Material engineering is a process that is going to help the 3D printing industry evolve to reach its full potential. With new materials being added to 3D printing enthusiasts’ repertoires on a continuous basis, within a few years, the variety of objects that we will be able to 3D print will vastly increase.
Today, one of the world’s more well known 3D printing materials companies, MadeSolid, Inc. has informed 3DPrint.com that they have begun selling an all new material that they call “Tough Resin”. Tough Resin is designed to work with SLA 3D Printers, including the Form 1+ and the B9 Creator.
“Thermodynamically, there isn’t a reason SLA style printing has to be brittle,” MadeSolid CEO Lance Pickens told 3DPrint.com. “This is part of our aggressive R&D effort to improve the field of 3D printing from the bottom up. We hope everyone who wrote off SLA as a toy technology takes a second look, and we can’t wait to see what people make with this.”
The Tough Resin formula was created after the company realized how frustrated people were getting with broken SLA prints. Typical objects printed with your run-of-the-mill resins are not very durable, especially when created for use as functional parts. ” The Tough Resin formula will enable functional 3D prints to survive in the wild better than other resins on the market,” explains MadeSolid, Inc. “Tensile, flexural, and impact strengths have all been greatly increased.”
The material should be sufficient enough for use in the creation of gadgets, wearables, and other objects that need to be able to handle wear and tear. Presales start now, and shipments will begin at the end of August. Tough Resin is priced at $119.00 per 1 Liter bottle. Currently the resin is available in two colors, orange and yellow.
MadeSolid is known for their continuous ability to innovate when it comes to different types of 3D printer filaments and resins. Whether it is resin made for casting, such as their recently released FireCast, or their engineering grade PET+ filament, the company is always finding ways to come up with unique products, to help in the evolution of 3D printing technology.
What do you think? Will you give this new resin a try? Discuss in the Tough Resin Forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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