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Biomed Amber Resin - FormLabs

RS-FL-BIOMED-AMBER

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Rigid and biocompatible material for applications requiring short-term contact.

BioMed resins are medical grade materials designed for use in a wide variety of medical applications. Surgical guide resin and LT Clear dental resin are registered materials specifically indicated for dental applications.

Formlabs' BioMed Resins were developed for customers seeking biocompatible medical grade materials for a wide range of applications, from prototypes to end-use devices. Customers can use these materials with confidence for applications that require contact of the patient's skin and mucous membrane. In addition to meeting the requirements of the ISO standard for biocompatibility, BioMed resins also comply with ISO 13485.

Both BioMed Clear Resin and BioMed Amber Resin produce strong, functional parts that are biocompatible and compatible with most common sterilization techniques. BioMed Clear Resin is USP Class VI certified and is suitable for the manufacture of durable parts and parts requiring low water absorption. BioMed Amber Resin is suitable for the manufacture of rigid parts that may require higher definition.

The following table shows the comparison between these two resins:

MaterialBiomed ClearBiomed Amber
Tensile strength 52.9 ± 1.3 MPa 73 MPa
Tensile modulus 2.08 ± 0.13 GPa 2.9 GPa
Elongation 12.2 % ± 4.2 % 12.3 %
Bending strength 84.4 ± 1.0 MPa 103 MPa
Bending modulus 2.29 ± 0.02 GPa 2.50 GPa
Shore D hardness 67 D

BioMed Amber Resin is a rigid, biocompatible material for applications that require a short duration of contact with the patient's skin or mucous membrane. This resin supports print resolutions of 50 and 100 microns.

Parts printed with BioMed Amber Resin are compatible with common solvents for disinfection and sterilization methods. BioMed Amber Resin is ISO 13485 certified.

Biomed Amber

Image 1: FormLabs, FormWash and FormCure printer

BioMed Amber has the same composition as Surgical Guide resin; however, in dental applications it is recommended to use the latter, as it is CE certified specifically for dental use.

Medical and other applications:

  • Medical devices and components.
  • Surgical planning and implant sizing tools.
  • Implant guides and drilling templates.
  • Research and development.

Thus, Amber BioMed resin is a medical grade material, designed to be used in a wide variety of applications in the healthcare industry. 

To ensure the biocompatibility of BioMed Amber resin, the use of dedicated tanks, construction platform and finishing kits are required and should only be used with this and other biocompatible Formlabs resins.

Elongation at break (%) 12.3
Tensile strength (MPa) 73
Tensile modulus (MPa) 2900
Flexural strength (MPa) 103
Flexural modulus (MPa) 2500
Surface hardness 7
Medical use Medical use
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Here below, a series of usage tips that must be taken into account at all times with the use of FormLabs resins are cited:

Change cartridge

Changing the resin cartridge of the FormLabs printers is very simple, just close the top cap of the ventilation duct (vent) and remove the cartridge by holding it by the handle it has. Then the other is inserted and the vent plug is opened in case an impression is to be started. To avoid drips through the 3D printer, this process must always be carried out with the resin tank mounted.

Tapón de ventilación FormLabs

Image 1: Ventilation cap for FormLabs cartridges. Source: FormLabs


After finishing each print, the top cap must be closed so that the resin maintains its properties. In addition, if the printer is not used for some time, the cartridge should be stored in its original box to keep the properties of the resin intact.

Resin tank

Each type of resin should have its own resin tank, which should be changed after using 2L of resin. The Biomed Amber resin is compatible with the LT resin tank and the Form 3 resin tank.

Tanque de Resina LT de FormLabs

Image 2: FormLabs Resin Tank LT. Source: FormLabs

To protect and store the excess resin in the tank after each printing, FormLabs supplies a lid that ensures a perfect closure. Once the tank is closed, it is recommended to store it (with resin and lid) in the original box so that the resin doesn't lose its properties when exposed to UV rays for a long time. Another point to keep in mind is that the tanks can't be cleaned with any cleaning product or similar (for example, isopropyl alcohol), since they lose certain qualities that can cause continuous failed impressions.

Failed printing

When an error occurs in printing may be because solid parts of a previous printing have fallen to the resin tank. In this case, a spatula at 45° must be passed through the printing tank, gathering all the solid parts in a corner and removing them. To ensure that the tank resin doesn't contain any solid parts, the resin should be cast with a 190 μm paper filter. Once cast, it is put back into the tank and it is ready to be used again.

Video 1: Clean resin tank. Source: FormLabs

Isopropyl alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol is the key to the washing and post-processing of parts and you should know when it is time to change it. In the Finish Kit the moment to change it's when the IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) is so saturated with resin particles, that after washing the pieces are still sticky. At that point you must remove all the liquid, clean the container well and throw new IPA, but never fill in on the previous one.

Finish Kit FormLabs

Image 3: Finish Kit FormLabs. Source: FormLabs

In the Form Wash, the wash center itself indicates through its screen when it is time to change the isopropyl alcohol.

Video 2: FormLabs Ecosystem. Source: FormLabs

If you wish you can hire our SLA 3D printing training courses (online or in person) by contacting us through the contact form. The training is oriented to obtain a wide knowledge and know how to use the 3D SLA FormLabs printers from the beginning and thus avoid major errors.

General information
Manufacturer FormLabs (Massachusetts, USA)
Technology  SLA / LFS
Material Photopolymer
Wavelength UV 405 nm
Format 1 liter
Compatible 3D printers Form 2Form 3B
Compatible resin tanks Form 2 LTForm 3
Print setting
100 and 50 microns 
Exposure Time It is not necessary to configure the printing parameters in the Formlabs printers. The chip incorporated in the resin cartridges detects the type of material by configuring the printing automatically.
Off time
Lifting height
Bottom exposure
Bottom layers
Curing and washing properties
Washing time (FormWash) 20 min.
Curing time (FormCure) Form 2: 30 min / 60 ºC
Form 3: 30 min / 70 ºC
Mechanical properties (without curing / with curing)
Izod impact strength (ASTM D256-10) -
Charpy impact strength -
Elongation at break (ASTM D 638-10) 12.3 %
Tensile strength (ASTM D 638-10) 73 MPa
Tensile Modulus (ASTM D638-10) 2900 MPa
Flexural strength (ASTM D 790-15) 103 MPa
Flexural modulus  (ASTM C790-10) 2500 MPa
Surface hardness (ASTM 2240) 67 D
Thermal properties (without curing / with curing)
Softening temperature (ASTM D 648-16 / @ 0.45 MPa) -
Additional Information
Lifetime (since manufacturing) 24 months
HS Code 2916.1


* The typical values detailed in this table should be considered as a reference. Actual values may vary depending on the 3D printer model used, part design and printing conditions. We recommend confirming the results and final properties with own tests. For more information you should consult the technical data sheet of the product.

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