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3D Systems Launches Mid-tear Strength Elastomer for AM Industrial Applications

Published on 2020-06-23. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  3D Printing    

3dsystemsfigure-4rubber 3D Systems announces several innovations for its plastics materials portfolio designed to help manufacturers address a broader portfolio of applications. These materials – Figure 4 RUBBER-65A BLK, Accura Fidelity, Accura Bond, Accura Patch, and Figure 4 JEWEL MASTER GRY – are designed for the company’s Figure 4 and Stereolithography (SLA) printing technologies. With the expansion of its renowned materials portfolio, 3D Systems continues to open new production applications.

Figure 4 Rubber for Multiple Applications


This mid-tear strength elastomer has high elongation at break for flexibility and durability, is engineered for long-term environmental stability, and is tested per UL94 standards. These properties enable production of end-use elastomeric parts with a high degree of accuracy and minimal scarring from supports, which makes it ideal for applications such as air/dust gaskets, seals for electronics, vibration dampeners and pipe spacers.

“Our team has continued developing new materials across our plastics portfolio to address a broader set of production applications and providing data sheets with key test results and performance specs to make it easy for our customers to make the optimal material choice for their needs,” said Menno Ellis, SVP and general manager, plastics, 3D Systems. “Our material scientists and technical experts have leveraged decades of experience to engineer these high performing materials to deliver accurate, economical, and repeatable results to enable our customers to maintain competitive advantage.”

Biocompatible and Faster Production


Figure 4 RUBBER-65A BLK is biocompatible capable per ISO 10993-5 and ISO 10993-10 so it can be used to produce grips and handles as well as padding for splints and braces. Parts produced using Figure 4 RUBBER-65A BLK and 3D Systems’ Figure 4 technology can be produced faster than other similar competitive materials that require a secondary thermal post-cure.

Parts produced using Figure 4 RUBBER-65A BLK and 3D Systems’ Figure 4 technology can be produced faster than other similar competitive materials that require a secondary thermal post-cure.

As with all of 3D Systems’ production-grade materials, Figure 4 RUBBER-65A BLK is specially formulated for additive manufacturing by addressing three key customer needs:
  • Production Performance Properties
  • Production Mechanical Properties
  • Production Testing Standards.

This complies with the comprehensive testing standards – per ASTM and ISO. General availability for this material is planned for late June 2020.

New UV Curable Class of Post-processing Materials


3D Systems is also introducing a new UV curable class of post-processing materials with Accura Patch and Accura Bond. Accura Patch is a high viscosity material designed to fill QuickCast pattern drain holes during post-processing. Accura Bond is a high viscosity material created to join various printed patterns together into one large pattern. Both solutions can also be used with any of 3D Systems’ SLA resins for creating larger parts and for patching during post processing.

Accura Fidelity is currently available while general availability for Accura Bond and Accura Patch is planned for July 2020.

Figure 4 JEWEL MASTER GRY Opens New Applications


3D Systems is announcing Figure 4 JEWEL MASTER GRY - a versatile master pattern material for high volume jewelry silicone molds and for prototype/fit models. The material’s high heat deflection temperature ensures compatibility with a range of silicones for creating master patterns. Figure 4 JEWEL MASTER GRY is well suited for producing high definition master patterns for making silicone or RTV molds - especially for high volume, mass production of designs.

This material also delivers exceptional precise surface quality for design and functional prototyping, as well as snap-fit and stone-in-place testing. Figure 4 JEWEL MASTER GRY meets biocompatibility standard ISO 10933-5 for cytotoxicity, making it safe for try-ons and fittings. General availability is planned for late June 2020.


Source: 3D Systems
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