Formlabs announces Tough Resin and celebrates with 3D-printed Rube Goldberg machine

3D printed chain using Tough Resin
3D printed chain using Tough Resin

Formlabs, the makers of the Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer, has announced a new functional resin designed for applications in engineering and prototyping. Form 1+ users can now produce strong, sturdy parts using Tough Resin with physical properties similar to ABS plastic.

As the durable parts are essential for engineering and prototyping, parts produced with Formlabs’ Tough Resin will be able to absorb high-impact and other mechanical stressors that would normally cause 3D printed parts to snap or shatter. Ranging from load-bearing gears to snap-fit enclosures, Tough Resin material has been engineered for applications that require performance under stress or strain.

Formlabs has created the first 3d-printed Rube Goldberg machine, to celebrate the material’s release, and to demonstrate the many functional properties of Tough Resin. This version of the chain-reaction machine has been assembled by printing many of the major mechanisms with Tough Resin on the Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer.

3D Printed Rube Goldberg Machine
3D Printed Rube Goldberg Machine

The parts that are printed in Formlabs’ Tough Resin deliver a combination of yield strength, elongation and impact resistance, and the key characteristics used to assess material toughness. “Engineering and prototyping are a really important application of 3D printing. We’re excited to release our new Tough Resin because now Form 1+ users can create high resolution prints in a really durable, resilient material,” says Formlabs co-founder, Max Lobovsky.

“Developing new high-quality materials continues to be a really important focus for us. Every time we release a new material, we create new possibilities for every Form 1+ user and build a more compelling experience.”

Tough Resin is available in 1-liter bottles from the Formlabs web store immediately. The material is compatible with both the Form 1 and Form 1+ 3D Printers.