Raplas, manufacturer of Industrial 3D Printing machines, and Arkema, leading chemical manufacturer, have announced a collaboration to develop a range of high-performance N3xtDimension® custom formulations of materials for use on Raplas’ large format SLA 3D printing technology.
Arkema’s extensive material expertise will be utilised for application-specific needs and new market trends.
Materials for Large format SLA 3D Printing
These new materials will be available for use on Raplas Production Resin or SLA 3D printing machines, which are open platform systems that enable shortened cycle times, high productivity, and high-resolution large-format prints. The ready-to-print solutions will provide end-users with unprecedented performance design freedom to address a wide range of application needs for investment casting, prototyping, and other extremely demanding industrial applications. The collaboration will also help to advance more environmentally friendly manufacturing processes in the industry.
According to Brad Rosen, Global Business Director for 3D Printing at Arkema, “We are very excited to work with Raplas to continue to develop best-in-class materials with overall excellent mechanical properties to foster the adoption of 3D printing to new industrial applications on a large scale. Initial results have shown great success with N3xtDimension® formulations on Raplas printers by leading players in major industries.”
“We are pleased that the Raplas Production Resin System installed at Arkema with our Resin Development Kit has been so helpful to improve efficiency and dramatically speed up the development process of these new materials.”– Darrin Dickinson, Vice President Of Sales And Marketing At Raplas
Dickinson added, “Parts made from custom formulations of N3xtDimension® resins built with our Production Resin Systems are in final testing by globally recognized brands, and we are very eager to bring these next-generation materials to market through our joint efforts.”
About Arkema: Arkema has a long history of developing specialty materials for photopolymerization, such as Sartomer®, and custom formulations for 3D printing, such as N3xtDimension®. Arkema is dedicated to maximising material properties and contributing to the transition to a more sustainable world through more sustainable solutions. UV-curable specialties, along with waterborne, high solids, and powder, are among Arkema’s key low-VOC technologies.
About Raplas: Raplas manufactures Industrial 3D Printing machines for some of the world’s most well-known brands, and it has a market-leading open architecture that allows customers to work in unconventional ways, fostering the development of processes and materials that are beyond the scope of many mainstream manufacturers.
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