Apart from flexible filaments, flexible resin can also be used to produce rubber-like prints. Flexible resins are a perfect choice when you want to develop or prototype highly precise flexible parts like gaskets, custom grips, stamps, and wearables, or when you want to add ergonomic features to your assemblies.
When printed, flexible resin feels just like rubber and will usually compress, “bouncing back” to their original form. The main drawback is that resins are normally designed for specific printers.
Here are three examples of flexible resin:
Formlabs Flexible Resin: Formlabs’ flexible resin is made for the Form 2 and will perform well under stress and extensive testing. It has a Shore hardness of 80A. Use it to produce bendable and compressible parts with resolutions of 50 to 100 microns.
XYZPrinting Flexible Resin: This resin is exclusively designed for the Nobel 1.0A printer. It has been tested by professionals and is guaranteed to give you superior quality and resilience. Its flexibility makes the prints bendable when subjected to forces while solid structures printed using it are impact resistant.
Type D Pro Flex: This epoxy-based resin by DruckWege is very flexible. It has improved properties (bending resistance and impact strength) and should be used on 3D printers with DLP/UV light sources.