Fortify Delivers FLUX CORE 3D Printer to IERUS Technologies

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Fortify, a supplier of advanced photopolymer composite printers, has delivered a FLUX CORE 3D printer and Flux Developer material integration software for defense system design and engineering to IERUS Technologies.

“The placement of a printer at IERUS Technologies headquarters provides a critical resource to address the growing need for defense electromagnetics additive manufacturing solutions,” said Eric Versluys, Director of Defense Programs at Fortify. “Fortify’s printers are uniquely positioned to print low-loss 3D printing materials, enabling performance advantages where traditional manufacturing falls short (due to machining, weight and size).”

IERUS Technologies, a provider of engineering and design solutions, such as sensors and mission-critical systems, for defense and commercial customers, designs new RF structures such as Graded Refractive Index (GRIN) lenses pulling built on Fortify’s FLUX CORE system. The Flux Core system allows companies like IERUS to take advantage of the design freedoms enabled by RadixTM, a low-loss 3D printable material developed by Rogers Corporation.

Fortify’s FLUX CORE 3D printer

“The Fortify line of 3D printers will enable IERUS Technologies to develop complex RF structures that push the boundaries of traditional RF architectures with new electromagnetic phenomenologies,” said Jason Keen, CEO of IERUS Technologies.

This announcement comes months after Fortify made a strategic investment in In-Q-Tel and developed a portfolio of electronic 3D printing materials. IERUS will leverage the Flux Developer Toolkit, an open platform for developing viscous and charged resins, to optimize the printing of RF devices.

Last July, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Advanced Manufacturing awarded $3 million to polySpectra and Fortify, as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, MPI Systems, RePliForm Inc, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop tooling durable direct additive for automotive lightweighting via resin-based Cyclic Olefin Composites. The goal of the project was to develop additively manufactured tools with orders of magnitude improvements in cost and durability over traditional CNC tooling with cycle times comparable to CNC tooling. .

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