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Rapid custom rubber 3D printing service launched by Chromatic

The company is offering standard industrial shapes including gaskets, seals, cylinders, and grommets in customizable, non-standard dimensions up to 16 inches in diameter

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Chromatic 3D Materials, an additive manufacturing technology provider, has launched a new custom manufacturing service for durable polyurethane parts – with fast delivery and simplified pricing. The company is offering standard industrial shapes including gaskets, seals, cylinders, and grommets in customizable, non-standard dimensions up to 16 inches in diameter. The service is intended to help manufacturers increase supply chain resilience, boost efficiency, and reduce waste.

Chromatic’s parts are made with a novel 3D printing technology called reactive extrusion additive manufacturing. The technology yields parts with the same durability as molded parts but with shorter production timelines and more competitive pricing. Typical delivery is two to three weeks, with an option to have select parts delivered in as few as five business days for an additional fee. Because there is no tooling required with 3D printing, and thus no tooling costs, pricing is highly competitive with conventional molded parts. For example, grommets are available for as little as $2 per inch based on the hole diameter.

Rapid custom rubber 3D printing service launched by Chromatic. The company is offering standard industrial shapes in customizable dimensions.

Chromatic’s 3D printing process reportedly decreases material waste by up to 90% compared to technologies like injection molding. In addition to this, printing rubber parts reduces the need for overstocking.

“Manufacturers shouldn’t have to rely on overstocking in order to run a reliable business, but increasing supply chain failures put them in a tough position. We have OEMs coming to Chromatic on a regular basis because they can’t get a hold of common parts. That’s why we are launching our rapid custom manufacturing business. Now companies can quickly and cost-effectively source one part or one million – and keep their customers happy,” said Dr. Cora Leibig, Founder and CEO of Chromatic 3D Materials.

Rapid custom rubber 3D printing service launched by Chromatic. The company is offering standard industrial shapes in customizable dimensions.

Chromatic’s rubber parts are made with ChromaFlow 70 and ChromaFlow 90 – thermoset polyurethanes with Shore A hardnesses of 70 and 90, respectively. Both material grades offer the same three-dimensional strength and compression set as injection-molded parts.

Chromatic’s service has already been adopted by leading automotive and industrial suppliers in Europe and the US.

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