I test out the AmeraLabs AMD3 Resin, which is specifically designed to work with low powered 3D resin printers. For instance, Anycubic Photon, Longer3D Orange 10 and Sparkmaker, to name a few. Read on to learn more!
Lithuania based AmeraLabs goal is to engineer 3D printing materials that inspire. They create resins for 3D printers with a purpose: To empower and enable the creativity of the 3D printing community worldwide. As a result, they strive to produce resins with exceptional physical properties which are affordable and available to hobbyists and professionals alike.
AmeraLabs AMD3 Resin comes in a cool designed cardboard box, which is plain, simple and elegant. I like it! Contained within is the bottle of resin, and also, some gloves. I feel that all manufacturers should include gloves with their resin…as most importantly, it reiterates the safety needed when working with UV resin!
Furthermore, the bottle is made from sturdy plastic with a screw cap. The resin has hardly any smell at all, which is excellent! Consistency is right, and also even when the bottle is exposed to colder temperatures, it still flows freely.
The label gives the usual warnings, but also some critical points on the product, such as:
- High Resolution
- Better build plate adhesion
- Water or IPA washable
- Fast curing
AmeraLabs AMD3 Resin is advertised as a “Rapid curing high-resolution 3D resin”. As a result of this, shorter curing times are need which results in shorter printing time. It states that “Curing times of 5-6 seconds for 50 µm layer with black UV resin can be easily achieved” however, this does depend on your printer.
The settings I have used within Chitubox for my Longer 3D Orange 10 are as follows:
Let’s see the results!
Again, like my review on the Hero Resin, I did the Ameralabs calibration print. This one came out much better and with much more detail than the Hero resin. The bottom of my print had a beautiful film, which is most likely due to the short curing times it requires, but this did not cause any issues. I washed this in IPA before curing.
I’ve always been keen to print Alien Xenomorph with my resin printer after seeing the video from 3D Print Farm on YouTube. With a black resin, that appears to show some great detail, let’s give it a go!
The print appears to have gone well! A couple of the fingers got chopped off it seems. I also noticed that there is some excellent, paper-like resin that had cured on some parts. But this was easily removed without affecting the finish of the print.
The above pictures are straight after it had finished printing. There is a lot of support to remove, so let’s get going!
Here it is with a majority of the supports removed. With still a bit of cleanup to do, this print is looking great!
Now thoroughly cleaned up (to the best of my ability), washed in 99.9% IPA, then water (as it is water washable also!) and cured, here is the final result!
I don’t know what happened to the head (I may have knocked the printer slightly!), but overall I am delighted with this! As we all know, pictures do not do resin prints justice as it picks out the tiniest imperfections!
Where to buy
AmeraLabs AMD3 Resin is available to purchase directly from their website. Limited colours of just Grey and Black it seems, so I am hoping they will be producing more colours using the same high quality of the black!
To sum up, I found AmeraLabs AMD3 Resin was easy to work with. With it being a black colour, longer exposure times are needed so the UV light can penetrate the resin to cure. The details on the models were clean, and no doubt can be significantly improved with a higher spec printer.
I would use this resin again without a doubt, and the fact you can get your money back if not satisfied is excellent. However, I can’t see many users of this resin would have a reason to do that.
Great work, AmeraLabs!