The Best 3D Printer for Miniatures & Models 2022

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If you’re reading this I assume you are interested in 3D printing miniatures and/or Wargames Terrain. Below we are going to take a look at the best 3D printers for Miniatures & Models.

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Before we begin properly, let’s get this out of the way. As of right now, it is simply not possible to directly replicate your favourite models with 3D Printed Miniatures. One, it’s illegal to steal other companies intellectual Property, and Two, with the available quality level of an affordable 3D printer, miniatures just aren’t there yet. Saying that it is damn close.

Don’t get me wrong, you can make incredibly high-quality prints. But if you’re looking at 3d printing a Space Marine or printing a Stormcast model you’ll likely be disappointed. Especially if you are hoping for something comparable to Resin Sculps. You can make some decent 3d printed d&d miniatures. 3d printing miniature figurines are really fun and rewarding, it’s essentially a hobby in itself. When you don’t need to worry about stealing from someone else’s IP. you can get some incredible creations.

Check out Heroforge for some great customizable 3d printed tabletop miniatures

In fact, generic models are aplenty online, if you’re looking at 3d printing tabletop miniatures or you’re after 3d printed RPG miniatures. Then there are sites which will let you design a custom model and download the file to print it with. This also extends to 3d printing ww2 miniatures too. from full models to components, this opens up a whole new world of possibility to many modellers.

Whilst the process of “whole models printed at 28mm” isn’t quite at its pinnacle yet. Larger models and slightly lesser detailed 3d printer gaming miniatures are still very achievable, even with the existing printers, people are improving on their model printing results every day.

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The Best 3D Printers for Miniatures & Models – Summary

If you aren’t too bothered about any reasoning and just want to see the list, check out this quick summary below of the best 3D printers for Miniatures & Models.

Model
1Phrozen Sonic Mini 4k
2 Sonic Mega 8k
3ELEGOO Saturn
4Anycubic Photon Mono X
5Phrozen Sonic Mighty 4K
6ELEGOO Mars 2 Mono
7Creality Halot-One
8Anycubic Photon S
9Elegoo Mars
10Creality CR-10
11Creality Ender 3
12Monoprice Select Mini v2
13XYZ – DaVinci Mini

Why 3D Print Minis?

There’s a lot of great reasons to use 3D printing in your miniature Hobby. You can incredibly detailed 3d printed custom miniatures. Albeit not quite to the same quality level as the extruded plastic models you will get from retail. But still god enough to exist as parts of your armies. They’re great for making a great multitude of terrain pieces. But the best thing is making custom components and conversion parts for existing models. Think Weapons, Emblems and armour pieces.

If you want your models to stand out on the tabletop, as I’ve said many times. They just need to look that little bit different from the norm.

Another fun thing to do with 3D printers is making yourself some hobby tools or supporting components. You can make a brush or paint holders, storage for your models, water pots and mini holders. A fan favourite Miniature Painter Garfy, who is very active in the community and has written a ton of incredible guides over on Tale of Painters (one of my personal favourite blogs) has even started up his own 3d printed miniatures business, making some of the Best Miniature Painting Handles you can buy.

Print Quality & types of 3D Printer.

If you want to know how to 3d print miniatures it really depends on the printer you get. If you what to know which 3D printer for miniatures you should get, this depends on what you want to print.

It’s worth noting that there are 2 main types of 3d printer. One of them uses a plastic filament which is fed through a nozzle (or multiple nozzles) These are Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printers. The other uses a bath of liquid resin which is hardened when light is focussed within it, commonly known as resin printers. Even within these 2 main categories, there are some further subcategories.

To understand print quality, you need to know how the printers work.

FDM printers

Have a reel of plastic wire called PolyLactic Acid (PLA) or Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS). The latter of which is generally stronger, but requires more head to become usable. They are types of thermoplastic which means they can be heated to a temperature which makes them act like a liquid.

An FDM printer will feed this reel of plastic wire into a nozzle which heats it to its reformable temperature. The plastic is extruded through the printer’s nozzle and the print head is moved around. The printer extrudes the plastic layers. Once a layer of a model is complete, the head moved up and prints the next layer.

