TÜV SÜD has certified the 3D printing process of LUVOCOM® 3F filament and Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle. The LUVOCOM® 3F filament is a high-temperature-based material developed by LEHVOSS Group, which is also a material partner of the Dutch manufacturer.
Both companies requested for this certification that involves assessment of material properties, test specimen production. Test specimen production includes the dimensional tolerances, the production of the filament, the pressure process and emissions during the printing process.
“This is an important step for the industrialization and scalability of FFF. The certified system increases safety in parts production and is intended to accelerate the equal use of 3D printing to already established manufacturing processes, such as injection molding. We are proud to be the world’s first supplier of filaments with this certification”, states Dr. Thiago Medeiros Araujo, Business Development at LUVOCOM 3F.
The certification comes after the successful completion of an extensive testing process, which included an on-site inspection by TÜV SÜD of both Ultimaker’s and LEHVOSS’ production facilities to ensure high quality and traceable processes, a quality audit of the machine with the material in use and parallel printing of all test specimens. In addition, TÜV SÜD conducted testing of relevant mechanical properties material feedstock fingerprint, emissions testing, and geometric accuracy testing at its laboratories.
“The certification of the reproducible 3D printing construction process is a decisive milestone on the way to competitive production using 3D printers. The test basis, with the underlying standards, helps all market participants to see the difference between 3D printing for prototyping and 3D printing for production purposes. The certified reproducible printing process helps users in particular to reduce technology integration costs. Minimizing integration costs for production purposes creates more willingness to integrate and trust. We hope that it will benefit many applications and industries for cost-transparent, safe and high-quality implementation”, Gregor Reischle, Head of Additive Manufacturing at TÜV SÜD explains.
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