Tonight I had a chance to try a new resin from a third party provider, called ApplyLabWork. They were kind enough o provide me with a liter of their resin to try and evaluate.
The company makes a few resins with properties similar to FormLabs resins, including a couple of standard resins (they refer to them as Modelling), as well as a flexible resin. From the looks of it, they plan on offering more resin types (Engineering and Specialty), but there no info on those as yet.
The resin I tried is their basic Modelling Beige, which is pretty viscous, and looks similar to the FormLabs white, only a bit more cream colored (like vanilla ice cream).
The first test print was on something that I think is pretty demanding, one my very small Warhammer miniatures. The settings are very simple, White V1, and I printed this at 0.1mm The print was successful, without any missing or distorted parts. A couple of minutes in a IPA bath and out to dry for another 15 minutes. After that, it was an easy to handle non-sticky model.
I then removed the supports, which were still pretty soft, and came off without much fuss. I then took the pictures below, before I put the model in the UV oven, where it will be curing for the next hour or so.
For now it’s kind of hard to tell the surface details, but once the model is cured, I’ll give it a color wash to enhance the surface details, and post additional pictures.
All in all, I’m very happy with this new resin, and for those that are looking for an alternative to Formlabs resin, this one will do just fine.
Oh, and did I mention, the basic resin I used, is only $60, shipped. Roughly 1/3 what you’d pay FormLabs.
I don’t yet know how harsh this will be on the PDMS, but as I progress with it, I’ll post more information.
Meanwhile if you’re interested in getting some for yourselves, here is the link: