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Carbon Unveils New EPX 86FR Flame Retardant Photopolymer Resin

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EPX 86FR, a flame retardant photopolymer resin
Above: EPX 86FR, a flame retardant photopolymer resin/Image Source: Carbon

Carbon, a leading provider of 3D printing technology, announced the launch of EPX 86FR flame retardant photopolymer resin that employs Carbon’s patented dual-cure process. This is a step towards expanding its idea-to-production platform.

EPX 86FR flame retardant photopolymer resin achieves unrivalled flame retardance, functional toughness, high strength, and long-term stability. It can help reduce development time and tooling costs for end-use parts, functional prototypes, and tools in the automotive and industrial sectors that require flame-retardant and self-extinguishing features, such as housings, brackets, and connectors.

EPX 86FR is available to ship in North America, Europe, and the UK starting today and is compatible with Carbon M1, M2, M3, M3 Max, and L1 printers.

EPX 86FR Flame Retardant Photopolymer Resin

Above: Carbon Unveils New EPX 86FR Flame Retardant Photopolymer Resin/Video Source: Carbon/YouTube
  • End-use parts, functional prototypes, and manufacturing tools for consumer, automotive, and industrial applications requiring UL 94 V-0 or FAR 25.853(a) ratings with flame-retardant and self-extinguishing features work well.
  • Carbon’s high-strength epoxy-based engineering material, EPX 82, has similar properties, including functional toughness and temperature stability, but with better accuracy due to reduced warpage and higher green strength.
  • EPX 86FR, like the other resins in Carbon’s exclusive dual-cure resin portfolio, yields functional and end-use parts with exceptional surface quality, accuracy, and repeatability.
  • EPX 86FR is intended for use in the following applications: electronics device battery housings, fans, circuit board covers, automotive battery cases, brackets, covers, fasteners, cable clips, and connectors.

“We’re thrilled to bring this new material to market, broadening the already impressive materials offerings we have for our clients. EPX 86FR was created for critical industries and markets that require a V-0 flame rating, high performance mechanical properties, and smooth surface quality in a reliable, consistent, and high throughput printing platform.”

– Jason Rolland, Senior Vice President of Materials at Carbon

Astoria Pacific, a company that manufactures automated analysis solutions for laboratories, utilizes EPX 86FR to develop heat bath housings for highly regulated electronics devices, among other applications. 

“We encountered significant supply chain delays in sourcing PVC and sheet metal. We turned to Carbon’s platform and extensive material lineup, including EPX 86FR, to mitigate these challenges. Not only did we experience a much shorter production time frame using the flame-retardant resin–from 18 weeks through traditional methods to 2 weeks utilizing Carbon’s platform–but we also saw significant cost savings, enhanced surface finishes, reduced weight, and both thermal and mechanical advantages.”

– Whitney Menzel, Senior Engineer at Astoria Pacific

Carbon idea-to-production Platform

Carbon Idea-to-production platform
Above: Idea-to-production platform/Image Source: Carbon

Carbon’s idea-to-production platform means the ability to rapidly design, develop and scale production of better products in less time with the Carbon platform. Integrated end-use materials, software like the Carbon Design Engine™, and 3D printers running on Carbon DLS enable teams to accelerate bringing products to market — from idea to production.  

Earlier to the introduction of the new EPX 86FR, carbon launched two 3D printers – M3 and M3 Max 3D printers that enables faster printing, a simpler print experience, an expanded design space and a more consistent surface finish.

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