Nov. 27, 2020
MH Build Photopolymer 3D Printing Resin is the go-to quality photopolymer material that specializes in providing amazing fine details for its low price-breaking cost. Using an epoxy-free resin formula stored in a pouch engineered to empty out every last drop in its container, MH Build Resin is designed for makers who produce D&D figurines, educational anatomical models, early concepts of industrial projects, and more without breaking the bank. Staying within budget without sacrificing reliability with resin has never been easier. Produced in Orange County, California, MH Build Photopolymer 3D Printing Resin innovates the fine balance between quality, price, and color selection to offer makers an affordable, top tier option in the resin market. Beginners can learn a new method of additive manufacturing and experts can produce beautiful initial prototypes starting at just the low cost of $16.99 for 500g and $27.99 for 1kg.
Photopolymer resin is a light-sensitive polymer that solidifies from a liquid to a solid when exposed to ultraviolet light—a process known as photopolymerization. Photopolymer is composed of monomers and oligomers (short chains of molecules), which are what form the resin’s liquid state until it is hit with UV light. The energy from UV light (typically in the form of either a beam or projection) is enough to cause the ends of the monomers and oligomers to react with each other and combine to form long polymer chains that eventually become the solid plastic layers of a photopolymer resin 3D print. These prints are generated using stereolithography (SLA), a form of additive manufacturing technology that utilizes photopolymerization using one of the following light sources: Laser, LCD (also called masked SLA [MSLA]), or Digital Light Processing (DLP).
Depending on its formula, a photopolymer resin may specialize in the quality of finish, durability, flexibility, bio-compatibility, and more. This versatility in enhancing a specific characteristic is one of many reasons that make SLA 3D printing a worthy member of additive manufacturing to learn. How does one successfully produce one of these amazing 3D prints out of materials like MH Build Resin? To understand how to achieve an awesome print with a particular brand of resin, we’ll need to understand what printer settings and other aspects are important to the success of printing for most resins. Continue reading below for a helpful guide that will improve your success with 3D printing MH Build Standard Photopolymer Resin and other SLA resins.
Tuning a 3D printer’s settings to a material is essential in achieving the best print results possible. Some resin 3D printers have their own brand of resins, which are designed to achieve great results with minimal adjustments. While the lack of tuning is a nice convenience, makers often want to experiment with a variety of SLA resins. Thanks to open-source resin 3D printers, as well as other printers that allow adjustment of basic print settings, trying other brands like MH Build Standard Photopolymer 3D Printing Resin opens up a whole new world of resin with cost savings and a variety of special qualities. When printing with resin that does not currently have any recommended settings by 3D printer manufacturers, any user can fine-tune settings on their own by adjusting the total depth of cure, leveling the build platform for a successful first layer, and setting the right layer cure time. Read below for in-depth instructions on how to calibrate each setting with an SLA 3D printer.
The first step to dialing in your SLA printer settings with a new resin is to establish the ultimate depth of cure (DoC)—the maximum thickness/depth of resin that your printer will cure.
This will ensure that you are able to achieve good bottom layer adhesion to the build platform which is essential for successful prints. For this test...
Once you have established that there is an acceptable DoC, the next step is to confirm proper bed leveling and first layer adhesion. Like FDM 3D printing, SLA 3D printing requires the first layer to adhere well to the build plate for a successful print. To do this, we are going to run the same test as for the DoC, but with the build platform installed:
Once you get the first layer adhesion right, then you can focus on fine-tuning layer cure time. Generally, larger layer heights require longer cure times and smaller layers require shorter cure times. Any change to the layer height will likely require some change to the cure time for optimal results.
This should take about 30-40 minutes to complete.
Here are some answers to questions you may have during your SLA 3D printing experience.
When finding the cause of an issue, please remember to test one factor at a time. Testing multiple factors at a single time will make it difficult to establish the root cause.
Thanks for reading How to Succeed with MH Build Resin! If you're looking for other helpful tips on how to succeed, check out our article Essential 3D Tools for SLA Resin 3D Printing.
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