This week at Formnext 2023, Airtech Advanced Materials Group has launched its first recycled grade thermoplastic polymer resin for pellet-based large-scale additive manufacturing, Dahltram T-100GF resin. The 3D printing material is made up of recycled grade co-polyester resin reinforced with fiberglass.
Dahltram T-100GF resin is the latest in Airtech’s portfolio of tooling resins and the first to integrate recycled thermoplastics. The material was developed specifically for large-format 3D printing and offers a combination of strength and durability. With a heat distortion temperature of 67°C, the plastic feedstock is on the lower end of Airtech’s portfolio in terms of heat resistance. Considering this, Dahltram T-100GF is a good fit for low-temperature applications, like rapid prototyping, architectural structures, trim tools, holding fixtures, low-temperature master models and casting patterns.
In addition to its sustainability, the recycled fiberglass-reinforced resin also has the benefit of being low cost. According to Airtech, it is therefore a “compelling choice for businesses aiming to streamline their production processes without compromising quality.”
Airtech is showcasing Dahltram T-100GF resin at Formnext 2023 in cooperation with Dutch-based CEAD, which specializes in large-scale thermoplastic composite 3D printing. CEAD will be printing the recycled material using its Flexbot robotic printing solution in at Booth C91 in Hall 12.1. Airtech, for its part, also has a range of other materials from its Dahltram range at its booth across the aisle. Notably, Airtech recently integrated CEAD’s Flexbot solution into its advanced manufacturing portfolio. The system, which has a 3 x 1 meter build volume is currently in operation at Airtech’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Tennessee.