99- (Amazon US)
    The big brother to the amazing Mars 2 Pro, this printer combines an 8.9" 4k screen with impressive build height that allows you to print big! Even full 1/24 scale car bodies are possible on the Saturn.
     
    Excellent build quality and reliable and fast mono screen make this our top pick for large printers.
  • Pros:
    Fast print speeds
    Excellent build quality
    Large print area
  • Cons:
    More expensive than smaller printers
    Takes up a lot of space
    May not be best for beginners
Powerful Mid-range Printer
Elegoo Mars 2 Pro
  • Elegoo Mars 2 Pro - $299.99 (Amazon US)
    Solidly-built and backed by a huge community of users, the Mars 2 Pro offers sharp 2k resolution and a sizeable print volume of 5.08" (W) x 3.15" (D) x 6.30" (H). Carbon filtration cuts down on resin odor. The print volume of the Mars 2 Pro allows for larger parts to be printed, including some full car bodies. The mono screen offers long life and blazing-fast print speeds. One thing the Mars 2 Pro lacks is a glass screen protector (it has a plastic one instead), but careful use will prevent scratches.
  • Pros:
    Sharp detail
    Very fast prints
    Ships with replacement FEP films
    Huge community of users
  • Cons:
    Not 4k resolution
    No glass screen protector

Entry-level - Sub-$200
Phrozen Sonic Mini (Original)
  • Phrozen Sonic Mini - $174.71 (Amazon US)
    Tried and true, the now few-years-old original Sonic Mini is still a very popular entry-level resin printer, and for good reason. The Sonic Mini is an easy-to-use resin 3D printer that produces high-quality prints without all the bells and whistles.

    Originally sold with a failure-prone plastic vat, the Mini now ships with a sturdy machined aluminum vat. Phrozen's customer service is among the best in the industry.

  • Pros:
    Low cost
    Fast print speeds
    Simple operation
    Excellent customer service
  • Cons:
    Flat build plate doesn't drain excess resin well
    Largely plastic construction
    Not 2k resolution
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