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3D Systems to release test data for Figure 4 materials

The detailed material data follows ASTM and ISO standards

3D Systems has completed comprehensive testing for new Figure 4 materials following ASTM and ISO standards. The new materials, developed for its scalable Figure 4 system, will soon have test data available, making adoption easier for end-use production applications in a variety of sectors.

Among the materials that underwent testing were Figure 4 PRO-BLK 10, Figure 4 EGGSHELL-AMB 10, Figure 4 HI TEMP 300-AMB, Figure 4 FLEX-BLK 20, Figure 4 RUBBER-BLK 10, Figure 4 TOUGH-BLK 20, Figure 4 MED-AMB 10 and Figure 4 MED-WHT 10. 3D Systems tested all the materials against an extensive set of properties, such as long-term environmental stability, electrical data, UL94 flammability, biocompatibility, ISO mechanical properties, isotropic mechanical property tolerances and compatibility with automotive fluids and chemical reagents. The test data will officially be released on March 23.

“Until this point, materials testing data provided by the industry has been incomplete for production applications and of little value to engineers accustomed to data that accompanies injection molded plastics,” said Marty Johnson, technical fellow, 3D Systems. “If an engineer is going to use any material for true production applications, they need a comprehensive set of data which meets industry standards in order to evaluate its efficacy. 3D Systems recognizes how these standards help improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. Testing to both ASTM and ISO standards allows us to address a broad set of manufacturers worldwide and usher in the use of additive for true production.”

3D Systems Figure 4 test data materials
Dashboard vent parts 3D printed from Figure 4 PRO-BLK 10

With the material test data to be released to the public soon, 3D Systems hopes to build on its customer-first approach by increasing transparency and giving customers the knowledge needed to choose the best material for end-use 3D printing applications. In other words, with the test data, end-users can screen Figure 4 materials easily, establishing right away whether a material meets the standards of a given application or industry.

Without the test data, in-house tests conducted by end-users would be costly and very time consuming. For instance, because electrical life testing can take up to 4,000 hours to complete, companies want to know that the material they are working with is viable. Therefore, having as much information about the material as possible, including dielectric properties, can eliminate the need for engineers to conduct several rounds of testing to find a suitable material candidate before moving into long-term life testing.

At the upcoming AMUG conference in Chicago, 3D Systems’ Marty Johnson and Patrick Dunne will present the materials test data in a session titled “The Industrialization of AM: High Speed Direct Production with Advanced Polymers.”

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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