Formlabs launch white resin
White is the colour of winter so what better time to launch said coloured resin?
Formlabs have added white to their growing catalogue of Grey and Clear resins available for their high-resolution, desktop 3D printer.
The material, which TCT + Personalize saw a peak of at Euromold, is noteworthy not only for its strikingly pure, opaque color, but because it produces exceptionally smooth and colorstable prints for when the look and feel of a part is essential.
“White resin is another small step in our ongoing focus on creating new and improved resins for the Form 1,” said Michal Firstenberg, a material scientist at Formlabs. “We have many more exciting classes of materials to come.” The materials road map for the future includes a variety of specialized materials for casting, ultrahigh detail, and many other applications.
The machine is becoming particularly popular with model-makers, who can create high-resolution models with relative ease on a Form 1. Being a neutral colour, white will appeal to that market of model makers who like to paint their prints.
One such maker is Dreamworks SKG’s senior modeler, Robert Vignone. Vignone, who has just finished working on the sequel to the hit How to Train Your Dragon movie, is a regular Form 1 user and he said: “The new white resin is extremely appealing to me because it features a smoother finished surface for my 3D character prints. Characters tend to look best in either White or Grey, having both options adds to the quality and diversity of your 3D print portfolio."
We’ll be catching up with the Formlabs team at International CES 2014 were their printer is a winner of the 2014 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards BEST OF INNOVATIONS award, which recognises the best in engineering excellence and design.