When it comes to the best 3D printers out there, DLP is often the technology of choice, particularly for 3D printing outsource companies that do printing for hire. Traditionally, they’ve had to use resin filaments that leave some finishing work on the final product, but Materialise is introducing a new resin DLP 3D printing material that promises a smooth finish and less work.
The New Smooth Detail Resin
The new resin from Materialise is called Smooth Detail, and it’s designed for those who need to make accurate 3D models, from figurines to buildings and everything in between. The filament promises a surface ideally suited for applying paint, and is capable of achieving resolutions as fine as 50 microns.
Once upon a time, scale modeling was largely the domain of manufacturers. These companies would design and create models, and the modelers would paint and customize them.
3D printing has changed that, allowing the modelers themselves to get into the design aspect and create their own designs. Of course, the final prints for these designs were often less than ideal due to the filament used. Materialise wants to change that.
The new resin the company recently debuted will provide the ability to create smooth details, even down to miniscule levels. The ultra-smooth finish ensures not just less work to complete the piece, but a better overall appearance more on par with professional designs.
Materialise will be offering the new resin with their print on demand services, in both “with support” and “without support” options. Ordering a print without supports gives you an almost completely finished piece, without the underlying structure to support it while printing (called a scaffolding).
Designers can upload designs as large as 260 mm x 160 mm x 193 mm and create just about any type of model they might want, from a street machine to an aircraft to a navy vessel to a fantasy roleplaying game figurine.
Don’t expect to see this order functionality right away, though. The company is rolling it out as a trial phase currently, with full accessibility coming in a few months.