Boston-based 3D printing startup Fortify has announced the launch of its Continuous Kinetic Mixing (CKM) system, which will complement its Fluxprint 3D printing module and enable new functionality in printed photopolymers. The CKM system is a material handling module for polymers filled with fiber and particle additives.
The CKM material handling system incorporates additives into polymers to improve mechanical performance, as well as thermal and electrical properties. Fortify says its platform results in materials with the scalability, resolution and surface quality of photopolymers and the strength of high-performance polymers.
“Developing Continuous Kinetic Mixing was an integral part of Fortify’s strategy. It will play a critical role in manufacturing functional parts,” commented Fortify CEO and Co-Founder Josh Martin. “We’re excited to incorporate this material handling module with our Fluxprint process to solve the application challenges of our customers.
“Our team takes a comprehensive approach to developing additive solutions. In addition to advanced hardware and software systems, Fortify innovates within materials science to process viscous, heavily loaded polymers. This new class of material is well suited for high performance applications.”
Fortify has developed a unique offering in the additive industry: a 3D printing technology that combines digital light processing (DLP) with magnetics to produce composite photopolymer parts. In fact, the company is the first company to implement reinforcing techniques for 3D printed photopolymers. The process, known as Fluxprint, is now supported by the CKM system, which ensures that additives are uniformly distributed in the printing material, while also mitigating sedimentation and aggregation.
“Material properties are a key factor driving adoption of additive manufacturing,” said Ken Kisner, Global Head of Innovation, 3D Printing, Henkel Adhesive Technologies, and Founder of Molecule Corp. “Fortify’s on-board mixing technology is an important step toward satisfying this need. This is a very exciting piece of technology that will open up significant applications across industries.”
Fortify, which last year raised $10 million in a Series A funding round, plans to start shipping its 3D printing platform this summer to select partners. The company’s solution—Digital Composite Manufacturing—comprises the onboard mixing station (CKM) and magnetic alignment technology (Fluxprint).
In addition to launching the new CKM system, Fortify also announced that it has achieved another successful use case, this time in the metal injection molding area. In the application in question, Fortify’s technology was used to produce ceramic-fiber-reinforced tooling that was able to withstand the temperatures and pressures of the molding process.
“For years our customers have been asking us for a better way to prototype parts with our production metal injection molding process. Speed, dimensional accuracy, and production intent processes are critical for our customer’s development efforts,” added Chris Aiello, Technical Sales Manager at Alpha Precision Group. “Fortify finally showed us a tooling solution that holds up to our MIM process, and checks all the boxes for our customers requirements.”