Shapeways Announces Black High Definition Acrylate 3D Printing Material

Shapeways announced an exciting new 3D printing material, Black High Definition Acrylate, a more durable and flexible material than Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD), due to a combination of its strength and elongation properties, with a smoother finish which takes to paint better. Black High Definition Acrylate is perfect for designers who want a more customizable material for miniatures and other high detail products.

“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 modelers and designers and Black High Definition Acrylate is the next step.”

Model train designers will be particularly excited about this new material. It offers increased detail for fine-edged and intricate models which is especially valuable to miniature scale designs and a smoother finish offers a better paint surface for detailing post production. 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 jewelry prototyping.

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 Modeling process, this new material is printed using Direct Light Projection (DLP) which provides excellent resolution and accuracy.

DLP technology uses visible spectrum light to cure the liquid resin one layer at a time. A resin bath sits above a high resolution projector which projects cross-sectional images of your model. The resin cures with exposure to visible light, curing an entire layer with a single pass. Since the entire layer is cured at once, build speed is generally faster than other technologies such as laser sintering or stereolithography which trace the slice of your model while sintering or curing at precise locations. After printing, models are removed from the build platform and are post-cured by a UV light.

"We're excited that 3D printed products are catching up to the kind of quality and detail that more traditional manufacturing methods offer," said Joshua Bennett, Hero Forge COO. "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 customizability. It's really just a great material for us all around."

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