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Price $5.00 handling fee
$3.49 per cm3
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$5.99 per cm3
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6 business days for most models
10 business days for models where all bounding box dimensions are over 50mm
12 business days

Design Guidelines for Frosted Detail Plastic

The rules to follow in order to create successful products in Frosted Detail Plastic. Read more on model checks
Max bounding box 284 × 184 × 203 mm 50 × 50 × 200 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must fit within these dimensions.

For Frosted Detail Plastics, the maximum bounding box is determined by the size of the printer we use to create your product.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box fits within our maximum limit. If it does not, you can try scaling it down, removing unnecessary features to reduce the bounding box, or considering another material with a bigger maximum bounding box.

Min bounding box X + Y + Z ≥ 12 mm

For us to be able to make a product, each of its pieces must be bigger than these dimensions.

For Frosted Detail Plastics, the minimum bounding box is determined by the printer's ability to successfully print very tiny products.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the bounding box of your product is larger than our minimum. If it is not, you can try scaling it up, thickening, combining, or enlarging parts and features, or trying a material with a smaller minimum bounding box.

Min supported wall thickness 0.3 mm thick

A supported wall is one connected to other walls on two or more sides.

For Frosted Detail Plastics, the minimum supported wall is determined by our ability to successfully clean your product once it has been removed from the printer. Walls that are too thin will collapse when the wax-like support material is melted away in an oven.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure supported walls are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a thinner minimum supported wall requirement.

Min unsupported wall thickness 0.6 mm thick

An unsupported wall is one connected to other walls on less than two sides.

For Frosted Detail Plastics, the minimum unsupported wall is determined by our ability to successfully clean your product once it has been removed from the printer. Walls that are too thin will collapse when the wax-like support material is melted away in an oven.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure unsupported walls are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, adding supports, or considering a material with a thinner minimum unsupported wall requirement.

Min supported wires 0.6 mm thick

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. A supported wire is connected to walls on both sides.

For Frosted Detail Plastics, the minimum supported wire is determined by our ability to successfully clean your product once it has been removed from the printer. Wires that are too thin will collapse when the wax-like support material is melted away in an oven.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure supported wires are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, or consider a material with a thinner minimum supported wire requirement.

Min unsupported wires 0.8 mm thick
1.0 mm if bearing weight (like a sprue)

A wire is a feature whose length is greater than two times its width. An unsupported wire is connected to walls on less than two sides.

For Frosted Detail Plastics, the minimum unsupported wire is determined by our ability to successfully clean your product once it has been removed from the printer. Wires that are too thin will collapse when the wax-like support material is melted away in an oven.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure unsupported walls are thicker than the minimum requirement. If they are not, try making them thicker, adding supports, or considering a material with a thinner minimum unsupported wall requirement.

Min embossed detail 0.1 mm high & wide

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Embossed details stick out from a surface.

For Frosted Detail Plastics, the minimum detail is determined by the printer's resolution. When detail dimensions are below the minimum, the printer may not be able to accurately replicate them.

To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may refrain from printing products with details smaller than the minimum, since the physical product will not be true to your design. If your product has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger or removing them.

Min engraved detail 0.1 mm high & wide

A detail is a feature whose length is less than twice its width. Engraved or debossed details go into a surface.

For Frosted Detail Plastics, the minimum detail is determined by the printer's resolution. When detail dimensions are below the minimum, the printer may not be able to accurately replicate them.

To ensure details come out clearly, make them larger than the indicated minimum. We may refrain from printing products with details smaller than the minimum, since the final product will not be true to your design. If your product has details smaller than the minimum, try making them larger, or removing them.

Min escape holes 4.0 mm diameter for one escape hole
2.0 mm diameter when there are two or more escape holes

Escape holes allow unbuilt material inside hollow products to be removed.

When printing in Frosted Detail Plastics, hollow parts of your product are filled in with a waxy support material, which is melted out in an oven before we ship your product. If escape holes are not large enough, this wax will remain inside the product.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make sure the escape holes are large enough and positioned in a way so the wax support material can successfully drain out as it melts. Insufficiently large escape holes will trap wax inside your model, making it frostier and denser than intended. This trapped wax can also cover up details on internal geometries. For most products, we recommend two holes of 2mm in diameter each. Having your holes at the opposite ends of the product (one on top, one on bottom) will also help the wax to drain more easily.

