RAPID + TCT 2018: 3D Printing Materials News from Roboze and EnvisionTEC

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The RAPID + TCT event is getting started today in Fort Worth, Texas, and 3DPrint.com is continuing to bring you the latest news from the showroom floor. We’ve been sharing announcements with you left and right ahead of the show, and now we’re bringing you two more.

Global chemical company SABIC, headquartered in Saudi Arabia, introduced several new materials at formnext in November, including its LEXAN EXL AMHI240F polycarbonate copolymer filament for FFF 3D printing. Now, Italian 3D printing company Roboze has announced that it will be adding this unique filament to its offering, particularly for the industrial Roboze One + 400 3D printer.

Roboze, a leader in functional prototypes produced in industrial materials like PEEK, CarbonPA, and ULTEM AM9085F, manufactures 3D printers that can handle high-performance, high temperature polymers, like SABIC’s LEXAN EXL AMHI240F.

“We are pleased to have Roboze offer LEXAN EXL AMHI240F filament on their printer platform,” said Keith Cox, Senior Business Leader, Additive Manufacturing, SABIC. “Our vision of helping the additive manufacturing industry to expand the use of engineering materials in end use applications aligns well with the capability of Roboze to deliver high quality printers for use in industrial environments.”

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SABIC’s polycarbonate copolymer, available in black, was developed specifically for demanding applications in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and consumer, with characteristics like high impact resistance and ductility at extremely low temperatures.

The material has a heat deflection temperature of 140°C, which is higher than that of typical ABS filaments. It can deliver up to four times better notched Izod impact at room temperature than standard polycarbonates and, depending on print orientation, up to three times higher at -30°C.

LEXAN EXL AMHI240F filament, which will be added to Roboze’s offering later this year, is perfect for applications that need better flame performance than standard polycarbonate materials can offer, thanks to its compliance with UL94 V-0 flammability standard at 3.0 mm in flat (XY) and on-edge (XZ) orientations.

“The new SABIC polycarbonate filament is extraordinary! The results of the first tests have given us enormous satisfaction, and will allow us to further expand the range of high performance materials of our machines,” said Alessio Lorusso, Founder and CEO of Roboze. “We are looking forward to working together with such an innovative company as SABIC. This relationship will not only inspire our technicians, but the entire Roboze organization as well. When experience and know-how come together everybody wins.”

By working with SABIC, Roboze is showing how committed it is to choosing the most advanced materials available in terms of chemical, mechanical, and thermal properties. LEXAN EXL AMHI240F filament will increase, according to Roboze, “the versatility of its materials dedicated to metal replacement like PEEK and Carbon PEEK.”

If you’re at RAPID this week, stop by the Roboze booth #2539 to see excellent samples of finished parts that were 3D printed using the new LEXAN EXL AMHI240F filament.

3D printer manufacturer EnvisionTEC, which is sponsoring the Medical Manufacturing Innovations conference at RAPID, is also introducing new materials this week, and will be showcasing its new medical-grade (MG) biomaterials, which can be used for applications in bone regeneration, biosensor housing, drug release, and wound repair.

The new liquid silicone rubber and biodegradable PCL polyester materials, now available for purchase, make 3D printed implants safe for human use, as they’ve been manufactured with the highest possible purity for use with the company’s 3D-Bioplotter models – the Starter, Developer, and Manufacturer.

EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani said, “These new materials show that EnvisionTEC continues to work closely with our customers and partners to develop materials that can be easily used on our highly accurate and reliable 3D-Bioplotter.”

The 3D-Bioplotter is EnvisionTEC’s only open-source materials 3D printer, which gives medical researchers and manufacturers the flexibility to develop their own materials for research or specific patients.

Users have been 3D printing materials like hydrogels, silicones, and thermoplastics on the 3D-Bioplotter for over 15 years to advance research, but the demand for standard 3D printing materials to use with the popular bioprinter has been increasing. With the addition of MG materials to its existing portfolio of Technical Grade (TG) and Research Grade (RG), EnvisionTEC now offers three grades of materials with different levels of cost and purity.

Upon request, FDF Master Files are available for the company’s two new in-vivo MG materials: UV Silicone 60A MG and HT PCL MG.

The biocompatible liquid silicone rubber material is bio-inert, transparent, and non-biodegradable, cured with a UV light for a Shore A hardness of 60. It’s sold by the kilogram, and has been approved for short-term use in the body – 29 days or less only. UV Silicone 60A MG can also be mixed with pigments, and applications for the material include biosensor housings, microfluidics, prototyping, and wound dressing.

