The Taiwanese company, Phrozen, is well known for its line of affordable SLA printers. These printers have a wide application in jewellery and dentistry and are popular with makers that love high-precision printing as well as resin manufacturers.
One of the Phrozen lines of printers is the Shuffle. In this guide, we’ll go through the specs, features, and quality of print to expect of the Phrozen Shuffle.
Let’s get started.
Phrozen Shuffle Review
Unboxing the Phrozen Shuffle 3D Printer
When you order the printer, this is what you will get in the package:
- Phrozen Shuffle LCD 3D printer
- A funnel
- Blue connection cable
- Power cable
- Plastic spatula for mixing the resin
- Metal spatula for removing models from the print bed
- USB Wi-Fi adapter
- Network cable
One of the unique features of the Phrozen 3D printer is that the optical path of light stream is up to date with current technology. As a result, printing is done more accurately and faster over the whole printing area.
The interior and exterior parts of the printer are ell built. All the parts fit perfectly.
We also couldn’t help but notice the printer’s stable Z-axis design. Unlike some competing printers that have cylindrical guide rails and unstable mounts, the Shuffle uses twin linear rail and ball screw with bearings.
Before you start printing with the Phrozen Shuffle, you need to level the bed. This is done for manually and takes about 5 minutes. The process is only done once, during the initial setup of the printer.
However, along the way, if you have issues with your printing, you can level the bed again.
Phrozen Shuffle Specs
|Display||Full Color Touch Screen|
|Max print speed||300 mm/h|
|Operating system(s)||Windows, Mac|
|Outer dimensions millimeters (xyz)||280 x 280 x 420 mm|
|Printable material(s)||Liquid resin|
|Weight kg||16 kg|
|Build volume||120 x 68 x 200 mm|
|Min layer height||10 Microns|
Watch the video below for an overview of the printer:
Phrozen Shuffle Features
The Phrozen SLA 3D printer has a black body and a red-tinted cover. This stylish printer can be used for engineering, dentistry and jewelry industries.
The printer measures 280 x 280 x 420 mm (11 x 11 x 16.5 inches) and weighs 16 kg (35 lb.)
The SLA 3D printer has a 2K LCD panel and proprietary optical module named ParaLED. The optical consists of dozens of focusing lenses and UV LED lights.
The Phrozen Shuffle resin 3D printer has a build volume of 120 x 68 x 200 mm (4.7 x 2.7 x 7.9 inches). While this space is not large, it is enough for printing small to medium-sized objects. If you want to print large models, you may need to print them several different parts and later join them.
The Phrozen Shuffle is a resin 3D printer that is compatible with resins from different brands. This way, you can be creative with your models and use any resin that will give you the best results.
The Phrozen Shuffle 3D printer is fully enclosed and has a dual Z-axis linear rail with a ball screw driver. The printer is well-built and highly precise.
The Shuffle prints layers at 10 microns. Therefore, you can be sure that your prints will be highly detailed. Check the level of detail realized in the model below printer using the Phrozen Shuffle:
The printer speed is average, realizing 3 cm per hour.
Here are other samples of models printed using the Phrozen Shuffle:
The printer is run by the NanoDLP host/control software. The software allows the machine to be operated independently through the onboard LCD touchscreen.
You can also control the printer wireless over Wi-Fi or using your PC.
When it comes to connectivity and file transfer, the Phrozen Shuffle 3D printer can accept files through Wi-Fi or via a USB-tethered computer.
You can also insert your USB stick in the port at the back of the PC to launch your print.
The Phrozen Shuffle uses NanoDLP software to slice 3D models directly onboard. The software works on the major OS platforms (Windows, MacOS and Linux) and supports a wide variety of file formats, including ZIP, SLC and STL.
After setting up the printer and are ready to print, you can prepare your 3D model for printing using slicer software. The recommended ones are PZ Slice, ChiTu and MeshMixer.
All Phrozen products purchased from TOP3DSHOP comes with a one-year warranty. However, components and consumables such as the building platform, FEP film, LCD screen and the paraLED are not covered by the one-year warranty.
