- Industry leading production grade resin – Accura® AMX ™ Rigid Black – facilitates large structural and load-bearing parts for a wide range of markets including automotive, consumer goods, service offices
- TOYOTA Gazoo Racing Europe uses materials for motorsport applications, enabling previously impossible product innovation
ROCK HILL, South Carolina, July 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – 3D Systems [NYSE:DDD] today announced the availability of a revolutionary production-grade acrylate resin – Accura® AMX ™ Rigid Black. Designed for use with the company’s stereolithography (SLA) technology, this tough material is the first to produce large-scale additively fabricated parts with exceptional resolution, precision and surface quality capable of withstanding rigors of long-term mechanical use. As part of a complete 3D Systems additive manufacturing solution – including Accura AMX Rigid Black, the company’s SLA 3D printing technology, 3D Sprint®, and application engineering services – customers in markets such as automotive and motorsports, consumer goods, service offices and contract manufacturers are able to respond quickly to a wide range of applications. production applications.
Materials scientists at 3D Systems designed Accura AMX Rigid Black for long-lasting mechanical performance and stability in any environment. This material has been tested for up to eight years indoors and a year and a half outdoors, greatly improving the performance and stability of parts. The superior surface quality rivals that of injection molded parts and has stress / strain resistance performance similar to that of standard thermoplastics. In addition, the high isotropic properties of Acura AMX Rigid Black allow greater repeatability and precision of parts.
Accura AMX Rigid Black is the latest customer-centric innovation from 3D Systems – inspired in part by the advanced production application requirements of TOYOTA Gazoo Racing (TGR). In 2019, 3D Systems partnered with TGR to change automotive engineering. Since then, companies have developed leading manufacturing solutions to revolutionize automotive design and production. TGR has extensive experience with Figure 4 from 3D Systems® materials and was particularly impressed with the mechanical properties of the company’s Figure 4 PRO-BLK 10. However, they had a vision for a CNC mount that would be larger than the build size of the Figure 4 printers.
“Accura AMX Rigid Black enables us to deliver larger and more complex SLA production parts, including full-scale manufacturing aids,” said Alexander Liebold, group leader, production engineering and future technologies, TGR. “We recently used the material to develop 3D printed fixtures to stabilize larger automotive components for CNC milling. Using Accura AMX Rigid Black we achieved 90% time savings and 60% savings compared to the previous manual work process for a batch of 40 pieces. Unlike other additive production technologies, Accura AMX Rigid Black parts offer very smooth sidewalls and superior isotropic strength, essential for precise jigs and fixtures that are in constant use. Now we can turn any part on a large scale and be sure it will perform as required, for as long as we need it. It really is a game changer for production manufacturing.
In addition to bringing significant benefits to automotive and powersports applications, Accura AMX Rigid Black is designed to enable long-term use of production parts for:
- Consumer goods for direct digital production to replace injection molding or soft tooling processes, as well as fabrication aids, jigs and fixtures
- Service offices for applications such as large structural load-bearing functional prototypes and end-use production parts for Tier 1 manufacturers and suppliers to a variety of customers in consumer goods, industrial engineering, automotive and sports car
- Specialized subcontracting manufacturing for custom load-bearing parts such as levers, arms, couplings, cranks, jigs and fixings
“We are delighted to bring this revolutionary material to market,” said Dr. Edwin Hortelano, senior vice president, engineering and materials development, 3D Systems. “As part of our strategy to invest and continue to add innovative products to our SLA material portfolio, the introduction of Acura AMX Rigid Black is poised to meet a variety of new production applications with manufacturing additive. For example, we find that a greater percentage of work undertaken by service offices is focused on manufacturing end-use parts. Accura AMX Rigid Black in combination with our SLA 3D printing technology will enable service desks to respond more efficiently and cost effectively to the needs of their customers, thus helping to fuel their business growth and their customers’ innovation. . This is just the first of many revolutionary additions to 3D Systems’ industrial production grade SLA resin portfolio.
General availability of the Acura AMX Rigid Black is slated for July 20, 2021. For more information on this hardware, please visit the company’s website.
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Over 30 years ago, 3D Systems brought innovation in 3D printing to the manufacturing industry. Today, as a leading additive manufacturing solutions partner, we bring innovation, performance and reliability to every interaction – enabling our customers to create products and business models never before possible. With our unique offering of hardware, software, materials and services, each application-specific solution is powered by the expertise of our application engineers who work with customers to transform the way they deliver their products. and services. 3D Systems solutions address a variety of advanced applications in healthcare and industrial markets such as medical and dental, aerospace and defense, automotive and durable goods. More information about the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.
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