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3/9/2011

Carbon fiber/polyamide for additive manufacturing

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CRP Technology, a manufacturer of resin systems for rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing, has announced Windform XT 2.0, a polyamide-based, carbon fiber-filled material.

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CRP Technology (Modena, Italy), a manufacturer of resin systems for rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing, has announced Windform XT 2.0, a polyamide-based, carbon fiber-filled material. It is designed for use with selective laser sintering (SLS). The material replaces Windform XT and reportedly provides better mechanical properties compared to its predecessor. The new compound retains the matte black color of the previous version and features the following improvements in mechanical performance: an 8 percent increase in tensile strength, a 22 percent increase in tensile modulus; and a 46 percent increase in elongation-to-break. Potential end-markets and applications for the material include motorsports (e.g., underhood parts, such as intake manifolds and cooling ducts), components for unmanned aerial vehicles, and other aerospace parts and structures.

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