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Desktop Metallic proclaims expandable foam 3D printing with FreeFoam



After teasing its newest 3D printing know-how at RAPID + TCT final month, Desktop Metallic has formally unveiled FreeFoam, a brand new photopolymer resin designed for additive manufacturing sturdy closed cell foam components with out tooling.

The fabric, developed by Texas-based Adaptive3D, which was acquired by Desktop Metallic final 12 months, is predicted to ‘liberate the froth market from its many challenges,’ and is considered properly suited to purposes in automotive, furnishings, footwear, sporting items, and well being care industries. The corporate says the fabric is already being put to work by clients within the automotive and furnishing markets.

“FreeFoam is without doubt one of the most enjoyable and commercially important photopolymer options to come back to market within the industrial printing house in years,” stated Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metallic. “The marketplace for conventionally manufactured foam has many challenges – from costly moulds that restrict designs, to dense and heavy foams that take up water and are costly to ship and drive, to the shortcoming to simply dial in power and Shore hardness values in particular foam designs.”

FreeFoam components are created utilizing a DLP course of. Printed components include dispersed heat-activated foaming brokers that create closed cell pores inside the fabric. As soon as printed, components are warmth course of at roughly 160-170°C to develop to 2 to 7 instances their measurement, relying on the grade of resin. This implies producers can pack extra components right into a printer’s construct space and ship components at smaller sizes, prepared for enlargement nearer to the purpose of want.

FreeFoam is about to turn into broadly obtainable in 2023 and can initially solely be 3D printable on the Desktop Metallic’s ETEC Xtreme 8K top-down DLP system. Whereas preliminary specs for FreeFoam at the moment are obtainable, Desktop Metallic says it plans to supply a number of grades with completely different Shore hardness values and different particular supplies properties comparable to water resistance.


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