New 3D Printing Composite Material Developed for Unmanned Systems

By Mike Ball / 29 Sep 2016
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CRP Technology, a developer of additive manufacturing technologies, has announced the launch of Windform FX Black, a new material within the company’s Windform family of materials for professional 3D printing.

Windform FX Black is a next-generation polyamide-based composite material with a dark black color. Its mechanical characteristics make it particularly suited for Additive Manufacturing applications such as components in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) airframes.

Windform FX Black is characterized by exceptional resistance to repeated bending and torsion, and excellent impact resistance even at low temperatures.

Windform Black FX material

Its consistency and behavior are similar to polypropylene and ABS injection moulded parts. No post-production treatments are needed, as the material has an excellent surface finish in its sintered state. Any additional manual finishing would however further improve the polish of the material.

“We also recommend it for design applications that require a strong visual impact. CRP lends form and substance to everyone’s most creative ideas with Windform FX Black,” notes Franco Cevolini, CEO of CRP Group.

Windform FX Black is suitable not only for flexible components with fine details, but also for creating accurate, reliable, and long-lasting prototypes, and for use in various functional applications and parts with living hinges or clip fittings. It is also suitable for ducting of complex shapes, or for thin walled connectors with snap-fit systems.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact