Support for WAV Developer and 3D Printing
BASF News from the Rapid + TCT in Detroit
The BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, Heidelberg, will provide Paxis LLC, Crystal Lake, IL/USA, with additive manufacturing materials for the development of their new Wave Applied Voxel (WAV). The novel 3D printing platform is designed to solve trapped volume issues within current liquid resin-based technologies.
With the new WAV technology, Paxis extends the application possibilities of additive manufacturing to a much broader scope than current technologies allow. "What’s more, equipment and processes can be adapted to requirements that were previously unimaginable in additive manufacturing," states Arnaud Guedou, Business Director Photopolymer Solutions, BASF 3D Printing Solutions. With Ultracur3D ST 45, a reactive urethane photopolymer, he could provide a perfect match for Paxis's WAV technology. Ultracur3D ST 45 has been designed for tough applications and fulfills the requirements of functional applications for high accuracy and mechanical strength. It can be used to produce functional parts by using stereolithography (SLA), digital light processing (DLP), Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) or another wide variety of equipment.
New Size and Speed
Paxis’s primary focuses are commercial manufacturing applications in the aerospace industry, automotive, dental and medical sectors, as well as identifying potential vertical markets within advanced manufacturing. Commercial manufacturers should benefit from a scalability of size and speed previously unknown in current additive-manufacturing resin-based systems.
At the earliest stages of product development selected material manufacturers as well as commercial manufacturers will be involved in the process. This approach is critical to meet the needs of end-users, states Mike Littrell, CEO of Paxis. "Developing the materials prior to launching the WAV technology will enable end-users to integrate the technology quickly into their operations."
Mass Production of Shoes
In addition to the pairing announcement with Paxis, BASF communicates another collaboration: the ECCO Group, an innovative global manufacturer of high-quality footwear, is using BASF’s Ultracur3D photopolymer materials with the open-platform Origin at its R & D Center in Denmark. The goal is to establish additive manufacturing as a suitable solution for mass production. According to the company, the initial results demonstrate outstanding detail accuracy and mechanical stability with Origin’s programmable polymerization process (P3). (bf)
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