Read our Monocure Rapid Resin review to find out the properties and quality of print to expect from the material.
Recently, Monocure3D Rapid resins were delivered to our Test Lab. We have tested the resin and are ready to share our impressions and results.
About the Manufacturer
Monocure3D is a manufacturing company based in Sydney, Australia. The company has 30 years of experience in the development and manufacture of UV curing products, primarily for offset and 3D printing. This company has a large army of 3D printing fans around the world.
The company produces a wide range of resins and other materials. In this article, we’ll review the Monocure3D Rapid Resin.
Let’s get started
Monocure Rapid Resin Review
- The shrinkage declared by the manufacturer is very small, approximately 0.5%.
- The hardness of the already “dosed-up” resin is 70D Shore. In terms of hardness, it is similar to Wanhao or Fun To Do Industrial resin.
- Illumination wavelength range is from 225 to 420 nm.
- Sufficiently rich color palette. The resin is available in black, gray, blue, red and white. There is also a transparent resin.
For the tests, we took a blue Monocure3D Rapid resin.
The resin is translucent with a beautiful deep blue color.
Monocure3D Rapid Resin practically does not smell. This is a very big plus. Many resins we’ve tested before have a rather pronounced odor, and it was not comfortable working with them in a small room. With Monocure3D, you can work with closed windows, periodically airing the room.
Let’s move on to the actual time of exposure of the resin.
Monocure3D Rapid is marketed as a very fast exposure resin. In the official Facebook groups of Monocure3D and Wanhao you can see a huge number of examples of printed models from Wanhao D7 users with completely different exposure rates – from 2 to 8 seconds per layer.
So, what happened to us?
On Wanhao D7, we started with an exposure of 4 seconds. Flat models turned out fine. Howwever, when printing volumetric models with supports, some of them did not print.
When the exposure time was increased to 6 seconds, everything began to be printed perfectly.
Here are example prints with the layer height at 50 microns.
On FlashForge Hunter, we started at 1 second. However, this was not enough either. So, we added 0.5 seconds.
1.5 seconds per layer turned out to be the best exposure time for the Hunter. There were no problems with support, and the quality of the models did not arise.
For these rings, earrings, pendant and bracelet, the layer height was 50 microns.
Immediately after printing, the resin remains slightly flexible. This is big advantage when it comes to removing supports. You can quickly and conveniently cut the supports with a sharp scalpel.
After additional illumination under a UV lamp, the models became quite tough but NOT fragile.
Here is a model of Jon Snow at a layer height of 50 microns.
And here are a few rings printed at a layer height of 50 microns.
We also printed a small bracelet.
Even before we got our hands on Monocure3D resins, we got acquainted in detail with many custom resin cases that are on the Internet. And based on user reviews, we can conclude that the resin has an almost impeccable reputation.
We had no doubts about the quality of the resin. However, we wanted to check the exposure rate on our own experience, and confirm or deny the established reputation.
Of course, we did not achieve 2 seconds of exposure per layer when printing on the Wanhao D7. However, the result is 4 sec/layer for flat models and 6 sec/layer for volume models, which is still good. If you compare with other resins, the speed is higher, even though not by a lot of time.
With the Flashforge Hunter, the situation was identical. The printer managed 1.5 sec/layer.
From our own experience, Monocure3D resins are really high-quality and reliable resin. In fact, it is probably one of the least problematic among those that we have used. The surface of the products is smooth, beautiful, and have pleasant texture.
Monocure3D rapid resin makes excellent models that come out in high precision and great detail.