thumbnail of Sunny Sahota
Fabricate, Processes & Materials

Options for 3D Printing Clear Parts

When it comes to 3D printing clear parts, it’s important to understand the clarity options available to you. Depending on your design requirements, the clarity level can play an integral role in your design review.

Here are 3 options for 3D printing clear parts to help you make the best material choice for your part.

Option 1: VeroClear Unfinished

transparent 3d printed part

Unfinished VeroClear material is more frosty than it is transparent. Its best use is for parts that require some translucency, but not optical clarity.

transparent 3D printed part side view
  • Price: Low

  • Technology: PolyJet  (0.016mm layer resolution)

  • Lead Time: 1 day with Rush Production

Option 2: VeroClear Finished

transparent 3D printed part, finished

You can achieve more optical clarity with VeroClear material by finishing it.

To do this, we hand-sand the surface to remove build lines and then finish the surface with a 2-part polyurethane clear coat.

A finished VeroClear part is great for designs that require clarity for functional purposes (e.g., reading a sensor or checking internal component positioning).

transparent 3D printed part, finished, side view
  • Technology: Polyjet (0.016mm layer resolution)

  • Lead Time: 2 day turnaround with Rush Production

Option 3: Acura 60

acura 60 3d printed part

Acura 60 provides the best visual clarity for parts. This material is best suited to mimic glass aesthetically and is great choice when creating packaging or housings that require optimal clarity.

acura 60 3d printed part, side view

 

  • Technology: SLS (0.06mm layer resolution)

  • Lead Time: 3 day turnaround with Rush Production

 

clear 3d printed parts, side viewclear 3d printed parts

 

Was this article helpful? Help us by sharing
Last page
How to 3D Print Light Pipes
The advent of 3D-printable transparent materials has opened doors to new possibilities with rapid prototyping for optical applications.
Up Next
VeroClear 3D Printing Material
VeroClear is a 3D printing material that's ideal for prototypes you need to see into or through. Summary Technology