The maker of 3D printing systems Formlabs (Somerville, MA) has introduced a functional resin for engineering and prototyping applications that allows users of its Form 1+ 3D printer to produce strong, durable parts with physical properties akin to ABS.
Parts produced with the new Tough Resin will be able to absorb high impact and other mechanical stress that would normally cause 3D-printed parts to snap or shatter, said the company in a news release. Applications include load-bearing gears and snap-fit enclosures.
To demonstrate the functional properties of the resin, the folks at Formlabs have created what they are calling the first 3D-printed Rube Goldberg device. Several major mechanisms of the whimsical chain-reaction machine were 3D printed on a Form 1+ SLA machine using Tough Resin. Watch the short video embedded below. It's guaranteed to make you smile.
"Engineering and prototyping are a really important application of 3D printing. We're excited to release our new Tough Resin because now Form 1+ users can create high-resolution prints in a really durable, resilient material," said Formlabs co-founder Max Lobovsky. "Developing new high-quality materials continues to be a really important focus for us. Every time we release a new material, we create new possibilities for every Form 1+ user and build a more compelling experience."
Tough Resin is available in 1-liter bottles from the Formlabs web store. The material is compatible with both the Form 1 and Form 1+ 3D Printers.
Formlabs was founded in 2012 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms.