AM Company Carbon has announced the release of its newest elastomer material, EPU 46. With a focus on performance, comfort, aesthetics, the technology company provides its customers with the possibility to finetune the material stiffness without compromising its printability or changing its material properties.
Designed for solvent-free spin cleaning and resin reclaim to minimize production waste, EPU 46 contains 40% bio-based material and comes with a myriad of rich color options, to enable the customizable production of a wide range of premium products like saddles, footwear, and grips.
“EPU 46 is the future of elastomer customization, combining the benefits of performance, comfort and durability with the excitement of custom colors and tunable material stiffness,” said Jason Rolland, SVP of Materials at Carbon. “EPU 46 furthers our commitment to providing a robust and complete idea-to-production platform that can be fully customized to our client’s specifications. This is truly the next step in our journey to creating anything that can be dreamt up.”
In addition to speed and customization, EPU 46’s dual-cure and energy-returning properties enable color fastness (which means the direct addition of pigment to the resin ensures that the color will not wear away or change with wear) and increased stiffnesses (which means that tuning of lattice parameters, such as Strut diameter or cell size, enables a wide range of part stiffnesses. The ability to also tune the material stiffness allows for a wide range of tactile qualities, particularly suited for handles, grips and thin features where it is challenging to match a soft compression.)
EPU 46 is an improvement of Carbon’s production elastomer portfolio, featuring elastomer printability and broader mechanical properties.
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