Biodegradable thermoplastic polyester HT PCL MG is processed at high temperatures, and is suitable for both short- and long-term use in the body. The material, available in both 1 kg and 100 g packages, will be offered in two molecular weights – 80 kDa and 120 kDa – that affect degradation time, flexibility, and stiffness. Applications for this material include hybrid scaffolds, drug release, and cartilage and bone regeneration. Customers can also quickly and easily switch between 365 nm and 405 nm light sources when using these materials.

EnvisionTEC’s new UV Silicone 60A MG, shown here, is a ready-to-print liquid silicone appropriate for microfluidics, wound dressings and more. The company also launched a biodegradable PCL polyester for use with its 3D-Bioplotter printers.

EnvisionTEC will be displaying demonstration parts that were 3D printed with its two new MG materials at booth #1304 this week. Additionally, the 3D-Bioplotter also has a new feature option, and offers its photo curing head with another wavelength.

Discuss this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts below. 

EnvisionTEC Celebrates 15th Anniversary as a Leading Manufacturer of 3D Printers and Materials

DEARBORN, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

In celebration of its 15th year anniversary, EnvisionTEC has planned for a full year of activities that will include a new look for its brand, new products, a social media contest and the launch of an E-Team user community.

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The company’s “15 Years Better” campaign will culminate with an open house in the fall at its metro Detroit headquarters.

EnvisionTEC was founded in 2002 with a simple goal: to make a better 3D printer. Company founder and engineer Al Siblani, along with Chief Technology Officer Sasha Shkolnik, achieved that goal with the company’s flagship Perfactory 3D printer, now in its fourth generation.

Today, EnvisionTEC is a leading provider of 3D printers and materials to the global jewelry, hearing aid, dental, bioprinting and industrial markets. Every day, more manufacturers discover why EnvisionTEC 3D printers and materials are better as the company continues expanding into larger-format 3D printers, including robotic sand-casting 3D printers for foundries.

“This year marks an important milestone for EnvisionTEC and our employees, partners and users around the world,” said Al Siblani, CEO and founder of EnvisionTEC. “We are proud to provide 3D printers and materials that help our customers deliver exceptional products faster and have become essential tools for medical researchers worldwide.”

In celebration, EnvisionTEC today launches an updated look for its brand, which visually captures the company’s energy and passion for additive manufacturing. The new logo is orange and blue and evokes an eye, for a company that’s always looking to develop the manufacturing technologies of the future.

Additionally, the company will reveal at least five new and updated products, including an all-new line of bioprinter materials, as well as a new look for its printers and materials.

As a way of saying thank you to the company’s more than 5,000 printer owners worldwide, EnvisionTEC is also launching two customer initiatives.

A social media contest — called #MyFirst3DP —will invite EnvisionTEC users to share photos and stories about their first 3D print projects on social media platforms. EnvisionTEC will be rewarding top posts throughout the year. Current EnvisionTEC users will also be invited to join the E-Team, a new online community for ongoing 3D printing education, product feedback and to communicate with other users.

About EnvisionTEC

EnvisionTEC is a leading global provider of professional-grade 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2002 with its pioneering commercial DLP printing technology, EnvisionTEC now sells more than 40 printers based on six distinct technologies that build objects from digital design files. The company’s premium 3D printers serve a variety of medical, professional and industrial markets, and are valued for precision, surface quality, functionality and speed. EnvisionTEC’s intellectual property includes more than 100 pending and granted patents and 70 proprietary materials. Learn more at EnvisionTEC.com.

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formnext: EnvisionTEC Shows Off the Vector Hi-Res 3SP 3D Printer

envisionTEC-headline copyThere hasn’t been any shortage of announcements coming from formnext from day one, as exhibitors and visitors descend on the massive tradeshow in Frankfurt, Germany this week, but we see that EnvisionTEC will be stealing at least part of the show with the debut of their Vector Hi-Res 3SP. The idea behind the 3SP part of the name is scan, spin, and selectively photocure, all from within an industrial printer that creates large 3D printed parts at high speed—and high quality.

Featuring a build envelope of 300 x 175 x 200 mm with resolution at 0.002” or 60 µm in the X and Y planes, this 3D printer has twice the resolution of its predecessor, the original Vector 3SP. The latest version also includes a PC as a standalone, with a 56-cm (22-inch) touchscreen monitor. The printer is able to connect directly to a PC workstation or can be integrated into a network to involve job processing and even remote monitoring.

vector-current-hiresThe Vector Hi-Res 3SP 3D prints with minimal waste, allowing for a wide range of materials, to include:

  • ABS Tough
  • ABS Hi-Impact
  • E-Glass
  • E-Tool(for short-run injection molding of thermoplastics)

The 3SP line continues to grow also with the RAM 123 and SLCOM, all meant to offer industrial customers a wide range of options in manufacturing.

