CRP Technology, a specialist in additive manufacturing materials, has revealed its latest offering. Windform RS is a polyamide-based carbon-fiber-filled composite that the company claims adds exceptional mechanical characteristics to existing materials. It is the tenth material in the company’s Windform Top Line range of composite materials developed for the powder bed fusion (PBF) process using fiber-reinforced polymers.
“CRP Technology has always been working hard to bring forward customizable PBF 3D printing solutions for any scenario,” said Franco Cevolini, CEO and CTO of CRP Technology. “We’re building upon CRP Technology’s legacy in materials for AM to create new ones at the highest level for our customers’ benefit, and Windform RS proves it: our focus on innovation led to the creation of a composite material with a very high tensile strength (85.25MPa) that has at the same time excellent ductility (elongation at break of 9.46%) and low density (1.10g/cc). To date, there is no material on the 3D printing market that can compete with Windform RS: the combination of high resistance and high resilience makes it unique in the AM world. It has also been successfully tested to -40°C.”
CRP states that Windform RS also offers excellent ease of printing during the manufacturing of parts. “This is a very important property not to underestimate,” added Cevolini. “Many materials on the AM market claim high performance, but their ‘printability’ turns out to be difficult during the sintering of the part; thus, complications arise, leading to bad quality and poor performance. This does not happen with Windform RS.”
According to CRP Technology, the new material is ideal for custom production, pre-series parts and mission-critical components for the most demanding industries, including motorsports, automotive and marine.