30 July 2004
30 July 2004
3D Systems Corporation are making available Bluestone SL material, the first commercially available engineered nano-composite resin for SLA (stereolithography) systems.
Bluestone engineered nano-composite material is claimed to be a breakthrough in material technology, delivering exceptional accuracy, stiffness, thermal performance and long-term stability.
According to 3D Systems, Bluestone material is ideal for automotive and aerospace applications, such as wind-tunnel testing, under-the-hood applications, and the manufacture of jigs and fixtures. Its thermal properties are also suitable for elevated temperature electronic applications, including insulating components, electrical housings and connectors.
“Bluestone resin is an excellent fit for applications requiring added stiffness and thermal resistance,” said Rainer Neumann, General Manager, 4D Concepts GmbH. “This material is perfect for applications in aerodynamics, lighting applications (such as reflectors), and masters for vacuum casting and thermoforming. As a service provider we need to have flexibility in our material offerings, and Bluestone resin allows us to fulfill many customers’ needs for a variety of applications. Now we can offer our customers a unique material with improved part quality and functionality.”
3D Systems state that stereolithography users will find this material easy to adopt as it requires little or no additional facilities, procedures or expertise, and its performance will extend the range of applications they can address.
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