“EnvisionTEC is a company that provides genuine solutions for manufacturing professionals and the Vector Hi-Res and RAM 123 are the latest examples of our commitment to that mission,” said Chief Operating Office John Hartner, who will be giving at presentation at formnext at 11:30 AM on Thursday.

In ‘The Next Big Thing: 3D Printing with Composites,’ Hartner discusses EnvisionTEC’s technology, Selective Lamination Composite Object Manufacturing (SLCOM), allowing for fabrication with materials of woven fiber filled with thermoplastics.

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Parts from the SLCOM 1 will also be on display in the EnvisionTEC booth, allowing for visitors to catch a true glimpse of what this high performance 3D printer is able to produce.

“EnvisionTEC has shown steady growth over the past 15 years because of our dedication to developing solutions to real-world problems,” Chief Executive Officer Al Siblani said. “Our 3D printers and materials are made to matter for the professional manufacturing community.”

Additional specs for the Vector Hi-Res 3SP are as follows:

  • Build Envelope – 300 x 175 x 200 mm (11.8 x 6.9 x 7.9 in.)
  • Footprint (L x W x H): 91 x 91 x 152 cm (36 x 36 x 60 in.)
  • Weight: 192 kg (423 lbs)
  • XY Resolution – 60 µm (0.002 in.)
  • Dynamic Voxel Resolution in Z (Material Dependent) – 50 – 100 µm (0.002 – 0.004 in.)
  • Data Handling – STL
  • Warranty – 1 year included

EnvisionTEC’s partner Viridis3D will also demonstrate their Robotic Additive Manufacturing (RAM). This will be the first time it has been shown off in Europe, allowing visitors to check out the unique binder jetting head connected to a robotic arm allowing for the 3D printing of molds and cores for foundries.

The Vector Hi-Res 3SP will be on display at booth E10 in hall 3.1.

EnvisionTEC & Somos Collaborate to Create Superior 3D Printing Materials for Users Worldwide

envisionteclogoThe 3D printing industry quickly went from fledgling to fast paced–and competitive as all get out. While much of the world economy thrives on business, it can be a dog-eat-dog scene, as most everyone knows. And it can get lonely at the top as well. Every so often though, a dynamic partnership comes along offering all the right ingredients for two successful companies to complement each other perfectly, with the goal being to benefit their customer base.

PrintWhat better way to bring out the best around the world for users in 3D printing than to merge one of the leading producers of 3D printing solutions with one of the top materials manufacturers? For EnvisionTEC, founded in 2002, and a company with dual headquarters in Gladbeck, Germany and Dearborn, Michigan, it made perfect sense to team up with another international entity like Somos.

“Somos consistently produces cutting-edge materials for 3D printing,” says John Hartner, Chief Operating Officer of EnvisionTEC. “Working together will accelerate the possibility of producing large industrial parts with a high level of performance at much faster speeds.”

A world leader in additive manufacturing material development, Somos actually functions as a product brand of DMS, a global science-based company that focuses not only on materials development, but has a strong focus on innovative solutions that “nourish, protect and improve” performance globally from food to alternative energy to electronics and far more. They are dedicated to 3D printing, with the belief that it is a “major change agent for the world creating brighter lives for people today and generations to come.”

Developing materials for over 25 years, Somos has also been in the business of creating stereolithography resins. Currently, they have 15 different resins on the market, which are used in many applications, to include areas like the automotive industry and injection molding.

“We are very excited to be working with EnvisionTEC,” said Melissa Lutz, Business Director for Somos. “Their new, 3SP large-frame machines produce parts two to three times faster than the existing, industry-leading equipment. We can’t wait to develop high-performance materials that enable their equipment to expand into new industrial applications.”

Somos-PerFORM-Part-2The collaboration will strengthen both companies in that they can both improve and advance their own specialties and technologies as well as working together to make new applications–and most importantly– superior materials that offer:

  • Heat resistance
  • Durability
  • High detail resolution
  • Dimensional stability

As new materials are created, this should further solidify EnvisionTEC’s hold on the 3D printing market, where they already reign with their core based technology of selective light modulation which is currently being used in its DLP systems, popular in industries that produce items like jewelry, dentistry, and even specialized markets like those that produce hearing aids. With a strong commitment to providing their very best in 3D printing solutions for clients around the world, a collaboration with a company like Somos undeniably seems like a great choice–and we’ll be looking forward to following and reporting back on their progress.

What are your thoughts on this recently announced partnership?  Discuss in the EnvisionTEC / Somos forum thread on 3DPB.com.