New 3D printing materials from Huntsman and Cubicure

Both companies will be presenting their new 3D printing materials at Formnext 2019

In the lead up to Formnext 2019, we’re bound to see many companies from across the AM industry unveiling new hardware products, materials and software programs. On the polymer materials front, chemical company Huntsman and 3D printing company Cubicure have today revealed the launch of new 3D printing filaments and resins.

Huntsman unveils new TPU-based filament and resin

Chemical company Huntsman will be introducing two new urethane-based 3D printing materials at Formnext this month: IROPRINT F 80112 filament and IROPRINT R 1801 resin. The new TPU-based materials both offer good flexibility as well as strength and toughness and add to Huntsman’s existing family of IROPRINT materials for FFF, SLA, DLP, HSS and SLS 3D printing.

Huntsman’s new filament, IROPRINT F 80112, is a shore A78 thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material characterized by its softness and flexibility. In fact, the filament is the softest, most flexible material in the IROPRINT portfolio. The material, made from a polyether-based TPU is well suited for 3D printing footwear, hoses, gaskets, robotic grippers, seals and other parts that require rubber-like properties.

IROPRINT R 1801, for its part, is a radiation cured, one-component polyurethane-based resin optimized for stereolithography, digital light processing and other radiation-curing printing processes. With good elasticity and strength as well as high quality surface finish, the new resin is ideal for printing footwear and sports equipment components.

“Our IROPRINT additive manufacturing platform is built on a solid foundation of application knowledge,” said Stephane Peysson, Global Business Development Manager at Huntsman Polyurethanes. “Over the last three years we’ve taken an agile, open, collaborative approach to innovation—working closely with like-minded partners, customers and product designers to develop a range of materials that can help meet functionality, productivity, scalability and cost requirements. 

“Traditionally, urethane-based 3D printing materials are stiff and brittle, and largely aimed at prototyping projects or small-scale tasks. IROPRINT materials are different. Soft yet strong, and offering specific properties such as high rebound, they are optimized to help increase the adoption of 3D printing in mass manufacturing applications. As we continue to build our ecosystem of 3D printing partners, we look forward to talking to key players in the global additive manufacturing community at Formnext and explaining what our IROPRINT product platform has to offer.”

Huntsman will be showcasing its IROPRINT materials range at Formnext this year, at stand F20 in Hall 11.1.

Cubicure releases new flame-retardant photopolymer for SLA

Cubicure, an Austrian supplier of industrial polymers for additive manufacturing, has announced a new SLA 3D printing material: Evolution FR. The material is reportedly the first flame-retardant photopolymer for SLA technologies and has the UL94 V0 certification to back it up.

Evolution FR is a flame-retardant, halogen-free resin which is optimized for Cubicure’s patented Hot Lithography technology. The combination of the material’s properties and the Hot Lithography process’ capabilities unlock 3D printing applications in the mobility sector and electronics market, among others.

“Polymers for such demanding applications need to fulfill certain standards and classifications to guarantee proper safety for end users,” said the company. “Flame retardancy, which is tested under the UL94 standard procedure, is among the most important requirements of such parts. By fulfilling this classification, Evolution FR is giving a first strong answer for spare part logistics in AM.”

Cubicure will be presenting its range of AM polymers at the upcoming Formnext trade show in Frankfurt at booth D.48 in Hall 11.1.

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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