I was allowed to try some iFun 3D printer resin, so here is my review.
iFun are a french company manufacturing 3D printer resins as well as accessories. They provide a vast range of different types of resins for various applications. For example, rigid resin, ABS resins and clear resins. They also manufacture a resin printer, known as the LCD001 Printer iFun.
The iFun 3D printer resin was packaged well. Surrounded by some thick foam, wrapped in bubble wrap and the resin bottles vacuum-packed too.
As a bonus, they also included a handwritten note to check out their site and two small packs of Haribo…how sweet of them! (See what I did there!?)
The bottles are 250g each and I was sent some Blue Rigid Resin and some Grey Toughness Resin. The labels appear to be informative and have the relevant warnings on. However, they are in French, of which I cannot read. The names seem to be printed on an inkjet printer rather than being professionally printed. They have screw caps on which are sealed with a bit of foil, which I did find difficult to try and grab hold of to rip off. Once I had got hold of it though, it didn’t come off in 1 piece, but pieces!
Smell and consistency
I found that the iFun 3D printer resin had a slightly stronger odour than the other resins I have, however, not too overpowering. Besides, the consistency of the resin is right and as expected. The blue resin had a lovely dark and deep blue to it. The grey resin was a dark looking grey.
Price and where to buy iFun 3D printer resin
The prices of the iFun 3d printer resin are reasonably competitive. For 250g of the Toughness resin, it is €29.90, and for 250g of the Rigid resin, it is €19.90. Other prices vary for the different resin types. These can be purchased directly from iFuns website
- A low withdrawal rate of 2.5%.
- High precision and beautiful details.
- The hardness of the fully hardened resin is 80 shore D.
- Excellent tensile strength and flexibility.
- Low odour.
- High strength and flexibility.
- 350J / m highly shock resistant.Very resistant to shocks.
- Low shrinkage rate 2%, high precision, performance similar to ABS.
- Low odour.
Let’s get printing!
I first started with the Rigid iFun 3D printer resin. I believe this is just your standard resin; however, it is labelled as rigid. A favourite print of mine is the Zombie Hunter Head, so I printed this first to see if the stock settings on my Longer 3D Orange 10 would work – and it did!
I do love the blue colour it gives and is delighted with the outcome of this.
Strong Flex door Carabiner
I did attempt the Strong Flex door Carabiner on Thingiverse however even though it printed well. It broke when I was putting together…its just too rigid for it.
Let’s try another model…This is the Sackboy from LBP in a Woody costume created by Daniel Thredson. The print came out great, however, with the 2nd picture, the light brings out every nook and cranny so doesn’t look as good, but in real life, it is a fantastic print! This was printed on a miniature scale using the stock settings of the Longer 3D Orange 10 resin 3D printer.
For the toughness resin, again, I printed the Strong Flex door Carabiner on Thingiverse to see how different it would be compared to the rigid resin. I thought this model would have been perfect for the toughness resin. However, it is not. This resin is flexible! It makes the carabiner clip useless really as it needs rigidity for it to function correctly.
I also found that this needed a longer curing time under the UV light after printing.
I thought why not print some springs, or perhaps some spacers to replace the springs of my FDM print bed as this is a kind of flexible resin. The Toughness resin has a max temp of 95°c so ideal for this type of application. I amended the recipe settings as to what was suggested by iFun 3d on their site
Firstly I printed these Ender 3 Solid Bed Mounts. They printed exceptionally well and appeared to be working well on the Ender 3 without issue! No warping or molten resin I can see so far. (There are remnants of blue resin from the Isopropol Alcohol bath!)
Secondly, I printed these Ender 3 Feet Noise Dampers. Again, fantastic prints and I suspect they could well be up to the job…
You can see the flex with the iFun 3D printer toughness resin when I apply pressure to this damper. Unfortunately, the weight is too much on my Ender 3, so it compresses it too much.
You can view a video below from iFun 3D on the best application and what it can achieve with the Tougher resin. The resin itself is pretty tough as you can flex this quite a bit without it breaking.
To sum up, iFun 3D produce some fantastic resins for many different applications. They have a multitude of colours you can choose from, and they even have a Natural resin set with four colourants of which you can mix your colours! Additionally, if I were to improve anything, it would most likely be the packaging. A professionally printed label, a stopper for the bottle and that would be it; however, the resin itself is perfectly suitable for printing with whatever the application. I would happily experiment more with their resins; however, having a budget resin printer, it may not be doing the justice it deserves!
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