CRP Technology is instigating its own winds of change with the announcement of a new commercial strategy for its Windform composite materials. The 3D printing materials will no longer be available to service bureaus, and will be sold exclusively to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
The recent decision by CRP Technology is aimed at ensuring that parts and products created from its composite powder materials are of the highest quality. The company also seems to want to emphasize the industrial potential of its additive manufacturing Windform materials by narrowing their availability and scope.
In addition to selling its materials to companies that produce their own components, CRP Technology and CRP USA will continue to offer their own services for 3D printing parts and components from Windform materials. The company will also continue to offer support to OEMs, including installation and assistance, that are using its materials.
The company writes: “The increase in production capacity both in Europe and in the United States will guarantee each customer the volumes necessary to satisfy any request from all over the world, in compliance with the high standards of service and quality that has always been a distinctive element of CRP Technology and CRP USA’s activities.”
CRP Technology also recently achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification for the use of its Winform composites for SLS technology, a feat which it says is in line with its new strategy. The composite 3D printing powders have already been used for a range of applications including in the motorsports, aerospace and automotive industries.
Notably, CRP’s composite AM materials are becoming a staple in the motorsports sector where they are being used to support the MotoE World Cup, to solve wiring issues and to develop innovative electric motorcycles.
Currently, the Windform family of composite materials consists of carbon-filled Windform XT 2.0 and Windform SP; glass-fiber-filled Windform LX 3.0 and Windform GT; glass and aluminum-filled Windform GF 2.0; rubber-like Windform RL and ABS-like Windform FX BLACK.