The quality of these prints is based on many factors, the type of plastic used, the size of the nozzle, the minimum layer height you can achieve and your patience. But generally (when compared to resin 3d printers below) the print quality is much lower but you can make much larger models.

Resin 3D Printers

Are quite a different beast altogether. Instead of a reel of plastic wire, you create a bath of liquid resin. the resin hardens when UltraViolet (UV) Light is directed at it. here’s where we have the subcategories.

StereoLithography Apparatus (SLA) technology uses UV lasers focused on particular points causing the resin to harden. Unlike FDM printers where the print head moves. with Resin printers, the light sits below the resin bath. The print base itself is raised upwards as the laser is focused. You’ll see that with resin printers, they actually print the models upside down.

Digital Light Processing (DLP) is identical in the way it works except instead of lasers this uses a screen or UV projection plate. this also prints in layers, however with SLA printers where the laser traces the surface of each layer. DLP will actually print a whole layer at the same time. This makes them faster than SLA printers. But the quality of your print is limited by the resolution of the panel. unlike the ultrafine beam of a laser

Generally, though, the most noticeable impact on quality is with the individual layers of the model. If these are too thick (deep/tall), you will see ridges on the individual layers which are printed. These are especially prominent on FDM printers and will show even after a model is primed. There are ways to smooth these out like manually sanding, which takes forever or using acetone vapour which smooths out the whole model, including any intentionally sharp edges.

With Resin printers, these layer ridges are almost non-existent, but they are still there.

Ease of Use

3D printing is as much a skill as it is a new technology. If you want to get the best out of any of these printers, it’s unlikely you will get those results out of the box. There are a lot of settings to understand for 3D printing which makes or breaks a quality model.

In a similar vein to 2D printers, there are various options to consider. When you get a 2D printer (it’s rather standardised now) you get the option to print in various qualities. Black & White or Colour? are you printing a document or a photograph? What quality do you want that photograph? All of these options can use more or less ink, print quicker or slower. Even the paper you use and the printers knowledge of that paper type can have a dramatic impact on quality.

It’s the same with 3D printing but more, much more. 3D printing doesn’t have many standards yet, it’s still in its infancy which should excite you with how far it can go. I was still using a Dot-Matrix printer ess than 20 years ago. (because my school was cheap). But this means you need to fine-tune many of the intricate settings to get the results you want.

In regard to quality, there are 2 primary considerations. nozzle width, laser beam width or UV projection panel resolution will control the level of detail on the X & Y axes. (left/ right and back & forth, like a 2D printer) the precision of how incremental the print head of build place can be moved on the Z-axis (up & down) will control your vertical quality.

If you’re getting into 3D printing, please understand that high-quality comes from time and understanding. Thankfully there are numerous resources out there and many people have already come up with some of the best settings you can use. A consideration we’ve taken when compiling the list below.

It’s not just 3D printing that has a large community, but each printer has its own sub-communities and miniature printing is a 3d printing sub-community in itself. So don’t worry, you’re not on your own in this and there are numerous resources that will accelerate your progress. With these guides, you will be printing good quality models very quickly.

2k Vs 4k Vs 6k Vs 8k Resin 3D Printers

Wow, I hear you exclaim. This is an 8K 3D Resin printer, so details are twice as crisp as they are on a 4k printer, right?

Well, maybe, sure, yeah, Ummm….

Sorry about this bit, but most of the above is a marketing spiel. Just like in the TV world, 4k means no more than the standard 3840 x 2160 pixels. but those pixels could be spread from over a few inches to over a foot depending on the screen size. This also assumes the manufacturer is using a standard aspect ratio. After all, 4k in itself is a loose marketing term.

4K resolution refers to a horizontal display resolution of approximately 4,000 pixels”.

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“Approximately”. You see, 3840 isn’t even 4000 pixels across, but they have rounded up.

8k is further off the mark, with screens at only 7680px wide, t;s called 8k, because it’s double the standard 4k. Wait until we see the 12k standard which is closer to 15,000 than 16,000.

