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Announcing Frosted Extreme Detail (or FXD), our highest resolution 3D printed plastic ever

Frosted Extreme Detail Acrylic Resin

Destination Moon by Max Grueter

Today we are excited to announce our newest material, Frosted Extreme Detail! It uses the same resin and printer as our popular material Frosted Ultra Detail (FUD), but it’s almost twice as detailed! Frosted Extreme Detail, or FXD for short, 3D prints using 16 micron layers (vs FUD’s 29 micron layers). This means 3D prints that have unprecedented detail and surface finish, sharper edges, less stepping, and stronger walls and wires. It’s perfect for the most demanding miniatures, figurines, and molds and masters for casting.

 

Aside from a smaller max bounding box, design guidelines are the exact same as FUD, so many of your existing FUD designs are printable and you can get started designing amazing new things right away! Pricing for this material is $5.00 startup and $5.99 per CC. The difference in price compared to FUD is that the thinner layers take longer to print and use more material.

HOn30 PBR 25 Ton Climax #1694 v1

HOn30 PBR 25 Ton Climax #1694 v1

Example of painted Frosted Extreme Detail, a finish many designers like to do themselves after receiving the prints. Mini Panton Chair by kspence

Example of painted Frosted Extreme Detail, a finish many designers like to do themselves after receiving the prints. Mini Panton Chair by kspence3D Prints by Heroforge

Also an important reminder for those using our acrylic family. As Frosted Detail customers have known for a few weeks, we’re retiring our Frosted Detail material on April 29th. This material prints fully enclosed in support material, which then needs to be cleaned away. The process is wasteful, expensive, and the difficulties in production and cleaning causes late and broken parts. We’ve tried hard hard to improve this process, but it does not meet our high standards and are focused on developing better alternatives for you.

4/27 Update: After the transition, designs that you’ve printed in FD will still be accessible on your My Models page, and can be printed in FUD or FXD as long as it meets bounding box requirements. If you have any questions, particularly issues around the bounding box for multi part models, please contact us at service@shapeways.com.

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