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POROLAY is the name of a brand new series of 3D printer filaments. This new revolutionary line consists of foamy, felty filaments with a porous structure. With this filament you can build porous flexible objects.
The POROLAY line consists of four different types of filaments: LAY-FELT, LAY-TEKKKS, LAY-FOMM (40 & 60) and GEL-LAY. LAY-FELT and LAY-TEKKKS are similarly felt-like materials, though LAY-TEKKKS is thinner and more fibrous. LAY-FOMM and GEL-LAY are foamy and gel-like respectively. The composition of the POROLAY filaments consist of two different materials; a functional component, for example an Elastomer (i.e. a rubberlike) and a soluble component (e.g. PVA, sugar, salt, or soluble resins).
Note: the POROLAY filaments are specially designed for experimental use by experienced users.
POROLAY GEL-LAY is a new filament which has a jelly-like feature. This material is made from a rubber-elastomeric polymer and a PVA-component. That means that part of this filament is water soluble. Once you rinse this material in water, the PVA component dissolves and the rubber polymer remains as your micro-porous object. The jelly feature of this material makes it ideal for printing artificial limbs or body parts for e.g. robotics, marine animals, floatables and all other squishy objects. GEL-LAY is also very suitable for use in bio-mechanics and objects in water.
Your object printed with GEL-LAY will feel strong and rigid (slightly bendable) but after rinsing the print with water the object becomes micro-porous & elastic. This makes it very suitable for printing soft and flexible rubber like objects. For the best result of maximum flexibility of the printed object we recommend to immerse the print in a basin of tap water for 1 to 4 days.
Features of POROLAY GEL-LAY filament
- Optimal for printing soft rubber objects
- Close to no warping
- A heated bed is not necessary when printing with GEL-LAY
- Printed objects are hot-sealable after drying - after rinsing the material the (PU) remains as your object. This PU is a Thermoplast and all Thermoplast are hot sealable which means, when you make them partially hot, stick both parts together, let them cool down, they are now sealed together (as glued together).
- Micro-porous means micrometer-dimensions! Pores are not visible to naked eyes
- Printed objects can be filled not only with water, try to use emulsions of oil, glycerin, inks, salty solutions, or ionic liquids to make it conductive
- All the components of GEL-LAY are harmless and food safe. (FormFutura statement only)
Recommendations for printing POROLAY GEL-LAY filament
- Printing temp: between 225°-235°C
- For maximum flexibility rinse printed object in tap water for 1 to 4 days
- Shorten rinsing time by printing less walls/shells and less filling %
- Store filament dry / if wet after time > dry it in oven at 80° for some hours
- After drying printed objects will be hot-sealable