CRP Develops New Thermoplastic Elastomer Material for Additive Manufacturing

Published: 28 Mar 2017

CRP Technology Windform RL partsCRP Technology, a developer of additive manufacturing technologies, has launched “Windform RL”, the first thermoplastic elastomer material within the company’s Windform family of materials for professional 3D printing.

Windform RL is a durable thermoplastic elastomer material with exceptional rubber-like distinguishing features. Its mechanical characteristics make it particularly suited for additive manufacturing applications requiring complex geometries, and where flexible characteristics is a key requisite.

Franco Cevolini, CEO and Technical Director for CRP Group, commented: “We created Windform RL to provide complete and tailored end-to-end service to meet all customers’ needs.”

Flexible parts manufactured in Windform RL and stiff parts in Windform materials can be bonded together by epoxy resins or with mechanical joints.

Windform RL provides high durability and stability: It accommodates chemical and heat resistance and combines high tear resistance with burst strength. The material is ideal for functional rubber-like prototypes and parts (e.g. gaskets, hoses, and durable components) in unmanned vehicle and robotics applications requiring flexibility and shock absorption.

Windform RL can also be used for simulating cast urethane, thermoplastic elastomer, rubber, and silicone parts along with complex production and F3 prototypes (prototypes to test form, fit, and function). Windform RL Seal Infiltration, a method for strengthening, coloring, and sealing Windform RL parts, can be used to enhance the strength at break and create a watertight barrier.

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