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Best Resin 3D Printers 2022

Last Updated: June 8th, 2022

The best resin printer will be based on your size, resolution, and application requirements.

For most people, a small $200 printer is sufficient. Medium and Large MSLA (masked stereolithography) printers are available but are considerably more expensive.

The Z-resolution of most consumer printers is 0.01 mm and the XY-resolution varies. The XY-resolution of 0.05 mm is typical for most affordable monochrome screen printers on the market currently. XY-resolutions down to 0.022 mm are available at a premium; these printers are ideal if you need tight tolerances, want to make commercial items, are casting jewelry, or just have splash cash.

To determine the size of printer you need, we recommend downloading one of the free slicers and throwing in some STLs to compare build volumes.

Small Resin Printers

The Anycubic Photon Mono and Elegoo Mars 2 are nearly identical in components and specifications. The Photon Mono uses a pre-assembled FEP sheet, while the Mars 2 can use any FEP sheet - a universal Sovol vat can be bought for the Photon Mono. Elegoo typically has cheaper screens but there is not much of a difference for the smaller ones. For the Mars 2, there is little benefit in going for the Pro version since its only tangible benefit is the extra 10 mm in build height.

If you are torn between the two, just go for the cheapest one, and if possible purchase it through Amazon or AliExpress to get faster shipping and an additional layer of buyer protection.

As of June, 2022 it looks as though these printers are being phased out for the higher resolution printers such as the M3 series.

Between the next generation printers, the Mono 4K and Mars 3 are entirely appropriate as a first printer. The Photon M3 is ideal if you need a bump in build volume but want to avoid the price increases involved with a medium-sized printer. These printers all have a XY-resolution increase compared to the older Photon Mono and Mars 2.

Anycubic Mono

$190
(phasing out)
Resolution: 0.051mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

6" 2k Screen ($40-70)
Print Volume: 130mm (L) 80mm (W) 165mm (H)

Photon Mono vs Mars 2 

Anycubic Photon Mono
Anycubic

Elegoo Mars 2

$170
(phasing out)
Resolution: 0.05mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

6.1" 2k Screen ($50)
Print Volume: 129mm (L) 80mm (W) 150mm (H)

Mars 2 vs Mars 2 Pro

Elegoo Mars 2
ElegooAmazonAliExpress

Anycubic Mono 4K

$210
($10 Off)
Resolution: 0.035mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

6.2" 4k Screen ($70)
Print Volume: 132mm (L) 80mm (W) 165mm (H)

Mono 4K Highlights

Anycubic Mono 4K
AnycubicAmazonAliExpress

Anycubic Photon M3

$260

Resolution: 0.04mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

7.6" 4k Screen ($70)
Print Volume: 163mm (L) 102mm (W) 180mm (H)

Photon M3 Series

Anycubic Photon M3
AnycubicAmazonAliExpress

Elegoo Mars 3

$220

Resolution: 0.035mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

6.6" 4k Screen ($50)
Print Volume: 143mm (L) 89mm (W) 175mm (H)

Mars 3 vs Mars 2

Elegoo Mars 3
ElegooAmazonMatterHackers

Phrozen Mini 4K

$300+
(15% Off)
Resolution: 0.035mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

6.1" 4k Screen ($90)
Print Volume: 132mm (L) 74mm (W) 130mm (H)


Phrozen Sonic Mini 4K
PhrozenAmazonMatterHackers

Phrozen Mini 8K

$500-700

Resolution: 0.022mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

7.1" 8K Screen ($130)
Print Volume: 165mm (L) 72mm (W) 180mm (H)

Mini 8K Highlights

Prusa MK3S
PhrozenAmazonMatterHackers

Medium Resin Printers

The medium resin printers have nearly identical components and features to their smaller brethren. The increase in size is aligned with the higher initial and replacement component cost.

The Saturn slightly edges out the Mono X and Mighty 4K with its pre-installed screen protector and lower screen replacement cost.

If you are torn between the three, just go for the cheapest one that is available, and if possible purchase it through Amazon or AliExpress to get faster shipping and an additional layer of buyer protection. The price can vary quite a bit so make sure to compare sites.

