EnvisionTec SLCOM 1 3D Printer Builds Layered Composite Parts

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The machine supports a wide range of custom composite materials.


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EnvisionTec has launched the SLCOM 1, an industrial composite 3D printer that employs a process called Selective Lamination Composite Object Manufacturing (SLCOM). The technology enables building composite parts layer-by-layer from laminated thermoplastic composite fabric sheets. The machine is capable of building objects ranging to 24" × 30" × 24" and is suitable for use in the aerospace, automotive and consumer industries.

According to the company, the SLCOM 1 can process a range of custom thermoplastic-reinforced unidirectional or multidirectional woven fibers. It accommodates composite matrix materials including woven glass fiber, woven carbon fiber, and other woven aramid fibers reinforced with a choice of nylon 6, nylon 11, nylon 12, PEEK, PEKK, polycarbonate, and more. Composites can be tailored for required toughness, environmental resistance, vibration damping, low flammability, wear resistance, and/or high strength-to-weight ratio.  E


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