AM Materials Thermoset 3D printing materials for demanding industrial applications
At this year's Rapid + TCT event in Detroit, Inkbit presented its range of high-performance thermoset plastics offering exceptional longevity and stability to meet real-world demand.
Moving away from the materials used by most photopolymer AM systems, Inkbit materials are acrylate-free, delivering a step-change improvement in chemical and UV resistance. This innovative solutions can open new possibilities across many applications, the company states.
The Vista AM System, in combination with the supplier’s range of thermoset materials, offers a level of robustness and reliability to match the requirements of volume manufacturing. Its technology enables the use of additive manufacturing in demanding applications such as industrial automation, fluid handling, robotics and wearables.
The new material chemistries developed by the Inkbit team provide the performance and durability required for demanding applications. The Inkbit booth aspires to be a popular destination for attendees looking for material innovation including:
- Rigid materials that allow consolidated assemblies with precise features and tolerances;
- Chemical and temperature resistant materials that can handle corrosive fluids; and
- Elastomers with an excellent soft-touch feel, well suited for skin contact applications, seals, and grippers.
Using vision-based feedback control techniques and a material jetting design, the Inkbit Vista AM system combines dimensional accuracy, functional materials and low-labor post-processing — crucial elements for efficient, cost-effective, high-volume production. Equipped with a proprietary 3D scanning system that generates a topographical map of each layer after deposition, Inkbit Vista allows dynamic, real-time layer generation, ensuring that parts are generated with accuracy at speed.