an interactive resin for 3D-printing by Thermochrome —Kickstarter


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About

Hi all, we are ThermoChrome, a team of enthusiastic engineer and computer scientist who is eager to work with other creators and professionals to explore the potential applications of functional resins. 

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New discoveries are often born from coincidences. We initially created our thermochromic resin to solve a medical problem but quickly realized it has much wider potential than we first envisioned. Now, with your help, we aim to develop new functional resins for 3D printing that can be used by designers, creators, engineers, and 3D printing enthusiasts. This new resin can change color according to temperature and therefore has many potential applications in areas such as food safety, saving energy, and monitoring temperature. But we are more than a resin manufacturer—we can also 3D print a variety of artful objects. Currently, we are developing a smartphone app than can display the resin’s temperature.

The resin is designed to interact with the surrounding environment. We have made three primary products so far:

Product specification
Product specification

  Resin 1 Coldsensor:

Coldsensor, blue to purple, activation temperature: 0°C
Coldsensor, blue to purple, activation temperature: 0°C

  Resin 2 Bodysensor:

Bodysensor, pink to clear, activation temperature: 34°C
Bodysensor, pink to clear, activation temperature: 34°C

  Resin 3 Hotsensor:

Hotsensor, grey to white, activation temperature: 60°C
Hotsensor, grey to white, activation temperature: 60°C

3D printing technology offers a new way to customize our products for potential customers. SLA printers can print out objects with high resolution. 

One type of SLA printer in action
One type of SLA printer in action

Printing results can be from your imagination:

Color changing vase
Color changing vase
Color changing chess pieces
Color changing chess pieces
Color changing bracelet
Color changing bracelet
Color changing Triumph of Arch
Color changing Triumph of Arch

The funds raised will be used in the following ways:

By the end of the project, you will be able to receive samples of the functional resin. We look forward to hearing from you about how our resin can be adopted in your designs.

Please take a look at two kinds of rewards we can offer:

Reward A: one set of three easy-to-use color analysis blocks, each are about the size of a quarter.

3D printed circular color blocks with three colors: blue, pink and grey
3D printed circular color blocks with three colors: blue, pink and grey

Our smartphone application can be used to take pictures of the color block, analyze the color and output the temperature reading.

A picture of the color block captured by a smartphone camera
A picture of the color block captured by a smartphone camera

Reward B: One liter of thermochromic resin will be delivered in a beautifully designed bottle. The type of resin may be selected from one of the three options listed above. The container will be designed by a bottle company. Our company logo, type of resin, and precautions will be labeled on the bottle.

We are a team of enthusiastic people who aim to provide affordable and creative functional resins to suit your specific needs.

Thank you for your invaluable support and believing in us!

We really appreciate your support in exploring the potential application of this new type of resin with us and sharing our project with your family and friends! If you have any questions, please kindly check out the FAQ section, and if unfortunately there is not an answer to your question or if you would like to provide any feedback, you are most welcome to post a comment or contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Risks and challenges

The current challenge will be to move ThermoChrome from small to mass production. Therefore, we are actively communicating with our manufacturers to ensure quality control can be reproducible in every single batch of resin that we produce.

Another challenge is that we currently know our resin is compatible with one specific type of SLA printer, in which it has promising results for stable and accurate printing. However, we need to ensure the resin is compatible with more 3D printers, but that will be outside the scope of this current project.

Our team will post on our Kickstarter page every Friday noon about progress, challenges, and potential delays.

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