Mar.24, 2014

Frustrated with failed prints and the limitation of slim color selection, MadeSolid, a YC-backed company out of Emeryville, CA, is doing R&D to create high-quality resins with unique properties for your 3D printer.

MadeSolid is currently developing a resin suitable for investment casting. The resin is compatible with a number of SLA printers including the Form1, the B9 Creator , the Muve3D and more. The team said they have printed and casted a number of different formulas and they are near completion of the best version.

The Investment Casting Resin has a low viscosity making it easier to work with, and it is formulated to leave no ash or residue after burnout.

MadeSolid is taking pre-orders for the Investment Casting Resin, the current price is $199 for 500g. The company expects to start a small run at the end of April and to start shipping in May.

MadeSolid has been developing a variety of new products such as MS Resin and PET+ Filament for 3D printers. It launched line of SLA resin on indiegogo in 2013 to raise $15k for raw materials, and was successfully funded. Its MS Resin is less viscous than most other resins and is easy to clean out from vats. The final surface texture has a unique matte finish. For the indiegogo campaign, MadeSolid has added four colors for UV curable printer: black, white, pink and blue. The white resin can be used by architectural firms, while the black is great for showing the contrast of different parts of a build. The MS Resin is priced at $99.99 per liter.

In December 2013, the company launched PET+, a strong and flexible material for FDM 3D printers. The PET+ is derived from a different strain than existing PET filaments on the market. It is stronger than many ABS filaments and more flexible than ABS or PLA. It has the high print success rate with very little shrinkage during the printing. The PET+ doesn't absorb water like nylon does and it is 100% recyclable. The PET+ is priced at $34.99 / 1 lbs spool and can be used with Type A Machines, MakerBot printers and other extrusion based systems.

Dave Keeny printed this vase with Clear PET+ filament on his MakerGear M2 printer

Check out the video below that MadeSolid compares PET+ with ABS and PLA.


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Chris and Paul wrote at 5/14/2014 3:21:40 PM:

I have been experimenting with some forms of PET resin and testing it verses PLA, ABS, Polycarbonate and Nylon 6/6 and it definitely seems to have far superior properties. What I am using is not the PETT though. It is similar but much more durable. Unfortunately, I am running parts on a machine I bought from China that isn't as great as the MakerBots, Type-A Machines and 3D Systems Cubify machines, so my parts aren't turning out to be as lovely as I would want them. Hoping that someone out there with a good machine would like to buy some and take it for a test drive to share their results. With any luck we will have it to market by July/August 2014 and be offering it to the public on our website only at (still under construction but taking pre-orders through email if anyone wants to start testing it).

Laird Popkin wrote at 3/29/2014 4:15:07 AM:

I've been printing a lot with Taulman3D's T-glase, which is PETT, and I'm loving it. It's stronger than ABS, prints just like PLA, and is absolutely beautiful. I'm guessing PETT and PET+ are the same or very similar, based on the description here. Thumb's up!

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