Post-curing helps 3D printed parts achieve optimal material properties. Follow these recommendations to configure Form Cure for Formlabs resins.
Post-curing enables parts to reach the highest possible strength and stability. Optimizing the strength of parts requires light and heat, and post-curing is particularly important for Formlabs’ range of functional resins. For example, Castable prints require post-curing for a successful burnout, and Flexible Resin doubles its strength with post-curing.
Form Cure, Formlabs’ post-curing solution uses both heat and 405 nm light for a fast and highly effective post-cure. The 405 nm wavelength of Form Cure is identical to the Form 2 laser, making Form Cure an ideal post-curing tool for Formlabs materials. Include Form Cure in the process to finalize the polymerization process and stabilize mechanical properties. When post-curing with other hardware, refer to the alternate post-cure recommendations.
Optimal post-cure settings depend on the equipment you are using and the geometry of your part. The interactive tool below recommends settings for the post-cure temperature and the time required to post-cure in a 405 nm wavelength light source, such as Form Cure, for each Formlabs resin.
Form Cure Settings
Select the material type and version to see the recommended time and temperature settings for Form Cure. The recommended post-cure settings achieve acceptable mechanical performance and minimize the post-cure time. To post-cure previous resin versions with Form Cure, use the recommended time and temperature for the closest resin version number.
Post-cure settings are updated periodically, as materials are introduced and improved. Check for updated post-cure settings when using a new resin or revised formulation.
TIP:In general, over-curing is better than under-curing, so don’t worry about post-curing parts for extra time. Thick, bulky parts will require more time than these recommendations, because they are slower to heat to the proper temperature.