So when you are looking at a 2k, 4k, 6k or even 8k printer. you also need to check the screen size. Because any 8k screen which is physically twice as large as an equivalent 4k screen has the exact same resolution for a model printed at the same size on each. Meaning print quality will be the same. The bigger printer in this example is only better if you want to print larger things…

What you should really look for in regard to display resolution, which is pixels per inch (PPI). Which few, if any, of the manufacturers tend to show off. Even when they are good.

You can easily calculate this by the diagonal in pixels over diagonal in inches.

But to make it harder for you to work this out, manufacturers will provide the diagonal in inches, and display resolution in Height & Width. The real PITA companies will only give you the screen size in height and with too.

So just take the Square Root of (width squared) x (height squared) to get your diagonal – Thanks Pythagoras

Or you can just read the article below where we’ve done it for you.

As for FDM resolution. its nozzle size is multiplied by how much material it splurges out per minute. That’s a whole different ball game)

The Best 3D Printers for Miniatures & Models

The below list focuses on Print Quality Order, but please note that this is based on the best possible quality which has been learned through trial and error using specific settings for each device. You are not likely to get the best possible print quality out of the box. Unless you want to pay for it.

With that in mind, expect the top half of this list to be FDM printers and the bottom half of the list to be Resin. Resin printers are currently unrivalled when it comes to print quality. Please bear in mind that people find new things out about these printers every day, so the best quality on one printer today can easily be trumped tomorrow.

13. XYZ – DaVinci Mini

This model exists on this list for one reason. It’s a cheap, (mostly) pre-built desktop printer. It is a low-resolution printer. It lacks onboard controls which means it requires tethering to a PC or Smartphone (although the latter has a limitation on what models can be printed). This model also requires you to buy XYZ’s own filament. A filament which is more expensive than generic filament. And their customer service has been rated as terrible.

The Best 3D Printer for Miniatures & Models - XYZ - DaVinci Mini

It is cheap, easy to set-up and use, it’ comes in various colours. If you aren’t too bothered about print quality and just want something cheap to play with, it’s worth looking at, but if you spend just a little bit more you can get a much better printer.

Print area: 150mm x 150mm x 150mm (6″ x 6″ x 6″)

12. Monoprice Select Mini v2

The Monoprice maker select is another low-budget FDM choice which is only slightly more expensive than the option above but is better in every way. With the exception of a smaller build plate. This printer is pretty sturdy and you can use any standard filament. You also have controls on the printer and can plug in an SD card with your 3D model files on it.

The Best 3D Printer for Miniatures & Models - Monoprice - Select Mini v2

This printer is pretty much set-up out of the box. Whilst the print area is only 120mm³ this is still large enough for most miniature models and smaller pieces of terrain. The Monoprice Select also has numerous amazing communities which will help you get the best printing quality possible.

(Cheap) with ok quality, small build plate

Print area: 120mm x 120mm x 120mm

11. Creality Ender 3

Creality is a very well known name amongst 3D printing brands. Again this is only a slight bump in price over the budget models above which still keeps this in the low budget category. The communities for this printer are huge and this is the first of the printers which can really provide some competitive print quality.

The Best 3D Printer for Miniatures & Models - Creality - Ender 3

There’s more work to do with this printer as you need to assemble it yourself, although it’s not that difficult if you just follow the guide. but there are numerous video guides online too.

Beyond that you can even print out upgrades and mods for this printer, using the printer itself.

This printer has a generous print area which is perfect for larger models and terrain pieces. Once assembled you can print straight away, but for the best quality, you will have a lot of learning to do. Once you get your settings right you can make some incredibly high-quality prints

Print area: 220mm x 220mm x 250mm

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10. Creality CR-10

One of the most popular printers, it features a very large build plate. and an active online community. This is one of the higher quality printers too. For the price, it really has a great balance of everything from quality to size.

The Best 3D Printer for Miniatures & Models - Creality - CR10

You do still need to build most of this printer yourself but it’s only a 30-minute job. Making it a bit easier to assemble than the Ender 3. Like it’s little brother the Ender 3, you will need to do some tinkering with the settings to get the highest level of quality and no matter what you do it will still print with visible layers but you can minimise these down considerably. You can make incredible improvements to print quality with a smaller print nozzle.

