Carbon, a leading 3D printing technology company, announced two brand new damping elastomers, EPU 43 and EPU 45, at Formnext 2022. The elastomers add to Carbon’s already impressive portfolio of materials in the framework of its platform from idea to production. They provide new opportunities for breakthrough products in impact protection such as pads, gloves and helmets.
EPU 43 is an energy-absorbing elastomer that is flexible while offering promising durability under high-cycle flex, making it suitable for applications such as comfort padding for helmet liners and riding gloves. security. EPU 45 achieves the highest level of damping performance and printability in the Carbon range, making it the choice for many high performance applications including sports upholstery and seating.
“EPU 43 and EPU 45 are the future of impact protection, delivering the performance, comfort and durability benefits that come with Carbon’s elastomers,” said Jason Rolland, Senior Vice President of Materials at Carbon. “EPU 43 and 45 further illustrate our commitment to providing a robust and complete platform from idea to production.”
Carbon’s new dual-cured shock-absorbing elastomers offer new opportunities and solutions for a number of impact protection needs, including:
- Cushioning Performance: EPU 45 is a strain rate sensitive material that stiffens to absorb energy at higher impact rates, enabling the design of highly breathable mesh geometries designed for comfort at low impact speeds and energy absorption at high impact speeds. EPU 43 provides moderate stiffness, good cushioning and excellent durability through flex cycles in a variety of temperature and humidity environments.
- Durability and comfort: EPU 45 has the toughness and recovery to survive repeated high-energy impacts in a variety of environments. EPU 43 has a moderate stiffness which allows for softer and more compliant truss structures.
- Production Throughput: EPU 45 has the highest green strength of Carbon’s elastomers, allowing the widest range of part shapes and lattice geometries to be printed with high yield. EPU 43 prints with moderate green strength, allowing a wide range of production shapes with high yield.
- Proven in production: Products using the EPU 45 will soon be on the market and the EPU 43 has been proven with well-known products such as Hard Head Veterans and the CCM hockey helmet.
Both elastomers are now available in North America, Europe and China. Starting in 19L pack sizes with high volume production workflows, EPU 45 will also be available in 5L samples to support medium volume production workflows.
Carbon and Henkel extend their strategic partnership
In addition to the introduction of damping elastomers, Carbon announced the expansion of its strategic relationship with Henkel to offer several new resins, which are expected to be available on Carbon’s production idea platform in 2023. This follows the successful 2020 launch of LOCTITE IND405 Clear, a tough, transparent resin used in production applications such as enclosures and housings.
Loctite IND147, fully validated for shipment from Formnext 2022, is a photopolymer resin with high stiffness and high temperature resistance. It was created for product designers and engineers who need a quick and easy way to print molds, fixtures and manufacturing tools with smooth surfaces and precise dimensions used in high temperature applications. in the industrial, consumer and automotive markets. Additional resins from the expanding partnership are also expected to be available in 2023.
“The expansion of our partnership with Carbon builds on the success we’ve had together and builds on our shared focus on production applications and better end-use parts for our customers,” said Sam Bail, Director 3D printing sales at Henkel. “Carbon’s platform allows us to provide the unique industrial resins of LOCTITE 3D printing, creating more value for our customers.”
This strategic partnership leverages the unique combination of Carbon’s open materials platform and DLS printing process with Henkel’s materials expertise, providing a portfolio of resins while expanding the possibilities of parts from end use, in less time.
“We have shared great success with Henkel and are excited to further expand our partnership with these new resins,” said Jason Rolland, SVP of Materials from Carbon. “Through this partnership, Carbon has the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of single-component and dual-cure resins, providing an open solution for customers to create better products in less time.”