If you’re looking to get more durable, tear-resistant prototypes that can stand up to repeated flexing, you can’t go wrong with Agilus. 3D-printable Agilus is a superior rubber-like PolyJet photopolymer family ideal for advanced design verification and rapid prototyping that can hit various levels of softness and hardness in the same print job without any assembly or having to swap materials during printing.
Agilus accurately simulates the look, feel and function of Rubber-like products. 3D print rubber surrounds, overmolds, soft-touch coatings, living hinges, jigs and fixtures, wearables, grips and seals with improved surface texture.
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It is important to note that Agilus can merely mimic the properties of rubber and it is not a direct rubber replacement. Agilus cannot hold up to the same prolonged stresses and strains that a typical rubber can, but it can mimic the rubber properties in a part. The benefit is that it takes a significantly less amount of time to create a part versus the traditional manufacturing methods.
Printing Technology: PolyJet
PolyJet 3D Printing works by jetting layers of liquid photopolymer onto a build tray and instantly curing them with UV light. The fine layers build up to create a precise 3D model or prototype. This is similar to how an inkjet printer works but in 3D rather than 2D. One of the key benefits of this technology is the ability to combine multiple material types into each layer of the print, resulting in a wider variety of material properties and colors in the finished product.
With more recent updates to Polyjet technology, specifically the ability to dispense 5-7 resins at the same time, we can manipulate colors and well as rigidity on a part. Currently rigidity and color are dependent on each other. This means that as we add color from Vero resins to an Agilus30 base, the part will get more and more stiff, but we can still get a great amount of color representation and flexibility as shown in these parts.
Helpful Tips and Tricks To Remember
As with any 3D printing material, there are some important things to note when printing with Agilus30 that will help you get the most out of the material:
- Agilus30 works best with SUP705 support. In our shop, we typically use Agilus30 with 706 Support (Soluble), but it has been observed that Agilus30 prints by far the best when used with the traditional SUP705 breakaway support material.
- Keep temperature in mind. At room temperature, parts printed with Agilus30 have optimum elasticity. At very low temperatures, parts might become stiff and brittle, which should be considered when packaging parts and models for shipping. (Parts regain their original elasticity when warmed above 42°F/5°C.)
- When rinsing or clearing support material, use as little water as possible. Parts printed with Agilus30 and rinsed in water may have a milky-colored surface, which disappears while drying. You can accelerate the drying process using an air blower.
- Don’t expose Agilus30 to water for too long. It is recommended that Agilus30 matte surfaces are not exposed to water for longer than one hour, as this will weaken the material and produce less than desired performance.
Learn more about Agilus
This article is just meant as an introduction to this material. For additional details and specifics about all that it can do, take a look at some of our related content:
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