Chromatic 3D Materials
Chromatic 3D Materials, Golden Valley, Minnesota, is a 3D printing technology company, has an affordable option with its 3D print durable elastomeric components with RX-Flow™ printers. Designed for development and low- to medium-volume industrial production, RX-Flow™ uses 2k polyurethanes in a range of Shore A and D colors and properties. Parts printed with RX-Flow™ can be flexed, stretched, twisted and squeezed over and over – just like parts made with standard polyurethanes. An alternative to urethane casting and molding, RX-Flow™ creates finished and near-net-shape parts without tooling lead times and costs. With RX-Flow™, manufacturers get durable parts with the benefits of 3D printing: flexible volumes, faster iteration, more reliable supply and less material waste.
Conventus Polymers, Parsippany, New Jersey, excels in Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) with its cutting-edge thermoplastic materials. Designed for consistent viscosity and flow properties, these materials optimize printability in both filament-fed and pellet-fed printers. Tailored grades cater to high-deposition rate pellet machines, ensuring superior stop-start and bonding performance. Conventus offers a wide range of options, including custom colors, special effects (stiffness, strength, conductivity, FR), bio-based and eco-friendly alternatives, along with PSU and PES-rated materials for large tooling applications. A newer grade emphasizes enhanced die head wear resistance, crucial for stabilizing the printing process and preserving part dimensions.
Formlabs, Somerville, Massachusetts, a 3D printing technology developer and manufacturer, introduced Silicone 40A Resin to its library of more than 45 high-performing, proprietary materials. It combines the material properties of cast silicone with the flexibility of 3D printing to eliminate the labor-intensive molding and casting processes while enabling design freedom. With this patent-pending Pure Silicone Technology™, users can print 100% silicone parts with complex geometries in-house, in a matter of hours. Silicone 40A Resin can be used for soft, pliable and durable parts that can withstand repeated cycles of stretching, flexing and compression, for functional prototyping and end-use part production.
Mantle, San Francisco, California, a manufacturer of metal 3D printers, has a P-200 system that is the only metal 3D printer designed specifically for tooling. This means printing tools with the accuracy (+/- .001″ per inch), surface finish (1-3µm Ra / Charmilles 26 / D2) and tool steel properties (H13 tool steel, 42 HRC and heat treatable to 52 HRC) required for demanding tooling applications. Mantle’s printers allow companies to automate the toolmaking process while reducing lead times and costs.