Print area: 300mm x 300mm x 400mm

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A further step up from this is the Creality CR10s, which is a bit more stable. it detects when you are out of filament and you can resume your print job halfway through, but these features are more useful for large prints where the filament volume is hard to gauge or prints which take days.

Print area: 300mm x 300mm x 400mm

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Resin Printers

If you are looking to print your own parts and miniatures, quality is paramount. Beyond the listed FDM printers above, there are other models with much better print quality. But these come at a price. Even the Creality CR10 is more expensive than the lower-priced resin printers, but the huge build volume it offers makes up the quality loss.

With Resin Printers, the quality is much greater. However, these printers and the models they create, require a higher level of care.

Resin prints are created by using UV light against a bath of resin. After each print, the resin bath must be emptied and thoroughly cleaned. the model needs to be rinsed of any liquid residue using alcohol and it also needs to be further cured in UV light (such as sunlight or a specialist light-oven). All this is before you start the clean up of supports.

Oh, and resin stinks and you need gloves to handle it because it’s toxic.

9. Elegoo Mars

The Elegoo Mars in agreat Entry level 3D printer, you will be hard-pressed to find any quality differences in your print between this and the model below. The main drawback is that it is not as widely available and therefore has a smaller printing community behind it.

The Best 3D Printer for Miniatures & Models - Elegoo Mars

The Elegoo Mars has a slightly taller build area, the build quality of the printer itself is a little more basic. Not bad in any way, just not quite as sturdy. The benefit of this, however, is you can easily remove the whole IR shroud and get access to all the printers components.

This is a DLP printer which means it cures the resin using an LED screen. Many believe this is the same component used in the Ancubic Photon S, although I havent found confirmation of this. Layer height is 30-60 microns. which is 0.5microns larger than the Anycubic Photon S. To put this into perspective the average human hair is 75microns in diameter.

Onestly if it comes to deciding which of these to get, it’s probably worth going with whichever is cheapest at the time.

8. Anycubic Photon S

This is another entry-level resin printer and it is loved. This is a DLP printer which means the UV light is projected on a screen below the resin bath. In regard to quality level, let’s look at the layer height. unlike extruded plastic, this printer has a resolution of 47 microns (0.047mm vs the 0.25mm of an FDM nozzle) a minimum layer height of 25 microns. That’s 3 times thinner than the average human hair!

The Best 3D Printer for Miniatures & Models - Anycubic - Photon S

See our Anycubic Photon S Review for Miniatures

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The Anycubic Photon S features stronger UV lights than the previous model and the twin rail on the Z-axis helps to prevent Z-wobble. An issue that required modification to resolve

This has the smallest maximum print volume of any printer on this list, but for miniatures, it’s more than enough. The unit comes pre-built so all you need to do is calibrate the print bead and print. this can be ready to go in less than 30 minutes out of the box. Don’t rush it though. you need to understand how to clean this printer before you begin. Resin printers require care and attention.

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Print Quality of Anycubic Photon

Whilst this is has a smaller build volume, as Anycubic has been around longer. The community of support behind this printer is much larger. this is what just slightly tips the hat to the Anycubic getting that number 1 spot. But it’s by a split-hair margin (pun intended), either of these printers would give impressive results.

Nevertheless, at an affordable price, this is one of the best printers you can buy for miniatures. Beyond this, you are spending serious money!

7. Creality Halot-One

Creality has made a name for themselves by being amongst the first to launch consumer-grade 3D FDM printers, but when it comes to resin, they are still playing catch-up.

The Harlot-One is a solid addition to the range of available 3D printers with impressive resolution and light uniformity. This is a great entry-level Resin 3D printer.

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The unfortunate part which lets this product down is the lack of a large community behind it.

You can still easily use this without issue, but when it comes to dialling in the settings to get the absolute best out of it, you’re a bit more on your own. But to be fair, dialling in settings for a particular resin is easier than most people think. No more than trying to get a stable temperature in your printing room and printing a small resolution tester at various settings so see which looks the crispest.

