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How To Choose The Right Resin?

We check out the different types of resins available

Are you thinking of 3D printing in resin? Are you searching for a smooth material that focuses heavily on a high quality, that is quickly paintable or produces large sizes, transparency or great detail? Would you like to understand more about the technology behind 3D printing in resin? Or you just can’t figure out which resin to choose? Then this blog post is ideal for you!

Stereolithography, the mother of all 3D printing technologies, has been around since 1990. It is among the most widely utilised 3D printing innovations for plastic 3D designs. Instead of utilising powder or filament, Stereolithography technology uses a liquid resin to produce 3D prints. Given that we are handling a liquid product, an additional support structure is necessary for overhanging parts and cavities.

The 3D printing process takes place in a big tank filled with liquid resin. To start the procedure, a layer of UV-sensitive liquid polymer is spread over a platform. Then, by using a UV laser, selective parts of the liquid are hardened, depending upon where the laser beam strikes. The remaining product in the tank remains liquid. In the next action, the platform, together with the design, is reduced, making room for the next layer of polymer to be made use of top of the previous one. Again, the laser beam is applied to solidify selective parts of the liquid product.
This process is repeated until the model is finished. The required supports (for overhanging parts and cavities) are automatically generated, and once the entire process is done, the design can be raised out of the tank, and the supports are manually removed.

5 Different 3D Printed Resins

The primary advantages of our 3D printed resins are smooth surface areas, top quality, detailed prints and a substantial range of finishing and post-processing possibilities. However, let’s have a look at each of the five 3D printed resins in depth.

Standard Resin

One popular resin is Standard Resin. It is a product that offers excellent quality at a low price, making it the ideal low-budget material. It is available with or without support; the support can be manually removed with tools and sanding paper. Standard Resin has a high level of detail; it is clear, feels smooth to the touch and is easy to paint and post-process.

Grey Resin

Previously known as Prime Grey, is an extremely smooth resin, much softer than almost all other 3D printing products, and simple to paint. The standard finish is available in Natural Grey (Air Force Grey), however, in total there are nine finishing colours to pick from: white, black, blue, green, yellow, grey, red, orange and brown. Nevertheless, you can also paint it yourself. Moreover, a grey resin is used for a variety of purposes. It comes with a unique and great level of detail. It is suitable for small and medium size models, as well as features a gray smooth surface. The grey color is perfect for spray painting jobs. This is the reason gray resin is so popular among the modeling community. 

Mammoth Resin

The main benefit of Mammoth Resin material is that you can print in huge sizes: 2100  x700x 800mm. And it includes the very same high quality and smoothness as the other resins. So, if you wish to print a large piece, hesitate no longer and select Mammoth Resin.

The mammoth resin is used on the biggest 3d printers. Previously, the mammoth resin was known as paintable resin. 3D printers can print very large parts that can be spray-painted in various colors. 

Transparent Resin

As the name currently suggests, Transparent Resin is the material of your choice if you wish to print in a transparent material. The product is waterproof by nature and suitable for smaller designs that require a smooth, top quality, transparent surface area.

High-Detail Resin

Finally, our last resin, High-Detail Resin, doesn’t use stereolithography but instead utilises a 3D printing technology called PolyJet. So how does this work? It jets ultra-thin layers of resin onto a building platform. Each layer is instantly solidified by UV light. This procedure is continued layer by layer until the design is finished.

Again, supports are required for intricate designs, which can be removed by hand or water jetting once the printing process is finished. If you need a small design with a vast level of detail and a smooth surface, choose our High-Detail Resin.

Are you convinced that Resins are the method to use? Are you searching for a smooth material that focuses heavily on a high quality, that is quickly paintable or produces large sizes, transparency or great detail? Don’t look any further than 3D Printers Online to choose your perfect resin.