Using our state of the art 3D printer which utilizes Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP), watch us go from goop to gadget as we produce parts in Flexible Polyurethane. FPU is a semi-rigid material with good impact, abrasion and fatigue resistance. It brings a toughness that lets parts withstand repetitive stresses such as hinging mechanisms and friction fits.
3D part-making requires a precise sequence of actions. For this project, we developed the mechanical design here in-house. After the parts were designed, our 3D printing technician took over, prepping the build layout and readying the FPU resin for the machine. The printing process took about two hours, and after that the parts get a shake-bath to clean off left over resin. The final step is a thermal curing process that yields the mechanical properties of isotropic, injection-molded parts.