Creating in 3D with the Power of UV Light
Printing in meters
Small details of 150 micrometer
Most efficient process
How Does it Work?
We use liquid resins that cure when exposed to light. A 3D model is sliced in layers of 150 microns thick, for each of these layers we determine which areas need to solidify and which stay liquid.
The machine has a platform on which the product “grows” up to 1m high in 24 hours.
Automated cleaning is done in our cleaning station, using non hazardous cleaning agents. Finally a post-curing step ensures the part achieves its full mechanical properties.
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Steps in the FRP3D Printing Process
Starting with a 3D model, a printable mesh is created. The part is modified for printing and oriented on the platform.
The print is loaded and runs automatically. When the print is completed the platform rises and the parts receive a first inspection.
Cleaning & Supports
Most parts are printed on supports, this needs to be removed. Then the product is thoroughly cleaned, so no printing resin remains.
To ensure the final strength of the product is achieved, it receives a post curing step in our dedicated large curing ovens.
Light Curing Resins
Standard Blue X10
Our workhorse resin. Originally developed for use in high-performance composites, it possesses a high temperature resistance. Once cured the resin can be very easily sanded and most commercial coating systems show very strong adhesion to this resin.
This resin is always on stock and used for most products.
High Temperature X15
Specially developed for prepreg and other 140C moulding processes, this resin shows a high temperature stability.
Printing with this resin is a specialty and requires a minimum product quantity of 250 kg to be printed.
Tough Grey X06
– Under Development –
Our latest development in it’s final phase of testing and validating. This will be a very tough resin specifically formulated for models that are handled on a regular basis.
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Printed surfaces can be made even smoother using standard sanding. The materials we use can be sanded very well.
After sanding we can polish the part, especially for tools this can be a beneficial finishing step.
Most coatings adhere perfectly without primer. Parts can be colour coated or even given a real metal finish.
Our specialty; making a composite out of the print. This generates a whole new level of strength and stiffness.