05 December 2003
05 December 2003
3D Systems will introduce the new Bluestone SL product for its stereolithography (SLA) systems in 2004, the first in a class of engineered composite products that provide exceptional stiffness and strength.
This will render parts suitable for a range of high-performance applications, including wind tunnel models, such as those used routinely in F1 Race Car development, electronic enclosures, and stiff assemblies for aerospace components.
The Bluestone product is engineered to maximize performance with 3D Systems' SLA systems. The formulation is claimed to have virtually eliminated settling and separation issues, which allows it to be processed much like existing 3D Systems' products. The Bluestone product also provides good thermal resistance allowing for higher temperature use compared to conventional materials available today.
The Bluestone product will be made available initially on the SLA 7000 system in early 2004, followed by availability on other solid state systems.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.