The UK’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing at the Manufacturing Technology Center has a carbon M2 3D printer strengthening its polymer printing skills.
Based on the Silicon Valley company’s Digital Light Synthesis technology already in use by companies Adidas, ford and RiddellThe M2 is a resin-based system that can be used to manufacture functional end-use parts from a range of engineering materials.
At installation, the MTC is certified as a partner of the Carbon Production Network following the latest work on the manufacture of components from a variety of these materials. In a press release, the NCAM announced that these new material capabilities, which include engineering elastomers such as elastomeric polyurethane and silicone urethane as well as two varieties of engineering rigid polyurethane, will enable the center to offer new high-performance components with high temperature resistance up to 230 degrees Celsius.
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Hoda Amel, Senior Research Engineer at NCAM, said, “The Carbon DLS process will help improve our polymer offering and provide customers with a wide range of materials and functional, aesthetic parts for their polymer additive manufacturing projects.”
Gary Miller, Head of European Partner and Market Development for Carbon added, “The National Additive Manufacturing Center has been a major inspiration in UK manufacturing. Utilizing the Carbon DLS process and engineering grade materials, the MTC is well positioned to highlight the discovery of applications that outperform at every step while reducing costs. Carbon is excited about the partnership with the MTC and we look forward to working together to develop applications that are suitable for our production materials. ”
The Carbon M2 combines a range of additive manufacturing technologies with polymers and metals already included in the MTC, including systems from Trumpf, Renishaw, Nano Dimension, Digital Metal and Stratasys. Most recently, the center investigated the 3D printing of ceramics with machines from XJet and Photocentric.
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