3D Systems has announced the general availability of VisiJet M2S-HT90, its 10th new 3D printing material since September. The company is exhibiting the new material at Formnext along with other new offerings.
“At Formnext 2019, 3D Systems is showcasing application-specific, production workflow solutions that help companies design and create new and improved products, while gaining efficiencies,” said Vyomesh Joshi, president and CEO of 3D Systems.
According to 3D Systems, VisiJet M2S-HT90 is an engineering-grade plastic designed for use with the ProJet MJP 2500 3D printer, featuring “best-in-class” high heat deflection temperature (HDT) and meeting USP Class VI biocompatibility standards.
The plastic is strong, rigid and transparent, and is ideal for durable goods and automotive applications, with particular value to prototypes of parts that will operate in high-temperature environments. The material is also suited for the testing of parts with heated fluids and gasses.
VisiJet M2S-HT90 is furthermore biocompatible, making it a practical option for medical and biomedical 3D printing. For example, medical devices designed for fluid flow can be printed with the new formulation, thanks to its transparency and ability to create fine features and internal structures.
The material is already being put to use in real biomedical situations. 3D Systems has revealed that Antleron, a Belgian specialist in living therapies, is currently using VisiJet M2S-HT90 to develop bioreactors, and the two companies will jointly demonstrate these capabilities at Formnext.
“The combined mechanical and biocompatible properties of 3D Systems’ VisiJet M2S-HT90 are enabling us to accomplish innovations in cell biology — moving from 2D to 3D and beyond,” said Jan Schrooten, chief executive officer, Antleron. “We now can rapidly translate our ‘out-of-the-box’ cell processing ideas into new ways to develop products for life science applications.”
NextDent Denture 3D+
Another new material announcement from 3D Systems concerns NextDent Denture 3D+, a biocompatible denture material to which the FDA has recently given 510(k) clearance.
3D Systems says clients can purchase an “end-to-end digital dentistry solution” by combining the new material with its NextDent 5100 dental 3D printer and dedicated dental software solutions. The NextDent 5100, powered by Figure 4 technology and promising “4X faster” printing than comparable solutions, was launched in August 2018.
New Figure 4 materials
Other new 3D Systems materials on show at Formnext include several production materials designed for use on the company’s Figure 4 production system, an “ultra-fast additive manufacturing technology” designed for practical integration into factory settings for maximized production capability.
- Figure 4 Production Black 10
- Figure 4 HI TEMP 300-AMB
- Figure 4 EGGSHELL-AMB 10
- Figure 4 FLEX-BLK 20
- Figure 4 MED-AMB 10
- Figure 4 MED-WHT 10
- Figure 4 TOUGH-BLK 20
- Figure 4 RUBBER-BLK 10
“We collaborate with our customers to design the solution that best fits their needs,” said Joshi. “This begins with understanding their application, and then selecting the material which will enable production of their desired part.
“Blending our expertise in materials science, application engineering, 3D printing technology and software allows 3D Systems to deliver unprecedented solutions that keep them ahead of the competition.”