If you keep up with the 3D printing industry, you know there’s really no shortage of 3D printing filaments out there. From standards like ABS to more exotic options used in CLIP printing, there are tons to choose from.
However, few are capable of high-precision, high-definition printing. Shapeways wants to change that with the company’s newest filament.
Shapeways’ Black High Definition Acrylate Filament
Before we get too far into the discussion, understand that the new filament is not designed for FDM printers. Rather, it’s to be used in DLP (direct light projection) systems.
So, that means that you won’t be able to use the new black high definition acrylate material in your desktop printer. However, that doesn’t mean that this isn’t a great new development.
According to the company, the new material will be its most durable yet, as well as the most flexible. In addition, it will offer the highest resolution of all the company’s 16 different filament types.
“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.
We aim to provide the highest quality materials for 3D modelers and designers, and black high definition acrylate is the next step,” explained the company’s CEO, Peter Weijmarshausen.
The company has made it clear that the new material is a very good fit for those who design miniatures and models, particularly model trains. Thanks to the fine-edge detail capabilities of the new filament, makers can create a much smoother finish that will take paint better and offer a more refined appearance when done.
In the end, it’s all about creating a superior product with no tradeoffs between design and finish quality.
Notably, Shapeways does more than just create filament types. The company operates a print on demand service that allows makers who need small-scale orders and do not have the funds to invest in an advanced DLP printer of their own to get the high quality prints they need.
There is currently no word about whether the new material will become available on the market outside of Shapeways’ print on demand services, though.
The material will be made available in black and gray, and offers an accuracy of 0.1 to 0.2 mm for each 100 mm printed. Maximum print size (offered through Shapeways) is 84 mm by 63 mm by 230 mm.