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Make Your Gypsum-Based 3D Printed Models Tougher and Brighter with 3DFix

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3DFixSureHold has created what they call an impregnation and infiltration system that can make the colors of 3D printed objects brighter and more vivid, and perhaps most importantly, stronger.

Called 3DFix, the process works by applying a specially formulated cyanoacrylate resin to a 3D printed part to provide it with “spectacular colors, superior strength and other specific properties.”

Jerry Ragusa of SureHold says the clarity of the 3DFix cyanoacrylate resin allows light to pass into the surface of the part, and in doing so, the colors of the part will appear much more vibrant and full after infiltration.3DFix

“It’s perfect for great looking concept models,” the company says. “Our impregnation and infiltration system is specifically formulated to effectively penetrate the part better than competitive processes. The lower viscosity of our 3DFix allows the resin to soak into the porous surface without leaving a thick film on the top surface.”

SureHold says the product is exceptional for use in applications where appearance and strength are of prime importance, and they add that 3DFix transforms once-brittle models while simultaneously making them stand out with vivid color. The patent-pending process infuses and impregnates a 3D printed model to make it stronger, more durable, and longer lasting. It eliminates frosting and odors typically associated with super glues and provides a single-component, one-part, room temperature cure which is solvent-free and doesn’t require the use of a catalyst, heat, or clamps.2408939d41cf57ffc3987e15fc6bc7e2

A transparent material, 3DFix is designed for impregnating gypsum-based 3D printed models and it’s a wicking grade, low out-gassing instant adhesive which is capable of making 3D models up to 6 times stronger in total tensile strength. If you’re not convinced, check out the video (below) and watch the team at 3DFix do a “bowling ball test” on a pair of parts: one untreated and one treated with 3DFix.

“This process is ideal for stop motion animation models, prototypes, professional and architectural models, engineering models, consumer product models, fine art production; and, of course, assembly applications with high cosmetic appearance,” Ragusa says.

The company also offers 3DFix Industrial Strength CA Adhesive. It’s a low odor, non-blooming, and low-viscosity material as well.

Have you ever used a product to strengthen and infuse your gypsum-based 3D printed models? Let us know in the 3DFix forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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