DALLAS, TX, Nov 12, 2019 – Next week the company known for tough flexible additive manufacturing photopolymers, Adaptive3D, will introduce a high tear-strength direct curing rubber and polyurethane-like elastomer at FormNext in Frankfurt. Elastic ToughRubber 90 (ETR) is a photores in designed for DLP based 3D printing of flexible end parts and products in the footwear, transportation, industrial and medical spaces.
In the past, it has been challenging to additively manufacture elastomeric materials with rubber and polyurethane-like performance, especially those with sufficient strain capacity. Fused filament fabrication (FFF) and selective laser sintering (SLS) of elastomeric thermoplastics result in properties and parts that are utilized primarily for prototyping. DLP and Sterolithography (SLA) printing require viscous materials with low elasticity, poor tear strength and small strains.Other DLP and SLA approaches require long and aggressive thermal post processes to form a secondary strong polymer network to displace the first printed, weaker network.
“Elastic ToughRubber 90 is a tough printable elastomer for all seasons,” said Adaptive3D CEO Walter Voit, PhD. He went on to say,“with stable performance at cold temperatures, a tear strength of 46kN/m, greater than 200% elongation, and ease of processing, Elastic ToughRubber unlocks the benefits of 3d printing to those who manufacture and sell rubber, polyurethane and foam parts.”
Beyond its superior performance, ETR is optimized for the processing needs and quality requirements of a true manufacturing environment. The photopolymer resinis a one-part system that does not need mixing, which ensures higher part-to-part quality. It is also pot stable, meaning that leftover resin can be used in the following prints, which reduces expensive waste and overcomes the significant environmental challenges of other elastomeric polyurethane photopolymers.
“Elastic ToughRubber is not just designed for end parts and products, it is already proven, and it is being used today to manufacture andsell consumer products,” said VP sales & marketing Kial Gramley. “Ultimately, we believe that the shoe industry is the perfect place for this material and we are ready to scale up production in 2020.”
Parts made from Elastic ToughRubber will be displayed at Booth 12.1 G01 at FormNext in Frankfurt, Germany from November 19 -22.
About Adaptive3D Technologies
Adaptive3D delivers premium polymer resins for additive manufacturing and specialty end applications. The company has a mission to enable high volume additive manufacturing through optimized materials. Adaptive3D offers leading additive manufacturing polymer resins and specialty polymers to a range of industries around the world in consumer, healthcare, industrial, transportation and oil and gas sectors. The company leads in printing and processing rubber-like materials, elastomeric materials, and low-cure stress photopolymers. The deeply technical company has developed a patent portfolio based on fundamental materials research, some of which has been translated from the University of Texas at Dallas and is based on past funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
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LONDON, UK, Nov 12, 2019 – EOS, leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, and AMFG, leading provider of MES software for additive manufacturing, have announced a partnership enabling direct streaming to and connectivity with EOS machines.
Making machine control a reality
The lack of connectivity across the additive manufacturing workflow remains one of the biggest barriers to adoption. Through their partnership, EOS and AMFG aim to remove this barrier and establish a fully connected and automated additive manufacturing workflow.
Customers of EOS machines will be able to manage their entire additive manufacturing operations with AMFG’s Manufacturing Execution System (MES), whilst simultaneously connecting directly with their machines through the software platform.
“EOS has always been at the forefront of technological developments in additive manufacturing,” stated Mirco Schöpf, product line manager connectivity & automation software at EOS. “We strive to work with partners who share our vision of innovation for additive manufacturing. Our collaboration with AMFG will help our customers continue to unlock the full benefits of our technologies.”
Keyvan Karimi, CEO of AMFG, said: “EOS is a global leader when it comes to 3D printing technologies and we’re thrilled to collaborate with such an esteemed partner. Our partnership not only makes machine control a reality, but it is also a major step towards establishing AM operations that are automated and scalable.”
Creating an end-to-end digital manufacturing workflow
Through AMFG’s MES software, EOS customers can also prepare build jobs and set important parameters like part orientation. Builds can then be sliced and the data sent directly to an EOS 3D printing system. The ability to monitor and receive machine data in real time is also in the works.
Both EOS and AMFG are exhibitors at this year’s Formnext trade show. Visit EOS in Hall 11.1, Stand D31 and AMFG in Hall 12.1, Stand G81.
EOS is the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore, EOS customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.
To learn more about EOS, visit www.eos.info/en.
AMFG is a leading provider of MES software for additive manufacturing. Their software platform empowers companies to streamline and manage their entire additive manufacturing workflows, integrating machine learning technology to deliver streamlined, automated processes.
With customers in 26 countries and across industries, their expertise is in working with companies to scale their operations and successfully integrate AM into their manufacturing processes.
To learn more about AMFG, visit www.amfg.ai.