CRP Technology launches Windform XT 2.0 IMG/ Source: TCT Magazine
CRP Technology, a supplier of 3D printing materials and services, has released a new material they’re calling Windform XT 2.0 IMG (Injection Molding Grade).
This high-performance material is a composite with a thermoplastic matrix, PA12 base, and increased reinforcing from carbon fibres, and it comes straight from the “esteemed TOP-LINE line” for 3D printing. This material is unique in that it is made entirely from reclaimed scraps of used Windform XT 2.0 powder for Laser Sintering, rather than from any new sources.
Engineer, CEO, and technical director of CRP Technology, Franco Cevolini, said, “For some time we at CRP Technology have been studying an alternative and total use of those exhausted Windform powders for selective laser sintering (SLS) that have fallen into disuse as they no longer meet our high quality standards.”
High-performance 3D printing material from CRP Technology
Windform XT 2.0 IMG from CrP Technologycomposition provides high-level rigidity, shock resistance, and accurate detailing, even in thin layers, claims the manufacturer. The prototypes manufactured using Windform XT 2.0 additive manufacturing maintain some critical properties, and the high-quality injection moulded components made from this material do as well. Its cutting-edge material is ideal for complex uses in fields as diverse as automobiles, public transit, electric mobility, farming, robotics, and industrial design.
CRP Technology claims that its technology involves the elimination of any new materials and the total reuse of “depleted” Windform powders, making it suitable for use in both traditional and additive manufacturing processes. According to Cevolini, the business was able to make the leftover Windform XT 2.0 powder work with injection moulding by regranulating it. CRP Technology is now ready to sell this recycled material to large-scale producers after successful testing.
Nexa3D, a company that specialises in high-speed resin 3D printing, donated its technology to the United States-based sports goods firm Wilson Sporting Goods, so that they could adopt 3D printing. In order to develop prototypes of injection mould tooling for Wilson’s youth baseball bat grips, Nexa3D’s NXE400 3D printers were used in conjunction with Addifab’s freeform injection moulding (FIM) technology and xMOLD soluble resin.
CRP Technology launches 100% recycled 3D printing material/ Source: AM Chronicle
This was done in order to meet the requirements of the project. In March of this year, Nexa3D acquired Addifab, which strengthened its partnership with Wilson. As a direct result of this, Wilson now enjoys enhanced creative freedom, significant time savings, and high levels of flexibility thanks to this relationship. Wilson effectively expedited its research and development procedure by integrating the 3D printing technology provided by Nexa into its workflow for prototypes.
Both Nicolet Plastics and Westec Plastics, two companies that specialise in injection moulding for the medical device market, have implemented the use of Mantle technology in order to improve their efficiency and cut down on the amount of manual labour required for the production of precise injection mould tooling parts. Nicolet Plastics employed the 3D printer that was provided by Mantle in order to build manufacturing tooling for a client named Gamber-Johnson.
This application of the Mantle technology by CRP Technology resulted in a significant reduction in the amount of time required by toolmakers, which went from 180 hours to 12.5 hours. In addition, the amount of time required to create initial samples of moulded components went from six weeks to two weeks as a result of this implementation. This was accomplished by producing three inserts using a 3D printer. Before beginning the moulding process, the inserts that Mantle had created were almost all the way finished; only a few minor touches of finishing work remained to be done.
In addition, Westec Plastics improved its tooling capabilities by using the metal 3D printing technology offered by Mantle rather of depending on the limited number of available toolmakers. Because of this acceptance, Westec was able to rapidly create H13 inserts that were between 75% and 95% complete, which freed up the time of the company’s toolmakers to focus on other important activities such as tool maintenance and repair.
Where will 3D printing be in the next 10 years and what does that mean for its future? In the decade that is to come, the field of additive manufacturing will face a number of engineering obstacles that will need to be overcome.
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