PHROZEN Resin LCD 3D Printers Brand Review

The market for desktop resin 3D printers is booming — more and more manufacturers are offering compact devices for every taste. Earlier, this niche was firmly occupied by machines based on SLA and DLP technologies. Nowadays, however, there is a significant development of expensive 3D printing technologies, one of them is LCD, meaning printers with a liquid-crystal matrix. This is the technology that was used by the company that successfully received funding on Kickstarter twice — a Taiwanese manufacturer Phrozen, which is the main focus of this article.

  

About Phrozen 

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Phrozen, founded by a group of Taiwanese engineers, has been around since 2013. In 2017, the company launched its first prototype — a 3D printer, which used an LCD matrix to create an image on a layer of photopolymer resin. Phrozen was able to raise more than $375,000 on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform, with a stated goal of $30,000. In 2019, the company repeated its success, raising more than $519,000, with the same modest goal of thirty thousand. In both cases, the sponsors were interested in getting a printer with unique characteristics at a reasonable price.

Phrozen stand at the Formnext Exhibition in Germany

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The LCD printing process is almost identical to the DLP technology. In DLP, the three-dimensional product is created by curing layer after layer of resin with UV light. The main difference is that LCD-based 3D printers use a bank of UV LEDs to project light through a mask of the layer on an LCD panel. In DLP 3D printers however, a set of micro mirrors is used to selectively project UV light to create an image on the resin layer.

 

Company products 

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Phrozen product line includes:

  • LCD and MSLA 3D printers
  • Add-on equipment
  • Resins and toners 
  • Spare parts for 3D printers
  • Dedicated slicers

 

3D printers

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What makes Phrozen 3D printers stand out from other manufacturers? The main distinguishing features are the ability to quickly print out several units simultaneously, a great variety of brand resins, and compatibility with third-party materials. In addition to that, other features such as easy maintenance of the resin vat with FEP film, a high-resolution LCD matrix that allows printing with an accuracy of 0.047 mm, and low cost are worth mentioning. 

Another remarkable feature is the Phrozen’s signature UV engine — paraLED, which provides a perpendicular and uniform light flow in relation to the LCD matrix.The construction is made up of an array of LEDs with a system of concave glass forms. The printing platform moves along the Z-axis on linear bearings on two rigid rails, which helps to avoid the usual printing errors for 3D printers of the same price category.

Look through the following table to get acquainted with the main characteristics of the company’s 3D printers:

Model

Sonic 4K

Sonic XL 4K

Sonic Mini

Sonic Mini 4K

Sonic Mini 8K

Sonic Mighty 4K

Sonic Mighty 8K

Sonic Mega 8K

Build volume

134 x 75 x 200 mm

120 x 190 x 200 mm

120 x 68 x 130 mm

134 x 75 x 130 mm

165 x 72 x 180 mm

200 x 125 x 220 mm

218  x 123  x 235 mm

330 x 185 x 400 mm

Print speed

90 mm/hr

90 mm/hr

80 mm/hr

80 mm/hr

80 mm/hr

80 mm/hr

70 mm/hr

70 mm/hr

XY resolution

35 µm

50 µm

62 µm

35 µm

22 µm

52 µm

28 µm

43 µm

Z resolution

10 µm

Z axis

Dual linear rails

Dual linear rails

Single linear rails

Single linear rails

Dual linear rails

Dual linear rails

Dual linear rails

Dual linear rails

Optical design

ParaLED ® 3.0 Parallel Light Source (405nm UV-LED)

ParaLED ® 3.0 Parallel Light Source (405nm UV-LED)

ParaLED ® 2.0 Parallel Light Source (405nm UV-LED)

ParaLED ® 2.0 Parallel Light Source (405nm UV-LED)

Linear Projection LED Module

ParaLED ® 2.0 Parallel Light Source (405nm UV-LED)

ParaLED ® 3.0 Parallel Light Source (405nm UV-LED)

ParaLED ® 3.0 Parallel Light Source (405nm UV-LED)

LCD

6.1" 4K mono-LCD

8.9" 4K mono-LCD

5.5" mono-LCD

6.1" 4K mono-LCD

7.1" 8K mono-LCD

9.3" 4K mono-LCD

10" 8K mono-LCD 

15" 8K mono-LCD

Touchscreen

5" touch screen

5" IPS high-resolution touch screen

2.8" touch screen

2.8" touch screen

3.5" touch screen

2.8" touch screen

5" touch screen

5" touch screen

Cooling system

Single fan cooling

Triple fan cooling

Fanless

Single fan cooling

Single fan cooling

Single fan cooling

N/A

Dual fan cooling

Connectivity

Ethernet, USB

Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB

USB

USB

USB

USB

Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB

Ethernet, USB

Slicing software

Phrozen3D FormWare / Chitubox

Phrozen3D FormWare / Chitubox

CHITUBOX

CHITUBOX

CHITUBOX

CHITUBOX

CHITUBOX

Phrozen3D FormWare / Chitubox

Voltage

100–240V

System power

50W

160W

35W

40W

50W

70W

N/A

250W

Dimensions

230 x 260 x 460 mm

290 x 330 x 470 mm

250 x 250 x 330 mm

250 x 250 x 330 mm

290 x 290 x 420 mm

280 x 280 x 440 mm

337 x 337 x 516 mm

470 x 400 x 680 mm

Weight

13.5 kg

19.5 kg

4.3 kg

5 kg

13 kg

8 kg

14.3 kg

35 kg

 

Phrozen Sonic Series

Phrozen Sonic 4K 2022

The Phrozen Sonic 4K 2022 is a desktop 3D printer that is considered to be the best entry-level solution for dental application.The machine uses the so-called mono-LCD technology, which allows it to use a more transparent LCD screen compared to standard ones. 

Greater transparency in the UV range makes it possible to increase the intensity of light exposure, which allows to print a single layer of resin in just two seconds. Additionally, Phrozen claims that the new panel is four times more wear-resistant and durable than the usual, and promises a lifetime of 2000 hours. 

The Sonic 4K 2022 model is designed to provide the utmost degree of reliability and precision. With an ultra-high-resolution, aluminum frame design, open-material system, and pre-made printing parameters for dental applications, the device is perfectly fit for digital dentistry. It will produce accurate models in no time.
 

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Phrozen Sonic 4K 2022 Resin LCD 3D Printer
  • Build volume 135 x 75 x 200 mm
  • Min layer height 10 Microns
  • Technology LCD
  • Price $2,199.00

Phrozen Sonic XL 4K 2022

The Phrozen Sonic XL 4K 2022 is an improved and bigger version of the standard Sonic 4K. With a larger build chamber, the machine offers wider design possibilities as well as inherited high accuracy and print quality of its predecessor.

The advanced technology used in the series makes the printer capable of producing precise outputs in rapid times. The XL 4K is perfect for areas where quality parts rich in details are required, such as jewelry design and dental applications, including the production of rings, earrings, dental impressions, aligners, etc.

Phrozen Sonic XL 4K 2022 Resin 3D Printer
  • Print speed 90 mm/h
  • Build volume 190 x 120 x 200 mm
  • Technology LCD
  • Price $3,299.00

 

Phrozen Sonic Mini Series

Phrozen Sonic Mini

The Phrozen Sonic Mini is a professional high-speed MSLA 3D printer introduced as the compact version of the Phrozen Sonic. It features the same proprietary mono-LCD technology allowing for great curing speed and high quality of resulting 3D models.

The machine boasts lightweight and portable design, stable kinematics, and high level of printing detail. The CHITUBOX software comes with a user-friendly interface and simple 3D printing experience. Apart from its outstanding technical characteristics, the Sonic Mini model attracts with its price as the best budget 3D printer of Spring 2020 (according to All3DP). 

The device is perfect for home use, such as producing miniatures, jewelry prototypes, toys, and more.

Phrozen Sonic Mini Resin 3D Printer
  • Print speed Up to 50mm/hour
  • Build volume 120 x 68 x 130 mm
  • Min layer height 10 Microns
  • Technology LCD

Phrozen Sonic Mini 4K

The Sonic Mini 4K is claimed to be the most beginner-friendly 4K 3D printer on the market. It offers the ultra-high resolution with the highest PPI of 722 and can provide a minimum layer height of 35 microns. Moreover, just like the previous Phrozen products, the machine prints at a very fast pace and cures a single layer in just two seconds.

