Shapeways continues to roll out thrilling updates on our stock of 90+ supplies and finishes already accessible, however with particular consideration to one in every of our most versatile 3D printing merchandise: High quality Element Plastic. This versatile acrylate is very common for purchases at Shapeways, together with every thing from miniatures to 3D printed plastic grasp molds.
New choices like High quality Element Plastic in Clear Extremely and Grey function wonderful selections whether or not you might be designing for the Shapeways Market, purchasing the 1000’s of merchandise accessible there, or importing a customized design for us to 3D print.
3D Printing with Clear Extremely High quality Element Plastic
Clear Extremely High quality Element Plastic is a superb resolution for those who want a fabric much less susceptible to yellowing over time, in addition to one providing extra flexibility to assist stop breakage in additional fragile 3D printing initiatives like jewellery or ornamental items. This materials can be beneficial for functions requiring thinner buildings with flexibility, in addition to thicker components the place inflexible performance is important.
Different functions embody:
- Translucent prototypes for plastic injection molding
- Practical snap-fit assemblies requiring drilling, tapping, and machining
- Injection molding plastic screw bosses and threads
- Translucent move visualization and dye-tinted functions
- Optically clear sight home windows for digital fixtures
- Microfluidics, capillary fluidics, and lab-on-a-chip merchandise
High quality Element Plastic components can be painted simply because of the exceptionally clean, constant surfaces–excellent for smaller 3D printed merchandise requiring excessive accuracy, superb options, and sharp edges.
3D Printing with Grey High quality Element Plastic
Providing comparable materials properties to Clear Extremely High quality Element Plastic, this opaque Grey serves as the proper base for portray and enhancing intricate 3D mannequin particulars.
The robust visible distinction of Grey High quality Element Plastic additionally makes it supreme for purposeful functions with excessive element, in addition to components that require drilling, tapping, and machining. Whereas this inflexible materials serves the identical functions as its Clear counterpart, we additionally suggest Grey High quality Element Plastic for the next:
- Elements with floor particulars requiring distinction for straightforward visualization of floor element
- Opaque prototypes and a few end-use elements
- Painted enterprise and advertising and marketing collateral, fashions, and mockups
New finishes for High quality Element Plastic supplies embody:
- Grey High quality Element Plastic: 3D Techniques Visijet M2R-GRY materials at HD decision settings (800 x 900 DPI) to offer superb particulars at 32 micron layer peak.
- Clear Extremely High quality Element Plastic: 3D Techniques Visijet M2R-CL materials at UHD decision settings (1600 x 900 DPI) to offer most interesting particulars at 32 micron layer peak.
We 3D print all High quality Element Plastic supplies with Materials Jetting (MJ), one in every of our quickest 3D printing applied sciences, offering excessive element and dimensional accuracy, wonderful floor finishes, and aesthetics. MF know-how depends on a number of nozzles to deposit materials droplets onto the print mattress. Every layer is cured by UV warmth till the half is full, with helps eliminated in post-processing.
As a result of element tends to be a excessive precedence with High quality Element Plastic merchandise, we suggest that you become familiar with the design pointers right here.