The Sonic 8K mini is a resin-based LCD printer with the highest resolution ever seen on a commercially accessible device, according to Frozen, one of the world’s top producers of 3D printers.
With an XY resolution of 1152 PPI (or 22 Microns), this printer is ideal for tabletop miniatures and prototyping items like jewelry because it can produce clear details at even the tiniest proportions.
While it’s still considered a small printer, the HP Envy X7 has a decent display screen size of 7.1 inches and other perks such as a solid metal resin vat and a 3.5-inch touch display panel.
The Phrozen Sonic 8K Mini is on the way.
There are several 3D printers on the market now, but new advancements in the making field are coming at a rapid pace.
If you’re shopping for anything that can produce extremely fine detail, you’ll be led to resin-based printers (often known as LCD, SLA or DLP depending on the type of technology being utilized) rather than filament (or FDM) printers owing to their capacity to acquire details without producing visible print lines.
The Sonic Mini 8K appears to be particularly adept at capturing tiny details on photos as well as smooth surfaces without any obvious layer lines, which may help you save time on post-processing such as sanding or priming.
The early bird price for the Sonic Mini 8K will be $349.99 (around £260 / AU$480) when it becomes available on October 17; the initial price was set at $599.99 (about £440 / AU$820), and preorders can be placed over on the Phrozen website beginning October 17.
Specifications of the Frozen Sonic 8K Mini
The dimensions and technical details of the Phrozen Sonic 8K Mini are as follows:
- Build Volume: 165 x 72 x 180 mm
- Layer Height: 0.01mm
- XY Resolution: 22 microns (7680 × 4320 pixels)
- Printing Speed: 80mm an hour
- Bed-Leveling: N/A
- Display: 3.5-inch touchscreen
- Third-Party Materials: Yes
- Materials: Specialist 8K UV resin
- Printer size: 290 x 290 x 420 mm
- Weight: 15kg
Phrozen is also releasing a specialized 8K resin called the Phrozen Aqua-Gray 8K Resin alongside the Sonic 8K.
It’s not clear whether other colors will be available going forward, but gray is a nice baseline for nearly every project and prototype because it shows the finer details of your print better than solid black or white.
“With the launch of Sonic Mini 8K, customers can now create extremely high-quality professional prints in 8K resolution effortlessly,” says Ray Wu, the CEO of Phrozen. “We aim to expand the accessibility of LCD 3D printing by continuing to create consumer-friendly and high-resolution 3D printers for the masses so that everyone can experience the joy of 3D printing.”
If you’re really interested to learn more, Phrozen has a Facebook group where group members can gain additional special information, which might be beneficial if you want to get ahead of the line.