Coloured engineering Resins


Hi all, i’ve had my form 3 for a couple of months now & pretty pleased in general, but … and there always is one!
Formlabs obviously recognise the obvious need for many types resins, they also recognise that people want the ability to create colours they want, hence the colour kit, so why stop there?

in my case after creating a two part bracket/component in draft resin that my customer loved. He requested it in black which is a very standard colour in my line of work (Electronics Metal Working) I have Black V4 in the standard resin which looks great but is way too brittle/fragile for the job. Not a problem, FormLabs has many types of resins too choose from, i bought the durable resin (and a new tray) which worked as promised and delivered a good result though i wouldn’t recommend the colour and cant see too many customers asking for or accepting that look for a product. Again not a problem because Formlabs does a colour kit because they understand people want and need colours for the items they produce … right?

Bugger, apparently the colour kit is for creating colours in standard resin. I can’t understand this thought process, if Formlabs customers need to create an income from these machines the need for colour options is mandatory not optional. Formlabs bought Spectra, their longtime supplier of resins so why the one pronged approach to biocompatible resins only? I imagine more engineering types own these machines than dentists do? once they get the focus to the many restrictions for engineering the faster the growth will be.

I could be wrong and seeing it from an industrial point of view, but maybe i am right in my assumptions, wouldn’t a simple survey give some quick answers and if a good response is achieved then more surveys to focus on what the customer needs from there product