3D Print Resins – Quick Overview

You’ll find a quick overview about the resins for 3D printing, which i tested and my personal opinion about them. Mentioned parameters are from manufacturer pages. Printing parameters are these where i got best results with.

ANYCUBIC Colored UV Resin Aqua blue

Parameters:
Viscosity: 552.0 mpa.s
Hardeness: 79D
Tensile Strength: 23.4 Mpa
elongation at break: 14.2%
Volume shrinkage: 7.1%

Printed on: Anycubic Photon Mono
Layerhigh: 0,05
Bottom Exposure: 45 secs
Bottom Layercount: 4
Normal Layer: 2.2 sec

Rhyn Silverblade | Calseeri | Model by Koumori 3D

The standard line from anycubic is not the best resin you could get in its price-range but also not the worst. In my personal opinion its a good to go to get into resin printing, because its very easy to print, post-processing is very simple and the resin delivers decent prints. The color aqua blue is nice and when you don’t overcure it. It just darken a bit but don’t yellow that fast. But it will over time, when you don’t protect it with a uv cut finish. The prints themself are more brittle then other standard resins. I won’t recomment it for miniatures, which are for active playing. I would suggest to use the resin only for bigger models in 75mm scale or bigger. It might get issues with details when go smaller.

Weistek Standard black

Parameters:
Viscosity: 150-200 mPa.s
Hardeness: 84D
Tensile Strength: 62 mPa
elongation at break: 20%
Volume shrinkage: 3.72-4.24%

Printed on: Anycubic Photon Mono
Layerhigh: 0,05
Bottom Exposure: 30 secs
Bottom Layercount: 4
Normal Layer: 2.5 sec

Auria Bust | Model by White Wolf Tavern

The standard line from Weistek is a good budget resin. It prints easy and delivers good details. It is a little less pigmented, but this is okay for this price range. The resin is surprisingly sturdy. I recomment for post processing to cure it 2-3 minutes, not longer. No need to overcure the resin. The cured resin feel a little bit like stone, but is not that brittle like other standard resins. The black color has a nice silky finish, which i like pretty much.

Weistek Standard Grey

Parameters:
Viscosity: 150-200 mPa.s
Hardeness: 84D
Tensile Strength: 62 mPa
elongation at break: 20%
Volume shrinkage: 3.72-4.24%

Printed on: Anycubic Photon Mono
Layerhigh: 0,05
Bottom Exposure: 35 secs
Bottom Layercount: 4
Normal Layer: 2.0 sec

Baltazar Laxmi Bust | Model by Loot-Studios

I could copy paste the same text from the black version here, but no. The grey resin is pretty much the same like the black one but need less exposure per layer. The color is great, but could be better pigmented. I like the silky look of the surface. The grey one feels little like stone either after post processing. Both colors prints nicely and delivers crisp prints. The resins are able to catch small details.

Phrozen 4K Aqua Grey

Parameters:
Viscosity: 150 mPa.s
Hardeness: 77D
Tensile Strength: 2 Mpa
elongation at break: 7%
Volume shrinkage: no info

Printed on: Anycubic Photon Mono
Layerhigh: 0,03
Bottom Exposure: 30 secs
Bottom Layercount: 4
Normal Layer: 1.8 sec

Iska Shortclaw | Model by Koumori 3D

Important Note: The resin was inked with a little bit black epoxy ink for a darker color. The Phrozen 4K Aqua Grey Resin is one of my personal favorite ones. It is able to catch very little details even with a standard 2k mono screen. I think the specs from their website aren’t correct. A tensile strength with 2 Mpa would mean: it is brittle like plaster stone, which the resin definitly isn’t. It breaks fast, yes and i would not recomment it for miniatures with the purpose for active gaming. But it’s not more brittle then the ANYCUBIC colored UV Resin. For display purpose and take pictures without any paint on them: the resin is very good. The Phrozen 4K Aqua resin is well pigmented.

ANYCUBIC Craftsman Resin beige

Parameters:
Viscosity: 150 – 250 mPa.s
Hardeness: 80D
Tensile Strength: 52 Mpa
elongation at break: 20%
Volume shrinkage: 3.72-4.24%

Printed on: Anycubic Photon Mono
Layerhigh: 0,05
Bottom Exposure: 45 secs
Bottom Layercount: 4
Normal Layer: 2.5 sec

Georgios Minoulis Bust | Model by Loot-Studios

Important Note: The resin was inked with one drop of Smooth On So Strong! Ink Flesh to get a better skintone color. The craftsman line is way better then their standard line and i like it very much. The natural resin color is well pigmented and the results are very sturdy and it is able to catch very fine details. I used it for Ball-Jointed dolls, musts and miniatures. It is easy to ink in different colors either, which makes the resin very usefull for own color creations. I recomment to use white for opaque colors. For skintones i would use beige as base, ‚cause flesh inks are a pain to get out of the vat after printing – you don’t want that much in your color-mixture.

UNIZ zMUD Grey

Parameters:
Viscosity: 230 mpa.s
Hardeness: 91D
Tensile Strength: 32,97 Mpa
elongation at break: 15,48%
Volume shrinkage: no info

Printed on: Anycubic Photon Mono
Layerhigh: 0,03
Bottom Exposure: 60 secs
Bottom Layercount: 4
Normal Layer: 2.2 sec

I wouldn’t say its a bad resin. When i found the right settings it printed flawless but it was a long way to get good results. Its way more difficult then other resins to print and seperates very quick. Even faster then Siraya Tech navy grey. I don’t recomment it to beginners. To be honest i won’t recomment it in any ways. You can safe the stress to find the perfect settings, when there are a lot alternatives out there which are way easier to print. But i like the brown-grey color. It may could be a little bit better pigmented. I won’t buy it a second time. I get much better resins in the same price class.

SIRAYA Tech Fast ABS-Like Navy Grey

Parameters:
Viscosity: 100 mpa.s
Hardeness: 72D
Tensile Strength: 33 Mpa
elongation at break: 6%
Volume shrinkage: no info

Printed on: Creality LD-002H
Layerhigh: 0,03
Bottom Exposure: 25 secs
Bottom Layercount: 4
Normal Layer: 1,2 sec


Viking | Model by Loot Studios

I am a huge fangirl of SIRAYA Tech Resins. Now its out. My favorite one is Fast ABS-Like navy grey. I like the color, the crisp details when printed and it isn’t that brittle. You can mix their tenacious Resin 10-25% in it then it is way more sturdy then the pure resin, but it also will reduce the pigmenting. The disadvantage of this resin is: it seperates super quick. That means: stir the resin well before every new print. But for the nice, quality prints it delivers this is a victim i can agree without any doubts. It cleans fast. The resin has a very nice surface. This resin is my way to go and i can’t recomment it enough.

NOVA3D colorful Standard Resin clear

Parameters:
Viscosity: 200 mpa.s
Hardeness: 88D
Tensile Strength: 72 Mpa
elongation at break: 13%
Volume shrinkage: no info

Printed on: ELEGOO Mars
Layerhigh: 0,05
Bottom Exposure: 60 secs
Bottom Layercount: 4
Normal Layer: 10 sec

Ice Antlery | Model by Koumori 3D

I really like the standard clear resin from NOVA3D. Its sturdy, catch many details and is easy to dye afterwards with alcohol inks to get nice effects on printed objects. With one clear coat after printing it is full transparent without any yellowing, which is pretty nice. I would recomment it when you’re looking for a transparent/clear resin.