New Class of Photoplastics Three new functional polymers promote high-performance 3D Printing

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Nexa 3D, the maker of ultrafast stereolithography production 3D printers, and Henkel announced an expansion of their partnership with Henkel to immediately deliver three new performance photopolymer materials through Nexa 3D channels globally.

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The 3D printed bottle mold consists of the new xPEEK147-Black material.
The 3D printed bottle mold consists of the new xPEEK147-Black material.
(Source: Henkel)

The ultrafast NXE 400 manufacturing process offers multiple possibilities for greater design agility, supply chain resiliency and ultrafast implementation at every phase of the product lifecycle. Combining Nexa 3D’s productivity with Henkel’s expanding portfolio of functional polymers, makes it possible for customers to manufacture a wider range of parts such as housings, enclosures, pipes, packaging products, footwear components and production tooling for greater performance and functionality.

xPP405-Black is a tough semi-rigid material with high-strength engineering plastic delivering good impact resistance with performance similar to unfilled propylene. xPP405 boasts a modulus like polypropylene, an impressive 130 % tensile elongation at failure, and excellent UV weathering stability as characterized by ASTM G154 testing. xPP405-Black delivers an attractive industrial black finish and is ideal for a wide variety of design, engineering and manufacturing of end use parts for piping, consumer and industrial applications, including large housings and enclosures and sheet metal forming dies. To learn more about xPP405-Black, check out this video and the Nexa3D materials page.

xPP405-Clear combines clarity, toughness and impact strength with good heat deflection temperature between 50 °C to 60 °C. The material features a modulus like polypropylene, 130 % tensile elongation at failure, and exceptional UV weathering stability as characterized by ASTM G154 testing. It can be finished for excellent clarity and is perfect for a wide range of design, engineering and manufacturing of end use parts including packaging, bottling, piping and see-through elements such as transparent materials for light guiding applications and micro-fluidics as well as lighting applications.

xPEEK147-Black is a tough material with a good surface finish, and a strong dimensional stability featuring high heat deflection temperature. It is an ideal material for production tooling, molding applications and a variety of functional end use parts including automotive underhood applications. xPEEK147 exhibits higher temperature resistance of up to 230 °C with very high stiffness and is shown to be thermally stable for long periods with good solvent resistance and dimensional stability. To learn more about xPEEK147-Black, check out this video and the Nexa 3D materials page.

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