Searching for new printable matters ...
After identifying a new need of our clients, we decided to start a research program on plastic matters' printing. Indeed, as we use 3D printing on a daily basis, we figured out that the printable matters available rarely fill the technic and use properties. Our goal is to be able to print our products with the good matter in order to meet our clients' need. Thanks to a partnership with we were able to transform some matters from granule to coil of wire.
Once we had the coils, our research team started to look for their printing setting in order to get the best printing results. Thanks to our researches, we are now able to print around 30 plastic matters in addition with those already available
For example :
- Polypropylene (PP)
- Talc filled polypropylene (PP-T20)
- Polyamide (PA6.6)
- Glass fiber reinforced polyamide (PA6.6GF30)
- Polyoxyméthylène (POM)
- Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
- Polycarbonate (PC)
- Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
- High density polyethylene (HDPE)
An index card has been created for each matter with all its printing setting.
We are now in the characterization phase, with printed test pieces that will be tested following the standards ISO 527-1, ISO 527-2, ASTM D 638.
In order to reduce the coil wire's production time, we are going to get an extrusion engine. It will allow us to produce in our laboratory the matters used in our program and to keep studying on other matters. The next step will be to launch a mas production of the matters thanks to a regional partnership. This way, our research will benefit all the 3D printing users.