Zurich-based startup Spectroplast is going to unveil their high res silicone 3D printer as of this years’ Formnext in Frankfurt, so that it is the very first time a DLP silicone printer is made available to the public.
Spectroplast, a spinoff from ETH Zurich, was main companies to printing industrial and medical class silicones, having launched their on-demand silicone parts service three years ago. There were a few attempts to bring silicon printing to fruition from other bodies, nevertheless they have been limited in success scheduled to mechanical, material or quality problems with the branded items.
Spectroplast have been honing their skills in this domains with their on-demand parts service, and have developed not only a DLP silicone printer, but a higher resolution one, which will be capable of lowering cost and efforts associated with traditional silicon/elastomer processing methods such as injection molding, vacuum casting or drop molding.
The new desktop computer printer will run with an kept up to date silicone collection, with materials offering outstanding long-term steadiness and mechanised properties. The number of available silicones will be in several hardness and elasticity from shoreline A30 to shoreline A60 and can include black, red, blue, white, rosé, and translucent colors.
You can view the Spectroplast printing device in the image below.
The computer printer will likely have similar printing proportions as the existing on-demand service made available from Spectroplast, that provides a print portion of 130x75mm and a printing level of 100mm.
The image resolution and layer width will also likely be on the same level as provided in the on-demand service, which is 0.1 mm.
That is likely to be something of a game changer, as there are currently hardly any options for those desperate to produce elastomers. Most ways of elastomer forming require a mold of some kind, this means mold designers must be hired to create the molds, and production them, resulting in high costs and lead times…
These elastomer-forming woes would likely turn into a thing of days gone by if the Spectroplast printing device gives as promised. The company can boast of over 500 customers around the world who’ve used the existing on-demand system for a large number of different jobs.
Because of the job timeline, Spectroplast will most likely launch the printer at Formnext, which is kept in Frankfurt, Germany, on 16-19th November 2021.
Spectroplast was successful of the Formnext Startup problem in 2019, so they are simply old hands at the event.
In the event that you can’t hold out until November to see this new development in the world of elastomer stamping, you’ll be able to head on to the Spectroplast website to see what they have been offering in conditions of these on-demand services as yet.