Shapeways announced their newest material, Frosted Extreme Detail, and it’s essentially the same resin–and uses the same printer–as their Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD) but features detail nearly twice as fine as FUD. They call it FXD for short, and it 3D prints in 16 micron layers … to create what Shapeways calls “unprecedented detail and surface finish, sharper edges, less stepping, and stronger walls and wires.”
They say it’s ideal for miniatures, figurines, and molds and masters for casting, and aside from requiring models which fit in a smaller max bounding box, Shapeways says the design guidelines are similar to those for objects built with FUD.
This latest material is priced at $5.00 for setup and $5.99 per cubic centimeter, and the company says that as the layers are much thinner than those of FUD prints, those thinner layers take longer to print and use more material. … (read more)