A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing an LCD 3D Printer

Written by Chanda Lalwani

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Posted on March 09 2021

Resin 3D printing allows you to print out all types of cool models. You could choose to print out your favorite superheroes such as Wonder Woman or characters from your favorite anime such as Neon Genesis Evangelion. To achieve perfect results, each 3D model you print requires the use of different LCD 3D printers.

Click here to learn more about how 3D printing can be used in the movies. 

Sonic Mini is the best for printing simple 3D printing models (like the one on the right), while Sonic Mini 4K is capable of printing out tiny, intricate models with 4K resolution (like the one in the center), Sonic Mighty 4K also prints with 4K resolution but produces large-scale models such as the mask in the photo above.

Today, we’ll provide you with a Starter Guide into which resin printers are the best for beginners and hobbyists. Let’s discuss three Phrozen LCD 3D printers: Sonic Mini, Sonic Mini 4K, and Sonic Mighty 4K.


Sonic Mini - Best for Absolute Beginners

Aimed at beginners, Phrozen’s Sonic Mini is extremely budget-friendly and easy to use. If you are interested in trying out LCD 3D printing to see what it’s like, the Sonic Mini is the best 3D printer for you.

When you’re a novice, you might want to try printing out simple, or more basic, 3D models. The Sonic Mini is capable of printing out beginner-friendly 3D models with ease, and with high resolution. 

Benefits

Sonic Mini 3D printed models

The Sonic Mini LCD 3D printer is extremely easy to set up, with the entire process taking you only 5 minutes. 

The Sonic Mini comes with an easy-to-use interface that allows even rank newcomers to pick up techniques extremely quickly. It is also capable of printing out high-quality 3D models with accuracy. 

Tiny Mice printed with the Sonic Mini

Look at the cute mice printed in the photo above. These models were printed and shared by designer @duncan_shadow_louca

Using a Mono-LCD Screen, the Sonic Mini prints fast, printing out 1 layer in only 2 seconds. Meaning that you’ll just have to wait a few hours for your 3D prints to be ready! 

The Sonic Mini works best with Phrozen resins, though it is also compatible with 3rd party resins.

Features

The Sonic Mini comes with:

  • 5.5in Printing Area
  • 2.8in Touch Panel
  • 62.5 µm XY Resolution
  • 80mm/hour Print Speed


Sonic Mini 4K - Best for Intricate Prints

If you want to print extremely detailed 3D models, Sonic Mini 4K is your best choice. Though the price is slightly higher than the Sonic Mini, the Sonic Mini 4K is capable of printing at 4K resolution, printing out every single detail present on your 3D model.

Sonic Mini 4K is recommended for both beginners and hobbyists; especially those interested in printing precise and intricate 3D models.

Benefits

3D Model Credit: Archvillain Games


Phrozen’s Sonic Mini 4K prints out models with extreme precision and accuracy. Just look at the details on this 3D model.

This resin 3D printer is also easy to use and is currently the most consumer-friendly 4K 3D printer on the market.

Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up your Sonic Mini 4K. 

The Sonic Mini 4K prints with an ultra-high resolution of 722 PPI, the highest PPI ever! PPI refers to the Pixel Per Inch. The higher the PPI of a 3D printer, the more details it is capable of printing. This is why the Sonic Mini 4K is perfect for printing out highly intricate 3D prints such as the model above.

The Sonic Mini 4K also has a larger printing area than the Sonic Mini, allowing you to print out slightly larger 3D models.

For best results, pair the Sonic Mini 4K with Aqua-Gray 4K resin to create extremely detailed 3D models with never-before-seen precision. 

Features

The Sonic Mini 4K comes with:

  • 6.1in Printing Area
  • 2.8in Touch Panel
  • 35 µm XY Resolution
  • 80mm/hour Print Speed


Sonic Mighty 4K - Best for Large-Scale Builds

Phrozen’s Sonic Mighty 4K is the newest addition to our 3D printer collection.

Interested in printing HUGE 3D models with 4K resolution? Sonic Mighty 4K is the best choice for bringing your most ambitious creations to life.

The Sonic Mighty 4K is suitable for both hobbyists and beginners interested in creating bigger models, though it does come with a higher price tag due to its larger build.

Benefits

Phrozen’s Sonic Mighty 4K prints out large-scale models with 4K resolution and allows you to print out 3D models that are up to 3 times bigger than with the Sonic Mini 4K. This is because the Sonic Mighty 4K has a larger printing area than the Sonic Mini 4K.

Sonic Mighty 4K is also great for printing out large-scale models that are used as scenery or terrain. For best results, pair the Sonic Mighty 4K with Aqua-Gray 4K resin to print out high-resolution 3D models that are larger in size.

To learn how to set up your Sonic Mighty 4K, please click here

Features

The Sonic Mighty 4K comes with:

  • 9.3in Printing Area
  • 2.8in Touch Panel
  • 52 µm XY Resolution
  • 80mm/hour Print Speed

    Let’s take a look at this chart:


    Sonic Mini

    The Sonic Mini is extremely beginner-friendly and comes with a high print resolution. It has a smaller printing area and is much more affordable than both the Sonic Mini 4K and Sonic Mighty.


    Sonic Mini 4K

    The Sonic Mini 4K prints with extreme precision and accuracy. It also has a slightly larger printing area than the Sonic Mini and is best for printing out highly-detailed and intricate 3D models in 4K resolution.


    Sonic Mighty 4K

    With an extended printing area, the Sonic Mighty 4K is capable of printing out 3D models that are 3 times larger than with the Sonic Mini 4K. Just like the Sonic Mini 4K, the Sonic Mighty 4K also prints with 4K resolution; though it has a higher price tag than both the Sonic Mini and Sonic Mini 4K due to its larger build.

    Want to know which resins work best for beginners? Click here to read our beginners' guide for choosing resin. 

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