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Tethon 3D launches carbon nanotube C-Lite ESD resin for stereolithography

In partnership with Arizona startup Mechnano

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Tethon 3D, leveraging Mechnano MechT technology, will soon commercially launch C-Lite, a high-temperature-resistant carbon nanotube ESD material, printable on SLA, DLP and LCD Additive Manufacturing (AM) printers. Using Mechnano’s E35A Masterbatch for static dissipative (ESD) properties from Dymax, in combination with its own formulas, Tethon 3D created an ESD resin, named C-lite that can withstand temperatures of up to 225 degrees Celsius.

Tethon 3D launches carbon nanotube C-Lite ESD resin for stereolithography with Mechnano “Our materials team integrated the MechT enabled E35A to create a high-temp ESD resin,” said Tethon 3D CEO Trent Allen. “The experts at Mechnano were very helpful and have a deep understanding of nanomaterial science and chemistry. We plan to formulate new composites by incorporating additional versions of MechT into our resins to improve mechanical, electrical and thermal properties.”

Tethon and Mechnano worked together to quickly integrate E35A with Tethon’s base resins, taking about six weeks from the initial conversations to the enhanced resin release. “This is a great example of how our discrete carbon nanotube technology is a game-changer for the additive manufacturing industry,” said Mechnano CEO Steve Lowder. “E35A Masterbatch provides ESD benefits to existing materials, such as the custom high-temp resin formulated by Tethon 3D.”

The C-Lite resin is expected to be in high demand as it addresses challenges in a number of manufacturing and production applications in multiple industries including electronic manufacturing, automotive, defense, and more. The ESD-enhanced Tethon resin is undergoing additional testing and is expected to soon be available to all SLA, DLP and LCD users.

Mechnano is the first company to fabricate parts with carbon nanotubes using vat photopolymerization systems to achieve static-dissipative properties or improve impact, tear-resistance and tensile performance. Its technology is backed by over a decade of research and development and protected by over 100+ issued and pending patents.

Tethon 3D is an industry leader in discovering valuable uses for 3D printing, with an emphasis on ceramic materials that provide solutions for diverse industrial, consumer and design industries.  In addition to its off-the-shelf products, the company partners with clients to formulate custom 3D printable materials.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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