CRP Technology has added a new material to the Windform® TOP-LINE, its family of composite material for additive manufacturing. Called Windform® FR1 (FR stands for Flame Retardant), the new material’s first feature is that it is a carbon-fiber filled flame retardant material.
In the same range, Onyx FR is one of the first flame retardant 3D Printing materials that we have seen in the additive manufacturing industry. Like we have seen with Onyx FR, the principle remains the same for Windform® FR1 : the flame-retardant plastic is reinforced with continuous carbon fiber. 3D printed plastics usually burn if they catch fire, but such type of material actually stops itself from burning.
CRP Technology’s Flame Retardant (UL 94 V-0 rated) material has successfully passed the FAR 25.853 12-second vertical and 15-second horizontal flammability tests as well as the 45° Bunsen burner test.
“Only a few days from the launch of a new range of Windform® materials, the P-LINE for HSS technology – commented Franco Cevolini, VP and CTO at CRP Technology – I’m very proud to launch a new revolutionary composite material from the Windform® TOP-LINE family of materials for Laser Sintering technology. Our aim is to constantly produce technological breakthroughs. With Windform® FR1 we can steer you toward the proper solution for your projects”
As far as applications are concerned, let’s note that this high-performance polyamide based composite material is suitable for Aircrafts and Aerospace applications (interior parts, cockpit, cabin components, air conditioning piping, air ducts, air outlet valves); Automotive and Transportation parts (vehicle interiors, housing and enclosure assemblies); Consumer goods and Electronics (lighting, appliances) and in general for any parts requiring flame retardant rating. Moreover, Windform® FR1 is also ideal for high feature detail applications requiring FAR 25.853 fire retardant compliancy.
Windform® FR1 is also suitable for the manufacturing of components with detailed surface resolution.
“We will not stop here- added Franco Cevolini – we will continue our work on renewal and technological expansion in the field of Additive Manufacturing. Stay tuned!”
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