Commercial and consumer 3D printers can make three dimensional parts in successive layers by scanning 3D images or from CAD software. This revolutionary technology will transform industry and offer unique opportunities to create new objects with complex shapes. They are compact, low cost, time saving, easy to maintain and simple to use. Additionally 3D printers lower raw material, labor and energy costs, eliminate waste (additive manufacturing) versus traditional machining techniques (subtractive method). They already have made a high impact in the automotive, military, fashion, jewelry, medical, dental, architecture and other industries.
There are many processes available for additive manufacturing. Three popular techniques are:
- Selective laser sintering
- Fused disposition modeling
Materials Compatible with 3D Printers
Depending on the technology employed three dimensional parts can be made with the following materials:
- ABS plastics
- Epoxy resins
- Photopolymers (UV and LED curable)
Master Bond supplies 3D printer manufacturing companies with innovative epoxy, polyurethane, silicone and UV/visible light curing formulations to meet their evolving needs. Our wide variety of compounds are available in a range of viscosities, hardness, cure speeds, etc. and are designed for long term durability.