The Sonic Mini 4K operates with the utmost degree of reliability and precision. A long-life monochrome LCD screen guarantees at least 2000 hours of productive work. A solid frame with increased stability and a decent build volume make the Sonic Mini 4K ideal for both entry-level and experienced makers.

The model is considered to be one of the best cost-effective solutions among LCD 3D printers to date. It can be successfully used by small businesses and printing enthusiasts for a range of various applications.

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Phrozen Sonic Mini 4K Resin 3D Printer
  • Connectivity USB
  • Display 2.8″ LCD touchscreen
  • Manufacturer Phrozen
  • Manufacturer country Taiwan
  • Operating system(s) Windows, Mac
  • Outer dimensions millimeters (xyz) 250 x 250 x 330 mm
  • Power requirements AC100-240V~50/60Hz
  • Print speed 80mm/ hour
  • Printable material(s) 405nm resins
  • Slicing ChiTu Box
  • Weight kg 5 kg
  • XY Resolution 35 µm
  • Build volume 135 x 75 x 130 mm
  • Min layer height 10 Microns
  • Technology LCD
  • Light Source 405nm ParaLED Matrix 2.0
  • Price $399.00

Phrozen Sonic Mini 8K

The Phrozen Sonic Mini 8K features the highest resolution of 22 microns and 1152 PPI, which outperforms all consumer electronics on the market. Moreover, the machine boasts the 7.1" LCD screen with larger printing space and 18 cm Z-axis. Due to the frosted laser cut building plate, printed models attach firmly onto the build plate. In combination with the stable dual linear rails, it makes for smooth and impeccable printing of extremely detailed miniatures, bust sculpts, etc.

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Specifications:

  • Connectivity: USB
  • Display: 3.5" in Large Touch Panel
  • Operating system(s): Windows, Mac
  • Outer dimensions: 290 x 290 x 420 mm
  • Max. print speed: 80 mm/ h
  • Printable material(s): 405nm resins
  • Slicing: CHITUBOX
  • Weight: 13 kg
  • XY resolution: 22 µm
  • Build volume: 165 x 72 x 180 mm
  • Min. layer height: 10 microns
  • Technology: LCD
  • Light source: Linear ProjectionLED Module

 

Phrozen Sonic Mighty Series

Phrozen Sonic Mighty 4K

The Phrozen Sonic Mighty 4K is a resin 3D printer that is equipped with a monochrome LCD screen with a 4K resolution and 9.3" diagonal, which is 1.5 times larger compared to its counterpart, the Sonic Mini 4K. The massive build volume allows creating large scale models, while the proprietary ParaLED matrix and dual Z-axis guides provide the stability and high precision of printing.

Another feature inherited from the Mini model is an outstanding print speed due to the high intensity of UV light. Similar to other company’s products, the device boasts quality build and user-friendly controls. Thanks to its highlights, the Sonic Mighty 4K is a perfect tool for both personal and professional applications, such as jewelry, dental models, prototypes, tabletop miniatures, and much more.

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Phrozen Sonic Mighty 4K Resin 3D Printer
  • Connectivity USB
  • Display 2.8" touchscreen
  • File formats .ctb
  • Light source system ParaLED Matrix 2.0
  • Manufacturer Phrozen
  • Manufacturer country Taiwan
  • Max. print speed 80 mm/h
  • Operating systems Windows, macOS, Linux
  • Print screen 9.3" 4K mono LCD
  • Printable materials UV-sensitive resins
  • Software Chitubox
  • XY Resolution 52 Microns
  • Build volume 200 x 125 x 220 mm
  • Layer height 0.01–0.30 mm
  • Technology LCD
  • Outer dimensions 280 x 280 x 440 mm
  • UV wavelength 405 nm
  • Weight 8 kg
  • Price $999.00

Phrozen Sonic Mighty 8K

The Sonic Mighty 8K combines the highest resolution with maximized performance. The anticipated device provides a perfect balance of compact design and improved productivity. With this advanced machine, it is possible to mass-produce 3D models with ultra-high 8K resolution and brand fast speed. Plus, the intuitive controls of the Sonic Mighty 8K will make it suitable for any level user.

