Carbon launches high-performance RPU 130 material for 3D printed end use parts

Carbon has launched a new high-performance rigid polyurethane material for use on its Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) platforms.

RPU 130 is partially derived from plants and has been developed to address ‘rigorous applications’ in the consumer product and automotive industries. It will be debuted at K Show next week in Dusseldorf.

The material is said to showcase good impact resistance and dimensional stability at elevated temperatures, making it suitable for the manufacture of air ducts, brake calliper covers, tool housings and even sunglasses. Carbon says the RPU 130 combines some of the best performance properties from its RPU 70, FPU 50 and EPX 82 resins and makes the material comparable to unfilled thermoplastics like nylon. The company has also said to get the most out of the material some software tuning is required, while a new heated C5 Cassette accessory and dispensing solution have also been made available.

It is said these additional auxiliary pieces of technology help to enable ‘great end-use products.’ But Carbon has also made efforts to make its latest material more sustainable. Partnering with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products to use its Susterra propanediol 100% bio-based ‘building block’ material. Susterra propanediol makes up 30% of RPU 130 and produces 48% less greenhouse gas emissions and uses 46% less non-renewable energy.

“We are focused on ways to incorporate more sustainable approaches to developing materials, and our partnership with DuPont Tate & Lyle emphasises that commitment,” commented Jason Rolland, SVP of Materials at Carbon. “We believe that sustainability can go hand-in-hand with improved performance. In the case of RPU 130, we believe it will make the material even more appealing for our customers as it makes it possible to create better quality products that are also ultimately better for the environment.”

“Our materials team at Carbon is second to none and RPU 130 represents a true breakthrough in what is possible for new additive materials,” added Dr. Joseph DeSimone, co-founder and CEO of Carbon. “Although some of these properties have been available before in additive, RPU 130 is the first to combine them all into a single manufacturing material suitable for the most demanding conditions. We are really proud of the science that went into bringing this innovative material to market.”

Carbon’s RPU 130 is available immediately with the capabilities of the material being showcased at K Show at Hall 7.2, Stand F12 between October 16-23.

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