High Temp Resin is designed for functional prototyping in high heat applications. Understand the technical specifications and best uses.
The most notable property of this material is its Heat Deflection Temperature, which is the temperature at which a material will deform under a specified load. For High Temp, the heat deflection temperature is 289 °C @ 0.45 MPa.
High Temp is ideal for applications requiring the part to stand up to high temperatures with minimal loading. The material has almost no flex, however, so snap fits and living hinges are not suited for printing with High Temp Resin.
- Mold prototyping with desktop injection molding
- End-use parts in high-temperature applications
- Electronics encapsulation
Not recommended for
- Injection molding with industrial equipment
- Parts that will be under load
- Snap-fits and/or flexible parts
Comparison with Other Materials
For more information on High Temp's mechanical properties, please see the High Temp datasheet. To learn more about the performance properties of each Formlabs resin, refer to the library of material properties datasheets.
Printing with High Temp
High Temp is available in 25, 50, and 100 micron layer heights for both the Form 1+ and the Form 2. Reserve the 25 micron setting only for small objects, the size of a piece of jewelry or smaller. The only difference between 25 and 50 is a slightly smoother surface finish - otherwise the print quality will remain the same.
Observe the clarity of the silicone layer and replace the resin tank more often when printing with High Temp Resin. Prints with High Temp Resin require more laser power. Especially when printing at 25 microns, keep the prints small and move parts around the Build Platform.
Avoid printing High Temp on the Build Platform, due to adhesion issues that could occur between the part and the Build Platform; always print High Temp parts with supports. When printing very large or very heavy objects, increase the support touchpoint size or density, otherwise the piece may separate from its supports.
The finishing process for parts printed in High Temp varies slightly from the post-print steps for Formlabs Standard Resins. High Temp cannot be rinsed for more than 10 minutes in isopropyl alcohol (IPA), or the part will absorb IPA. If the part is not dried thoroughly it will crack with exposure to light and heat during post-curing. To finish a High Temp part:
- Remove the Build Platform from the machine.
- Remove the part from the Build Platform using the removal tools included in the finishing kit.
- Wash the part for 10 minutes. To automate the washing process, Form Wash agitates the alcohol bath and removes parts from the bath after a set time.
- When using a standard Finish Kit, wash in the first bucket for 5 minutes, then transfer to the second, cleaner bucket for 5 additional minutes.
- Leave the part out to dry.
Use the standard support removal and sanding techniques when post-processing parts printed with High Temp Resin.
Post-cure Your Part
High Temp must be post-cured in order to exhibit its high-temperature properties. Cure at 60°C for at least one hour total, making sure to flip or rotate the part after 30 minutes to ensure even exposure.
Formlabs’ post-curing solution, Form Cure, uses both temperature and 405 nm light for a fast and highly effective post-cure. Form Cure is available now for pre-order. Full setting recommendations for Form Cure will be available before shipping, and additional settings will be published as new materials are announced. Shipping begins in September 2017.
WARNINGYour High Temp part will not reach its full mechanical properties without a thorough post-cure.
Refer to our detailed research on Post-Curing Prints for suggested lighting and temperature for post-curing.