Impact resistant, durable resin for 3D printing

Formlabs has announced a functional resin designed for 3D printing applications in engineering and prototyping. Tough Resin is said to provide users with the same physical properties as ABS for strong and sturdy parts 3D printed on the FORM 1+ SLA machine.

Tough Resin has been engineered for applications that require performance under stress or strain such as load-bearing gears or snap-fit enclosures. Durable parts are advantageous for prototyping as they are representative of final production materials. Parts produced with Formlabs' Tough Resin is said to be able to absorb high-impact and other mechanical stressors that would normally cause 3D printed parts to snap or shatter.

Formlabs claim that, during testing against ABS filament and other ABS-like resins, Tough Resin was found to outperform every material available in desktop 3D Printing, delivering a combination of yield strength, elongation, and impact resistance.

Tom Austin-Morgan

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