The best resin for you will entirely depend on your application. For resin printing, most resins can be broadly classified into five different categories.
- Budget resin is affordable, rigid, and usually brittle.
- Durable resin has moderate flexibility and higher Izod values, granting impact resistance.
- Strong resin has a high tensile strength and modulus, which makes them stiff.
- Flexible resin has a high elongation percentage.
- High-Temperature resin has a high heat deflection temperature (HDT).
Of course there are very specific resins, such as ceramic or metallic, but these are often very expensive ($150-500 per kg).
We have tables available if you would like to browse resin properties or printing settings.
Table of Contents
- 3D Materials SuperFast Budget - Ideal for general prints
- Siraya Tech Sculpt Strong - Ideal for functional parts
- 3D Materials SuperPP - Durable - Ideal for miniatures
- Siraya Tech Blu - Durable - Ideal for miniatures
- Anycubic Flexible Tough - Durable - Ideal for miniatures
- Resione G217 - Strong - Ideal for functional and transparent prints
- 3D Materials SuperFlex - Flexible - Ideal for mixing
- Siraya Tech Tenacious - Flexible - Ideal for mixing
- Phrozen Onyx Pro410 - Strong - Ideal for functional parts
- 3D Materials SuperHDT - High Temperature - Ideal for warm environments or casting
1. 3D Materials SuperFast
SuperFast has the shortest layer time and is very affordable
3D Material's SuperFast resin has the shortest layer time of any resin we have found. For a typical 0.05 mm layer, an Anycubic Photon Mono can do 0.6 second layers, a Mars 2 0.8 second layers, and a Photon Mono X (at 50% UV power) 1.2 second layers. The time differences between the printers is due to the varying irradiance upon the resin - some printers have more wattage or are more efficient in transmitting the UV light.
SuperFast is quite strong with a yield strength of 72 MPa, is stiff with a modulus of ~2400 MPa, and is brittle with very little elongation, no more than 2.5%. The 116°C HDT of SuperFast is fairly high for a budget resin, and this will guarantee the mechanical properties in harsher environments.
2. Siraya Tech Sculpt
Sculpt is consistently strong, precise, and temperature resistant
Siraya Tech Sculpt is an all-around workhorse of a resin that boasts a high HDT of 160°C, a good tensile strength of 63 MPa (at break), and an elongation of 6%, meaning it will be slightly less brittle than SuperFast.
A 0.05 mm layer of Sculpt on an Anycubic Photon Mono takes ~3.2 seconds.
Siraya Tech recommends printing Sculpt at a temperature no less than 25°C (77°F).
3. 3D Materials SuperPP
SuperPP is a durable resin that is perfect for impact resistance and minis
SuperPP is a durable resin with a reasonable yield strength of 42 MPa, higher elongation of no more than 25%, and an Izod value of 120 J/m (nearly five times higher than the 25 J/m of SuperFast).
A durable resin like SuperPP is perfect for printing miniatures without the need for mixing budget and flexible resins. Miniatures printed with this type of resin are less likely to break during handling and drops.
SuperPP has a low HDT of 52°C, so the mechanical properties will drop in moderately warm environments. A 0.05 mm layer of SuperPP on an Anycubic Photon Mono takes ~1.3 seconds.
4. Siraya Tech Blu
Blu is similar to SuperPP and is perfect for impact resistance and minis
Siraya Tech Blu is nearly identical to SuperPP with its tensile strength of 44 MPa, elongation of 25%, and HDT of 75°C. Blu is another durable resin that is fantastic for printing miniatures and models that need impact resistance.
A 0.05 mm layer of Blu on an Anycubic Photon Mono takes ~2.5 seconds.
Siraya Tech recommends printing Blu at a temperature no less than 25°C (77°F).
5. Anycubic Flexible Tough
Anycubic's Flexible Tough is another contender for impact resistance and minis
Anycubic's Flexible Tough resin is the third durable resin in this list. It has a tensile strength of ~40 MPa, an elongation of ~40%, and an Izod value of ~55 J/m (half of SuperPP).
A 0.05 mm layer of Flexible Tough on an Anycubic Photon Mono takes ~2.0 seconds.
6. Resione G217
G217 is one of the clearest resins on the market
Resione's G217 ABS-Like resin has a tensile strength of 65 MPa, an elongation of 10%, an Izod value of 30 J/m (similar to SuperFast but 1/4 of SuperPP), and a HDT of 65°C. However, its true strength is that it is one of the clearest resins on the market, especially for the lower price range.
This resin is ideal for figurines, personalized gifts, ornaments, clear containers, and plenty more.
7. 3D Materials SuperFlex
SuperFlex is good for rubber-like prototypes and mixing to reduce brittleness
SuperFlex is a flexible resin with a low yield strength of 5.5 MPa, high elongation of 80%, and is quite soft with a durometer of 80A.
A flexible resin like SuperFlex is ideal for mixing with budget resins to reduce the brittleness of your typical print. This resin can also be used for molds, grips, custom gaskets, and rubber-like prototypes.
A 0.05 mm layer of SuperFlex on an Anycubic Photon Mono takes ~1.7 seconds.
8. Siraya Tech Tenacious
Tenacious has less flexibility than SuperFlex but more tensile strength
Siraya Tech Tenacious is another flexible resin with its lower tensile strength of 24 MPa, elongation of 50%, HDT of 60°C, and durometer of 65D. Any flexible prints made with Tenacious over SuperFlex will be considerably more stiff and hard.
A 0.05 mm layer of Tenacious on an Anycubic Photon Mono takes ~2.0 seconds.
Siraya Tech recommends printing Tenacious at a temperature no less than 25°C (77°F).
9. Phrozen Onyx Pro410
Onyx Pro410 is a Loctite industrial resin with high stiffness and strength
Phrozen's Onyx Pro410 is a Loctite brand industrial resin with a tensile strength of 43 MPa, elongation of 5%, HDT of 62°C, density of 1.4 g/ml (higher than the typical 1.15 g/ml), and Izod value of 25 J/m (similar to SuperFast).
Although this resin will have a longer cure time on MSLA printers, it grants users access to what is typically a purely industrial material with good printing accuracy and overall mechanical properties.
A 0.05 mm layer of Onyx Pro410 on an Anycubic Photon Mono takes ~7.0 seconds. Printing at a higher temperature can lower the layer times.
Phrozen - Onyx Pro410
Amount: 1kg (0.9 liter)
Tensile Modulus: 1410MPa
Tensile Strength: 43MPa
10. 3D Materials SuperHDT
SuperHDT is one of the best heat-resistant materials on the market
SuperHDT has a superb resistance to chemicals, water absorption, and extreme temperatures. It is one of the stiffest resins available, clocking in at 3,000 MPa. The HDT of 240°C can be outperformed only by ceramic resins that are typically only available for SLA printers. SuperHDT has a moderate tensile strength of 39 MPa and an elongation of no more than 2%, so it can be fairly brittle.
A 0.05 mm layer of SuperHDT on an Anycubic Photon Mono takes ~4.0 seconds.
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