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Specifications:

  • Connectivity: USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi
  • Display: 5" in Large Touch Panel
  • Operating system(s): Windows, Mac
  • Outer dimensions: 337 x 337 x 516 mm
  • Max. print speed: 70 mm/ h
  • Printable material(s): UV-sensitive resins
  • Slicing: CHITUBOX
  • Weight: 14.3 kg
  • XY resolution: 28 µm
  • Build volume: 218 x 123 x 235 mm
  • Min. layer height: 10 microns
  • Technology: LCD
  • Light Source: Linear ProjectionLED Module

 

Phrozen Sonic Mega Series

Phrozen Sonic Mega 8K

The Phrozen Sonic Mega 8K is an industrial-grade mono-LCD 3D printer with a long-life monochrome LCD screen and ultra-high 8K definition. This professional machine is able to create remarkably detailed models. Due to its massive build volume, the printer allows producing multiple batches of 3D parts at really short times.

The Mega 8K model features a pre-calibrated build plate, stable dual linear rail, full metal frame, and effective multi-fan cooling system. The machine is designed for a wide range of professional and industrial applications with high quality demands.

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Phrozen Sonic MEGA 8K Resin 3D printer
  • Connectivity Ethernet, USB
  • LCD 15” Mono-LCD Screen
  • Manufacturer Phrozen
  • Manufacturer country Taiwan
  • Outer dimensions millimeters (xyz) 400х470х680 mm
  • Printable material(s) Resins suitable for 405nm LCD-based printers
  • Slicer Software ChiTu Box V1.8.1
  • Weight kg 35 kg
  • XY Resolution 43 microns
  • Build volume 330 x 185 x 400 mm
  • Min layer height 10 Microns
  • Technology LCD
  • Price $2,899.00

 

Add-on equipment

Post-curing chamber

Phrozen Cure

The Phrozen Cure V2 is an easy-to-use desktop UV curing machine designed to give your resin 3D prints a more refined and smooth outlook as well as certain durability. With an outstanding inner capacity and powerful UV lights, the post processing becomes really fast and efficient.

The device is engineered with a reliable power supply and a dual-fan cooling system. Moreover, the Phrozen Cure is equipped with a 360° rotating table that enables automated operation. 

The Phrozen Cure and its further versions are ideal for post-treatment of tabletop miniatures, jewelry, dental impressions, and other photopolymer resin 3D prints.

Phrozen Cure
  • Intensity UV light 40MW/cm2
  • Tray Size 127mm x 170mm x 70mm
  • Manufacturer Phrozen
  • Manufacturer country Taiwan
  • Outer dimensions millimeters (xyz) 216 x 200 x 150 mm
  • Weight kg 3.3 kg
  • Price $399.00

Phrozen Cure Luna

The Phrozen Cure Luna is a professional UV curing station for post processing of models printed in photopolymer resins. Due to the large capacity, virtually any object printed on a desktop device can be cured in the Luna model. 

The machine is equipped with an UV lamp (405nm) that provides about 40,000 hours of continuous operation. The 360° rotating platform ensures uniform light distribution. With the Phrozen Cure Luna, the curing process is rapid and fully automated.

Phrozen Cure Luna
  • LED Specification 405 nm
  • UV light intensity 40W in total
  • Inner capacity 220 x 220 x 270 mm
  • Voltage 100–240V, 50/60Hz
  • Outer dimensions 280 x 280 x 400 mm
  • Weight 5 kg
  • Price $519.00

Phrozen Cure XL

The Phrozen Cure XL is designed with great capacity and effective mechanism. It uses 365nm, 385nm, and 405nm UV-LEDs to cure different layers of printouts. The process is fully automated, fast, and even thanks to the 360° rotating platform. 

The device comes with a stable power supply and cooling system which makes it perfect for long-term use.

