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Materials » Paintable resin

Paintable resin is suitable for visual models with limited functionality. The material has a medium mechanical resistance. Models made in this material have a smooth surface. It’s possible to get high quality finished models through extra finishing steps. Freedom of design is limited because of the structure necessary to support your models during printing.

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Typical use

Paintable resin can be used for presentation models and visual models with limited functionality, but with great surface quality.


Stereolithography is used to build your design with this material. Starting from a 3D model, a model is built by cutting it into thin layers via specialized software. A support structure is created, where needed, in order to deal with overhangs and cavities.

The process takes place in a large tank, and begins when a layer of liquid polymer is spread over a platform. This machine then uses a computer controlled laser to draw the first layer onto the surface of a liquid polymer, which hardens where struck by the laser. The model is then lowered and the next layer is then drawn directly on top of the previous one. This is repeated until the model is finished. In this way, layer by layer, an object is “drawn” in the liquid by the beam, with the layers being consolidated throughout the process.

When the object is complete, it is raised out of the tank via the supporting platform – much like a submarine rising to the surface of the water – with the excess liquid flowing away. The supports are removed manually after the model is taken from the machine.

Additional information

  • Models made in paintable resin are typically used as high quality show models. They are often also used as a master for a mould.
  • Upon request extra finishing steps are possible to get high quality painted parts. Different gloss levels are also possible.
  • Keep the natural model out of the direct sunlight to prevent discoloration. Painting or varnishing your model will prevent or limit discoloration.

Ships in 8-13 business days

Minimum wall thickness 1 to 3 mm
(depending on dimensions)

Minimum details 0.5 mm

Maximum size 2100 x 700 x 800 mm