Resin 3D Printing Tutorial

Use Sonic Mini 4K + Aqua-Gray 4K Resin to print high-quality models (Part 1)

Phrozen’s Sonic Mini 4K is the best match with Aqua-Gray 4K as the two work seamlessly to create high-quality 3D models in 4K resolution, showcasing extremely intricate designs with perfection. 

Phrozen Sonic Mini 4K is the best match with Aqua-Gray 4K as the two work seamlessly to create high-quality 3D models in 4K resolution, allowing you to create all the intricate designs you need with perfection.  

Sonic Mini 4K offers 4K resolution printing at 35µm with a large printing area of 6.1,” producing highly detailed 3D models, while taking only 2 seconds to print a single layer. 

In order to produce high-resolution prints, the exposure of every single resin layer to UV light is crucial. For this, we need to have just the right balance between light bleeding and curing time. If too much light penetrates through resin, the models won’t be as detailed or as defined. 

What’s so Special about Aqua-Gray 4K?

Keanu Reeves model printed with Aqua-Gray 4K
Using a combination of Sonic Mini 4K and Aqua-Gray 4K Resin, a Keanu Reeves model was printed to display all the fine details.
We here at Phrozen have specially designed Aqua-Gray 4K to balance all these contributing factors, which allows it to print with high resolution on our Sonic Mini 4K. When printing, we recommend the following settings for your resin profiles. Though, please note that you can tweak it accordingly and test out to see which settings work best for you. 

What makes Aqua-Gray 4K different?

With high 4K resolution, Phrozen Aqua-Gray 4K resin effectively removes the tiniest of lines between each layer, presenting even the fine support structures, and hollow openings at the bottom of the model with accuracy. 

Aqua-Gray 4K Resin removes textured lines to create smooth models that are as intricate as possible, featuring all the little details.

In comparison, regular 2K resins produce models that aren’t as detailed and include many textured lines.

Aqua-Gray 4K Resin is specifically made for LCD printers with a wavelength of 405nm and prints with extreme speed. Aqua-Gray 4K’s tough and sturdy texture also makes it extremely suitable for printing miniature figurines and product prototyping. Let’s take a look at the physical properties of Aqua-Gray 4K:
  1. Viscosity: 150 Cps 
  2. Surface Hardness, Shore D: 77 Shore D  
  3. Tensile Strength (Break): 2 Mpa 

Viscosity: This refers to how thick and sticky the resin is. The lower the Cps unit, the less sticky the resin will be.  

Surface Hardness: This refers to the toughness of the models once it has been printed out. The higher the value, the more durable the model will be. 

Tensile Strength: This is used to refer to how much strength is need to break the model. The higher the value, the less brittle the models will be. 

Aqua-Gray 4K Resin VS Other Resins

With its distinct features, Aqua-Gray 4K resin allows you to produce high quality of work with sharper and smoother results in tandem with Sonic Mini 4K.

Check out our next post in which we demonstrate how to print this exact model step by step using Aqua-Gray 4K resin and Sonic Mini 4K ! 

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