3D SYSTEMS INTRODUCES NEW MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGIES AT FORMNEXT 2023
The company is introducing Accura® AMX High Temp 300C, SLS 300, a new professional service for C-103, and the DMP Flex 350 Triple — engineered to enable the efficient production of high-quality end-use parts in a breadth of industries.
3D Systems announced it will showcase several new product innovations at Formnext 2023 including materials and printing technologies engineered to help customers meet a variety of application needs.
DMP Flex 350 Triple Provides Efficient, Adaptable Solution for Metal Part Production
At Formnext 2023, 3D Systems will debut the latest configuration for its DMP Flex 350 platform, the DMP Flex 350 Triple. This compact, three-laser system includes the company’s best-in-class vacuum chamber design and extends the signature Removable Print Module (RPM) concept by supporting two distinct RPM modules with different build volumes. The company is making a wide range of materials available for use with this printer at launch. Highlights of this new system include:
- Larger build capacity, same footprint: The DMP Flex 350 Triple features the availability of a new RPM with a larger build of 350mm x 350mm x 350mm and can also accommodate the standard RPM with a build volume of 275mm x 275mm x 420mm. This renders the DMP Flex 350 Triple the most compact system that supports a 350mm x 350mm x 350mm build area. This makes it an ideal solution for cost-effectively processing a variety of parts including instance impellers and cooling plates. The RPMs can also be swapped for increased application flexibility.
- Seamless 3-laser load-balanced print capability: The DMP Flex 350 Triple laser offers optimal multi-laser load balancing and seamless surface quality scan strategies. This results in no seams or changes in roughness in zones where multiple lasers work together.
- Eight materials for a breadth of applications: The DMP Flex 350 Triple is capable of processing a wide range of aluminium alloys, including traditional cast alloys (i.e., AlSi10Mg, AlSi7Mg0.6), high-strength aluminium alloys (i.e., A6061-RAM2), and high-conductivity aluminium (i.e., CP1). This is an ideal selection for thermal management as well as lightweight structural applications. Additionally, nickel-based alloys such as Ni718, Ni625, and HX are available for high-temperature corrosion-resistant applications. Finally, 316L stainless steel is available which is commonly used in the (petro)chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries.
High-temperature SLA Material Accelerates Time to Part-in-hand
With the introduction of Accura AMX High Temp 300C, 3D Systems is delivering an industry-leading unfilled material with an unmatched heat deflection temperature (HDT) of 300°C, which is nearly double the HDT of currently available unfilled materials. The new chemistry of this material does not require a thermal post-cure thus enabling a more streamlined workflow and reduced time to part-in-hand. These properties make Accura AMX High Temp 300C ideal for high-temperature component testing and general-use parts for applications including HVAC, consumer appliances, motor enclosures, and stators.
An unfilled ultra-high temperature SLA resin that does not require a post-thermal cure and is engineered to meet the demands of applications requiring an HDT up to 300°C.
SLS 300 Expands Selective Laser Sintering Portfolio with Affordable, Turnkey, Closed-loop System
At Formnext, 3D Systems is formally introducing the SLS 300 (formerly the Wematter Gravity). The closed-loop system is designed to operate in a smaller-footprint environment outside of a manufacturing floor, such as offices, material research labs, or workshops, making SLS available to a broader range of customers with a high-reliability, affordable solution for the production of end-use parts. With the SLS 300, it’s possible to accelerate product development and in-house volume production with increased flexibility, lower risk, and reduced manufacturing and development costs.
The SLS 300 is an easy-to-install ecosystem that only requires a standard power source and an ethernet connection to be operational in less than an hour. The system is compatible with a robust material portfolio to address a breadth of applications. The patented packaging ensures users do not come into direct contact with any powder when filling the machine. The cylinders, made of sustainable paper and wood-based packaging, directly connect to the printer and fill it via a dedicated inlet on the front to keep the process dust-free.
In its booth at Formnext, 3D Systems will introduce the new SLS 300 Powder Recycling Station (PRS). This fully automated unit works in tandem with the SLS 300 to recycle unused material currently in the system and mix it with fresh material. This allows the user to fully use all material to maximize their investment while lowering production costs and reducing demand for human intervention. The PRS includes HEPA filters and was designed with acoustic dampening enabling it to be used comfortably in a variety of environments.
A compact SLS solution that is intelligently designed to even be used in non-industrial workspaces that overdelivers in build volume and throughput for its size.
New Metal Material Delivers Parts with Exceptional Mechanical Properties for Challenging Environments
C-103 is a Niobium-alloy classified as a refractory material that is resistant to decomposition by heat, pressure, or chemical attack and thus retains its strength and form at high temperatures. C-103 has a high service temperature between 1200°C and 1400°C and is capable of withstanding high stresses at these elevated temperatures. Because of its low ductile-to-brittle transition temperature, C-103 has excellent resistance to high-frequency vibrations. These properties make C-103 ideal for rocket, hypersonic, and jet propulsion applications including spacecraft, satellites, and launch vehicles in the Space, Aerospace, and Defense industries.
3D Systems’ DMP vacuum technology is uniquely suited for processing C-103 by ensuring a very low-oxygen environment which helps preserve the material’s properties since the material properties are very sensitive to O2 exposure. With the introduction of this material, 3D Systems expands on the recent successful performance verification of NASA's new GRX-810 super alloy and continues paving the way for advanced aerospace applications.
Application development services on C-103 and GRX-810 are currently available through the company’s Professional Services delivered by the Application Innovation Group (AIG). GRX-810 is currently only available inside the United States.
This Niobium-alloy withstands high temperatures and stresses making it well-suited for propulsion applications in space, aerospace, and defense industry applications.
Future Innovation Showcase & Real-World Use Cases
At Formnext 2023, 3D Systems will preview the PSLA 270, a new projector-based polymer 3D printing platform. This 3D printer is engineered to deliver larger end-use parts more rapidly than with similar platforms, bringing tremendous advantages for a breadth of industrial and healthcare applications. Formnext attendees are encouraged to visit 3D Systems’ booth to learn more and provide early feedback on this game-changing solution.
3D Systems’ solutions will also be showcased as part of the conference program featuring joint presentations with customers.
- Digital Direct Production (DDP) for Aircraft Cockpit Interior Components, November 8, 2:50-3:10 p.m.
- Driving New Technical Innovations: 25-Year Partnership Fueling Formula 1 Team’s Relentless Pursuit to Win, November 8, 4:40-5:00 p.m.
- Unleashing Efficiency & Precision for High-quality Impellers with 3D Systems’ DMP Factory 500, November 7, 3:30-3:45 p.m.