REVIEW – I’m pretty new to resin 3D printing, but I have printed enough items to know that standard 3D resin can be very brittle. Chitu Systems contacted me and asked if I would review their Conjure Rigid Resin, so does it live up to really being rigid? Read on to find out.
What is it?
Conjure Rigid is a resin for 3D printing with engineering-like features for functional parts.
What’s in the box?
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- 1kg Resin Bottle (Available in 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10kg)
Design and features
Unlike most people who resin print models of characters, I print mostly functional parts. Brackets, mounts, and other objects you might consider tools or products.
I found that standard 3D resin was certainly not strong enough for my uses. It is typically brittle, especially when dropped on a hard floor.
I’ve been searching for a stronger resin, and the Conjure Rigid Resin is my first endeavor with”engineering” grade resin. I had purchased some of this resin with my own money before this review, but I was having issues with my printer and burned through most of it before I realized it was a software problem.
The Conjure Rigid Resin comes very well packaged in an air bubble-protected sleeve. The lid is very well sealed. Other resins sometimes have problems with leaking, but not so with Conjure!
The Resin is advertised as having “long-term environmental stability, strength, elongation at break balance, excellent surface finish, and durability with impact resistance like ABS materials.” A low shrinkage rate of 0.2% to %0.7%, 90D hardness, and 37% elongation at break make the prints non-brittle and more durable.
Chitu Systems Conjure Rigid is compatible with most LCD printers using 385-405nm UV light, which is most of them. The material can also be tapped, milled, and turned. Although it is not advertised as being drillable, I did try a 1/8″ bit and a 1/4″ drill bit. It did not go well in a 1/4″ thick resin bar.
My son designed a hub cap for his Datsun 280Z, and we printed it in regular Anycubix EC Resin. The next day he dropped it on concrete, and it broke. So I decided to see what the Conjure Rigid would do when dropped on concrete.
The cap survived with just a few dings, as just about any plastic would after hitting concrete.
I printed several test bars to test the strength of the Chitu Systems Conjure Rigid against the Anycubic EC Resin, which is a typical resin. The Conjure Rigid outperformed the standard resin by leaps and bounds. The Conjure Rigid was also less likely to break suddenly like the standard resin.
I also printed a functional belt clip, which standard resin is unsuitable for. It performs very well, bending to almost 90 degrees.
What I like
- Prints Well
- Very strong and flexible
What I’d change
- Nothing I can think of
The Chitu Systems Conjure Rigid resin printed well and performed well in my toughness tests. It does have quite a bit of flexibility when printing thinner parts, but overall it’s much better than a standard resin.