Altana Debuts Performance Resins for Industrial Applications

Cubic Ink resin-based printing material families made for end-use applications with high heat resistance, toughness and flexibility, company reports.

Cubic Ink resin-based printing material families made for end-use applications with high heat resistance, toughness and flexibility, company reports.

An example of an additively manufactured object from the Cubic Ink high-performance material portfolio for end-use applications. Image courtesy of Altana.

Specialty chemicals group ALTANA is expanding its previously launched Cubic Ink 3D printing material families with new high-performance resins.

The two new resin-based Cubic Ink 3D printing material series “High Performance” and “Prototyping” offer high heat resistance, toughness and flexibility, in this material segment. Prototyping dental and transparent materials with an adjustable refractive index round out the portfolio. 

The Cubic Ink printing materials combine properties such as low viscosity and resin stability with properties that enable them to be used as final components. 

“The new product family is designed for end-use applications and is compatible with any UV 3D printing technology,” says Dr. Petra Severit, chief technology officer of ALTANA AG. 

ALTANA offers a resin portfolio for manufacturer-independent use in any resin-based 3D printing technologies. Its property profile is intended for the end application—special focus is placed on aging and chemical resistance in particular. The low viscosity of the resins permits processing in time- and cost-efficient printing processes for high-performance products. Printing properties and processes can be individually adapted depending on the printer and customer requirements.

The two resin-based Cubic Ink printing material families at a glance:

1. High Performance

Four material series: 

  • VP 1 series: With heat deflection temperatures exceeding 190°C, these rigid, solid materials are designed for use in applications at very high temperatures, that is, very high HDT values and stability over a long period of time even in the high temperature range.
  • VP 2 series: Solid and thermoforming materials for end-use applications; fast printing thanks to low viscosity and a wide range of applications thanks to adjustable mechanical and thermomechanical properties.
  • VP 3 series: Materials with adjustable softness that permit high deformations, that is, materials that can be used flexibly even at low temperatures.
  • VP 4 series: High-resolution materials striking a good balance between heat resistance and brittleness at low viscosity, plus good mechanical and thermomechanical properties as well as adjustable properties, so that fast yet high-resolution printing is achieved with great design freedom.

2. Prototyping

Four material series: 

  • Tough series (600 VP): High-resolution materials for prototyping and general applications with good chemical stability vis-à-vis aqueous systems and maximum design freedom.
  • Rigid series (200 VP): Dimensionally stable materials for functional prototyping with adjustable rigidity.
  • Dental series (100 VP): Materials that can be used in dental applications for efficient and high-resolution printing with adjustable rigidity and uncomplicated post-processing for maximum design freedom.
  • Clear series (401 VP): Materials that have special optical effects with high transparency as well as an adjustable refractive index.

The Cubic Ink printing material families for industrial production open up possibilities for users in the automotive and aerospace industries in particular, as well as in medical technology (including dental medicine and orthopedics) in the manufacture of their products.

Cubic Ink materials technical data sheets and more are here.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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