A Beginner's Guide to Choosing Resin for LCD 3D Printing

Written by Chanda Lalwani

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Posted on March 09 2021

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the colorful resin 3D prints above. Using resin, you can bring all types of 3D printing ideas to life. Your favorite Marvel characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, or even the Hulk, can easily be printed out and displayed as a collectible at your home, the workspace, or anywhere you like.

But, with a wide variety of resins available on the market, which one should you get?

Today, we’ll provide you with a Starter Guide that lets you know which Phrozen resins are the best for beginners and enthusiasts.

We recommend resins from the Aqua series (Blue, Green, Gray 4K, and Ivory 4K), ABS-like series (Matte Gray, Creamy White), Beige Flex, and Clear Resin for those just starting out with resin 3D printing.

Let’s get into the features and characteristics of each type of resin and what they can be used for: 


Aqua Series 


Aqua-Gray 4K & Aqua-Ivory 4K Resin — Best for Extremely-Detailed 3D Prints 

Aqua-Gray 4K resin and 3D model

Phrozen Aqua-Gray 4K and Aqua-Ivory 4K resins create prints with extremely high resolution and are best for printing out highly intricate 3D printing models with a smooth surface and no horizontal lines. Using Aqua-Gray 4K resin, the Black Panther bust statue in the photo above was printed with all the tiny details, allowing the 3D print to be as textured as possible.

3D Model Credit: Loot Studios


With its light color, Aqua-Ivory 4K is perfect for painting over with a variety of colors to make your 3D prints as lifelike as possible. Aqua-Ivory 4K is also extremely suitable for printing out large-scale & detailed 3D models with the help of bigger 3D printers such as the Sonic Mighty 4K or Sonic Mega 8K.  

As a maker, if you are looking to print out 3D printable models with extreme details and no horizontal lines, Aqua-Gray 4K and Aqua-Ivory 4K would be your best choice.

This resin works best with Phrozen LCD 3D Printers: Sonic Mini 4K, Sonic Mighty 4K, and Sonic Mega 8K.   


Characteristics:

Phrozen's 4K resins produces 3D models with extremely high precision. A low viscosity level also makes it easy to rinse and clean 3D prints after after printing is complete. 


Features (Aqua-Gray 4K): 

Viscosity: 150cps 
Density: 1.1
Tg (Glass Transition Temperature): 68.4℃
Surface Hardness (Shore D): Shore 77 D
Elongation (at break): 7%
Tensile Strength: 2 Mpa
I-Zod Impact: 6.78 KJ/m2 


Features (Aqua-Ivory 4K): 

Viscosity: 221cps
Density: 1.1
Surface Hardness (Shore D): Shore 75 D
Elongation (at break): 6%
Tensile Strength:  1.9 Mpa


Aqua-Blue & Aqua-Green Resin - Best for Colorful 3D Prints 

Aqua-Green resin

With its bright colors, Phrozen Aqua-Blue resin and Aqua-Green resin allow makers to print out vibrant and flashy 3D models that grab people’s attention quickly. Look at the T-Rex printed with Aqua-Green resin in the photo above. Doesn’t it seem menacing and lifelike?

Aqua-Blue and Aqua-Green resins can bring a pop of color to all your creations instead of the usual neutral resin colors. As a bonus, you don’t need to paint your models after printing. 


Characteristics: 

Both Aqua-Blue and Aqua-Green resin create non-brittle 3D printable models with ease. Aqua-Blue and Aqua-Green resins have higher tensile strength, or resistance to breaking under pressure, than Aqua-Gray 4K resin.

These two resins have the lowest shrinkage rates in all of Phrozen’s resins, making it ideal for high precision printing. Both Aqua-Green and Aqua-Blue resins have a lower viscosity than Aqua-Gray 4K, though Aqua-Green has a slightly lower viscosity than Aqua-Blue resin. 


Features (Aqua-Blue):

Viscosity: 130cps 
Density:1.12
Tg (Glass Transition Temperature): 82℃
Surface Hardness (Shore D): Shore 86 D
Elongation (at break): 21% 
Tensile Strength: 24 Mpa
I-Zod Impact: 1.81KJ/m2 


Features (Aqua-Green):

Viscosity: 125cps
Density: 1.12
Tg (Glass Transition Temperature): 80℃
Surface Hardness (Shore D): Shore 86 D
Elongation (at break): 21%
Tensile Strength: 24 Mpa
I-Zod Impact: 1.81KJ/m2


ABS-like Series 


Matte Gray & Creamy White - Best for Painting 

ABS-like Creamy White Resin

With its light color, both Phrozen Matte Gray resin and Creamy White resin are excellent for makers looking to print models with neutral shades. Resins in the ABS-like series are one of the most widely used resins for LCD 3D printing and currently have the highest print success rate in comparison to all other Phrozen resins.