Phrozen Cure XL Post-Curing Lamp
  • LED Specification 365nm, 385nm, and 405nm. 150W in Total
  • Tray Size 295 x 295 x 450 mm
  • Manufacturer Phrozen
  • Manufacturer country Taiwan
  • Outer dimensions millimeters (xyz) 330 x 330 x 600 mm
  • Weight kg 11 kg
  • Price $999.00

Phrozen Cure Mega

The Phrozen Cure Mega is a proper solution for larger prints. With the increased chamber size, it allows curing a single big or several smaller models in one session (an hour or less). Due to the 360° rotating platform, the process leaves no blind spots. The full metal frame makes the device sustainable for long-term usage.

Phrozen Cure Mega
  • LED Specification 405 nm
  • UV light intensity 90W in total
  • Inner capacity 400 x 400 x 450 mm
  • Manufacturer Phrozen
  • Manufacturer country Taiwan
  • Voltage 100–240V, 50/60Hz
  • Outer dimensions 480 x 450 x 610 mm
  • Weight 20 kg
  • Price $1,399.00

Phrozen Cure Beam

The Phrozen Cure Beam is a handheld curing device for 3D models that have to be assembled seamlessly. It also effectively cures the insides of 3D prints to make them more durable.

Due to the compact design, the Phrozen Cure Beam is extremely easy to store, carry, and use.

Specifications:

  • Content: Controller, 2 UV Pens, Power Adapter, Safety Glasses
  • LED specification: 405nm
  • Weight: 500 g
  • Output: DC 7.5V 700mA
  • Input: 100-240V

Phrozen Ultra-Sonic Cleaner

The Phrozen Ultra-Sonic Cleaner is a post-processing cleaning device for SLA/DLP 3D printed models. It allows removing supports and uncured resin in an effective and completely safe way. The cleaner has a double fuse power system, reliable heat control system (20–80 °C), and digital timer with a range of 1 to 30 minutes.

The process is fully automated. The machine uses high-frequency sound waves to agitate a liquid (Phrozen Wash: Resin Cleaner). The produced cavitation bubbles remove all the residues and supports from the print surfaces.

Apart from the standard Phrozen Ultra-Sonic Cleaner, two more versions are available: 10L and 30L.

Phrozen Ultra-Sonic Cleaner
  • Manufacturer Phrozen
  • Manufacturer country Taiwan
  • Outer dimensions millimeters (xyz) 180 x 165 x 240 mm
  • Weight kg 2.5 kg
  • Price $279.00

 

Materials

4K and 8K resins

The company offers special materials for their 4K and 8K machines. The unique formula guarantees top quality for high resolution models with fine details. The light color will serve as a perfect base for figurines.

The list includes:

  • Aqua-Gray
  • Aqua-Ivory

Resins for hobbyists

Phrozen 3D printers are widely used for hobby, such as customizing, cosplay, and figurines production. The company offers resins with nice colors, low shrinkage, high precision, and increased durability for accurate complex models, sturdy functional parts, and prototypes.

The list includes:

  • Aqua
  • Water-washable
  • SC-801 Clear
  • Beige-Flex
  • ABS-Like
  • Mud-Like

Dental resins

One more category of resins from Phrozen is recommended for dental professionals. These materials are specifically engineered for fast and reliable casting. They provide good thermal resistance, great mechanical strength, low shrinkage, high precision, and consistent results.

The list includes:

  • Castable Dental
  • TR250LV High Temp
  • Beige Low-Irritation
  • Water-Washable Dental Model

Jewelry resins

The company develops resins specifically for jewelry making. They possess great thermal resistance, high mechanical strength, low shrinkage, high precision, and a certain durability, which make them ideal for jewelry and dental casting.

The list includes:

  • Castable Jewelry
  • TR250 Deep Gray
  • TR300 Ultra-High Temp
  • Castable W40 Orange
  • Castable W20 Green

Functional resins

Phrozen also provides materials with great engineering qualities, such as increased strength, reliability, and resistance. They can be applied for dental thermoforming, industrial mock-ups, everyday crafting, and efficient prototyping.

