Formlabs Releases Tough Resin for Durable 3D Printed Parts
SOMERVILLE, Mass.—Formlabs (formlabs.com) recently announced a new functional resin designed for applications in engineering and prototyping. The new resin, known as Tough Resin, enables users of the Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer to produce strong, sturdy parts with physical properties similar to ABS plastic, according to a release from Formlabs.
Formlabs’ Tough Resin material for durable 3D printed parts has been engineered for applications—from load-bearing gears to snap-fit enclosures—that require performance under stress or strain.
Photos courtesy of Formlabs.
Durable parts are essential for engineering and prototyping. According to
company representatives, parts produced with Formlabs’ Tough Resin will be able to absorb high-impact and other mechanical stressors that would normally cause 3D printed parts to snap or shatter. Tough Resin material has been engineered for applications—from load-bearing gears to snap-fit enclosures—that require performance under stress or strain.
To celebrate the material’s release and to demonstrate the many functional properties of Tough Resin, Formlabs has created the first 3D-printed Rube Goldberg machine. This version of the chain-reaction machine has been assembled by printing many of the major mechanisms with Tough Resin on the Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer.
Parts printed in Formlabs’ Tough Resin are reported to deliver a superior combination of yield strength, elongation, and impact resistance—the key characteristics used to assess material toughness.
“Engineering and prototyping are a really important application of 3D printing,” said Formlabs co-founder, Max Lobovsky, in the release. “We’re excited to release our new Tough Resin because now Form 1+ users can create high resolution prints in a really durable, resilient material. Developing new high-quality materials continues to be a really important focus for us. Every time we release a new material, we create new possibilities for every Form 1+ user and build a more compelling experience.”
Tough Resin, compatible with both the Form 1 and Form 1+ 3D Printers, is available in 1-liter bottles from the Formlabs web store.
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