Anyone who’s experimented with 3D printing knows it’s a great technology for making solid structures out of plastic. Thanks to the Discov3ry Complete, we’ve expanded the functionality of desktop 3D printers into the world of paste materials including bio-polymers, conductive materials and elastomers to name a few.

As applications for 3D printing continues to grow, we continue to experiment in the paste-material world. For example, what are people doing when a softer, more “spongy” structure is needed? Think about use-cases where an object needs to be flexible, like shock absorption in industries like aerospace or healthcare. 

We’ve been busy in the E3 Lab testing new printing settings to further expand the Discov3ry Complete’s functionality. Most recently, our CEO, Charles Mire, adjusted the bed level and print speed to create a cushion-like object using DAP Silicone Plus

See it in action:

Want to experiment with spongy structures?

Materials

  • Discov3ry Complete
  • 1 tube DAP Silicone Plus
  • Design of your choice (careful when choosing the design as the air pockets created could affect how the structure builds)

Settings

  • 1 millimeter layer height
  • 0.84 nozzle
  • Once first layer is completed:
    • Lower the print bed to create ~1 millimeter gap between the structure and the tip
    • Increase flow rate to 150%
    • Infill set for 65%; if you’re looking to tune the walls of your structure more, lower the % of infill to 40%