Once the Elegoo Saturn 2 is fully released towards the end of 2022, it should be the best pick as a resin printer. At a price comparable to the original Saturn upon release, it brings extra resolution and build volume. Until this time, any of the medium printers are appropriate. The XY-resolution of the original Saturn and Mono X are perfectly fine for hobby use, especially if you plan on painting the prints. The increase in resolution carries diminishing returns and it is difficult to differentiate between comparative prints with the naked eye.

Elegoo Saturn

$350+

Resolution: 0.05mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

8.9" 4k Screen ($80-120)
Print Volume: 192mm (L) 120mm (W) 200mm (H)

Saturn vs Mono X

Elegoo Saturn
ElegooAmazonAliExpress

Elegoo Saturn S

$420+

Resolution: 0.048mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

9.1" 4k Screen
Print Volume: 196mm (L) 122mm (W) 210mm (H)

Saturn S vs Saturn

Elegoo Saturn S
ElegooAmazonMatterHackers

Elegoo Saturn 2

$550

Resolution: 0.028mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

10" 8k Screen
Print Volume: 219mm (L) 123mm (W) 250mm (H)

Saturn S vs Saturn 2

Elegoo Saturn 2
ElegooAmazon

Anycubic Mono X

$370+

Resolution: 0.05mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

8.9" 4k Screen ($110-150)
Print Volume: 192mm (L) 120mm (W) 245mm (H)

Saturn vs Mono X

Anycubic Photon Mono X
AnycubicAmazonAliExpress

Anycubic Mono X 6K

$500+

Resolution: 0.034mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

9.25" 6K Screen ($145)
Print Volume: 197mm (L) 122mm (W) 245mm (H)

Mono X 6K Highlights

Anycubic Photon Mono X 6K
AnycubicAmazonAliExpress

Anycubic M3 Plus

$600+

Resolution: 0.034mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

9.25" 6K Screen ($145)
Print Volume: 197mm (L) 122mm (W) 245mm (H)

Photon M3 Series

Anycubic Photon M3 Plus
AnycubicAmazonAliExpress

Phrozen Mighty 4K

$500+
($15% Off)
Resolution: 0.052mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

9.3" 4k Screen ($135)
Print Volume: 200mm (L) 125mm (W) 220mm (H)


Phrozen Sonic Mighty 4K
PhrozenAmazonMatterHackers

Phrozen Mighty 8K

$750

Resolution: 0.028mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

10" 8k Screen
Print Volume: 218mm (L) 123mm (W) 235mm (H)


Phrozen Sonic Mighty 8K
Phrozen

Large Resin Printers

The Anycubic M3 Max is is the best bang for buck large resin printer. The Phrozen Mega 8K is the largest resin printer on the market, but it does come with a bit of sticker shock. The Elegoo Jupiter could be a good option eventually - for the moment it is still under a pre-order period and the first units will not ship until May.

Anycubic M3 Max

$1,100

Resolution: 0.043mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

13" 7k Screen
Print Volume: 298mm (L) 164mm (W) 300mm (H)

Photon M3 Series

Anycubic Photon M3 Max
AnycubicAmazonAliExpress

Elegoo Jupiter

$1,300

Resolution: 0.051mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

12.8" 6k Screen ($200)
Print Volume: 278mm (L) 156mm (W) 300mm (H)

M3 Max vs Jupiter

Elegoo Jupiter
Elegoo

Phrozen Mega 8K

$2,200-3,000

Resolution: 0.043mm (XY) 0.01mm (Z)

15" 8k Screen ($390)
Print Volume: 330mm (L) 185mm (W) 400mm (H)

Jupiter vs Mega 8K

Phrozen Mega 8K
PhrozenAmazonMatterHackers

To compare resin printers, browse resin, and get equipment inspiration visit our Ultimate Resin Guide.

To compare FDM printers via an interactive table, side-by-sides, and in-depth articles.

Application & Safety FAQ answers common questions about resin.

Ventilation Simulations has animations for common DIY venting setups, and Heating Resin Printers during winter provides data for specific heat sources.

Our Resin Print Settings Table has associated images, mixes, and does a resin giveaway.

To browse resin properties and find your ideal strong, durable, flexible, or high-temp resin visit our Resin Properties Table. To find properties of filaments, visit our FDM Properties Table.

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