ALTANA and dp polar develops cubic ink

Industrial 3D inkjet printing application gets a new addition from ALTANA and DP polar’s Cubic Ink

Three new cubic ink, 3D printing families have been announced by 3D printer manufacturers dp polar and speciality chemicals business ALTANA.

for inkjet 3D printing applications.

3D inkjet printing is a low pressure, low-temperature method that requires

the deposition of solid suspensions or liquid materials.
The 2D inkjet printing industry has seen the potential of this application.

Non-end-use applications have traditionally posed a difficulty to the multi-layered approach.
dp solar and ALTANA have formed cooperation to address these issues.
It’s worth noting that dp solar recently

developed a new printer- the AMpolar i1-

that will scale inkjet additive manufacturing applications.

The collaboration with ALTANA aims at providing an unprecedented

heat resistance and multi-material capability.

The materials manufacturer says that many varied materials.
which includes engineering-grade components with

different properties and the support material can be printed consistently.
For operators, this would mean decreased unit costs,

increased productivity, and more dexterity in the industrial manufacturing of 3D printed objects.
Dr, Petra Severit, Chief Technology Officer of ALTANA AG says
“With Cubic ink,

we are creating new heights in 3D printing and,

for the first time. opening up industrial users a sustainable and efficient perspective for the series production of durable parts.

“Due to this, customers gain directly from our core competence and years of experience

in the creation of innovative durable high-performance materials.
After all, only with high-performance, application-specific materials can the technical potential of a disruptive technology like 3D printing be truly exploited.”

Targeting High-performance, prototyping and support materials

The three cubic ink print material families provide high-performance in two major categories
the 1-series is noted to provide heat resistance up to 193 degrees Celcius and excellent durability.
it is adaptable for other applications with hot liquids

for instance in the engine compartment.

the 4 series however delivers balance between heat deflection

temperature of 100 degrees celsius and durability with a stretch at a break of up to 6% for design flexibility.

Prototyping applications

Engineers can switch between rigid/tough material with excellent dimensional stability for robust applications;

The “Flexible” one with varying degrees of adjustable elasticity,

hardness, and high precise detail for stretchable or flexible components or the “Clear” material for optical components – high transparency and individually adaptable

due to a variable refractive index.
They can complement their production

workflow with “fast dissolving” and “Standard” support materials.
These are eco-friendly, water-soluble and can be detached

automatically in a water bath without chemical solvents.
The cubic ink materials are to be displayed at Formnext in Frankfurt.


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