Thursday, June 13, 2024

3D Systems Introduces New Materials Engineered to Expand Capabilities of SLA, Figure 4 Platforms

ROCK HILL, SC, USA, Jul 26, 2023 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced new materials to enhance its Stereolithography (SLA) and Figure 4 portfolios – Accura AMX Tough FR V0 BlackFigure 4 Tough FR V0 Black, and Figure 4 JCAST-GRN 20. These new high-performance materials are enabling efficient production of end-use parts in industries such as automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, and consumer goods.

Novel, First-to-market Flame-retardant SLA Material for Large-format Parts

3D Systems is continuing the evolution of its SLA materials with the introduction of Accura AMX Tough FR V0 Black. The company’s materials scientists developed a new chemistry based on its Figure 4 materials that enabled the industry’s first flame-retardant material for SLA. As a result, the material is also available as Figure 4 Tough FR V0 Black for use with 3D Systems’ Figure 4 platform, allowing customers to scale part sizes and leverage the system advantages provided by each platform. Accura AMX Tough FR V0 Black delivers enhanced part quality and resolution for SLA that was previously only achievable with Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technologies. This new flame-retardant material achieves UL 94 V0 rating and is uniquely positioned in the market with its combination of flexural modulus and unmatched elongation at break of nearly 35%. These properties combine with long-term stability to make the new Tough FR V0 Black material ideal for applications such as printed circuit board covers, semiconductor equipment, electrical housing, covers, hangers, brackets, and flame-retardant parts for trains and buses.

Parts produced with Accura AMX Tough FR V0 Black are flame-retardant and pass UL 94 V0 test standards. This high performance, fast-printing material is able to produce production-ready parts in high quantities or at large scale.

Accura AMX Tough FR V0 and Figure 4 Tough FR V0 Black are planned for general availability in the third quarter of 2023.

New Jewelry Casting Material Improves Direct Casting Workflow

3D Systems’ Figure 4 Jewelry is an affordable solution optimized for jewelry design and manufacturing workflows. Today, the company is announcing Figure 4 JCAST-GRN 20, its latest jewelry casting material optimized for clean and easy burnout of finely detailed, high-resolution, accurate, repeatable jewelry patterns for direct casting. This new offering is the ideal complement to 3D Systems’ industry-leading MultiJet Printing (MJP) offerings for jewelry casting. The material’s enhanced properties make it ideal for the production of master patterns for gypsum investment casting of all types of jewelry, and suitable for a range of precious metals. The fully integrated workflow includes jewelry-specific build styles in 3D Sprint which provides design flexibility. The integrated workflow can also eliminate the need for post-curing, enables a fast turnaround of casting patterns.

Delivering additional jewelry production capability to the Figure 4 platform, Figure 4 JCAST-GRN 20 makes it fast and easy to print accurate, highly detailed master patterns for all styles of jewelry.

Figure 4 JCAST-GRN 20 is planned to be available in the third quarter of 2023.

“Materials are at the core of our additive manufacturing solutions,” said Marty Johnson, vice president, product & technical fellow, 3D Systems. “It’s imperative that we offer our customers the most advanced materials in a fully integrated system to address their unique application needs. Their challenges fuel our innovation. With the introduction of these novel SLA and Figure 4 materials, we are able to deliver additional capabilities to our customers that will facilitate operation and application flexibility and accelerate their innovation.”

Figure 4 Tough FR V0 Black shares a base chemistry with the Accura AMX Tough FR V0 Black delivering a uniquely tough material with high elongation.

For more information on these materials, please visit 3D Systems’ website.

About 3D Systems

More than 35 years ago, 3D Systems brought the innovation of 3D printing to the manufacturing industry. Today, as the leading additive manufacturing solutions partner, we bring innovation, performance, and reliability to every interaction – empowering our customers to create products and business models never before possible. Thanks to our unique offering of hardware, software, materials, and services, each application-specific solution is powered by the expertise of our application engineers who collaborate with customers to transform how they deliver their products and services. 3D Systems’ solutions address a variety of advanced applications in healthcare and industrial markets such as medical and dental, aerospace & defense, automotive, and durable goods. More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.

Nitin Patil
Nitin Patil
Editor and Director of Content, DailyCADCAM.com. Nitin completed his Master's in Mass Communication & Journalism and having 13 years of work experience as an editor, content writer with renowned international technical magazines and media companies. He is associated with CAD,CAM industry since 2008.
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