The printer also has a wife mode which means you can send prints to it remotely and even upgrade the firmware without having to run over to it.

6. ELEGOO Mars 2 Mono

When it comes to entry-level resin printers, nothing currently beats the popularity of the Mars 2. When i first wrote this article in 2019. It was head to head for the Photon S vs the original Mars, and whilst my preference was for the Anycubic offering for it;s out of box ease of use. The price point for the Mars saw it gain the lead in the engaged community.

Once again, thanks to that community, people have not only dialled in the best curing settings to the millisecond. they have done this with such a variety of resins that is now super easy to get started with just a bit of community support (check [printer name] Facebook groups).

Several popular miniature bitz companies selling their own designs have been doing so on the original mars. That’s just popular the printer has become.

Now Elegoo is back with the Mars 2.

Whilst the model above is the entry-level model, there are some excellent features to this which wake it great for the beginner. Specifically, the plastic (rather than the pro’s metal) resin vat is translucent. This means you can get a visible indication of an early print failure, much sooner.

5. Phrozen Sonic Mighty 4K

Display Resolution: 473ppi (approx based on 9.3″/4k)

And now we have a 4k Printer. Priozen are an exceptionally well respected brand but tend to be on fewer-purchased list, simply because their products are’t on the worlds most popular marketplace, Amazon.

But check out Phrozen’s own website for a whole host of incredible offerings including printers and their very, very good resin. Of all the manufacturers own brand resins, I rate Phrozen as the highest.

Phrozen Sonic Mighty 4K - 3DJake UK

Even though this is slightly lower on the list than other 4k printers, doesn’t;t mean it’s necessarily a worse printer. Phrozen is currently the more respected brand and the only reason we have this item lower on the list than the others is because whilst it;s 4k, that is over a larger screen. giving it an ever so slightly smaller YX resolution. and for miniatures, that resolution is paramount to detail.

but in all honesty, the difference between the 2 is probably impercieveable and this one hosts a larger build volume.

If you are looking for a decent beginner 3D printer. this is an incredibly good unit with an absolutely huge community following.

4. ANYCUBIC Photon Mono X

Display Resolution: 495ppi (approx based on 8.9″/4K)

This is the one you get when size matters.

Yeah sure, when it comes to miniatures we want to print the smaller things, but this is one of the largest resin printers available. Build area wise it rivals the Saturn by an inch, well technically 2 inches. With a 192mm x 120mm x 245mm (7.55″ x 4.72″ x 9.84″) build volume. it can make taller models. Trus me, 2″ can make the difference

So why, when it arguable the same on paper as the Saturn but has a slightly larger build volume, is this lower in the list? Well…

On Lunch, the Photon X was proposed to be the Saturn Killer, in that it’s something which may final topple the existing popularity of Elegoo’s offering.

Unfortunately once launch, the Photon suffered a myriad of problems. From Cracked build plates to failing LCD’s it did not go as smooth as it could. People have had issues with the antialiasing function too. Whilst Elegoo also had it’s share of launch issues and generally not up to personal expectation complaints. By the time the Mono X came to market. the Saturn was already established and generally considered as working.

It does have several strengths in it’s corner, so deciding on these two is a bit “swings and roundabouts”. The benefits of the Mono X include a more stable build plate (yet when secured properly neither should come loose). The aforementioned extra 2″ build height. And the photon lets you print an RERF file. which is a method of testing multiple exposure times on one single print. Great for honing in your print settings initially, but getting it to work can be an absolute pain.

Nowadays the argument of which is best is a hard slice, Generally, do you want the taller build volume? (get this). Or do you want more community support? (get the Saturn)

3. ELEGOO Saturn

Display Resolution: 495ppi (approx based on 8.9″/4K)

once again BIIIIIIIIIIG!

This is where resin printing really gets fun. Another 8.9″ 4k mono screen.

The mono screen really (as above) helps with these printers. as the normal UV backlight is removed, in it’s place are a grid of UV LED casting light to the curing plate. This allows a more uniform light to be cast across the surface. allowing the edges to be more defined and speeding up layer cure time.

All good things.

