3D printing sugru for the first time!

We often get asked if you can 3D print with sugru, and until now the answer has been...nope we've never seen it done before.

Then, a couple of weeks ago an awesome suger-er called Mallin let us know about HYREL and their 3D printing tests.

So we sent them out some sugru to try out, and we are super excited to learn that IT WORKED!

HYREL 3D was dreamt up by Daniel Hutchison and a small group of engineers, designers, and business people who have been making automated machines for the semiconductor industry for the past 35 years. He posted the project on Kickstarter and it raised a whopping $150,000!! But the team didn't stop at that.

They invented a cartridge-based extruder system, called the HYREL Emulsifiable Extruder (EMO-25) - an amazing tool that allows HYREL to print various materials. So far they have tested printing with plasticine, Play-Doh and now sugru.

Check out their website for more info on their founding story and their printing test videos!

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That's awesome!

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Hi Louisk, in theory the sugru would only cure at the nozzle and could be remove this preserving the uncured sugru in the chamber. This needs to be tested but could work in principle. The exciting thing is that Hyrel managed to print this with the standard product with a small but smart modification.

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@Louisk : they developed a special head for it - if you'd watched the vid closely you'd have noticed that. I on my part did pose the makers an other question : If Sugru (an a damper solution) could be extracted on prefabricated or to be printed ABS... this would create special anti-slip holders of all sorts! Interesting topic this is.

Is there not a danger of it getting stuck in the nozzle and solidifying, given it presumably can't be melted like normal 3D printing materials? Or does it perhaps depend on using a special printer?

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