SLA 3D Printed and Fine-painted Swirling Dragon Sculpture with Tough Resin

SLA 3D Printed and Fine-painted Swirling Dragon Sculpture with Tough Resin

Process 3D Print, Paint
Material Resin
Quantity 1 pcs
Price Range $100-1,000
Lead Time 7 workdays


About Project

Chinese dragon, also known as East Asian dragon or Long or Lung, are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology, Chinese folklore, and East Asian culture at large. Historically, the Chinese dragon was associated with the Emperor of China and used a symbol to represent imperial power.
In this sculpture, the dragon is swirling over part of the Great Wall, as if it was protecting the border. With its mouth open and eyes focusing on the front zone, the dragon has the temperament of the emperor.
It's nothing difficult for SLA 3D printing technology to make such a subtle and complicated artwork. However, the fine-painting process by hand is quite time-consuming, which accordingly results in increased cost. Our professional colorist can perfectly brush the dragon with gradient colors, make it as natural as required.


  • Step 1: Examine the 3D model and add revisions to make all the dragon scale are thicker than the minimum layer thickness of SLA 3D printing. You can check How 3D Printing Tolerances Determine The Size & Dimensional Accuracy Of Your Prints in this article.
  • Step 2: Printing the dragon statue and the frontier model in one piece separately with SLA 3D printers.
  • Step 3: Removing the supporting structure and post-curing the prints with UV.
  • Step 4: Sanding the statue with care to get rid of the small remaining support elements and mark.
  • Step 5: Filling with putty as primer, painting by hand, and adding UV-oil. You can read our guide about how to color 3D printed figures.