With a comparatively massive 192x120x200mm (7.55in4.72in7.87in) build area. this really brings 3D resin printing home. The entry-level models are great for a few parts, but whilst you initially buy a resin printer for miniatures and parts. You’ll soon want to throw out larger stuff. This will still give you something the size of a standard action figure.

If that’s not of interest to you then, consider it as how many more shoulder pads you can throw out in any one print session. thanks to the larger screen and build plate.

You can even start doing some decent sized terrain pieces too.

The reason this is higher up the list than the photon is because of its popularity. once again, like the Mars, because of the success of the launch and the lower price point. More people have these. more people have tested these with different resins. So if you are looking to skip past a lot of trial and error when it comes to dialling in your settings. there are a ton of people out there to help you.

Supports Chitubox as standard

Replacement screen’s on this is also slightly cheaper to replace than on the Photon Mono X. Considering this is a consumable part, that’s a very good thing.

2. Sonic Mega 8k

Display Resolution: 587ppi (approx. based on 4k/15″)

ooooohhhhh baby.

This is the printer I want. this is the printer you want. This is a veritable wardrobe of goodness when it comes to 3D resin printing

Sure sure, we’re talking about the best printer for miniatures here, and this beast is designed to print some absolutely huge models. And what could be better than printing massive versions of your miniatures? Or printing a small army in just a few hours on the build plate’s massive surface area!?

Allowing prints up to the maximum build volume of 33 x 18.5 x 40 cm. the things you can make with this are insane. The unit is powered by an 8k 15″ panel – that’s the size of a small TV! The build plate is so large it has relief holes drilled through it just so the resin can get back to the FEP in time to cure the next layer!

Phrozen Sonic Mega 8K - 3DJake UK

Sure, it’s on the more expensive side of printers shown here, but with ‘s sturdy case and incredible build quality. everything is neatly contained in this professional-level unit.

It’s worth it for the fact that you can print large multi-component models in one go.

1. Phrozen Sonic Mini 4k

Display Resolution: 722ppi

yep, another 4k printer, but this one is especially good for printing miniatures, as I said at the top of the article, 4k vs 4k, doesn’t really matter. It’s Pixels Per Inch (ppi) which is responsible for the X+Y- axis level of detail. And here, because the 4k screen’s printing area is only 6.1″. That’s a lot of resolution in a super small area. 722PPI in fact

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The quality of prints you can get from this thing is just absolutely stunning. don’t take my word for it. Don’t even take Phrozen’s word for it. Check out what the community are making in the Phrozen 3D Facebook group

Below is an image from Reddit user u/Redline04 comparing a model printed on the Mars Pro 2 (left) to the Mini 4k (right). Worth noting that this was only an initial test print too. I’m sure you’ll agree that the results speak for themselves!

The Best 3D Printer for Miniatures & Models - Phrozen Mini 4k Vs Elegoo Mars Pro 2

Also noted in his Reddit post is a link to this initial grid of Slicer Settings for this printer using different resins at standard 0.05mm layer heights.

Specifically, check out this post where someone has printed a Bob Odenkirk sculpt and even his stubble (not a sculpted beard, but stubble) is correctly rendered. This thing actually printed the pores in the actor’s face! wow.

This thing is an absolute beast of a machine and it’s competitively priced too. And if that’s still not enough, check out the slightly larger-screened Sonic Mini 8k (printing at 1152ppi)

The Best 3D Printer for Miniatures & Models – Final Thoughts

As I said at the top, 3D printing whole miniatures is not quite there yet. Although with the 25-micron layer height of the Anycubic Photon, you can get very close if you want to spend the money.

It’s important to decide what your budget is and how much effort you want to put in. With FDM printers the effort is put in upfront in practising to get the right settings for fine layers on your printer. you may think just print everything in the thinnest layer but the issue is that when you print the next layer, ambient heat will reactivate the layer beneath causing it to warp. FDM is bets for miniatures and terrain over anything else. It’s just about how much you are willing to spend.

With resin, you are looking at more clean up afterwards but this is the only way to get smooth quality prints. It has the added bonus of being a bit more plug and play too.

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