Cincinnati Inc. to offer BASF 3D printing materials for SAAM HT
Appears in Print as: 'New materials available for small area 3D printer'
Source | Cincinnati Inc.
Part of a recent distribution partnership, build-to-order machine tool manufacturer Cincinnati Inc.’s (CI, Harrison, Ohio, U.S.) high-temperature Small Area Additive Manufacturing (SAAM HT) machine will now offer BASF 3D Printing Solutions’ (BASF 3DPS, Heidelberg, Germany) ABS plastic, carbon PET and recycled PET materials.
Ultrafuse ABS is created from acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene polymer, known for its strong, flexible and heat-resistant nature combined with light weight, abrasion resistance and affordability. According to CI, it is ideal for manufacture of low-cost prototypes.
Ultrafuse PET CF15 from BASF 3DPS combines easy processability and low moisture uptake with high strength and rigidity, at an affordable price point. With this PET material, users can 3D print new components that are reported to stay functional under high mechanical and thermal loads. It’s is said to be suited for the automotive industry, for jigs and fixtures and any applications with humid operating environments.
Ultrafuse rPET is a recycled PET that is said to look and print just like virgin material. Like Ultrafuse PET CF15, rPET is reported to capably handle jig and fixture applications, automotive work and prototypes.
Other material options for the SAAM HT include ULTEM, PEEK, polycarbonate and any thermoplastic up to 500°C.
Compared to legacy materials like steel, aluminum, iron and titanium, composites are still coming of age, and only just now are being better understood by design and manufacturing engineers. However, composites’ physical properties — combined with unbeatable light weight — make them undeniably attractive.
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