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Eight new high performance materials for Figure-4 DLP

06.11.2019

3D Systems have launched eight NEW high-performance materials for a host of high-end end-use applications. Many of these are for prototyping and production use. CDG have ALL materials in our offices for demonstrations and benchmarks.

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FIGURE 4 - MED-AMB 10 and MED-WHT 10

MED-AMB 10 is a translucent amber bio-compatible material.

MED-WHT 10 is a rigid bio-compatible white material with a ceramic look and feel.

Fig4 Amber White

FIGURE 4 - TOUGH-BLK 20

A strong material with long-term UV stability for the production of black ABS-like parts

  • Rapid design iteration
  • Strong functional parts
  • Automotive styling parts
  • Consumer electronics components
  • Legacy replacement parts
  • Form, fit and function testing
  • Durable assemblies and snap fits
  • Bezels, knobs, brackets, covers, cases
  • Master patterns for RTV/silicone molding
  • Short-run manufacturing of rigid part

Fig4 Tough Black

FIGURE 4 - RUBBER-BLK 10

High-tear strength, malleable material for hard, rubber-like parts

  • Exceptional surface finish
  • Very tough material
  • Great for soft touch applications
  • Engineered for long term environmental stability

 Fig4 Black Rubber

FIGURE 4 - FLEX-BLK 20

Flexible, durable material

  • Flexible, high impact material for extremely durable black parts
  • Fatigue resistant plastic, with look and feel of production polypropylene
  • Accurate and tough material
  • Great for short run production parts
  • Engineered for long term environmental stability

 Fig4 Flex Black

FIGURE 4 - PRO-BLK 10

True Production-Class Material

  • Versatile rigid heat resistant material combines speed, strength, excellent mechanical properties
  • High heat-resistant with good elongation and impact like cast urethane materials
  • High first-article success print rate
  • True-to-CAD accuracy with excellent surface quality
  • Fast: up to 60 mm/hrat 50 micron layer thickness
  • +70°CHDT, +12% elongation @ break
  • Engineered for long term environmental stability
  • Easy to clean & finish

Fig4 Pro Black

FIGURE 4 - HI TEMP 300-AMB

Industry-leading, ultra-high temperature rigid plastic suitable for the harshest thermal environments

  • Very rigid, thermally stable plastic with very high temperature resistance
  • OVER 300C deg C
  • For low and high pressure (0.455 and 1.82MPa)
  • No additional thermal post-cure required for HDT
  • Maintains fine features due to no thermal post cure

 Fig4 HT300 High Temp

FIGURE 4 - EGGSHELL-AMB 10

A process-optimized material for production of sacrificial tooling for casting silicone and other materials

  • Speciality break-away plastic for silicone molding
  • Rigid plastic that withstands liquid silicone injection at high temperature and pressure
  • Intentional brittleness: designed to shatter easily from silicone once filled and cooled
  • Quickly generate economical high quality prototypes

 Fig4 EggShell

CDG wins Award as Best Multi-Disciplined 3DS Partner

23.10.2019

3D Systems Partner Summit Barcelona 14-15th October 2019.

CDG were awarded a certificate and prize by 3D Systems as "Best Execution of Multi-Disciplined Sales Approach" for the whole of Europe and EMEA.

Well done to the team at CDG for their expertise in selling and supporting advanced 3D technology products inc. 3D Printers, 3D Scanners & 3D Software including: ProJet, Figure-4, FabPro, Geomagic & Cimatron.

CDG best 3DS reseller 2019

CDG New Telephone Numbers

03.10.2019

CDG have updated our phone system to the latest SIP technology and changed our telephone number from 5 to 6 digits.

The new phone numbers are now "live" and, in addition, the old number will still be active and will transfer calls to the new number.

We have also given each CDG Team or Department a new DDI number.

Switchboard 01420 556755
for general calls

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Sales 01420 556740
for product sales
sales@cdg.uk.com

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Marketing 01420 556742
for marketing activities
info@cdg.uk.com

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Finance 01420 556744
for accounts
accounts@cdg.uk.com

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Orders 01420 556746
for consumables & shipping
orders@cdg.uk.com

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Replik8 01420 556748
for 3D Printing & 3D Scanning services & benchmarks
replik8@cdg.uk.com

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Support 01420 556750
for all hardware & software
support@cdg.uk.com 

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Evatronix 3D Scanners signs CDG

09.09.2019

Evatronix has signed CDG to offer UK sales, support & training for their range of High Definition 3D Scanners including:-

  • OPTIMA single field of view 5 megapixel scanner
  • QUADRO dual field of view 5 megapixel scanner
  • EVIXMATIC hands free automated 3D scanner

Contact Grant Cameron at CDG for more info.

Evatronix Quadro

Meet CDG in Sheffield on 12-13th Sept

21.08.2019

CDG are exhibiting at the Unimaker Event at Sheffield University on 12th to 13th September 2019.

To be a paid delegate for the event, the price is just £100 including food and drinks.

REGISTER HERE:-

https://onlineshop.shef.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-engineering/multidisciplinary-engineering-education/unimaker

CDG will be exhibiting:-

  • Figure-4 ultra-fast high resolution DLP 3D printer
  • FabPro desktop DLP 3D printer
  • Funmat HT high-temp PEEK 3D printer
  • Metal parts from 3D Printing & Investment Casting
  • 3D Scanners
  • 3D Software

Venue is:-

The Diamond

University of Sheffield

32 Leavygreave Road

Sheffield S3 7RD

Unimaker2

Rapid part replacement with Figure 4 technology

01.08.2019

As a globally recognized leader in research, development and transition of technologies, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) is conducting one of three awarded America Makes MAMLS projects under the theme: Emerging Process Technology for Low Criticality Part Families. Specifically, UDRI is exploring “Rapid Part Replacement via Digital Light Processing,” an additive manufacturing process enabled by 3D Systems’ Figure technology. For the purpose of this study, low criticality parts include electrical connectors, knobs, elastomeric grommets, and spacers, each of which serves a functional purpose onboard aircraft.

Both UDRI and 3D Systems also participated in Phases 1 and 2 of the MAMLS program, which were similarly focused on sustainment, but under different core topics. Although each project has been independent from the others, the previous phases laid the groundwork for the third phase to launch without delay and gave UDRI and 3D Systems a practical understanding of how the ALCs work, and what their needs are. Phases 1 and 2 also helped to identify the business cases for additive manufacturing for different parts, shedding light on what can and cannot be easily sourced and where using additive manufacturing makes sense.

For legacy aircraft, the business case for additive manufacturing comes into play for parts that are out-of-production due to manufacturing obsolescence, high creation costs, low quantity requirements, unavailability of original tooling, poor documentation, or other availability-related challenges. The speed of part replacement offered by emerging technologies like Figure 4 offers an opportunity to agencies like the U.S. Air Force that can advance strategic sustainment initiatives. Over the next two years of this research project, UDRI and its collaborators will work to uncover where Figure 4 fits into the larger picture of aircraft sustainment.

UDRI parts on Figure 4 platform
3D Systems’ role is to facilitate UDRI by supplying materials for the applications under investigation in this project by either matching existing commercial photopolymers or formulating new ones.

The need for speed

3D Systems’ Figure 4 is a modular manufacturing process that uses a non-contact membrane in combination with a projector-based imaging. In contrast to toolpath-based AM technologies, Figure 4 fabricates an entire part cross-section with a single projection, retaining fine resolution, smooth surfaces, reactive production material chemistries, and fast print speeds. Figure 4 also delivers six sigma repeatability (Cpk > 2) across all Figure 4 materials, making it the most manufacturing ready 3D printing technology available.

Along with geometric accuracy, print speed and material suitability are key. The prospect of performing a lasting custom repair job in a single day is highly appealing to increasing aircraft readiness and availability for same-day mission use. Before that capability can be celebrated however, UDRI is rolling up its sleeves to methodically identify and solve potential issues to pave the way for adoption of Figure 4 technology by the USAF, other DoD (Department of Defense) agencies, and more.

Figure 4 part cross section during printing
Figure 4 fabricates an entire part cross-section with a single projection, retaining fine resolution, smooth surfaces, reactive production material chemistries, and fast print speeds.

Experts in every corner

UDRI excels in the areas of advanced materials, engineering, aerospace technologies, and structural physics, among others, and is collaborating with external experts to make this project as comprehensive and effective as possible. Together with 3D Systems, UDRI is working through material development, characterization and post-processing protocols to align and document material performance with the requirements of aviation qualified materials. These specifications run the gamut from mechanical and environmental properties to safety standards such as fire retardancy.  3D Systems’ role is to facilitate UDRI by supplying materials for the applications under investigation in this project by either matching existing commercial photopolymers or formulating new ones.

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are also key collaborators and will perform rigorous inspections on UDRI’s test parts to validate the outcomes. UDRI is going through all the military specifications, ALC, and OEM partner qualifications to test parts against industry standards. According to Dr. Timothy Osborn, Group Leader for Additive Manufacturing Technology Development at UDRI, this assembly of collaborators represents the correct testing matrix to push the research finding into application faster than other programs.

UDRI replacement part printed on Figure 4
The prospect of performing a lasting custom repair job in a single day is highly appealing to increasing aircraft readiness and availability for same-day mission use.

A scientific approach to transitioning digital light processing

The first task of the program will identify the specific parts to test and outline the material specifications those parts require. Using a Creaform HandyScan scanner and reverse engineering software, UDRI will digitize the parts using a 3D scan-to-CAD workflow and prepare the files for printing. Once printed, the material testing will begin. Dr. Osborn predicts the study will begin to generate good data around the six-month mark, culminating in the final report and recommendation to the Air Force upon the project’s completion.

There are currently a number of unknowns around Figure 4 technologies for these applications, but the speed and geometric tolerances of this technology hold significant promise. Through this program UDRI and its collaborators plan to unlock the science required to make rapid part replacement a reality.

 

Cleared for public release. Case Number: 88ABW-2018-5721 

USAF aircraft in hangar
The sustainment mission of the United States Air Force becomes increasingly challenging as large numbers of legacy aircraft, systems and equipment steadily age.

The sustainment mission of the United States Air Force (USAF) becomes increasingly challenging as large numbers of legacy aircraft, systems and equipment steadily age. Addressing this burden requires quick, reliable and lasting maintenance solutions. Industry frontrunners and researchers are looking beyond traditional sustainment solutions to opportunities in emerging technologies. Rapid part replacement using 3D Systems’ additive manufacturing for built-on-demand inventory control is a compelling solution currently under serious evaluation.

America Makes, the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing technology research, discovery, creation and innovation, is at the helm of an initiative to identify and vet nascent sustainment options for transition as appropriate. Under the “Maturation of Advanced Manufacturing for Low-Cost Sustainment” (MAMLS) program, America Makes is now in Phase 3 of a Project Call for applied research and development programs designed to improve efficiency in the factory as well as for Air Logistics Complexes (ALCs) to ensure the strategic readiness of the USAF.

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