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July 25, 2013 AT 1:00 pm

Formlabs Clear versus Shapeways FUD — a comparison #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Check out this helpful head-to-head comparison between small, highly detailed Form 1 vs Shapeways resin prints, from MyPlasticFuture:

A couple of weeks ago I printed a tiny robot pendent and a tiny mech pendent and posted them to Thingiverse. I posted pictures of the prints from my Form 1, which led to discussing the Form 1′s quality with Kacie Hultgren of Pretty Small Things fame. While she is able to print a number of her miniatures on her Makerbot, she also uses Shapeways for items with small details, and is considering adding a Form 1 to her workflow. We decided it would be great to test the Form 1 Clear resin and Shapeways FUD side-by-side and learn what was to be learned, so she emailed me three of the STL files she previously had printed by Shapeways and I got to work.

The first thing I 3D printed was her Windsor fan back chair model. I figured I might as well start with the most detailed item and see if the Form 1 could handle it. I printed it at 0.05mm layer height using the clear resin settings without rotating the object, which means less support. The spindles on the back were quite thin and softened up a lot in the alcohol bath and just never recovered. I knew it would be a hard one to have work, but was surprised that it at least stayed together….

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