The LCD screens for the Sonic 4K, Sonic Mini 4K, and the Sonic Mini have a 3-month warranty
Phrozen Shuffle vs Shuffle Lite
The Phrozen Shuffle and Shuffle Lite have similar features and mostly work in the same way. In this section, we’ll highlight some few differences between the printers.
To begin, let’s start with the technical specifications.
Both printers use LCD-SLA technology. The printers have an LED panel made of ultraviolet diodes that produce the light needed to fuse the liquid resin. Above the LED panel is an LCD matrix that displays the printed layers. The matrix is 5.5 inches and has a resolution 2560 by 1440 pixels. That is, the XY accuracy is 47 micrometers.
The light source is the proprietary ParaLED 2.0 system.
The ParaLED is a 50-watt LED panel with special lenses installed above it. The light wave produced hardens the resin during the printing process.
The main difference between the Shuffle and Shuffle Lite is how the Z-axis is implemented.
In the Shuffle 2019, the Z-axis along two MGN15 rails between which there is a 12 mm ball screw. The maximum print height is 20cm.
On the other hand, the Shuffle Lite has just one MGN15 rail and a regular 8mm single thread threaded shaft. With this printer, the maximum height is 17 cm.
Both 3D printers have a milled aluminum print bed. The platform is attached to the Z-axis carriage with one wing.
The Shuffle 2019 has a steel casing on top, as well as a steel lid that folds upward by the handle. In front, there is a small window made of red transparent plastic.
On the other hand, the Shuffle Lite has a much simpler top. The printer is covered from above with a transparent cap made of the same red plastic.
The transparent cap allows you to monitor the printing process, saving you from the need to lift the cover. Moreover, you can see the print bed from all sides.
With the Shuffle, the steel body only allows you to see the print process from the front.
Both printers have a metal bath with a cutout for easy drainage of resin. The film is already installed.
At the bottom, the printers look pretty much the same. At the back are the power cord connector with fuse and on / off button. Two USB ports, an RJ-45 connector for connecting to a local area network, an exhaust fan and a small hole covered with a transparent film, hiding behind it is a microSD card, which contains the printer’s operating system, but more on that later.
On the right is the supply fan.
And on the front, the printers have a large touchscreen display.
Phrozen printers run the Linux-like operating system, Phrozen OS.
In addition to classic printing using a USB flash drive, the printer has a full-fledged Web interface, i.e., you can connect them via Wi-Fi and send your prints.
Through it, you can send sliced files, start them for printing, monitor the printing process and stop it if necessary.
You can also create print profiles for different resins. Therefore, after saving a model in the printer, you can print it with different resins, simply by selecting the required profile before sending it to print.
The only thing is that the height of the sliced model layer corresponds to the height of the layer in the profile.
Generally, there is no significant difference between the Shuffle and Shuffle Lite 3D printers. There are no major differences in the quality of the prints. However, the Shuffle is more robust and reliable. Therefore, it will last longer over intensive use.
Also, the printers are different in the Z-axis design. The Shuffle has two rails while the Lite has one rail. However, despite the Lite having one rail, we did not encounter any printing problems. The layers are stacked evenly on both printers.
Finally, the print height of the Shuffle is 20 cm while that of the Lite is 17 cm.
Both printers are reliable and stable. They print high-quality models and their speed is almost on par with printers in the higher price category.
Phrozen Shuffle Price
The Phrozen Shuffle costs just under $1500 (check current price here). We find this to be an affordable price considering the functionality and print resolution that the machine achieves.
Phrozen Shuffle Review: Our Verdict
The Phrozen Shuffle resin 3D printer is practical and has a functional design. The printer produces high-quality models and is quite affordable, compared to printers with similar specifications.
From our tests, the Phrozen Shuffle is one of the best resin 3D printers on the market. We recommend this printer to dentists, jewelers, or other makers that need precisely and accurately printed prototypes.