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Eplus3D releases EP-ALUMIDE for SLS 3D printing

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Eplus3D released the EP-ALUMIDE material for SLS 3D printing to the overseas market. EP-Alumide is a strong, rigid plastic material that is slightly porous and resistant to high temperatures (130°C). It’s a blend of polyamide (PA 12) powder and a very low percentage of aluminum powder. Aluminum gives off a matte and metallic-looking surface that can also resist high temperatures and is slightly porous.

Eplus3D releases EP-Alumide for SLS 3D printing The material is meant to address the requirements of users who need the excellent mechanical and chemical properties of plastic but also the surface texture of metal. While color spraying or post-processing on the printed parts can sometimes meet this requirement, it also increases labor costs and delivery time.

The new EP-ALUMIDE presents high-quality surface details and a metallic appearance, with improved mechanical properties (tensile modulus and flex modulus) and excellent wear resistance and water resistance. It is also highly reusable with (refreshment rates up to 70% ). It is suitable for complex models, prototypes, small series of components and functional models. It’s ideal if your models need more stiffness than polyamide models or just require a metallic appearance. Applications range from engineering functional parts to appearance decoration parts.

Eplus3D has successfully cooperated with a local partner in South Korea to carry out long-term cooperation with well-known customers in the automotive industry. Based on the special surface characteristics and excellent mechanical performance of EP-ALUMIDE materials, customers in the automotive industry apply the printed parts of the modified materials to some functional parts and exterior decorative parts. While keeping the body lightweight, it also improves the overall consistency of the parts and the appearance of the vehicle frame.

The EP-ALUMIDE parts mass-produced by Eplus3D’ EP-P420 SLS 3D printer have passed a series of evaluations and tests by the supplier, and have fully reached the part acceptance standard of the auto manufacturer. In the future, it will be applied in the production of customized automotive parts.

 

 

 

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