A single escape hole at the end of a cavity will not allow material in the corners near the escape hole to fully escape. So we recommend multiple escape holes at both ends of the cavity.

Clearance 0.05 mm clearance

Clearance is the space between any two walls, wires, or separate parts.

Frosted Detail Plastics are printed in acrylic plastic cured by a UV light. When the clearance between parts or features is too small, partially cured acrylic can fuse together the separate bodies.

To ensure the successful creation of your product, make the clearance between parts, walls, and wires is greater than the indicated minimum. If your clearance is too small, try making the gap bigger, or consider fusing the parts or features if their independence is unnecessary.

Interlocking and enclosed parts? Yes.

Frosted Detail Plastics are printed in acrylic plastic cured by a UV light. This enables interlocking parts, as long as the clearance is greater than the indicated minimum.

Multiple parts per model file? Yes.
Accuracy ± 0.1 - 0.2 mm for every 100 mm

More On Designing for Frosted Detail Plastic

Material Traits

Frosted Ultra Detail and Frosted Extreme Detail are very similar materials, both printed using the same base resin and printer, but with different resolution settings. With 29 micron layers, Frosted Ultra Detail offers very high detail and is ideal for miniatures and figurines which will be finished and painted. With 16 micron layers, Frosted Extreme Detail offers the highest detail of any of the materials we offer and can be used for the most detailed miniatures, and models like molds and mold masters where very smooth surface finish is critical.

Both materials utilize a waxy support material that is dissolved after printing is completed. Because the support material slightly changes the texture of the product, and isn’t applied to the entire product, you will see slight variability in texture over the surface of the model.

Design tips
In general, minimum wall varies based on features

The more stress is put on your object, the thicker it has to be. While the minimum wall is 0.3mm, this does not mean all parts of your structure will be strong enough at those thicknesses. For most designs, we recommend designing thicker walls as 0.3mm walls remain very, very brittle. Wires that support objects (like trees or lollipops), for instance, need to be thickened so they don't snap.

Parts that jut out are more likely to break during shipping

To protect your pieces, sometimes it is helpful to build a cage around your object. This is especially true for thin wires that jut out (like the post on a model ship), the thinner the structure the more brittle the part. However, please note that a cage might cause some leftover support material on your part, meaning your part might be slightly yellow. If you plan on painting your model, we recommend cleaning off any excess wax before painting because the wax prevents paint from sticking. Alternatively, you can thicken the wires that jut out to 0.6 - 0.8mm thick.

Material Info

Look and feel

Frosted Ultra Detail and Frosted Extreme Detail are both made of a UV cured acrylic polymer. While both offer high resolution, Frosted Extreme Detail uses a 16 micron layer height to produce incredibly fine features, making it a great choice for miniatures, model trains, and products with very fine embossed or engraved details. Both materials are well suited for painting, and are relatively brittle, especially when features are thin. The material is heat resistant up to 80°C / 176°F degrees.

Print It Anyway
We are piloting a new way for you to bring experimental products to life. With Print It Anyway, you will receive a 3D print in your hand, even if your model does not meet our design guidelines. Learn more about Print It Anyway.

All Frosted Detail Plastic finishes are eligible for Print It Anyway.

Handling and care
This material
  • is watertight
  • not dishwasher safe
  • not recyclable
  • not foodsafe

Frosted detail plastics are heatproof to 80℃ / 176℉ degrees. Higher temperatures may significantly change material properties.

How it's 3D printed

This material is printed using the Multijet Modeling (MJM) process. Molten plastic is deposited onto an aluminum build platform in layers using several nozzles, essentially like a large print that sweeps across the build layer. As the heated material jets onto the build plate, it solidifies instantly. After each layer is deposited, it is cured, or polymerized, by a wide area UV lamp. The next layer then applied, and through this repeated process layers of thermoplastic build up into a model. When printing is finished, we remove the models from the tray and put them into an oven that melts away the wax support material. Next, we put the models into an a ultrasonic oil bath to remove any remaining wax residues, and then a ultrasonic water bath to remove any oil on the model. Finally, we inspect the models and dry them by hand.

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What Others Are Creating With Frosted Detail Plastic

Hobbyist Projects
Miniatures and Scale Models
Disclaimer:
Please note that the 3D printed products are intended for decorative purposes. They are not suited to be used as toys or to be given to underage children. The products should not come into contact with electricity and be kept away from heat. Our materials, except for Porcelain, are not food safe.
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