Jun 27, 2016 | By Alec

How often have you had to re-print a component due to little imperfections? 3D printed parts are easily ruined, and nothing is quite as annoying as wasting a 3D print yourself when carelessly cleaning and sanding it. Instead of wasting more filament and time by reprinting it, Bondic has provided an easy way to repair the original by hand. Thanks to their 3D Liquid Plastic Welder and UV LED light, it has become much easier to simply fill in the gaps and re-sand the part.

Of course the Bondic 3D Liquid Plastic Welder isn’t the first of its kind. Just a few months ago, 3D Facture launched a Kickstarter campaign for the similar Fixer3D printing pen. However, a single Bondic kit is a far cheaper and roughly similar in use.

So how does it work? Well, the Bondic material is not really a glue – which dries and solidifies far too quickly. Instead, the Bondic welder extrudes a solvent-free plastic that stays liquid until it is cured with the UV LED light that can be found at the back of the pen, giving the user full control over the curing process. “The Bondic® solution dries clear and creates a permanent bond. Bond, build, fix and fill virtually anything in seconds. Bondic® works on: plastic, wood, metal, PVC, steel, rubber, wiring, ceramic, figurines, vinyl, Kevlar, polypropylene, leather and so much more,” it’s developers say.

This obviously makes it suitable for a wide range of objects, and not just 3D printed ones. But Bondic is probably right in trying to appeal to the 3D printing market too. As they show in the clip below, it is particularly suitable for 3D printed components and lets users fix parts in a matter of minutes. “Bondic® is a very simple 4-step process (clean, fill, cure and shape) to fix almost anything, saving countless precious items from ending up in the trash before their time,” they say.

The UV LED cures the liquid in a matter of seconds, letting you quickly fill up the gaps with some quick wrist action. After that, it’s a simple matter of sanding the surface into the desired shape. The final surfaces should be 100 percent water-proof and very heat resistant – making it perfect for a myriad of (functional) 3D printed components. The makers only warn users that it’s not a glue, and advise against using Bondic to glue parts together. The bonds are presumably not strong enough to glue heavy components together, but that doesn’t make it any less suitable for filling surface gaps. Interested? You can order a kit on the Bondic website for as little as $21.99.



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DarrC wrote at 7/19/2016 5:43:16 AM:

And often less than $5....you can find it everywhere!!!

3d enthusiast wrote at 6/27/2016 9:22:57 PM:

This looks exactly like the liquid plastic UV tools they sell on eBay for $5.

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