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Shapeways Unveils 3D Printed Black High Definition Acrylate, a UV Sensitive Acrylic Polymer

Published on 2016-04-15. Author : SpecialChem

Say hello to Black High Definition Acrylate, Shapeways’ newest material launched. It’s a high detail material similar to Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD), but smoother and more durable.

Figurines Made of High Definition Acrylate
Fig. 1: Figurines Made of High Definition Acrylate

Who is it for?

While anyone can use Black High Definition Acrylate, it is perfect for those designing miniatures because it provides very high detail in even the smallest designs and the smooth surface takes to paint very well. A few examples:
  • Model trains
  • Miniature furniture
  • Figurines

Black High Definition Acrylate is also really great for phone cases and jewelry prototyping because of its beautiful finish.

What is it?

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. It also provides a smoother finish which lends itself really well to painting. This material is more durable and flexible due to a combination of its strength and elongation properties, and is perfect for designers who want a more customizable material for miniatures and other high detail products.

How is it made?

Printed using DLP technology, the process 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.

About Shapeways

Founded in 2007, Shapeways is led by folks who've spent most of their careers in startups, and combine serious technical chops with an inspiring vision of what the world could be. Shapeways is bringing together a passionate, dynamic team of game changers. It is having a great time working and playing harder than we ever have in our lives.

Headquartered in New York, Shapeways has factories and offices in Eindhoven, Queens, and Seattle. Shapeways is a spin-out of the lifestyle incubator of Royal Philips Electronics, and our investors include Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Lux Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, INKEF Capital, Hewlett Packard Ventures, and Presidio Ventures.

Source: Shapeways

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