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

Written by Chanda Lalwani

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Posted on March 09 2021

Just take a look at all the resin 3D prints in the photo below. 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 animes such as Neon Genesis Evangelion. Each 3D model requires the use of distinct LCD 3D printers in order to achieve the perfect results.

The Sonic Mini 4K is best for those just starting out with resin 3D printing. This way, you can get to practice printing out resin 3D prints with 4K resolution. The Sonic Mini 8K is best for professionals, especially those interested in jewelry 3D printing. It can also be used to print out movable resin 3D prints that require extreme precision. The Sonic Mighty 4K and Sonic Mega 8K are great for printing out large 3D models. 

Read on to find out more: 


    Sonic Mini 4K - Best for Beginners in Resin 3D Printing

    Aimed at beginners, Phrozen’s Sonic Mini 4K 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 4K is the best 3D printer for you.

    If you want to print high-resolution 3D models in 4K resolution, Sonic Mini 4K is your best choice. It’s price is lower than the other Phrozen 3D printers and it is perfect for those just starting out their resin 3D printing journey.

     

    Benefits

    3D Model Credit: Archvillain Games


    Phrozen’s Sonic Mini 4K creates 4K quality 3D models. This resin 3D printer is also easy to use and is currently the most consumer-friendly 4K 3D printer on the market. 

    Before you begin printing, you’ll need to look for a 3D file, slice your 3D STL file using CHITUBOX Slicer Software, save it onto a USB, plug that USB into Sonic Mini 4K and then you can begin printing!

    For best results, pair the Sonic Mini 4K with Aqua-Gray 4K resin to create all your favorite 3D models. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial.


    Features

    The Sonic Mini 4K comes with:

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


    Sonic Mini 8K - Best for Detailed & Extremely Precise 8K Prints 

    Surpassing the Sonic Mini 4K, the Sonic Mini 8K is capable of creating hyper realistic prints with the highest resolution ever. With its 7.1” building plate, you’ll have more room than the Sonic Mini 4K to print out all your favorite miniatures on a single building plate, that too with 8K resolution.

    With its all-new technology, the Sonic Mini 8K creates sharper and more precise prints than previously possible. 

    The Sonic Mini 8K is also ideal for professionals such as jewelry makers as you get to use resin printing to print out a plate full of 3D printed rings down to the tiniest detail. Rest assured as the Sonic Mini 8K produces the most intricate jewelry pieces possible. Interested in jewelry 3D printing? Click here to learn more!

    The Sonic Mini 8K works best with our newest Aqua-Gray 8K Resin to print out all sorts of delicate objects such as miniatures, rings, and more with ultra high 8K resolution!


    Benefits

    The Sonic Mini 8K comes with a host of new features, from a new LED Module to a new building plate! Let’s find out:

    The Sonic Mini 8K comes with an all-new Linear Projection LED Module which elongates the optical path length, creating sharper 8K resolution prints and reducing layer lines by up to 50%.

    Previously, Phrozen used an LCD display module with LED light which is used as the light source to project a certain light pattern while the LCD screen controls the light pattern. Light is emitted from the LED lamp. It then passes through an LCD screen and is absorbed by the resin. An image of each layer is generated on the LCD screen while an entire layer is hardened at once. Please click here to learn more.

    The Sonic Mini 8K comes with dual linear rails for a more stable printing environment and a thicker T-plate which is able to better withstand the pulling force between the 3D prints and FEP film.

    Phrozen Sonic Mini 8K Building Plate

    The Sonic Mini 8K also comes with an all-new frosted laser cut building plate that ensures that your 3D printed models stick much more firmly onto the building plate, drastically improving your printing success rate.


    Features

    The Sonic Mini 8K comes with:

    • 7.1in Printing Area
    • 3.5in Touch Panel
    • 22 µm XY Resolution
    • 80mm/hour Print Speed


    Sonic Mighty 4K - Best for Large-Scale Builds

    Phrozen’s Sonic Mighty 4K is great for creating mid-sized prints.

    Interested in printing sizable 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.

    Just like the Sonic Mini 4K, you can easily slice your STL file using CHITUBOX Slicer Software, save it onto a USB, plug that USB into Sonic Mighty 4K and start printing!

    Using Mono-LCD technology, Sonic Mighty 4K also offers fast printing, creating 1 layer in only 2 seconds!

    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


    Sonic Mega 8K - Best for Ginormous 3D Models with 8K Details

    Looking to create even larger 3D prints? Then Sonic Mega 8K is the perfect resin 3D printer for you!

    Phrozen Sonic Mega 8K Prints

    With the Sonic Mega 8K, you get to print out extremely large 3D printed models that are almost twice the size of those printed with the Sonic Mighty 4K, that too with 8K resolution.

    In the past, printing out super-huge 3D printed models meant that you would have to sacrifice precision for size. With the Sonic Mega 8K, you won’t need to worry about losing any of the details.

    Phrozen Sonic Mega 8K 3D Print

    With a whopping 15in printing area, you can use the Sonic Mega 8K to create all sorts of large-scale 3D printed models from large face masks to helmets, body armor, or even this frightening monster with striking 8K resolution.


    Benefits

    Unlike other Phrozen 3D printers, the Phrozen Sonic Mega 8K comes with a pre-calibrated building plate so that you can start with resin printing ASAP! And just like the Sonic Mini 8K, the Sonic Mega 8K also comes with dual linear rails that provide a stable printing environment, so that you no longer need to worry about wobbly 3D prints.

    The Sonic Mega 8K works best with Aqua-Ivory 4K or Aqua-Gray 4K Resin to create extremely large-scale 3D printed models with ultimate 8K precision.

    Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up your Sonic Mega 8K.


    Features

    The Sonic Mega 8K comes with:

    • 15in Printing Area
    • 43 µm XY Resolution
    • 70mm/hour Print Speed

       

       

      Sonic Mini 4K

      The Sonic Mini 4K is best for beginners just starting out in their resin 3D printing journey. It has a smaller printing area and is much more affordable than the other Phrozen 3D printers, but at the same time, it is also capable of printing with 4K resolution.


      Sonic Mini 8K

      With 8K resolution, the Sonic Mini 8K is capable of creating prints with twice the resolution of the Sonic Mini 4K and Sonic Mighty 4K, creating the sharpest prints possible. Use the Sonic Mini 8K to create anything from detailed miniatures to intricate jewelry pieces.


      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 the Sonic Mini 4K due to its larger build.


      Sonic Mega 8K

      With a whopping 15in printing area, the Sonic Mega 8K is our largest 3D printer yet. With the Sonic Mega 8K, you get to print out extremely large 3D printed models with stunning 8K details.

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

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