Nexa3D, the maker of ultra-fast Stereolithography 3D printers, announced today the immediate availability of its latest high-performance polymer material – the xCE-Black, formulated for producing end-use plastic parts and injection moulding tools in minutes.
Nexa3D’s new material is a single cure polymer that delivers higher flexural strength compared to those typically achieved only in dual cure cyanate ester resins. xCE-Black has excellent isotropic properties and exhibits long-term environmental stability making it well suited for a variety of automotive parts, electronics and many industrial components as well as the production of injection moulding tools.
According to Izhar Medalsy, COO, Nexa3D, “Our rapid materials portfolio and reseller network expansion are consistent with our post-Covid-19 plan to deliver greater supply chain resiliency to our customers. With every addition of new materials and market coverage, we are taking decisive steps to deliver a substantial speed and productivity upgrade to our customers through our fast industrial printers and high-performance polymers at an attractive cost of ownership.”
The company tested xCE-Black extensively in a variety of end uses and found it to exhibit excellent thermal stability, making it an excellent match for many automotive, electronics, and industrial components. Additionally, xCE-Black is used to produce injection moulding tools for a wide range of thermoplastic polymers including PP, PE, HDPE and PETG. moulds printed from xCE-Black were successfully injected hundreds of times at temperatures between 230°C and 280°C without any visible mould temperature degradation or adhesion, and without the use of any mould release agents.
“When I needed to produce thousands of belt pulleys in our flexible factory overnight, I selected our new xCE-Black high-performance polymer material for the job because of its high flexural strength and long-term stability. Within the first 2.5 hours into the project, I was able to print 2,000 pulleys in a single build or 13 parts every minute. That’s really fast and extremely practical for serial production of industrial parts.”
Throughout Covid-19, Nexa3D continues to expand its collaboration with leading polymer suppliers to unlock the potential of new high-performance materials for additive manufacturing applications. Together with its partners, Nexa3D is committed to help its customers improve their design agility and supply chain resiliency throughout their design and manufacturing cycle, reducing the time required to produce functional prototypes and production parts from hours to just minutes.
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