The model in the picture above was printed with ABS-like Creamy White resin. Look at the pure white color and textured surface. These resin 3D models can easily be painted over with any color you like as it can be used as a base color.


Characteristics: 

With the lowest viscosity in comparison to all other Phrozen resins, both ABS-like Matte Gray resin and Creamy White resin produce high-resolution 3D models that are sturdy. 


Features (ABS-like Matte Gray): 

Viscosity: 67 cps 
Density: 1.1
Tg (Glass Transition Temperature): 70℃
Surface Hardness (Shore D): Shore 76 D
Elongation (at break): 3%
Tensile Strength: 10 Mpa
I-Zod Impact: 1.44 KJ/m2


Features (ABS-like Creamy White): 

Viscosity: 77 cps
Density: 1.1
Tg (Glass Transition Temperature): 70℃
Surface Hardness (Shore D): Shore 79 D
Elongation (at break): 2%
Tensile Strength: 12 Mpa
I-Zod Impact: 2.32 KJ/m2


Beige Flex - Best for Prototyping

3D printed movable hand printed with Beige Flex resin

With its light color, Beige Flex resin is also best suited for printing out neutral color 3D models that can easily be painted over due to its hydrophilic surface. A hydrophilic surface becomes wet easily, which means it can easily be painted on after the resin has dried. This is important as plastic resin can sometimes be hard to paint over.

You can use Beige Flex to print out prototype models or 3D models with movable parts to express your creativity. 


Characteristics:

Beige Flex has an extremely high tensile strength, which means that 3D models printed using this resin will be tough and won’t break easily. 


Features: 

Viscosity: 540cps
Density: 1.1
Tg (Glass Transition Temperature): 74℃
Surface Hardness (Shore D): Shore 68 D
Elongation (at break): 26%
Tensile Strength: 12 Mpa
I-Zod Impact: 5.3 KJ/m2 


Clear Resin - Best for Transparent Prints

Deer family printed with Phrozen Clear resin

Phrozen Clear resin creates highly-transparent 3D models that don’t yellow after the post-curing process. Using this, you can print a wide variety of see-through 3D objects such as 3D collectible models — like the deer family in the above image — clear prototype parts, optical parts, and other translucent models depending on your needs.

You will need to post-process your prints to remove any layer lines present on your 3D prints in order to have a crystal clear finish. 


Characteristics:

Clear Resin produces 3D models that have extremely high heat resistance and a high tensile strength so that 3D prints don’t break easily under pressure.


Features:

Viscosity - 142cps
Density - 1.1
Tg (Glass Transition Temperature) - 73℃
Surface Hardness (Shore D) - Shore 70 D
Elongation (at break) - 17%
Tensile Strength - 12 Mpa
I-Zod Impact - 2.68 KJ/m2 

There you have it, a detailed breakdown of which Phrozen resins are the best for beginners and enthusiasts.

Please refer to our resin profile chart for a general idea on how to set up resin profiles for other Phrozen resins. Feel free to make adjustments to see what works best for you.  

Check out our previous blog post in which we explain which Phrozen LCD 3D printers are best for beginners. 

Comments

3 Comments

  • This is very informative. What does ‘ABS’ stand for and which resins work best for applications requiring some flexibility?

    Posted by Bo R McCullough | July 05, 2021
  • Hi there, thank you for your comment!

    “ABS” stands for Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene which is a chemical compound used to create resins. Please refer to this link to learn more about our functional resins: https://phrozen3d.com/collections/functional-resins

    Posted by Phrozen Team | July 05, 2021
  • Hi, which resin would be best suited for printing very large parts (full build platforms on the Mega) that will be assembled / glued together to form a larger model? Specifically which resin would have the lowest deformation after curing so that alignment between pieces is easier?

    Thanks,
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    Phrozen Technology replied:
    Hi there,

    Thank you for your comment! If you’re planning on printing out Industrial parts, we would recommend TR300 Resin. If you’re looking to print out action figurines or other 3D prints, we would recommend Aqua-Gray 4K or Aqua-Ivory 4K Resin.

    Posted by Isaac | August 13, 2021
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