Frosted Detail Plastic Material Information

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Frosted Detail Frosted Detail
Frosted Ultra Detail Frosted Ultra Detail
Price $5.00 handling fee
$2.39 per cm3
$5.00 handling fee
$3.49 per cm3
Ships in 8 business days for most models
10 business days for models where all bounding box dimensions are over 70mm
6 business days for most models
10 business days for models where all bounding box dimensions are over 70mm

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

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

For Frosted Detail Plastic, 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 Plastic, 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 0.5 mm thick 0.3 mm thick

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

For Frosted Detail Plastic, 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 Plastic, 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 Plastic, 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 Plastic, 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 0.2 mm high & wide 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 Plastic, 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 0.2 mm high & wide 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 Plastic, 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 Plastic, 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 0.10 mm clearance 0.05 mm clearance

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

Frosted Detail Plastic is 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 Plastic is 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 ± 0.025 - 0.05 mm for every 25.40 mm

More On Designing for Frosted Detail Plastic

Material Traits

During printing, Frosted Detail and Frosted Ultra Detail products are supported by a waxy material that is dissolved after printing is complete. This support material changes the texture of the product, making it slightly rougher and less transparent, and making stepping lines more visible. When printing in Frosted Detail, support material encloses the entire product, giving it a slightly lower quality but more consistent finish. When printing in Frosted Ultra Detail, only some portions of the product touch the support material, so the final product has a slightly inconsistent finish, but overall higher surface quality. We recommend Frosted Ultra Detail for any models that will be painted, as painting can make print lines more visible.

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 of Frosted Ultra Detail is 0.3mm and Frosted Detail is 0.5mm, this does not mean all parts of your structure will be strong enough at those points. 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. For more info on the ratios to use, read the next few tips!

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 Detail and Frosted Ultra Detail are UV cured acrylic polymer that is capable of incredibly fine details that are perfect for miniatures, model trains, and anything that requires a smooth and detailed finish. Particularly, if you intend to paint your model, the detail will really pop. Frosted Ultra Detail is brittle, especially around the minimum wall thickness. Thicker walls will result to stronger models. The material is slightly flexible and heat resistant up to 80ºC / 176ºF 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 80ºC / 176ºF 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.

Technical documents

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 3D printed glazed ceramic, are not food safe.
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