The incredible story of a 3D printed Creation
Our NEO 800 SL (stereolithography) printers are deemed the most advanced of their kind. We have three, and ours print in two hardy photopolymer resins that offer the smoothest of surface finishes and allow for intricate detail.
SOMOS® EvoLVe 128 is a durable stereolithography material that producing extremely accurate parts and supports intricate detailing. DSM designed the resin for easy finishing (a time-saver) and its smooth, shiny surface with a very slight flexibility is beloved of model makers everywhere. It requires priming when painting and texturing, but the end results are nothing short of spectacular.
SOMOS® WaterShed XC 11122 offers outstanding clarity and the same level of intricate detailing as EvoLVe 128. It’s a much harder resin when cured, making it a popular choice for creating cores and master patterns for use with other, more traditional processes such as vacuum casting. WaterShed is also highly water resistant and bonds well to other materials with just your regular range of modelling glues. That’s ideal if you would like to make some post-printing additions.
Aurora is a showcase for our 3D printing capabilities. She’s designed to come apart for closer inspection, and she’s also designed to be a functional android, eventually. She wouldn’t be able to do either if she didn’t include some SLS, or selective laser sintering, components. For these parts we chose the PA 615 – GS Nylon, a 50% glass filled thermoplastic with a reputation for its strength and durability.
Last but not least, we included some vacuum casting for rubber components. We have an ability to print in silicone rubber using our DLS technology. However, we felt that vacuum casting would allow us to vary shore hardness and colour to achieve the perfect results.
Scripting the parts
In Episode 3 we will explore finishing and painting, featuring a supporting cast of Paragon Model Makers.