Inspecting: the Phrozen Sonic Mini 8K
You probably have read the news about the Sonic Mini 8K. Many reviews and comparisons are available now online. If you did not read about this amazing resin 3D Printer printer yet, we have a breakdown for you.
The Sonic Mini 8K LCD module has 22 micron pixels for 3D Printing in ultra fine detail. Compare that with these popular printers:
(For comparison we added the top-rated Prusa SL1S and the popular Elegoo Mars 2)
|Model||Build volume||Display||Resolution (Micron)|
|Sonic Mini HD||120x66x130mm||HD||62|
|Elegoo Mars 2||129x80x160mm||2K||50|
|Sonic Mini 4K||135x75x130mm||4K||35|
|Sonic Mini 8K||165x72x180mm||8K||22|
|Sonic Mega 8K||330x185x400mm||8K||43|
So the mini 8K is a great printer, capable of great prints Apart from the highest resolution available in the consumer market. What makes this printer so special?
First, it is called Mini but it is not
Side by side with the Mini 4K it becomes obvious it is by no means a mini!
Second, It’s a heavyweight
The Mini 8K has a great build quality, there are a lot of metal parts inside making it heavy and very stable. by comparison, the large Sonic Mighty weighs 8KG, the Mini 8K almost double! Z-axis, optical system are very well build. And ofcourse the optical system is one of the biggest innovations.
Third, Let’s crack it open and have look inside
First thing you notice, there is no LED array! This is replaced with a uv light projector. The UV light projector creates a more uniform and stable projection. This ofcourse translates to better print quality.
The projection system uses a single source LCD making it more reliable. It also makes heat management much easier. You want to keep your LCD panel as cool as possible. The huge heat sync at the back and improved airflow make sure that heated air is quickly removed from the inside of the printer and the LCD.
All in all the machine looks very clean and well thought out. All electronics and cabling are nicely tucked away to the top and the sides. Even the mirror is shielded from dust with a cover in the top of the printer that slots over the light engine.
Now it’s time to put the printer back together.
Till next time, when we will check out some print results.