3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced Figure 4® Tough Clear and DuraForm ® PAx Black – two new production-grade materials designed to address a breadth of industrial applications. Both materials have been engineered for long-lasting mechanical performance and stability in any environment making them ideal for a host of end-use applications in industries such as consumer goods, transportation & motorsports, aerospace & defense, and service bureaus.
- Figure 4® Tough Clear – first production-grade, clear material in Figure 4 portfolio – opens new industrial applications requiring long-term use parts
- Company builds on open materials strategy for selective laser sintering with DuraForm® PAx Black – lower cost, highly recyclable nylon copolymer for industrial applications
Figure 4 Tough Clear Enables Direct Production of End-Use Parts
Figure 4® Tough Clear is 3D Systems’ first clear material for its Figure 4 platform designed for long-term use parts and functional prototypes. Parts produced using Figure 4 Tough Clear possess excellent clarity that is improved with post-processing. This can be extremely valuable for applications such as fluid and gas flow to observe the inner workings of complex assemblies. It can also enhance light transmission and reflection for lenses, light guides and lighting covers. Additionally, this material delivers a desirable combination of customer-critical performance traits including impact strength, tensile strength, and elongation properties which remain stable up to eight years.
Figure 4 Tough Clear is tested to eight years of indoor and one and a half years outdoor mechanical performance per ASTM D4329 and ASTM G154 methods, ensuring that printed parts remain functional and stable for long periods in real-world conditions. In addition to lenses, light guides and lighting covers, this material is ideal for a variety high volume, small part applications such as load-bearing handles, cranks, knobs and levers; structural brackets, snap-fits and fasteners; and consumer goods packaging.
“3D printing is the most cost-effective method to produce clear parts, and with the introduction of Figure 4 Tough Clear, we’re giving our customers a path to reduce their time to market,” said Dr. Edwin Hortelano, senior vice president, materials engineering & development, 3D Systems. “Our Figure 4 platform is easy-to-use and facilitates ultra-fast production. With our new Figure 4 Tough Clear material, customers now have a production-grade material designed for long-term stability. The combination of our Figure 4 hardware solution, and deep materials and applications expertise allow our customers to accelerate innovation and enable competitive advantage.”