For more than 40 years ebalta has been a leading manufacturer of polyurethane and epoxy resins for mould and tool making, design and foundry model making for composites and rapid prototyping. These market leading products are available in the UK from ebalta Distributions team of dedicated specialists. ebalta Distribution are a local company with a global support network.
With a reputation for technical excellence the 130 employees ensure solutions are available from ebalta worldwide for automotive, formula 1, aircraft industry, machine construction, rail vehicles and medical technology amongst many others.
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In a cooperation between ebalta and German RepRap (Manufacturer of 3D printers) the Liquid Additive Manufacturing process (LAM) has been adapted to process polyurethenes by additive manufacturing. The process has been shown to the public firstly at the Munich PSE polyurethane exhibition in June 2017.
The main target of this polyurethane project is to create the right material properties for functional parts. By varying mixing ratio it is possible to print hard/ soft combinations and provide materials with defined characteristics such as flame proofing or UV stabilisation.
The main advantage is that in opposite to melted layers material characteristics due to chemical crosslinking are isotropic, having full strength also in z-direction. Actually processing parameters and materials are optimized so we are going to present the finished product in November at the FormNext Exhibition in Frankfurt (Halle 3.1, Stand D30). The prototype shown on the PSE Munich has drawn interest from various industrial sectors so PU-3D-printing is considered as the “material for the future”.
Additive manufacturing processes have only a limited choice of materials and depending on application different requirements have to be fulfilled. The selection of material and machines is based on maximal installation size, thickness of layers and printing speed. The actual trend in the market is to expand these points and to increase the range of materials to optimize the final result. Here polyurethanes offer the base for a broad variety of materials and ebalta has a more than 40-year experience in formulating them.
Please contact us for more information regarding this exciting project.
Held by the Reed Exhibitions Germany GmbH, the composites europe trade show took place from the 6th – 8th of November. ebalta and over 350 other exhibitors joined the event in Stuttgart, to show the current innovations and technologies of the composite industry. The trade show counted over 9000 visitors – coming from all over the world to network and learn about products, applications, solutions and technologies presented by exhibitors from more than 30 different countries.