Standard Black and White Resins Go Matte

June 16, 2017 in News

Our in-house materials team is constantly at work adding to and improving our resin library. In January, we released our first matte material: Grey Resin v3, which has since become our most popular resin. Now, we’ve rolled out this smooth matte finish to two more of our Standard Resins: Black and White.

Ready to go matte? Head to the store to order White v3 and Black v3 now, or request a free sample part to see them for yourself first. Read on for more on how to use these updated resins.

Order Black v3 or White v3

Matte Materials for Versatile Modelmaking and Prototyping

Matte materials produce prints with smooth, opaque surfaces ideal for modelmaking and looks-like prototyping. Preferred by architects and product designers, White Resin’s neutral color shows off fine details and is great for iterating on designs when you want to focus on form alone. Prior to the release of matte Grey Resin, Black Resin was our most popular material, beloved by engineers and designers working on projects like consumer electronics.

This after-market car attachment from Holley, printed in matte Black Resin, features gear shift indicators and customizable warning lights. It can mount in a dashboard or on a roll bar. The designs for the enclosure and the mounts were prototyped on a Form 2.
Black Resin’s opaque finish rivals injection-molded plastics, capable of producing incredible looks-like prototypes, such as this enclosure for an after-market car attachment from Holley (the prototype is pictured on the left, and final part on the right).

With all of our matte materials, layer lines are less visible, even on 100 micron prints, and thinner features won’t print transparent. Overall, matte resins are excellent for producing prints with a polished, elegant surface finish that requires little to no post-processing.

Priming is still necessary for painting any parts printed in matte materials. Learn more about priming and painting 3D printed parts in our tutorial.

How to Use Black v3 and White v3

The updated Black and White Resins function similarly to their predecessors. If you’d like to reuse resin tanks from v2, remove the earlier resin version from the tank (follow steps 1-4) and select “Ignore” to set the new resin type on the Form 2.

For the best results, any v3 resin should be shaken in the cartridge before printing. Printed parts should be put through the standard two isopropyl alcohol (IPA) baths after printing, using the Finish Kit or a rinse cycle in Form Wash. If you find white residue on Black v3 parts after washing, replace the alcohol bath with fresh IPA to eliminate dissolved resin. Remove any residue from parts after drying by brushing with a soft-bristled brush.

As always, be sure you’ve downloaded the latest PreForm release with print settings for Black v3 and White v3.

Standard Resins are designed to be used without post-curing, though the extra step makes Standard parts stronger and generally less tacky. When desired, post-cure settings are the same as the previous versions.

A knee joint 3D printed in matte White Resin.
White Resin is perfect for creating models with smooth, detailed surface finishes that require minimal post-processing. This knee joint model, from Biomedical Modeling, Inc., can help with pre-surgical planning and allows students to easily examine the geometries of human anatomy.

See New Matte Materials

We're excited to build on the popularity of the updated Grey Resin and offer more matte material options. Request free samples of Black v3 or White v3 to see the difference for yourself.

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