Arrk Australia and New Zealand will profile the capabilities of a multi-material 3D printing system to simultaneously create a part or assembly with different materials (both hard and soft) on stand 1713 during National Manufacturing Week at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre from May 27 to 30.
Objet’s Connex500 eradicates the need to glue together parts with different mechanical properties, for example soft rubber and rigid material, to make a full model. It also gives 72 hours of non-stop build capacity so can be left running unattended over a weekend.
“The Connex500 could really change the over-moulding and double injection-mould design processes, particularly for companies designing and manufacturing automotive parts, electronics, knobs and widgets, medical products, sporting goods or even consumer products like toothbrushes,” Arrk’s Daniel Thomsen said.
The new composite materials, called digital materials, allow parts to be printed with specific Shore A and Shore D values to match the values of the intended production materials.
“This brings you much closer to realising the final product at an early stage, including feasibility testing and over-moulding process simulation.”
Arrk will also release a new and improved semi-translucent elastomer, TangoPlus, at the show.
TangoPlus is an improvement on existing Tango rubber-like materials with elongation at break of 218% rather than at 47%. It also offers improved durability and resistance to deterioration.
TangoPlus has a hardness of Shore A27 and addresses applications requiring rubber-like flexibility and durability such as gaskets and seals, keypads, hoses, athletic footwear and toys.
Meanwhile, Arrk will showcase new Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) materials on Stand 2013 at the exhibition.