Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts
Sign in to follow this  
randyinla

Hack: Smooth-On XTC-3d coating makes T-Glase transparent!

Recommended Posts

I have printed a few things in Colorfabb's clear XT and T-Glase, hoping to make things like windows for model cars or buildings. The end results were the same, crappy. Both product manufacturers suggest the thicker the layer, the better, as this refracts the light less than thin layers. However, you still can't see through it as if it were glass.

Just found this new use for Taulman's T-Glase filament. It fills in the voids around the edges of the layers and makes it more optically flat, like glass. Taulman claims it's some chemical bonding that magically happens with their filament, so I don't know if it will work on other "clear" filaments or not.

(I am not affiliated with either company)

The results in this post look amazing.

http://taulman3d.com/t-glase-optics.html

9272204_orig.jpg

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is a most timely post! I just bought acrylic tubing late last night to mate with my 3D print, as a hack, in order to achieve requisite transparency in my prototyping project. Wish I'd have seen this topic sooner. Appreciate seeing it now, Randy in LA

I happened to check Amazon and found this quote in their product description for this liquid application. Several distributors of this product appear in various search engines, so it is widely available it would appear, at least to US based modelers.

There were two, particularly informative, 5-star customer reviews posted on Amazon, as well should one be more curious as the result of your posted alert.

 

Product Description

XTC-3D® is a protective coating for smoothing and finishing 3D printed parts.

Two liquids are mixed together and brushed onto any 3D print.

Coating self-levels and wets out uniformly without leaving brush strokes. (Note: In multiple sites offering this product for sale, both disposable bristle brushes and foam brushes are shown as suggested applicators.)

Working time is 10 minutes.

Cure time is about 4 hours (depending on mass and temperature).

XTC-3D® cures to a hard, impact resistant coating that can be sanded, primed and painted.

Adding colors and metal effects [to XTC-3D® 2-part mixture in mixing cup] is easy.

Inexpensive to Use - 1 oz covers 100+ square inches. :shock:

90% Time & Labor Savings: XTC-3D® fills in 3D print striations and creates a smooth, high gloss finish. The need to post finish is almost eliminated.

XTC-3D® can be applied to both SLA and SLS prints.

It works with:

PLA,

ABS,

Laywood,

Powder Printed Parts, and

other rigid media.

It also can be used to coat:

EPS,

EPDM and

urethane foam

as well as

wood,

plaster,

fabric,

cardboard and

paper.

XTC-3D® does not contain VOC's, phthalates or phosphates.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Our picks

    • Architect Design Contest | People
      The goal of this contest is to design a set of people figurines that could be used in such a project to make an area, office or mall seem populated. 
      Think of different types of people in different environments, like walking people, people standing still, working people, and both men and women.
       
      • 31 replies
    • Taking Advantage of DfAM
      This is a statement that’s often made about AM/3DP. I'll focus on the way DfAM can take advantage of some of the unique capabilities that AM and 3DP have to offer. I personally think that the use of AM/3DP for light-weighting is one of it’s most exciting possibilities and one that could play a key part in the sustainability of design and manufacturing in the future.
        • Like
      • 3 replies
×

Important Information

Welcome to the Ultimaker Community of 3D printing experts. Visit the following links to read more about our Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy. Thank you!