In terms of 3D printer ROI, a $400 desktop 3D printer can now produce a $400 part ready for end use.
Materials producer polySpectra has developed a new formulation of its flagship product which is compatible with desktop DLP and LCD resin 3D printers. As a reminder, its flagship product, a photopolymer resin called COR Alpha stands for Cyclic Olefin Resin. It is unique because of its sheer ruggedness. It also integrates a set of qualities that are comparable to injection moulded plastics.
Previously available solely for use on 385nm wavelength 3D printers, limiting use to industrial hardware, the new formulation expands availability to 405nm wavelength systems.
While many “production-grade” resins available today for 3D printing can create high-resolution parts with unique geometric complexity, they are often too brittle for demanding real-world applications. This inherently limits their use to prototyping and other less-demanding use cases.
This ruggedness is now more accessible than ever before. For the first time, inexpensive desktop 3D printers will have the capability to print with truly rugged resin.
R&D labs, small businesses without industrial budgets, and other users – many who already own desktop 3D printers – now gain the ability to create end-use parts in-house.
“The only difference between a toy and a tool is what it can produce,” polySpectra Founder and CEO Raymond Weitekamp, PhD said. “Whether you are running a $250 LCD printer or a $250,000 DLP machine – COR Alpha unlocks a step-change in ROI.”
As of launch, 405nm COR Alpha is fully validated for use on Asiga 3D printers. Additionally, many of the best-selling desktop 3D printer models out there are on the list of polySpectra’s exploratory 3D printers, including systems from Anycubic, Elegoo, Nexa3D, Phrozen, and Shining3D.
Over the next few weeks, polySpectra will announce validated print profiles for COR Alpha for many specific 3D printer models, in collaboration with these hardware manufacturers and others.
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