In the previous Shapeways Material Torture Test I set fire to our base materials in the Shapeways Sample pack. Today I want to share a few more detailed videos showing how each material burns using a larger 3D print. In this post we will take a look at our SLS Nylon, SLS Metallic Plastic (Alumide) which is a Nylon and Aluminum composite, and Full Color Sandstone which is made of Gypsum powder, bound together with an adhesive then soaked in Cyanoacrylate (super glue).
Take a look first at our most popular material, 3D printed Nylon (WSF).
It does catch fire fairly easily but seems to extinguish itself after a short time based on this geometry. The Nylon melts into a hot, smelly napalm type form then cools and hardens fairly quickly. Do not try this at home. Do not expose your Nylon 3D prints to fire.
Next we set fire to the 3D Printed Metallic Plastic (Alumide) which is a Nylon and Aluminum powder based 3D printing process. It does catch fire very easily and stays alight, dripping a really nasty powdery, smelly hot napalm type goop, literally dripping fire. You should really keep your Metallic Plastic (Alumide) 3D prints away from exposed fire. Really.
Setting fire to Shapeways 3D Printed Full Color Sandstone (Gypsum Powder, Binder, Ink and Cyanoacrylate) which is a powder based 3D printing process developed by Zcorp. It does catch fire quite easily and stays alight, burning slowly and steadily. The smell is not to noxious, smelling a little like burnt paper or cardboard. After 6 minutes the 3D print was still burning so I blew it out to save the boredom.
All three of these 3D printed materials should definitely be kept away from naked flames.