Carbon Unveils Flame-Retardant Photopolymer Resin for 3D Printing | plasticstoday.com

2022-06-19 01:30:20 By : Ms. Vivian Yuan

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3D-printing company Carbon is further expanding the capabilities of its idea-to-production platform with the introduction of EPX 86FR, a flame-retardant photopolymer resin that uses Carbon’s patented dual-cure process. This follows the recent introduction of the M3 Series printers and the general availability of the Carbon Design Engine, a cloud-based lattice design generator that automates the process of creating conformal, multi-zone lattices.

EPX 86FR is a photopolymer resin that combines flame retardance, functional toughness, high strength, and long-term stability. Carbon said it can help reduce development time and tooling costs for end-use parts, functional prototypes, and tools that require flame-retardant and self-extinguishing features, such as housings, brackets, and connectors in the automotive and industrial sectors.

“EPX 86FR was created for critical industries and markets that require a V-0 flame rating, high-performance mechanical properties, and smooth surface quality in a reliable, consistent, and high-throughput printing platform,” said Jason Rolland, Senior Vice President of Materials.

Astoria Pacific, a company that manufactures automated analysis solutions for laboratories, utilizes EPX 86FR to develop heat bath housings for highly regulated electronic devices, among other applications. “We encountered significant supply chain delays in sourcing PVC and sheet metal,” said Whitney Menzel, Senior Engineer at Astoria Pacific. “We turned to Carbon’s platform and extensive material line up, including EPX 86FR, to mitigate these challenges. Not only did we experience a much shorter production time frame using the flame-retardant resin — from 18 weeks through traditional methods to two weeks using Carbon’s platform — but we also saw significant cost savings, enhanced surface finishes, reduced weight, and both thermal and mechanical advantages.”

Key features and applications of EPX 86FR include:

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