Making my mother some stamps with COLOP Photopolymer

My mother, after seeing my doodles and watercolor  post, suggested that I try making stamps, which sounded fun.   I had most of the equipment from other projects to give it a go.  All I really needed was the photopolymer.   After ordering a bottle of COLOP photopolymer off amazon, it showed up a few days later (it wasn’t even amazon prime, so I was impressed).

My first idea was to shove it into my 3D printer.  The whole idea behind my new printer was that it uses UV Resin, which is what a photopolymer is.   Shine a UV light on it and it cures.   It turns out that this stamping resin is so highly viscous that it’s barely a liquid and 3D printer resin is still quite liquid.   I started pouring it into the printer and it was hard to stop it from pouring because it was pulling itself out of the bottle.

Well, I can tell you that didn’t go well.   It was far too thick and the printer didn’t like it.  After editing the 3D printer’s program to see if I could make it work, I found the cured photopolymer wasn’t sticking to the platform and just ended up making a mess.

Continue reading “Making my mother some stamps with COLOP Photopolymer”

Kudo3d Bean on Indiegogo

Just under a year go I contributed to an Indiegogo campaign for a SLA printer called Bean and it finally showed up at my doorstep last week.

Kudo3D Bean Indiegogo showed up!

This printer has been basically been running non-stop since it showed up.  I’m having a lot of fun with it.  So far I’ve mostly been printing little figurines from one of my favorite 3d artists, who recreates a lot of characters I like.  I know his models are good and this has let me figure out all the ins-and-outs of printing with resin.

Continue reading “Kudo3d Bean on Indiegogo”