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GEL-LAY is an exciting and new innovation from the creator of LAYBRICK and LAYWOO-D3. We are proud to offer the newest experimental filament from inventor Kai Parthy. We are the only U.S. authorized reseller of this experimental new filament! GEL-LAY is best characterized as a jelly-like material that is very porous. This material is made from a rubber-elastomeric polymer and a PVA-component. That means that part of this filament is water soluble. Once you rinse this material in water, the PVA component disappears and the rubber polymer remains as your micro-porous object. GEL-LAY is ideal for creating artificial limbs or body parts, marine animals (like an octopus) or floatables. Other great applications for GEL-LAY include objects in water, marine organism flow simulation, and bio-mechanics. GEL-LAY comes in a .25kg package.
After finishing your print you will notice that the material is strong and only slightly bendable. However, rinse the print with water then your object becomes micro-porous & elastic. This is ideal for printing soft and flexible rubber like objects. To get full flexibility from your print you should leave the printed object sitting in tap water for 1-4 days.
The picture below illustrates the fascinating nature of the PORO-LAY series of filaments. The image on the left is PORO-LAY after being printed (strong, sturdy, rigid). The image to the right is that same part after being soaked in warm water (part became elastic, flexible, and rubber like after the rinse).
We recommend printing GEL-LAY between 225°-235°C. However, remember that each printer is slightly different so you may need to increase or decrease the temperature by 5°C until your print looks perfect!
Check out the video below to learn more about the PORO-LAY series!
GEL-LAY is part of the new PORO-LAY series which also includes LAY-FOMM 40 and LAY-FOMM 60. The PORO-LAY series is made by taking two different materials such as an Elastomer (rubber-like substance) and then blending that substance with a soluble component such as PVA. So after rinsing your print in water the PVA component dissolves and the print is then flexible and porous.
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