The list includes:

  • Nylon-Green Tough
  • Rock-Black Stiff
  • TR300 Ultra High Temp
  • Onyx Rigid Pro410
  • BASF Protowhite

 

Software

Phrozen Slicer

The Phrozen Slicer is a dedicated professional software compatible with all the company’s 3D printers. The program features a simple interface and a number of advanced functions.

With the slicer, one can easily build supports, hollow models, modify dimensions of various 3D files as well as slice them. Among other functions, there is a direct upload via WiFi, XY dimensions optimization, adding floor structures and light masks, etc.

The program runs on Windows 7+. A single license can be used on two devices simultaneously.

Phrozen DS Slicer

The Phrozen Dental Synergy Slicer offers an intuitive user interface that ensures fast and easy operation with a short learning curve. The program allows printing quality dental models in just a few clicks.

The software boasts flexible parameter settings and automated support generation, which will reduce print failures as well as save the user’s time. You can also manually adjust and customize dental models with a set of professional tools.

 

Applications and modifications

Phrozen Shuffle XL, reviewed by James Bricknell

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James Brickell uses Shuffle XL for his hobby. He creates 3D miniatures of various characters and model parts.

James writes: “The biggest draw to the Shuffle XL is the build area though, it allows you to create far larger models than ever before. Phrozen Shuffle XL offers the same detail you get from these smaller printers but with a build area that is nearly double the usable space. You can use that space to print a lot of fantastic stuff, from full-size mechanical pieces to extra large models and sculptures. I was able to fit a full-face mask — 5.5 inches x 8 inches — on to the build plate”.

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“The Phrozen uses something called a "ParaLED Optical Engine," which helps to keep the resolution high, and you can tell in every print that it far exceeds expectations. When you look at the Cheerful Pilot it's hard to know that the model is 3D printed, it could easily pass for an injection-molded piece. The mini Avengers by Wekster do show some layer lines, but I printed them at 50 percent their standard size at 0.5mm layer height, so it was inevitable. The layer lines are still almost invisible, regardless of the size of the model. It’s very impressive”.

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“I have had a lot of fun with the Phrozen Shuffle XL, trying to push the limits of what I thought I could do with resin. I have been able to print huge amounts of models all in one go — all those Avengers minis were printed at the same time — as well as much larger models. The cheerful pilot model may be my favorite from now on, and you can see in the pictures that all of the details are pin sharp. It doesn’t matter that I printed her at 240 percent; she still looks immaculate”.

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Phrozen Sonic Mini 4K, reviewed by Eddito2.0

 

Eddito prints fantasy figurines as a hobby. 

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With the Sonic Mini 4K, he is able to create high resolution miniatures with nice qualities.

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However, he highlights several design flaws affecting print quality. For example, Eddito recommends removing the original tape gasket around the screen and using a regular tape instead to get more detailed outputs.

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Phrozen Sonic Mini 8K, reviewed by Adam Savage’s Tested

 

Norman Chen from the Adam Savage’s Tested channel team reviews the recent Sonic Mini 8K model. To demonstrate the printer’s capabilities, he creates several high-resolution figurines.

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Moreover, he compares the printouts with those by the Elegoo Mars 3 (35 µm resolution). However, Norman claims that he cannot see a major difference in terms of quality.

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He also notes that in some cases breaking off supports may damage finely detailed parts of some models.

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Overall, Norman thinks that the Sonic Mini 8K is definitely not an entry-level printer since the models require a lot of post processing. Plus, he considers that one might get more benefit out of a larger bed printer.

 

Bottom line

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A glance at the Phrozen ever-expanding product line is enough to appreciate the company’s progress since their first steps on Kickstarter.  The popular brand continues exploring new technologies by providing 8K printers with large prospects while remaining affordable against its competitors in terms of technical characteristics.

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Despite certain disadvantages of some models, such as questionable interface, the lack of ready-made profiles for third-party materials, or a high level of noise during the printing process, users are willing to put up with these drawbacks for the sake of highly detailed 3D models. 

With more printers, add-ons, and materials coming, it’s safe to say that Phrozen always has something to interest both hobbyists and professionals. The superior quality of printouts compared to the more common FDM printing is already enough to draw the attention of potential customers.

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