I’ve been trying to find a way to print some test models with a colorless clear resin, but so far everything I’ve had people print for me has had a yellowish tinge to it. I’m not looking for crystal clear - it can be translucent, but it needs to be completely colorless with no yellow tinge.

I know that Madesolid had their Vorex resins which were supposed to be better about the yellowing, but I don’t know if they were truly yellow-free, and it appears they’re out of business anyways (their web site is gone).

So, if anyone has the setup to do this please let me know.

Thanks,

-Brian

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Hey Brian,

While MadeSolid’s website is down, their products are still being sold at major retailers and the website went down very recently (I was on it on Monday). I’m more inclined to believe that they’re switching hosts or upgrading the site than that they went out of business.

Regardless, I have worked with their Vorex Clear and Formlabs Clear, and have come to the conclusion that the yellowing is inevitable due to the material properties of the resin. Because they cure/harden at wavelengths similar to those emitted by the sun, any exposure to UV over time will inevitably cause yellowing. One way to delay this process is to coat the finished print with a UV protective sealant, and this will abate the yellowing for quite some time. If you really want a clear part, there is also other post-processing involved that will really improve the transparency of the part (see here and here). Obviously, these are pretty labor intensive processes.

The other alternative is to bypass SLA printers and find someone with a Stratasys Polyjet or 3DSystems printer who can print in VeroClear or similar. This is probably the closest you’ll get to true clarity/transparency but even then, it will yellow over time.

I know exactly what you mean. I’ve sampled several of the translucent emulsions and wasn’t really impressed with any of them. Is there a reason you are only interested in emulsion?
I have many translucent materials that I can print FDM at very high resolution. I print translucent PET, Colorfabb XT, Colorfabb HT, Polycarbonate, Bendlay,Taulman BluPrint and a couple others. I specialize in difficult prints and I can print almost all of these materials down to 50 micron resolution.

You can contact me at my hub if you want to discuss further.

-Jesse

Hi Brian,

Have you fond someone to print your models with the clear resin?

Sincerely

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