Phone case 3D printed in Black High Definition Acrylate.
Thanks to a combination of its strength and elongation properties, Black High Definition Acrylate boasts a smooth finish which takes to paint better and is more durable and flexible than Frosted Ultra Detail.
“We are excited to offer our new Black High Definition Acrylate to makers all over the world. We know how much our community enjoys creating incredible, unique miniatures and scale models and we’re thrilled to provide a material that lends itself so well to the creation of high detail, customizable pieces,” said Peter Weijmarshausen, Shapeways CEO. “We aim to provide the highest quality materials for 3D modellers and designers and Black High Definition Acrylate is the next step.”
Model train designers will be particularly excited about this new material due to the increased detail for fine-edged and intricate models, which is especially valuable to miniature scale designs.
The durability and the beautiful finish of the Acrylate also make this material ideal for gadget and accessory applications as well, such as phone cases and jewellery prototyping.
Model train printed in Black High Definition Acrylate.
Launching in R5 Grey in Black, Black High Definition Acrylate is a UV sensitive acrylic polymer similar to Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD), but with slightly different material properties and printing processes. Unlike FUD, which is printed using a Multijet Modelling process, this new material is printed using Direct Light Projection (DLP) which provides excellent resolution and accuracy.
"We're excited that 3D printed products are catching up to the kind of quality and detail that more traditional manufacturing methods offer," Joshua Bennett, Hero Forge COO, added. "Our audience is very discerning, and this new material allows for high quality, faithful translation from digital models into a physical consumer product. The incredibly fine resolution means our users don't have to trade detail for customisability. It's really just a great material for us all around."