5/5/2017

Composite Powder Windform RL Provides Rubber-Like Features

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The 3D printing material is suitable for flexible, durable parts and prototypes.

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CRP Technology, part of the CRP Group, has launched Windform RL, a thermoplastic elastomer material with rubber-like features for 3D printing.

Windform RL is said to provide good durability and stability, chemical and heat resistance, and tear resistance with burst strength, as well as flexibility and shock absorption. According to the company, the material's mechanical characteristics make it particularly suitable for additive manufacturing applications requiring complex geometries and where flexible characteristics are necessary, such as automotive and motorsport components, and athletic footwear and equipment. 

Windform RL is suitable for simulating cast urethane, thermoplastic elastomer, rubber and silicone parts along with complex production and form, fit and function (F3) prototypes. It can also be used to manufacture "soft-touch" items with non-slip surfaces such as handles and overmolded grips. According to CRP, the elastomer is especially useful for functional rubber-like prototypes and parts such as gaskets and hoses. 

The material's mechanical properties also ensure high-performance sealing power. Using the Windform RL Seal Infiltration method, it is possible to enhance the strength at break and create a watertight barrier.

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