The machine builds the prototype setting down various overlapped layers made of molten plastic material. The main peculiarity of this technology is to use a real thermoplastic material rather than a resin with similar characteristics. The same material is then utilized by manufacturing plants. This process allows getting prototypes with a resistance to thermal characteristics in a range of 80° to 220°C and with mechanical characteristics 95% equivalent to the relative manufactured part.
The available materials are:
The thermoplastic material used in automotive industry (bumpers/covers/oil caps) is at affordable costs in order to let designers and engineers work in a repetitive way, make and fully test many prototypes. Furthermore, the material is also so solid and sturdy that new concept models and prototypes will behave like the final product.
-POLICARBONATO (PC )
Making polycarbonate (PC) parts lets engineers and designers combine speed and agility of 3D printer with reliability of the most common industrial thermoplastic present in the market. Thanks to the possibility to insource the production of solid PC parts as well as to the reliable FDM technology, now the manufacturers of equipment used in automotive, sales and other sectors, can explore new opportunities.
For prototyping, tool construction and manufacturing of little functional volumes of parts that require a greater crash test, the FDM technology works with PC-ABS thermoplastic material. This material merges the best characteristics of two FDM thermoplastics: the resilience and the thermal resistance of the polycarbonate and the flexibility of the ABS. Furthermore, the PC-ABS material shows a great element definition and an excellent finishing.
– PPSF/PPSU ( poly phenyl sulfone )
Performances have been tested in fire conditions. For printed 3D parts able to afford temperatures up to 220° and chemical exposure, the FDM technique – Fused Deposition Modelling – is used with high-performance PPSF/PPSU thermoplastic materials, for the insource production of engine prototypes or sterilisable medical devices.
The reputation is strictly related to reliability. This thermoplastic material, renowned for its exceptional performances, has thermal, mechanical and chemical properties that make it better than all other materials in the most of categories. ULTEM 9085 is a FDM (fused deposition modelling) thermoplastic perfect for aerospace, automotive and military applications thanks to the FST classification, to the high resilience/weight rate and to the existing certifications. It allows designers and engineers printing advanced functional prototypes and final parts in 3D